The Faroe Islands… where to begin?
Because of my work, I was lucky enough to go to the Faroe Islands for a seminar. Me and my colleague decided to stay there for the rest of the week to explore. I met up with an employee of Visit Faroe Islands when she was visiting Helsinki and she gave me some nice recommendations on what to do and see – and estimated the price range roughly between Iceland and Norway, jaiks!
So, upon our arrival, me and my colleague rented a lovely room from the centre of Tórshavn via Airbnb and a car from 62N. Tórshavn is a good home base for any traveler hence of the cafe’s, restaurants and shops where one can spend time in the evenings. Although you should know the shops close really early there (5 pm, except grocery stores which can be open till midnight).
Renting your own car is recommended – it makes it so much easier to experience the islands. Roughly, it doesn’t take longer then 2 hours from Tórshavn to any place on the island.
The village of Gásadalur in the Faroe Islands is probably the most beautiful place I have ever seen (and most photographed for sure)! The waterfall, the village, the mountain… it was love at first sight.
It takes around 45 minutes to get to Gásadalur from Torshavn. We drove the scenic route to the island of Vagar (where the airport is also situated). On the scenic route you will actually pass by a prison, which probably has the most amazing view ever. It should rather be a hotel…
The village of Saksun was one of the places I really wanted to see. Just the previous day there was basically no snow up there, but when we arrived the next day it was covered in fresh white snow. The last bit of the road to Saksun is really small, one-way and probably full of sheep. So be careful. If there is another car coming the one driving on the right side should always pull aside and wait.
If you drive further up from the village of Saksun you end up to the village of Tjørnuvík. As we were driving down to the valley we saw a crazy local surfing on the beach.
The weather on the island changed all the time. I checked the weather forecast day before our flight, but it didn’t really matter. It was a lot colder then I expected. One day the wind was out of this world, I could barely walk straight! One morning it was snowing heavily, all of a sudden it was sunshine… you really need good shoes and clothes to feel warm and dry, especially if you are planning to go hiking and exploring.
The island of Kalsoy was amazing! To get there you should drive to the village of Klaksvik (takes around 1h 15 min from Torshavn) and take a 20 min car ferry to Kalsoy. Once on the island we drove 20 min more, hiked maybe 45 min and ended up to this lighthouse. During the hike the weather changed probably 10 times from sunny to blizzard to windy to warm…
I really fell in love with the Faroe Islands.
It definitely isn’t for everyone and neither should it be. If you love dramatic landscapes, friendly locals, hiking, photographing, silence and peace, sheep and charming little villages the Faroe Islands is a perfect destination for you.