In the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic Ocean
Language: Faroese, Danish, English
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Time Zone: GMT
Driving Side: Right Side
Main Attractions: Vestmannabjørgini, Ruth Smith Art Museum, Akraberg Lighthouse, Eggjarnar, Broadway Bowling Centre, St. Olav Church
The world’s most beautiful islands, Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islets and several skerries which together form an autonomous part of Greater Denmark. Roughly in the shape of an arrowhead, these islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway in the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic. Acclaimed as the world’s most appealing island community by the National Geographic Center, Faroe Islands are best known for lovely unspoiled islands, nature preservation, historic architecture and local pride. The islands have magnificent bird cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, high-rise sea cliffs, adventurous water sports, stunning picturesque views and pristine beaches to keep you glues to this secluded part of the world. The unforgettable adventures-on-sea in the midst of the splendid North Atlantic nature are sure to give you vibes of exhilaration and thrill. So, what are you waiting for? Simply grab your backpack and head off straight to the world’s most desirable tourist destination, Faroe Islands.
Places To See In Faroe Islands
One of the biggest and most famous tourist attractions in the Faroe Islands, Vestmannabjørgini, situated in the north of Vestmanna, is a not-to-missed destination. The two-hour boat-tour to the world-famous bird cliffs and grottos will leave you spellbound, considering that the Faroese nature is incredible and deeply rooted. Experience the narrows sounds, deep grottos, over 1500 feet high-rise cliffs and thousands of seabirds nesting.
Get Adventurous At Sea
Though the modern society of the Faroese is constantly changing, the open sea encircling the islands offers the adventurers to explore loads of fun. For all you sea lovers who want to rediscover the world of aqua, this destination is best for fishing, sailing and boat trips. The numerous bird cliffs spread across the islands give you a chance to breathe fresh air and witness some unique concerts. For the more adventurous souls, the wild sea offers excellent diving and surfing options. Move out and pick your right activity from a wide choice of experiences offered by the sea.
Your travel itinerary to Faroe Islands would not be complete without listing a pair of binoculars and sunglasses. While you will be required to don your sunglasses amid the brilliant bursting sun, the binoculars will be handy at enjoying some spectacular views of birds flying across the sea cliffs. The islands are home to over 300 different species of birds allowing you to capture the bird paradise at one place. Gannets, storm petrels, kittiwakes, puffins, hummingbirds, all are sure to give you some impressive moments to take back home.
The Faroese Churches
Right from the ancient parish wooden churches to the modern designer ones, Faroe Islands have enough for their Christian vacationers. The 12th century small parish church of St. Olav is the oldest preserved cathedral in the islands. Situated in Kirkjubøur, it is part of the Catholic episcopate. The grand and majestic ruins of the 14th century Magnus Cathedral are another attractive historical monument to impress you. As such, you will find numerous churches in Hvalvík on Streymoy, in Funningur on Eysturoy and in Porkeri on Suðuroythat giving you a glimpse of the black wooden snail resembling cathedrals. While the interiors reveal the detailed, unpainted woodwork, the beautiful carvings intoning the heavenly music will enthrall you.
Captivating Music & Sumptuous Seafood - Perfect Blend!
Experience the unique chain dance ballads with rhythmic tales displaying the Faroese culture and musical life. If you happen to visit the Faroe Islands at the end of July, do not forget to book your tickets in the center of Tórshavn during the St Olav’s Day celebrations to witness this special form of art. While for fresh fish and food lovers, the islands have umpteen scrumptious and exemplary delicacies at your service. Roast lamb with potatoes, Ræstkjøt (meat hung for 6 months before cooking), Skerpikjøt (special Faroese delicacy made after hanging the meat for over a year), cod served with pumpkin seeds, asparagus with citrus fruits in a nage sauce, mutton jerky and whale meat are some dishes to try your hand on for a cultural and aesthetic pleasure.