Faroe Islands Travel Guide

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Located in the Atlantic Ocean halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are a still-somewhat undiscovered destination. Known for sweeping landscapes and sometimes-harsh weather, these islands definitely deserve a spot on your bucket list.

Faroe Islands quick facts

Population: 50,000

Language: Faroese (English and other Scandinavian languages are also widely spoken)

Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)

Capital city: Tórshavn

Country size: 18 islands

High season: Summer

Faroe Islands bucket list

Here are some of the top things to see/do in the Faroe Islands:

  1. See the famous Mulafossur Waterfall in Gasadalur
  2. See puffins on Mykines Island
  3. Hike to Trælanípa to see the “floating lake”
  4. Hike to the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy
  5. Go sea kayaking
  6. Attend a music festival (I loved the G! Festival)
  7. Drive out to the town of Gjógv
  8. Have a home-cooked dinner with locals

Getting around the Faroe Islands

Renting a car and driving is the best way to fully experience the Faroe Islands. Public transport does exist, but buses don’t run to most places very frequently. You can pick up rental cars when you arrive at the airport on Vagar, but it is recommended that you book your car ahead of time, especially during the summer.

Roads in the Faroe Islands are paved and well-maintained, but they can be very narrow and twisty.

Where to stay in the Faroe Islands

Thanks to the roads, bridges, and tunnels, nothing is very far away in the Faroe Islands. You can get from Tórshavn to Tjørnuvík or Gjógv in just over an hour – meaning you could easily base yourself in Tórshavn for your whole trip if you wanted.

You’ll find the largest selection of hotels and restaurants in Tórshavn anyway, which makes it an ideal base. Hotels to check out in Tórshavn include:

Hotel Foroyar – The top-rated hotel in Tórshavn. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)

Hotel Tórshavn – Has a great location downtown, within walking distance of both Tinganes and the harbor. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)

If you do feel like staying outside of the capital for a night or two, consider making Gjógv your second base:

Gjaargardur Guesthouse Gjógv – This is the only accommodation available in Gjógv, but it’s lovely. A nice guesthouse and restaurant sitting on a hill overlooking the village. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)

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