Welcome to the Faroe Islands

Adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find 18 wild islands... Welcome to the Faroe Islands

Adrift in the whirling rhythmic North Atlantic Sea, a different world lingers. A place like no other on earth. An idyllic escape, peacefully set among lush green valleys, imposing basalt cliffs, grand treeless moorlands and waterfalls plunging directly into the wind whipped ocean.

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ABOUT THE FAROE ISLANDS

Quick Facts

Location: In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Scotland and Iceland
Population: 52,656
Capital City: Tórshavn
Language: Faroese. Danish has equal status in all political and official affairs, and many people speak English as a second or third language
Currency: Faroese króna (DKK)
Status: Self-governing region within the Kingdom of Denmark

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Geography

The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of eighteen islands between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about half-way between Iceland and Norway. It is 1,393 square kilometres in area, and includes small lakes and rivers, but no major ones. There are 1,117 kilometres of coastline.  The Faroe Islands generally have cool summers and mild winters, with a usually overcast sky and frequent fog and strong winds. Although at a high latitude, due to the Gulf Stream their climate is mild. The islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly bordered by cliffs. The Faroe Islands are notable for having the highest sea cliffs in Europe, and some of the highest in the world otherwise. The highest point is at Slættaratindur, which is 882 metres above sea level.

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History

Archeological digs have uncovered that the Faroe Islands have been inhabited since between 300 and 500 AD, and it is believed that Norsemen settled the Faroe Islands in the 9th century or 10th century. These were emigrants from Norway believed to be escaping King Herald. As well as Norwegians, settlers included those from Scotland and Ireland, thought to be escaping ongoing viking raids in their home countries. The name of the islands is believed to have derived from the term farei. The name has long been understood as based on Old Norse fár "livestock", thus fær-øer "sheep islands".



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Nature

The flora and fauna of the Faroe Islands reflects its raw and remote nature. From rolling green valleys, tidal lagoons, and sea cliffs engulfing the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands provides a haven for an abundance of nature and wild life.  Migratory pilot whales, colonies of puffins, and around 300 different bird species have been recorded on the Islands. And not to mention the resident sheep, a staple Faroese diet, who also provide wool for traditional Faroese clothing.

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Culture

The Faroe Islands have beautifully maintained their original culture, and when you visit you'll notice this in the people you meet, food you eat, architecture, and the traditional experiences you'll witness. The Faroese language descended from the Old Norse language, spoken in the Viking Age, and it has maintained a rich spoken tradition, which was not written down (only spoken!), for more than 300 years. 


TRAVEL INFORMATION & TIPS

Do I need a visa to enter the Faroe Islands? What sort of clothes should I pack? Am I expected to tip? Don’t worry, we know the answers.

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Transport

The Faroe Islands use two airlines - Atlantic Airways and Scandinavian Airlines. You can fly non-stop from cities like Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Bergen, and other European cities. 

On arrival in the Faroe Islands, there are many car rental companies as this is the best way to explore the islands. For more information on hiring a car, and driving rules, visit our helpful guide with our partner Visit Faroe Islands


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Accommodation

From luxurious rooms with ocean sea views, to more budget accommodation with walking distance of Tórshavn, there are many places to stay in the Faroe Islands including hotels, Airbnb's, Guest Houses, and Hostels. There is also one designated campsite in Tórshavn where you can sleep under the canvas and enjoy the sound of crashing waves of the North Atlantic. For more information on where to stay, visit the 'Plan your trip' then 'Accommodation' pages.

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The Festival

Átjan Wild Islands is a five day adventure festival in the Faroe Islands combining competitive mountain running events from 10km trail to ultra-marathons, adventure activities, and unique after parties.

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Practical Information

From changes in currency and rules of the road, to hiking guidelines and tipping etiquette, visiting somewhere new comes with discovery and learning. Here are some helpful things to know before you arrive in the Faroe Islands.

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Trail Races

Discover trail running at it's finest with a choice of four distances from 10km to around 60km.