Faroe Islands Holidays
There is a little-known destination waiting to be explored in Europe. It rises from the swirling waters of the North Atlantic… 18 wild, windswept islands wrapped in a filigree of waves and guarded by towering sea cliffs. Seabirds far outnumber people and there are more hiking trails than roads. Turf-roofed buildings, Viking remains and cobble-street fishing villages hint at a long, intriguing history, while the islands’ quirky culture embraces everything from Michelin-starred cuisine to hand-knitted jumpers.
Whether your passion is bird-watching, photography, hiking or a simple love of wild places, our collection of self-drive and escorted hiking holidays will take you to the heart of the fascinating Faroe Islands, making the most of long summer days to discover ‘Europe’s best-kept secret’.
Faroe Island Itineraries
Essential Faroe Islands
Highlights of the Faroe Islands
Island Hopping in the Faroes
Classic Faroe Islands
About the Faroe Islands
Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago located between Iceland and Norway, about 320km north of Scotland. Swept by the Gulf Stream, the 18 islands boast 1,100km of coastline, with cliffs rearing up to 750m above a rugged shore punctuated by sea stacks. Gigantic slabs of tiered basalt, the Faroe Islands have a volcanic past. Now smothered in green turf, they were formed during violent eruptions some 55 million years ago. Plate tectonics cast the islands adrift in the North Atlantic, where ice, rain, wind, waterfalls and the constant gnawing of the ocean have sculpted them into a brooding, breathtaking wonderland for hikers and photographers.
Seabirds have found sanctuary on these far-flung islands for millennia. An estimated four million gannets, kittiwakes, storm petrels, puffins, fulmars and guillemots breed here during the summer. Combine this sheer abundance with head-spinning scenery and you have one of the world’s greatest avian spectacles.
Northern Faroe Islands
Sandoy and Suduroy
Streymoy and Nolsoy
Vagar and Mykines
History of the Faroes
The sheep population is around 70,000, while humans number 50,000. Archaeological excavations suggest people lived on the islands in the year 300, but the first recorded settlement is from Irish monks during the 6th century, followed by Norwegian Vikings a few hundred years later. Open, friendly, family-orientated and down to earth, modern-day Faroe Islanders are sticklers for tradition. They speak good English and love their food. Lamb and seafood are mainstays of Faroese gastronomy – whether you’re trying ræst, (fermented meat or fish), or sampling what many claim to be the ‘new Nordic food frontier’ at restaurants like the Michelin-starred KOKS.