On a recent visit to the team, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to explore the Faroe Islands. Recently called the #1 Best Trip To Require In 2015 by National Geographic, the Faroe Islands have long been honored for their unspoiled natural beauty. This year especially will probably be epic for the Faroe Islands, with a complete solar earthquake occurring on March 20th.
Enjoy Nature’s Bounty
Even when there are not eclipses, the Faroe Islands are impressively beautiful, especially in July and August when temperatures moderate 55oF and you will find 19 hours of daylight.
Eat Like a Viking
I am certain of one thing after spending a week in the Faroe Islands: I am going!
Faroe Islands Facts
The very best part about the Faroe Islands is the scenery and all-natural wonders that are magnificent. For Those considering heading into these North Atlantic islands, or even have tickets here are the Top Things
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Mother Earth has preferred the Faroe Islands, as evidenced by its hills and ample waterfalls. Faroese folks share their house with several migratory birds.
Puffins, Guillemots, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Storm Petrels are a couple species which come to breed. Puffins are summer visitors, which is why May 1 through September 1 is the time for bird viewing.
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There is perhaps no greater place to see several bird species in one place than Mykines. Here really is the westernmost island of the archipelago with towering cliffs that are perfect for nesting sea creatures. Spend a day hiking from the village into the lighthouse (roughly 6 hours round-trip) to your ultimate bird watching and sea views. Remember to pack a lunch for a epic al fresco picnic. Though my feet hurt by the end of it and we spent in Mykines , the photographs of these puffins remind me it was worth it.
Another way to appreciate the islands’ bird existence is in the island of Streymoy by ship tour of the Vestmanna bird cliffs. For about $40 you can hop a ship for a tour of their noises and grottos where seabirds nest.
The Faroe Islands are perfect for hikes and long walks. Landscapes and the new air make it a feast for the eyes. Verdant hills turf-roof houses, and dozens of grazing sheep create a special and serene setting. Apart from Mykines, good (and relatively easy) walking opportunities include a rise around Sørvágsvatn Lake on Vagar, a stroll around Saksun village on Streymoy, a tour of Tórshavn, and the historic postal street hike to Gásadalur.
For ultimate comfort and scenic walking paths, the village of Gjogv on Eysturoy is a must! Spend a night the most home base from which to explore the picturesque village of the stunning gorge that is natural and houses. The guesthouse includes guestrooms and a restaurant, but the real beauty lies directly outside your doorstep. Gjogv is only an hour drive from Tórshavn, making it a wonderful day excursion option if you don’t spend.
The Faroes boast waterfalls, where many are visible from the street as you push. Some of the most notable waterfalls include Fossá in northern Streymoy and also the Gásadalur waterfall in Vágar. Another way is by sealions. Have a schooner journey aboard the Norðlýsið to appreciate the diverse landscape from another viewpoint. The schooner cruise continues for three hours and departs from harbor.
The truth is that you go there will be magnificent scenery. I strongly suggest driving so that you can stop and take pictures wherever you like. Every city in the Faroes has its allure, but some our favourite stops include:
Kirkjubøur: The southernmost town in the island of Streymoy.
Has an 11th century house that is conventional, as well as the ruins of a 14th century church which you’re able to enter for a fee. It’s believed to be the oldest inhabited house on the planet.
Gjogv: I known it has already been mentioned, but Gjogv really is one of the most idyllic places I’ve ever seen. Walk around the town and enjoy the remarkable natural haven and the glorious sea views AKA the Gjogv Gorge. In case you’d like to stay the evening having the guesthouse there is quite convenient.
Tjørnuvík: Here Really Is the southernmost village in the island of Streymoy.
There are a handful of houses here, and there is not much happening in town, therefore do not forget your camera, but the views of the sand beach is!
Saksun: This village on the northwest coast of Streymoy was the perfect setting for a picnic lunch which we picked up at a supermarket along the way. The roof houses and black sand lagoon give Saksun its feel. During low tide it’s possible to wander across the lagoon. We headed around the town’s top to get panoramic photos of their houses found a grassy place to take in the view although we feasted on salmon spread and new bread.
With an abundance of new lamb and supply of seafood, guests will enjoy an collection of food. Faroese gastronomy has gotten a great deal of media attention and for good reason. The islands are also home to various herbs which can’t be found anyplace else on earth. They also boast chefs that are turning Faroese dishes to cuisine which rivals the Michelin Star tasting menus of Europe. Langoustine, lamb, salmon, and Faroese cod are just some of the delicacies.
Here are a few restaurants serving up epic meals:
KOKS: Located in the chic four-star Hotel Foroyar overlooking Tórshavn is the revolutionary restaurant initiated by Chef Poul Andrias Ziska. Utilizing local and sustainable products, KOKS has revolutionized cuisine. What you will encounter is a mixture of ancient and contemporary cooking techniques (smoking, smoking, curing, and smoking) in an industrial, minimalist setting. Demonstration that is stunning and ingredients make KOKS a must-try! Do not pass up the opportunity to have a multi-course tasting menu paired with wines. At $200 per individual, this epic meal won’t 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 best leg of lamb I’ve had in my life! It is no wonder why it’s so refreshing: sheep outnumber people here just two so there is plenty in distribution. Aarstova has mastered the art of slow cooking its lamb therefore the meat literally falls off the bone once you cut to it. Set in a quaint house in Tórshavn, Aarstova is reminiscent of a home that is hobbit. Roughly $100 per individual runs, but the meal will have you yearning for more. Highlights include bisque that is langoustine and the epic leg of lamb served with vegetables and potatoes. Reservations are a must.
Østrøm: Measures from the Tórshavn Harbor is this multi-purpose space featuring a café, boutique, and art gallery. Østrøm is a casual place to have an assortment of delicious Danish-style Smørbrød (open face sandwiches). Wonderful location for coffee and a lunch break while sightseeing in Tórshavn.
Etika: The Single sushi restaurant in the Faroe Islands is located in Tórshavn.
Brightly colored furniture, big chalkboard menus, and windows make Etika the setting for a casual supper. What you will find here is a selection of beef made with Faroese seafood. If you prefer raw, then the carrot roster is to-die-for, but Etika has only as many cooked choices: spring rolls, salmon skewers, fries, soups, and gyoza. If you’d rather take-away and eat your sushi Etika has lots of boxes.
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Bakaríið Hjá Jórun (Jorun Bakery): Situated on the island of Borðoy in Klaksvík (second largest city in the Faroes) is that this unassuming café/ bakery. Jorun Bakery is a place serving up coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, fresh sandwiches, and candy. You may also take-away to delight in your Smørbrød and desserts al fresco, although There’s a dining room inside. In the warmer months there are picnic tables outdoors overlooking the marina set up. We loved face sandwiches and chocolate tarts available.
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If you’re visiting the Faroe Islands in the summertime, take advantage of the daily music events happening, especially the ones such as St Olav’s Day celebrations by the end of July. Folk music is making a comeback, and most contemporary artists are integrating the sounds of the past into their music, creating unique sounds.
“The Faroese convention for unaccompanied singing began back into the Middle Ages with the chain dancing, still a prominent portion of the Faroese literary and musical life today, just as it was then. The chain dancing ballads are rhythmic tales which 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 require the schooner out of Tórshavn into a sea monster on the island of Nólsoy for a night of amusement in a completely nature-made auditorium. Grotto concerts occur from June through the end of August.
The Faroe Islands can get cold, so you ought to pack layers of clothes for your trip , as everyone probably knows. If you can manage to leave some space in your luggage (and not mind dishing out quite a little money) you can be the proud owner of a beautiful Faroese knit bits. Guðrun & Guðrun is the trend forward knitwear shop which has the media raving ever because detective Sarah Lund wore a Guðrun & Guðrun design on the hit Danish tv show”The Killing.” These chunky sweaters are a fashion trend, they have a long history in Faroese tradition. Designs have been based on older fishermen’s sweaters, that have been meant to maintain sailors dry and warm even. A Faroese knit sweater can set you back $300 — $400, but the quality is exceptional.
Authorities: Self-governing State of the Kingdom of Denmark (not a member of the European Union)
Population: Approximately 49,000
Industries: Fishing and Tourism
Languages spoken: Faroese and English
Currency: Faroese króna (version of the Danish krone)
Tipping: Tipping Isn’t customary in the Faroe Islands, However, it is becoming more widespread in restaurants, cafes, bars, and Leftovers
Obtaining this: By air or by sea. Atlantic Airways is the national airline with several flights into the Faroe Islands. The Faroese company Smyrill Line operates yearlong with spares from Iceland and Denmark.
And there you have it: a synopsis of the things do and to see in the Faroe Islands. The simple reality is that we didn’t even skim the surface of what the Faroes must offer you. This island bunch is really unless you want bustling towns. You’ll see, although you won’t find some of that in the Faroes.
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