The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a jewel of nature in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Let the pictures that you are going to see give you the desire to discover this place and meet their welcoming inhabitants.

Traditional grass-roofed loghouse in Kirkjubour.

There are only 52 thousand inhabitants on the Faroe Islands, but you do not have the feeling of being on a desert island. When offices finish their work, there is a continuous flow of cars on the roads.

Situated on the 62 parallel, the Faroe Island have almost no night during summer time, and conversely, few daylight during the wintertime. Consequently, summer is also the high season in the Faroe Islands. Even if prices for hotels skyrocket at that time, it is almost impossible to find an accommodation. Apart from these long days, a trip to the Faroe Islands in Spring or Autumn can be much more rewarding as there would be less tourists and prices would be more affordable. This is worth remembering.

The port of Torshavn.

The Faroese are very friendly, but in the meantime, they are rugged Nordic people. The typical climate on the Faroe Islands is rain, fog, stormy wind and with some hours of sun in the same day. The Faroese say they live in the weather, with the weather and despite of the weather. They are very flexible in their schedule planning because no one can predict what event may hamper your projects.

For this reason, it is better to allow one day in Copenhagen before your flight to Tórshavn and possibly one day more back. Flights can easily be canceled or rerouted to another airport. I was flying in a thick fog one hour around the Vágar airport, before being rerouted to Reykjavik. The plane made it to Vágar only the next day. So plan with some buffer time or by taking into account this risk. This is also another valuable advice.

Volcanic sand at the bay of Tjornuvik.

The local cuisine is delicious. The finest restaurants, such as Michelin-awarded Koks, Barbara Fishhouse, Etika Sushi Bar or Áarstova at Tórshavn serve fresh fish, good wines and have very efficient service.

Green hills and waterfalls cutting the black basalt underneath form the dramatic landscapes of the Faroe Islands. The origins if the Faroe Islands are similar to those of Iceland; That is, due to the volcanic activity at the Atlantic ridge, only 30 million years older.

Mulafossur waterfall.

There are more and more possibilities to land at the Faroe Islands. Not only from Copenhagen, as it used to be, but now from you have direct flights from Iceland, France, Norway and the UK. The Faroe Islands are becoming famous, so rush up to take advantage of their authenticity.

 

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  • © Sebastian Zelechowski, Moscow 2011
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