Uncovering Europe’s Best-kept Secret – Faroe Islands
If you are looking for the natural beauty that is pristine, untouched and unexplored, you can stop your search. Pack your bags, grab your warmest coat and head to Faroe Island. Calling these notched islands beautiful or gorgeous is merely an understatement. The lush green landscapes, turquoise blue waters, exotic birds, the colorful houses with grass-roof and their sheep are merely picture-perfect.
The Faroe Islands should indeed feature in your bucket-list of travel destinations. If it already is on the cards and you don’t know where to begin, then read on to get a complete guide on your trip to the islands.
All you need to know about the Faroe Islands
Getting to the Faroe Islands
Geographically, this archipelago of 18 rocky islands is situated between Norway and Iceland and can be reached by Air from Edinburgh, Copenhagen (Denmark), Bergen (Norway), and Reykjavik (Iceland). The adventurous soul can also ferry from Denmark and Iceland that shuttle twice a week during summer and once a week during winter. The ferry, however, takes 37 hours so don’t forget to account that time.
Best time to visit the Faroe Islands
Plan your visit from May to June and September to October. Though, the weather on Faroe Island is inclement to call the least. A saying on the Faroe Islands goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait for 5 minutes.” It is wise to be prepared for all eventualities.
How to get around on the Faroe Islands?
Though the islands are rugged and isolated, they are surprisingly well-connected by road. You can go around the islands through bus, car, ferry or even helicopters. When on the Faroe Islands, a road trip through the scenic landscapes is highly suggested.
Where to stay?
You will find suitable accommodation in every town on the islands. Even the remote locations have decent accommodation facilities.
What to do when on the Faroe Islands?
Once on the islands, there is a flurry of activities to do. Let’s take a look at the list:
The Faroe Islands are genuinely the hiker’s paradise as it offers infinite avenues for hiking. Eysturoy Island, Viðoy island – Villingardalsfjall/ Enniberg, Kallur lighthouse (Kalsoy island), Trælanípa – Bøsdalafossur (Vagar island), Mykinesholmur (Mykines island) and Saksun – út á Lónna (Streymoy island) are a few famous hiking trails. Make sure to pack sturdy hiking gear and be prepared to face unpredictable weather conditions.
As mentioned earlier, the Faroe Islands have good infrastructure and roads. Make the most of the picturesque views by taking a road trip and capturing pristine locations for your Instagram by stopping wherever you wish. Also, experience driving through areas showcasing a weather variation within a few miles.
When on the Faroe Islands, a coast is never farther than 5 km, hence, boat trips here are a must in your itinerary. Be it for bird watching, island hopping, or just sailing through the natural beauty of fjords and hills go on that boat trip.
Indulging in a relaxing activity of fishing in the scenic locations is a dream for many. On the Faroe Islands, this can come true in the most poetic form.
The Faroe Islands is blessed with a variety of birds like Puffin, Guillemot, Cormorant, Razorbill, and Gannet – King Of Faroese Birds. Almost 300 species of birds can be viewed from different areas on the islands. Mykines, Vestmanna Bird Cliffs, Island Of Nólsoy, Søltuvík, and Enniberg are a few locations famous for bird watching.
Apart from hiking, your adventurous soul can be satiated through a plethora of activities like rappelling, swimming, surfing, kayaking, to diving and exploring the underwater world.
The islands were isolated owing to geography and difficult accessibility, which lead to a unique culture developed amongst the Faroese. They are proud of their culture and traditions, and several old and new churches, art museums, cultural centers, and other museums give an insight into their culture, which is worth exploring.
Music is a part of Faroese culture, and it has slowly gained popularity all around the world. The Faroese artists and artists around the world gather for various music festivals on the islands. A few famous festivals are G!, Summartónar, and The Summer Festival (Summarfestivalurin).
The main food ingredients found on the islands are seafood, lamb, potatoes, and turnips. The local cuisine has unique flavors and worth a try when in Faroe.
P. S.: Keep an open mind while visiting these exquisite islands. Not everything will go according to your plan. Remember its not the destination but the journey that matters.