For a tiny collection of islands that form a minuscule speck on the map when you zoom in on Europe, they punch well above their collective weight in terms of reasons for people to visit. With access to the islands improving, tourists becoming more adventurous, and locals embracing the idea of responsible tourism, we decided to put together a list of the main reasons to visit the Faroe Islands.
The Arctic Puffin is the most common bird to spot on the Faroe Islands. Mykines is the most popular place to see puffins, mostly during the spring and summer months. Thousands of these birds come here every summer to breed making summer the best bird watching season. With thousands of puffins flying over head and covering cliff sides, watch them dive for fish and listen to the constant calls of these beautiful birds. Their white chests and colorful beaks are not easy to miss.
The Faroe Islands are famous for their many hiking trails. There are 23 different trails to be exact. No matter what trail you choose, one or multiple, there is no lack of breathtaking views to experience while hiking. Some of these hikes are longer and for more experienced hikers while some are basic paths through villages and trails. Whatever path you choose to take, tall mountains, sunny valleys, fog and grazing sheep are all almost a guarantee. The Faroe Islands are a hikers paradise!
The obvious one...No matter what islands you visit out of the 18, there is no lack of scenery everywhere you look. Between turf covered homes and optical illusion lakes, your eyes will appreciate everything there is to see on the islands. Even the only prison in the Faroe Islands looks out on a fjord and their Michelin-star restaurant is a house at the bottom of a mountain! That leads us into our next reason...cliffs.
Cliffs that rival Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are probably the most famous cliffs in Europe but not the highest. The Faroe Islands’ have some of the highest cliffs to explore all over the islands. The most notable are Sørvágsvatn and Cape Enniberg. Sørvágsvatn is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands on the island of Vagar. It appears to be well above sea level from the right angle, but is actually only less than 400 meters above at the highest point. Enniberg is the northernmost point in the The Faroe Islands and one of the best places to try and catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. Speaking of which...
From November to February the Faroe Islands are north enough to get a good glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. With little to no light pollution on the islands, and if the weather is cooperating, you can experience this beautiful phenomenon. The more north you are, the better chances you have. Due to the islands tininess, you can stay in Torshavn and still be as far north and as remote as possible in less than an hour by car.
Transport / Island Connections
Even with 18 islands, the Faroe Islands are more connected than one would think. Between tunnels, bridges, ferries and helicopters you’ll find your way. Driving is an option with subsea tunnels and bridges from the few different rental companies on the islands. Public transport is also a popular option with a day travel pass option for buses and ferries between islands. The most exciting option is transport by helicopter. Since helicopter travel is subsidized by the government so locals can live on some of the more remote islands, you can take a helicopter ride and not break the bank while doing so.
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