Major Tourist Attractions: Hestur, Torshavn Cathedral, Nolsoy, Sorvagur
The Faroe Islands are eighteen small islands found deep in the Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Scotland. They are small, misty, chilly and strange but those who make the trek to this remote land will be treated to stunning scenery, serious isolation and a mystic Viking history that sets the Faroese apart.
Although technically a territory of Denmark, the Faroe Islands are a self-governing entity with their own unique culture and language. Faroese is similar to Icelandic and can be traced back to the Nordic vikings who settled the islands over 1000 years ago. Many people also speak English and Dutch.
The tourist season for the islands is very short. Temperamental weather and lack of sunlight means that nearly all visitors come between May and September, with the majority visiting in July and August. Several of the major islands are connected via highway tunnels, while others are only serviced by ferries. Hiking and biking are also possibilities for getting from point a to point b.
Along with fishing, tourism is one of the area's major industries. As a result visitors will be received warmly. The islands are exceptionally safe with crime basically being a non-issue.
Some of the many unique activities found only on the Faroe Islands include:
- Try Faroese specialties like cake-stuffed puffin and whale steak.
- Stock up on warm wool clothing, made from local sheep.
- Climb Slættaratindur, the highest mountain on the islands.
- Visit the Faroese parliament building, the løgting, in Tórshavn.
- Celebrate the summer solstice with many Faroese natives at the hot springs of Varmakelda.
- Birdwatch for puffins, stormy petrels and more.
- Visit picturesque small villages like Oyndarfjørður and Kirkjubøur.
Address: Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Phone: +45 3341 7100
(M-F, except holidays 0830-1700)
After Hours: +45 3341 7400.