Set in the gulfstream of the North Atlantic — northwest of Scotland and roughly halfway between Iceland and Norway — the Faroe Islands are poised to become as popular as Iceland in the coming year thanks to its untouched natural beauty, its culture and activities. Eighteen islands, part of Denmark, make up this archipelago where the climate is remarkably moderate, considering the location. These islands are well suited for avid hikers as it is possible to walk along ancient paths, trek to remote lighthouses or, for more of a challenge, climb up mountains. It is even possible to go rappelling from Lonin on the island of Sandoy.
We suggest downloading the Faroe Islands Tourist Guide app for some tips on getting around the islands. The infrastructure is well established, so all the small islands are connected and tiny villages are accessible. By renting a car, travelers can explore the islands in just a few hours. The other way to get around the islands is by boat; travelers can opt to take a ferry to another island or to sail aboard a schooner to go bird watching. To catch a glimpse of sea birds, including puffins, guillemots and fulmars, head to the Vestmanna bird cliffs. Here, visitors can sail through the narrow straits and see thousands of these colorful winged creatures, which breed every summer.
For a sample of the history on the Faroe Islands, we suggest visiting Kirkjubøur, which has a church from the Middle Ages that is still in use and also the world’s oldest inhabited log houses. And for memorable photos, Saksun is the place to visit. High mountains surround this town and in the fjord at the foot of the village there is a lagoon. For more photo opportunities, consider Kunoy, which has the highest mountains and famed colorful homes. Travelers can even walk from the village out to the sea where we hear it is beautiful — just be aware of high tide times. The Sørvágsvatn / Leitisvatn Lake is the largest in the Faroe Islands; this is where travelers can see the Bøsdalafossur waterfall, which cascades into the Atlantic ocean.
As for where to stay, it is possible to find some more luxury properties in the capital of Torshavn, which also has a range of modern restaurants and pubs that serve a variety of food, from Italian pizza and sushi to gourmet dishes with Faroese ingredients. The best time to visit the Faroe Islands is from April to September.