A lot of tourist activties depend completely on unpredictable weather, and flights in and out are notoriously turbulent.
Sheep, Sea, Birds and no trees
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...more
I have not stayed in this hotel - but have actually been inside seeking directions. It is pleasant...more
The National Airline of the Faroe Islands is Atlantic Airways connecting the Faroes with Britain, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Scheduled services land at the modern airport some 40 km outside of Torshavn with bus connections meeting all incoming flights.more
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...more
A great way to go to Mykines is by helicopter, this is a sensation!!! The price is only 145 DKK for a trip from Vagar Airport to Mykines. It is I think the best way to go Mykines. Make sure you make a booking, a helicopter has only 8-10 seats!On the Mykines the whole islands was awaiting our arrival!! Such a nice island, nice people, beautiful...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Sumba is the southernmost village in the island Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. First you must come to the island Suduroy by taking the local ferry Smyril from Tórshavn. You will arrive at the port of Krambatangi near Tvøroyri. From there you can take the bus. There are two buss lines in Suðuroy, number 700 and 701. You should take line 700 if you wish to visit Sumba. The village Sumba is the end station. The price was 50 DKK in 2009. The trip takes around 50 minutes, but remember to tell the bus driver, when you would like to leave Sumba again, the bus come to Sumba only when people tell the driver to go there or to collect them there. You can find the time scedule on this website: www.ssl.fo, all the times are departing times. The red T after the time means "Only by request", call phone number 23 95 51 (this can change of course, have a look at the website). If you rent a car instead or have your own car, then you are more free to deside when to come and go. There are two roads to Sumba. The tunnel from 1997 and the old road from Lopra. You can see the tunnel when you come to the village Lopra and a sign shows where to turn right, just before the tunnel, if you wish to drive up the mountain instead. You might get sea sick if you take the old road. It is narrow and very curvy. But there is a high mountain cliff called Beinisvørð, which you can see if you take this old road. It is a vertical bird cliff facing the North Atlantic Ocean. You can see the top of Beinisvørð from many places in Suðuroy. It is 469 meters high and the second highest of its kind in the Faroe Islands. If you wish to avoid the curvy old road but still wants to visit Beinisvørð, than you could drive up to Hesturin, which is the highest point next to Beinisvord, from the village Sumba. And after your visit, you can turn your car and return to Sumba and take the road tunnel back instead.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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!
There are two information centres offering boats to the birdcliffs. We took the one from Palli Lamhauge and ended up sailing by Silja to the bird cliffs. We were glad we took this boat as it looked better then the one from the other centre.
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...more
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...more
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.
There are only two ways of getting to Funningur, either by car or by bus.The Faroese public transport offers a bus ride to Funningur, however it only runs twice or thrice a day, so if you want to visit Funningur by bus, do plan ahead. As of November, 2007 it only goes on school days and neither on Saturdays nor on Sundays. But in total, unless you...more
Funningur church is unmissable. When you drive past the village, the wooden tarred church with grass roof and a shining white tower really makes it present felt. The church is from 1847, is the youngest of its kind, and it's the oldest and the only one of this kind in the 'prestagjald' (roughly: vicarage) of Eiði.Inside the church is all wooden....more