Guide for your trip to the Faroe Islands
How to organize your trip to the Faroe Islands?
Howdy travelers! If you have reached this article then you are ready to unravel the mysteries of how to organize a trip to the Faroe Islands.
This mysterious group of 18 islands in the middle of the North Atlantic are one of the most unknown areas of adventure and nature tourism, a mecca for photographers and trekking enthusiasts. “Føroyar”, translated as the “Sheep Islands”, is an autonomous province of Denmark since 1948 and has a population of 50,000 inhabitants.
Capital: Tórshavn (Thor’s harbour), is about 500 km from the Arctic Circle. It is lovely to walk around this attractive city, with its colorful facades. A really fascinating option is to walk through the Tinganes peninsula. This rocky promontory houses the parliament and numerous consulates, and will help us lose ourselves in its labyrinthine streets and tiny parks. Some of the houses in the old town date from the 14th century, an area where you can breathe calm and tranquility.
Currency: The Faroese crown. Oops! But … Does Faroe not belong to Denmark? Yes, and really the Faroese crown has exactly the same value as the Danish crown (DKK). If you pay by card, the charge will be made in Danish krone, but if you use cash you can check that the banknotes are illustrated with geography and unique images of the Faroe Islands.
How many islands are there?: Speaking of 18 islands is not really accurate, the Faroe Islands are made up of 779 islands, islets and reefs. What happens is that these islets and reefs are geographically smaller than the islands, and therefore they are considered part of them.
The Faroe Islands originated in the hot spot that Iceland created millions of years ago, an area of intense volcanic activity where magma constantly rises to the surface to form a basalt crust. The pyramidal shape of its mountains is an inheritance from the previous ice age, some 12,000 – 10,000 years ago. The melting of the glaciers created the fjords where, today, colorful villages and old peat houses are built.
How can I get to the Faroe Islands?
- By plane: Vágar Airport (FAE) is located on the island of the same name, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital (one hour by car). Very close to the shore of Leitisvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. The track is really very short and the weather conditions are often difficult. This makes this airport inaccessible to many types of aircraft. Faroese pilots receive special training, as do any foreign pilot wishing to land in Vágar.
- By boat/ferry: It is possible to travel to the Faroe Islands on board the ferry MS NORRÖNA, a journey of approximately 36 hours that connects the port of Hirtshals (Denmark), to Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) and finally completes its crossing in Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) .- In high season (June 13 – August 28) there are two weekly departures from Denmark to the Faroe Islands, Sunday morning and Tuesday morning.
– In low and mid season (from January 2 to June 11 and from August 29 to December 19), the ferry departs from Denmark on Saturday.
Is it better to travel by yourself or with a guide?
After several years guiding in the wildest destinations, and despite the fact that the islands are very well connected, from Amarok Adventures we fervently defend the option of traveling with a guide to the Faroe Islands.
In recent years, the increase in tourism on the islands has encouraged the local government to opt for an environmental protection plan and closure of different areas with the aim of their conservation. With a guide, you will not only be able to help protect all the natural areas so that the islands are not damaged, but you will also discover the most unknown places with the help of experienced guides and you will access areas reserved only for those who know the owners of the islands. lands, such as the small vertical islet of Tindhólmur.