Faroe Islands Holidays
Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago located half way between Iceland and Norway. These 18 far-flung islands have dramatic scenery – soaring cliffs, crashing surf, rugged coastline – and huge numbers of seabirds. Turf-roofed buildings, Viking remains and cobble-street fishing villages hint at a long, intriguing history. The two main islands are Eysturoy and Streymoy, home of the capital Torshavn with its historic waterfront. The northern islands comprise six islands where you can enjoy breathtaking hikes while the islands of Sandoy and Suduroy with their colourful fishing villages are the most southern islands. The much-photographed Mulafossar waterfall is on Vagar as well as the international airport.
Whether your passion is bird watching, photography, hiking or a simple love of wild places, our collection of self-drive and escorted holidays will take you to the heart of the fascinating Faroe Islands.
Faroe Island Itineraries
Essential Faroe Islands
Highlights of the Faroe Islands
Island Hopping in the Faroes
Classic Faroe Islands
Planning a trip to the Faroe Islands
During the summer months make the most of the long days and discover ‘Europe’s best-kept secret’. Teeming with birds, an estimated four million gannets, kittiwakes, storm petrels, puffins, fulmars and guillemots breed on the Faroe Islands during the summer. This sheer abundance combined with head-spinning scenery is one of the world’s greatest avian spectacles. Don’t miss a boat trip along the base of 700m-tall Vestmanna cliffs with its countess birds.
Many of the islands are connected by bridge, tunnel or ferry, making the Faroe Islands perfect for an island-hopping self-drive for those who want to explore independently. On the other hand, an escorted tour leaves the driving to someone else while you learn about the history, culture and wildlife from your guide. The islands are riddled with walking tracks, in fact there are more hiking trails than roads, so you will want to stride out in the magnificent scenery. The tiny village of Gjogv on Eysturoy is a particularly good base for stunning coastal and mountain walks.
Where to go in the Faroe Islands
Northern Faroe Islands
Sandoy and Suduroy
Streymoy and Nolsoy
Vagar and Mykines
History of the Faroes
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.
The population numbers 50,000, most of which live in in the capital Torshavn, while the sheep population is around 70,000. 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.