Posted on 09/06/2021

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Five Reasons to Visit the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 volcanic islands, located roughly in the middle between Norway and Iceland. The Faroe islands are very rarely visited, and are home to only 53,000 people. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago but are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, they use the Danish Krone, but they issue their own passports. The inhabitants speak Faroese or Danish. These not very known islands are a great place to visit, and here are five reasons why!

The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 volcanic islands, located roughly in the middle between Norway and Iceland. The Faroe islands are very rarely visited, and are home to only 53,000 people. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago but are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, they use the Danish Krone, but they issue their own passports. The inhabitants speak Faroese or Danish. These not very known islands are a great place to visit, and here are five reasons why!

Mykines

Mykines © Guillermo Avello / 123RF

Mykines is the westernmost island of the archipelago and is the best place for wildlife and nature lovers. To get to this island, you will either take a ferry across or you will take a helicopter, note that if you take the helicopter, it only goes one way so you will have to take a ferry on the way back. Once you have reached the island, we recommend you take a hike from the old village with turf-roofed houses to the islet of Mykineshólmur. This hike can either be done by yourself or as part of a guided tour. For those wildlife lovers, be on the lookout for puffins that come out of their burrows to catch fresh food for their younglings. If you plan your trip between early May and August, you will almost certainly see these delightful birds. The hike will take roughly an hour and a half.

Saksun

Saksun © Francisco De Casa Gonzalez / 123RF

Saksun is a small village accessible via a winding one-way road,which will lead you to turf-roofed houses. Naturally, the landscape here will vary depending on the season, in the summer it will be a luscious green, in the winter, the houses will be covered in beautiful white snow. Also, the walk by the shore - low tide only - is beautiful and it is also a great place to stargaze at night, as the light pollution is near inexistant. The unique houses will make you feel like you are walking in a village from a beloved fairytale.

Norđradalur

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The dramatic road leading to the small village of Norđradalur is simply stunning. Before you head to the village, be sure to check out the highest point Norđradalsskarđ, where you can admire some amazing views. Within the valley you will find the beautiful village of Norđradalur, which is home to only 12 people. As you visit the tiny village, you will be accompanied by the sounds of crashing waves against the rocks that have been carved by the wind and sea water. Allow yourself a moment to just close your eyes and enjoy and connect with the natural world around you. Norđradalur is only an 15-minute's drive from the capital Tórshavn. If you don't feel like walking, biking is an excellent way to visit this magnificent place.

Drangarnir

Drangarnir © Francisco De Casa Gonzalez / 123RF

Drangarnir is one of the most beautiful and well-known places on the Faroe Islands. This natural stack of rocks will take your breath away. The hike up to Drangarnir is not for the inexperienced hikers, however, the effort you put in will be rewarded by the spectacular views. You can also see Drangarnir from the nearby village Břur. Another great way to experience this natural wonder is via boat, where you will sail to the sea stack. The boat tours depart from the nearby village Sřrvágur.

Gjógv

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Head as far north as you can on the island of Eysturoy, and you will find yourself in Gjógv. This small village looks like it has been stuck in time and has a wonderful charm to it. There are plenty of hiking options for nature lovers and adventurers. Situated about an hour's away from the capital, you can enjoy some amazon natural wonders. For example, head down the stone steps that lead to the ocean-filled gorge and brace yourself for the loud crashing waves. When in Gjógv, you can also go for a longer hike to the stunning valley Ambadalur.