On a recent trip to the sub-arctic group, I had the chance of a life to explore the Faroe Islands. Recently called the #1 Greatest Trip To Take In 2015 from National Geographic, the Faroe Islands have long been admired for their unspoiled all-natural beauty. This year especially will be epic to the Faroe Islands, using a complete solar earthquake occurring on March 20th.
Enjoy Nature’s Bounty
Even when there aren’t eclipses, the Faroe Islands are impressively beautiful, especially in July and August when temperatures average 55oF and there are 19 hours of daylight.
Eat Like a Viking
I’m sure of one thing after having a week in the Faroe Islands: I’m going!
Faroe Islands Facts
The best thing about the Faroe Islands is its own dreamlike scenery and magnificent all-natural wonders. For People thinking about going into these North Atlantic islands, or have tickets here are the Top Things
Did You Know?
The Faroe Islands have been preferred by mother Earth . Faroese men and women share their home.
Guillemots, puffins, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Storm Petrels are a few species that come to breed. Puffins are summer traffic, which is the reason May 1 through September 1 is the ideal time for bird watching.
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There’s perhaps no better place to view several bird species in 1 place than Mykines. Here is the island of the archipelago with steep cliffs that are ideal for sea birds. Spend a day hiking from the village into the lighthouse (roughly 6 hours round-trip) to your greatest bird watching and sea views. Don’t forget to pack a lunch for a epic al fresco picnic. We spent in Mykines and though my feet hurt from the end of it, the photographs of the puffins remind me how it was worth it.
A different way to appreciate the islands’ bird existence is on the island of Streymoy by ship tour of this Vestmanna bird cliffs. For about $40 you can jump a boat for a two-hour tour of the narrow noises and grottos where seabirds nest.
The Faroe Islands are also ideal for hikes and long walks. The fresh air and manicured landscapes make it a feast for the eyes. Lush hills turf-roof houses, and heaps of grazing sheep make a special and serene atmosphere. Apart from Mykines, good (and relatively easy) walking opportunities include a hike around Sørvágsvatn Lake on Vagar, a wander round Saksun village on Streymoy, also a trip of Tórshavn, and the historic postal road increase to Gásadalur.
For ultimate comfort and scenic walking paths, the village of Gjogv on Eysturoy is a must! Spend a night at the Gjaargardur Guesthouse — the most perfect home base from which to explore the village of the gorge that is stunning and homes. The guesthouse has cozy guestrooms and a restaurant, but the actual beauty lies right outside your doorstep. Gjogv is an hour drive in Tórshavn, which makes it a wonderful day excursion option even in case you don’t spend the night.
The Faroes boast numerous waterfalls, of which many are visible from the primary road as you push. Some of the most notable waterfalls include Fossá in northern Streymoy and the Gásadalur waterfall in Vágar. A different way to see the Faroes is by sea. Take a schooner ride aboard the Norðlýsið to enjoy the diverse landscape from another viewpoint. The schooner cruise continues for three hours and departs from refuge.
The truth is that you go in the Faroes there’ll be magnificent scenery. I highly suggest driving so you can stop and take photographs wherever you prefer. Every city in the Faroes has its charm, but a few our favourite stops include:
Kirkjubøur: The southernmost City on the island of Streymoy.
Has an 11th century wooden home, as well as the ruins of a 14th century church that you’re able to enter for a little charge. It’s thought to be the oldest wooden home on earth.
Gjogv: I known it’s already been noted, but Gjogv really is one of the most idyllic areas I have ever seen. Walk around the town and take in the all-natural haven and the glorious sea views AKA the Gjogv Gorge. Having the guesthouse there is quite convenient in case you’d like to stay through the night.
Tjørnuvík: Here Really Is the southernmost village on the island of Streymoy.
Are a small number of homes here, and there is not much happening in town, but the perspectives of the sand beach is totally breath-taking so remember your camera!
Saksun: This village on the shore of Streymoy has been the perfect setting for a picnic dinner that we picked up at a supermarket along the way. Black sand lagoon and the roof houses give Saksun its other-worldy feel. During low tide it is possible to wander across the lagoon. We headed up to the top of the city to find panoramic shots of the houses discovered a grassy place to take in the view while we feasted on salmon spread and bread.
With an abundance of lamb and supply of seafood, guests will enjoy an endless collection of tasty food. Faroese is becoming a lot of media attention and for good reason. The islands are also home to many different herbs that are unique that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. They also boast world-renown chefs that are turning conventional Faroese dishes to cuisine that rivals the Michelin Star tasting menus of Europe. Langoustine, poultry, poultry, and Faroese cod are just some of the delicacies that are local.
Listed below are a Couple of Notable restaurants serving epic meals up:
KOKS: Located in the posh four-star Hotel Foroyar overlooking Tórshavn is that this revolutionary restaurant pioneered by Chef Poul Andrias Ziska. Using goods that were local and sustainable, cuisine has been revolutionized by KOKS. What you will encounter is a mix of ancient and modern cooking methods (smoking, fermenting, curing, and smoking) in a commercial, chic setting. Demonstration that is stunning and seasonal ingredients make KOKS a must-try! Don’t pass up the chance to really have a multi-course tasting menu paired with wines. At $200 a person, this epic meal will not come cheap, but it is worth it! Reservations are a must.
Aarstova: My spouse is Greek, therefore I don’t say this lightly: Aarstova gets the very best leg of lamb I have had in my life! It’s no surprise it is so refreshing: sheep outnumber people here two to one so there is plenty in distribution. Aarstova has mastered the art of slow cooking its lamb therefore the meat falls off the bone when you cut to it. Set in a quaint turf-roof home in Tórshavn, Aarstova is reminiscent of a home. Roughly $100 a person runs, but the hearty meal will have you longing for more. Highlights include langoustine bisque and the epic leg of lamb served with potatoes and veggies. Reservations are a must.
Østrøm: Steps in the Tórshavn Harbor is this multi-purpose space with a café, boutique, and art gallery. Østrøm is a casual place to have an assortment of tasty Danish-style Smørbrød (open face sandwiches). Great place for a lunch and coffee break while sightseeing in Tórshavn.
Etika: The Sole sushi restaurant in the Faroe Islands is located in Tórshavn.
Windows, large menus, and brightly colored furniture create Etika the setting for a casual supper. What you will find here is a mouthwatering selection of sushi. In the event you would rather raw, the salmon roll is to-die-for, but Etika has as many cooked options: spring rolls, salmon skewers, fries, soups, and gyoza. If you prefer to take-away and consume your sushi from the haven, Etika has plenty of pre-made take-away boxes.
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Bakaríið Hjá Jórun (Jorun Bakery): Located on the island of Borðoy in Klaksvík (second biggest city in the Faroes) is this unassuming café/ bakery. Jorun Bakery is a favorite place serving up coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, fresh breads, and candy. You might to relish your Smørbrød and desserts al fresco, although is a dining room inside. In the summer months there are picnic tables outdoors overlooking the marina, set up. We loved face sandwiches and chocolate tarts open.
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If you are visiting the Faroe Islands in the summertime, benefit from the everyday music events taking place, especially the ones such as St Olav’s Day parties at the close of July. Faroese folk music is currently making a comeback, and artists are currently incorporating the sounds of the past in their music, creating sounds that are unique.
“The Faroese tradition for unaccompanied singing started back into the Middle Ages using the chain dance, still a dominant portion of the Faroese literary and musical life today, just as it had been then. The chain dance ballads are rhythmic tales that have their origins in the music about legends and heroes.”
For an intimate and unusual musical adventure, reserve a ticket to attend a concerto grotto, or grotto concert. You will take the Norðlýsið schooner out of Tórshavn for a night of acoustic amusement in a auditorium that is completely nature-made into a sea monster on the island of Nólsoy. Grotto concerts take place from June.
As you know, the Faroe Islands may get chilly, so you should pack several layers of clothes for your trip. If you can manage to leave some space in your suitcase (and not mind dishing out quite a bit of cash ) you may be the proud owner of several beautiful Faroese knit pieces. Guðrun & Guðrun is the fashion forward knitwear store that has the media raving ever since detective Sarah Lund wore a Guðrun & Guðrun design on the hit Danish television show”The Killing.” These chunky sweaters aren’t just a fashion fad, but they have a very long history in Faroese culture. Designs have been based on fishermen’s sweaters, which were supposed to maintain sailors warm and warm even. A Faroese knit sweater may set you back $300 — $400, but the quality is exceptional.
Authorities: Self-governing State of the Kingdom of Denmark (Maybe Not a Part of the European Union)
Population: Approximately 49,000
Industries: Fishing and Tourism
Languages spoken: Faroese and English
Money: Faroese króna (version of the Danish krone)
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in the Faroe Islands, However it is becoming more widespread in restaurants, cafes, bars, and Leftovers
Getting this: By air or by sea. Atlantic Airways is the national airline with flights daily into the Faroe Islands. The Faroese firm Smyrill Line operates yearlong with spares from Iceland and Denmark.
And there you have it: a synopsis of our top things do and to see in the Faroe Islands. The truth is that we didn’t even skim the surface of everything the Faroes have to offer you. If you don’t prefer loud, bustling cities, this exceptional island bunch is truly a destination that appeals to all types of travelers. You’ll discover a sense of wonder you haven’t felt since you were a child, although you will not find some of that in the Faroes.
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