Faroe Islands Travel Guide

  • Torshaven
    Torshaven
    by MikeAtSea
  • View of Tórshavn
    View of Tórshavn
    by travelfrosch
  • Sheep
    Sheep
    by norvegiasara

Faroe Islands Highlights

  • Pro
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    JLBG says…

     Often sunny 

  • Con
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    lisahurley says…

     A lot of tourist activties depend completely on unpredictable weather, and flights in and out are notoriously turbulent. 

  • In a nutshell
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    jonkb says…

     Sheep, Sea, Birds and no trees 

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Tórshavn

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129,339,8

Mykines

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29,105,0

Klaksvík

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9,10,0

Nólsoy

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22,63,0

Vágar

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10,19,0

Sørvágur

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4,8,0

Kalsoy

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1,3,0

Vágur

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1,5,0

Vágur

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2,7,0

Tvøroyri

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3,15,0

Streymoy

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0,9,0

Hvalba

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1,8,0

Gjógv

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0,2,0

Fugloy

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2,4,0

Tórshavn

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  • Føroya Náttúrugripasavn

    Tórshavn Things to Do

    The Faroese Museum of Natural History is a nice diversion on a rainy day (and let's face it, there are a LOT of rainy days in the Faroes...) The interior is rather dark, but there are quite a few very nice exhibits on local animal life and plant life, as well as the geological history of the Faroes. There are also quite a few interesting skeletons...

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  • Hotel Foroyar

    Tórshavn Hotels

    I have not stayed in this hotel - but have actually been inside seeking directions. It is pleasant...

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  • Skansapakkhúsið (Prime Minister's...

    Tórshavn Things to Do

    The building known as Skansapakkhúsið was built in 1749. It was converted from a storage building to the Løgmansskrivstovan, or Prime Minister's office. Unlike many seats of national power, tourists are able to wander around the grounds and explore the building if they like. The building is open to the public Monday - Thursday 8AM - 4PM and Friday...

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Mykines

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  • Helicopter

    Mykines Transportation

    A unique way to get to Mykines is by helicopter. It's not nearly as expensive as you think, because the Faroese government heavily subsidizes passenger traffic so helicopter crews can get practice for their primary mission: search and rescue. But if no rescues are required, tourists can be ferried to remote locations (such as Mykines) for very...

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  • Ferry From Sørvágur

    Mykines Transportation

    The most common method of getting to this remote island is to take the ferry from the town of Sørvágur. The ferry dock in Sørvágur is accessible by bus from Tórshavn or Vágar Airport. It's also a scenic 20 minute walk from the Airport or Airport Hotel if you're so inclined. The Mykines harbor is a very small inlet with extremely steep cliffs on all...

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  • Hike to Knúkur

    Mykines Things to Do

    Another interesting challenge is to hike to the 560 meter (about 1850-foot) high Knúkur peak to the east of Mykines village. Our guidebook said to follow the road uphill out of the village to make your way to the peak, while our host Katrina recommended we follow the stream all the way uphill to the peak. Unfortunately, we decided to follow the...

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Klaksvík

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  • The Brewery

    Klaksvík Things to Do

    The Faroe Islands very own Brewery is situated in Klaksvík. It's exported all over the islands from here.Faroese Beer is similar to most continental lagers, they have weak beer for sale in supermarkets (they're not allowed to sell anything strong - you have to visit State alcohol stores or pubs/clubs for the proper stuff), light beers and darker...

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  • Visit the Christiankirkjan

    Klaksvík Things to Do

    Vist the church.... the main things to do option on the Faroe Islands. All churches are interesting, so is the Christiankirkjan in Klaksvik. This is a really big church, it is most of the times open, so you probably won't stand in front of a closed door.

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  • Eating Whalemeat

    Klaksvík Local Customs

    I was lucky enough to be invited to a Faroese house to partake in the ritual of eating dried fish and whale meat.They asked me if I was "a greenpeace", to which I replied no - I figure I buy chicken and beef in the supermarket so I have no problem with eating whale meat. The whales they catch are pilot whales which are not an endangered species.A...

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Nólsoy

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  • Village Amenities

    Nólsoy Favorites

    The island has a number of amenities for tourists and of course residents:The post office is located close to the harbour. Open Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 13.30.The supermarket open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.30 & Saturday from 09.00 to 12.00.They have a football pitch, a community centre and of course a fire engine. There is a nursery...

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  • Nólsoyar Pall Monument

    Nólsoy Things to Do

    The monument to one of Faroes' greatest heroes, Nólsoyar Pall; he battled the Danish Trade Monopoly. He was born on the island of Nólsoy in 1766.

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  • Ferry from Tórshavn

    Nólsoy Transportation

    To get to Nólsoy, the M/F Ritan makes the 20-minute journey from Tórshavn several times per day. The ferry departs Tórshavn from the Bursatangi dock in the eastern harbor, about 150 meters (yards) from the bus station. Fare is Kr20 each way; pay on the boat. 4 and 7-day Travel Card valid.One warning: on Tuesdays (and sometimes Thursdays) there are...

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Vágar

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  • Atlantic Airways

    Vágar Transportation

    The flag carrier of the Faroe Islands is Atlantic Airways. This plucky airline has quite an ambitious schedule, flying from Vágar to Copenhagen several times daily. The airline also flies to destinations such as London-Stansted, Reykjavik, and Oslo. Booking online is relatively easy, if not cheap. For English speakers, you will notice the website...

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  • The National Flag Carrier

    Vágar Transportation

    Airline Address:Atlantic Airways Ltd.Vagar AirportFO-380 SoervagurFaroe IslandsWonderful service and very professional crew

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  • Shopping at the Airport - first & last!

    Vágar Shopping

    Located in the airport concourse, this is one of the few shops within the airport. It has friendly staff and has a wide range of hand crafted goods, knitted clothes and other items made across the Faroe Islands and the North Atlantic (especially from Iceland).Remember to ask for your VAT free voucher. Up to yourselves - but always remember to...

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Sørvágur

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  • Ferry to Mykines

    Sørvágur Transportation

    One of the most common reasons to visit Sørvágur is to take the ferry from there to the beautiful island of Mykines. From Vágar Airport or the Hotel Vágar, it's about a 20-25 minute downhill walk to the ferry dock. Walk downhill all the way to where the village meets the fjord, then turn left. the ferry dock is just past the Statoil gas station on...

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  • View of the Village

    Sørvágur Favorites

    While waiting for the ferry to Mykines, we enjoyed looking back at the village. While Sørvágur is not really catered to tourists, it is certainly quite photogenic, even on a cloudy day.

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  • Bus to Tórshavn

    Sørvágur Transportation

    Bus Route 300 serves Sørvágur on its route to Tórshavn. The bus from Tórshavn departing at 9:15 AM will coincide with the ferry to Mykines. The afternoon ferry departing from Mykines (summer only, weekdays 5:20 PM, weekends 6:00 PM) will coincide with a bus returning to Tórshavn. These buses will arrive/depart from the Mykines ferry dock. All other...

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Kalsoy

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    the tunnel I walked through

    by hrothgarorange Written Apr 12, 2008

    If you're smarter than me, you'd do well not to rely on hitch-hiking on Kalsoy. Pay attention to the bus schedule (you can get this at the bus/ferry terminal in Torshavn for a small fee) and make sure you get on the bus so you're not late for the ferry! I missed my bus and had to walk through the Trøllanes-Mikladalur tunnel - 2 kilometers of darkness and very scary!

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Vágur

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    Faroese public buss, line 700 in Su��uroy.

    by eileen.sanda Written Dec 2, 2009

    You can take the bus line 700 from Krambatangi Port near Tvøroyri towards Sumba, which is the southernmost village in the island Suduroy. In order to get to Suduroy, you must eighter take the ferry Smyril to Suduroy, it arrives at Krambatangi, and has 2-3 daily departures from Tórshavn - or you can take the helicopter, which has 2-3 weekly departures from Tórshavn. You can find time schedule for the bus on Strandferðslan's website: www.ssl.fo, choose the line 700 under the buss icon and the word "Bygdaleiðir" (bygd means village). When you drive by bus from Krambatangi or from Tvøroyri, the main village, you will pass some small villages: Øravík, Hov, Porkeri and Nes. There is only one buss line to the southern part of the island. The other buss line, which is number 701, goes from Fámjin in the mid-west island towards north to Øravík, Trongisvágur, Tvøroyri, Hvalba and Sandvík. The price was quite expensive, in 2009 it was 30 DKK between Krambatangi and Vágur and 40 DKK between Tvøroyri and Vágur.

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Vágur

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    Faroese public buss, line 700 in Su��uroy.

    by eileen.sanda Written Dec 2, 2009

    You can take the bus line 700 from Krambatangi Port near Tvøroyri towards Sumba, which is the southernmost village in the island Suduroy. In order to get to Suduroy, you must eighter take the ferry Smyril to Suduroy, it arrives at Krambatangi, and has 2-3 daily departures from Tórshavn - or you can take the helicopter, which has 2-3 weekly departures from Tórshavn. You can find time schedule for the bus on Strandferðslan's website: www.ssl.fo, choose the line 700 under the buss icon and the word "Bygdaleiðir" (bygd means village). When you drive by bus from Krambatangi or from Tvøroyri, the main village, you will pass some small villages: Øravík, Hov, Porkeri and Nes. There is only one buss line to the southern part of the island. The other buss line, which is number 701, goes from Fámjin in the mid-west island towards north to Øravík, Trongisvágur, Tvøroyri, Hvalba and Sandvík. The price was quite expensive, in 2009 it was 30 DKK between Krambatangi and Vágur and 40 DKK between Tvøroyri and Vágur.

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Hvalba

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    Fiskieidi 4 more images

    by eileen.sanda Written Mar 26, 2011

    It is easy to walk around in Hvalba. The village is located on an isthmus in the northern part of the island. The distance from the east coast where the village is to the west coast is very short, a couple of kilometres or so. You can follow the road and signs which show the way to two different places west of Hvalba. One of these places is Fiskieiði, also called Hvalbiareiði, a beautiful place, a natural harbour, which the men from Hvalba used to use when they went fishing in their wooden row boats in the old days. Now most of them are fishing with large modern trawlers from the harbour on the east coast. Anyway, you can still see ruins of boat houses and the harbour which they made more than hundred years ago and improved in the 1920'ies. There is a path which you can follow all the way down to the sea. Sometimes they make boat trips from Fiskieiði for tourists and sometimes they arrange BBQ evenings here.

    Another place which you can visit is Norðbergseiði, it is further north, also on the west coast. There are high vertical cliffs there, you can stand on the edge on Nordbergseidi and watch the beautiful nature there. There are some curious columnar basalt formations in both places. On Norðbergseiði there is also a hole in the cliff, it has a fence around it, so people don't fall down, because it is difficult to see it, it the fence wasn't there. Sometimes the locals arrange Síging from the cliff (around 40-50 meters above sea level) down to a cliff below, it is a kind of rappelling, some men are holding a rope and a person is loured down and then up again. An exciting experience people say, I haven't tried it yet.

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Fugloy

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  • M/S Masin; a must!!

    Fugloy Transportation

    Fugloy can be reached either by mailboat or by helicopter. You can check for times on the website of www.ssl.foOn Fugloy you find two villages; Kirkja and Hattarvik.Just a look from the boat on Kirkja was what we had, the village looks nice! If you have more time you can go for a walk from Kirkja to Hattarvik and maybe return by helicopter. I did...

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  • View of Kirkja

    Fugloy Things to Do

    We sailed by mailboat M/S Masin to Kirkja on the island of Fugloy. Half of the village was waiting for the boat as were three dogs. They brought a full container of garbage on the boat and they took a lot of mail for people from the villages of Kirkja and Hattarvik ashore. As the weather was getting rough the boat didn't go further to Hattarvik,...

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Many tourists who visit the 18 volcanic islands of Faroe travel to see the multicolored cottages with grass roofs, the pyramid-shaped copper Vesturkirkjan spire, or the Akraberg Lighthouse in...