Faroe Islands Holidays
Isolated, unexplored and unspoiled, the Faroe Islands are a place of legendary beauty and local pride. Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the self-governing archipelago is located halfway between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. Whilst visitors are impressed with the regions quaint, colourful homes and dramatic landscapes, the Faroe Islands still seem to go under the standard traveller’s radar.
18 small islands make up this nation of just 50,000 people, representing an incredible 80 different nationalities. 18 lumps of volcanic rock cloaked in greener-than-green pastures where rugged coastlines and soaring cliffs enclose hidden lakes, precipitous cliffs and the multicoloured homes of tight-knit communities and peeping puffins.
Whether your passion is bird watching, photography, hiking or a simple love of wild places, this proud and vibrant little nation will no doubt surprise and delight any traveller. Explore our sample of trips that will be sure to take you to the heart of the fascinating Faroe Islands.
Faroe Island Itineraries
Essential Faroe Islands
Island Hopping in the Faroes
Classic Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands Adventure
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.