A Week In The Faroe Islands
It’s been only a couple of hours since I returned home from my trip to the Faroe Islands. It’s been eight lovely days visiting a beautiful destination that has been on top of my bucket list since years now.
How crazy is it that I finally got to visit it in real life?!
The Faroe Islands lived up to expectation. The views and the natures are everything they say it is. Dreamy, magical and for sure: unique. The villages are as cute as they seem to be, and smaller than you think they would be. The islands were a lot quieter than you would dare to think, and unlike any other destination the sounds of nature are a lot easier to hear, with hardly any other noises interrupting. Sounds from cars, from laughter, from machines or from sirenes. Nothing. Nothing at all, but the ocean hitting the high cliffs.
I’ve written one article about the Faroe Islands already: about visiting lake Sørvágsvatn, something I just couldn’t wait writing about, since this was THE thing that convinced me to travel to the Faroe Islands years and years ago. I just wanted and needed to share it with you as soon as possible.
I’ve also published a couple of vlogs already, over on my Dutch Youtube channel, so if you want to learn a new language or speak Dutch you can check out those too!
But before I wanted to publish and share more from my journey I just wanted to publish a photo diary. To start reminiscing, and to share.
ABOVE – Arriving in the Faroe Islands! We flew from Amsterdam to Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands, quite a long journey for a destination that is actually so closeby. But when you see this view you are sold.
Also: The Faroe Islands definitely has the most beautiful airport I’ve ever been (location wise). Surrounded by mountains, and situated directly to a beautiful lake: definitely a plus!
BELOW – We arrived late in the afternoon, and since it gets dark quite early we didn’t have much time to do a lot, so we decided to go for a short walk close to our Airbnb!
ABOVE – On our first day we hiked up to lake Sørvágsvatn, the most beautiful and unrealistic lake you ever did saw. I fell in love with this lake a long time before seeing it in real life, but once you stand there in person.. you absolutely have no words.
BELOW – The village of Gásadalur, where you’ll also find this insane waterfall. This village plus the waterfall definitely are an ‘only in the Faroe Islands’. Two insane views crossed off from my bucket list in one day!
ABOVE – So while walking along the cliffside in Gásadalur this dog came storming up upon us. She was the cutest! Running with us through the village persuading us to play with her and to make her fetch everything she could find. The funniest thing was though, when I came home and Googled articles from other bloggers who went to this village.. And guess what? They all wrote about the same dog! Guess she is the main attraction of Gásadalur!
BELOW – The typical ‘green-roofed’ houses you will find a lot on the Faroe Islands. The cutest!
ABOVE – Some random views across the scenic routes of the islands a.k.a the Buttercup Roads.
BELOW – The village of Gjógv! Gjógv definitely was my favorite village on the Faroe Islands. The location was absolutely stunning and the city itself was just everything you wished to see. It was small, old and very, very cute. We also found our first restaurant here! And guess what? It was opened as well! This may sound quite strange to you, but really, outside of the capital restaurants are quite a rare thing. So when we stumbled upon this restaurant on our fourth day we were pretty pleased!
ABOVE – No country can pull of bad weather like the Faroe Islands can. Photos are taken in Gjógv as well!
BELOW – The cliffs of Gjógv and more photos of the village itself!
BELOW – The picture perfect town of Saksun, which is the final destination of one of the most famous Buttercup roads of The Faroe Islands.
ABOVE – More pictures of Saksun!
BELOW – Another beautiful location we spotted while driving one of the Buttercup Roads. Don’t you just love the location of this village? Surrounded by cliffs and mountains?
ABOVE – The harsh reality of how The Faroe Islands can also look. We were really fortunate with the weather, having almost no fog or rain. What a shame it would be to travel to the Faroe Islands and to see nothing but fog for the rest of your trip! Still, it is part of the climate of the islands, so it is easy to find yourself driving surrounded with nothing but white.
BELOW – The second restaurant we found, and guess what?! We weren’t the only guests. We stopped at this restaurant after arriving in Klaksvik to get some coffee. Klaksvik is the second largest city of the Faroe Islands (4.600 people) up north.
ABOVE – Our Airbnb location was the best, we stayed in a small renovated boathouse, which left us with an insane view over the harbor of Klaksvik. Above is our view during the day.
BELOW – the view over the harbor during the night. We just sat there watching the city lights. Just love to do that.
ABOVE – We hiked up in the mountains above Klaksvik to watch over the city. I adore this photo I shot while we were hiking. Don’t you just love this view?
BELOW – Klaksvik from above.
ABOVE – There are 50.000 people living on the Faroe Islands, but 70.000 sheeps. We spotted quite a few of them, but I really love these photos I shot from the sheep in Klaksvik – you can see the city in the background.
BELOW – On top of the mountain you could watch over Klaksvik but this was the view when you turned the other way. So many beautiful views.. I can’t pick my favorite one!
ABOVE – Walking over the Buttercup Roads.
BELOW – The most northern town of the Faroe Islands: Viðareiði. A really small town, with what they say is the most beautiful church of the island!
BELOW – On our last day in the Faroe Islands we stayed in the capital of the islands: Tórshavn, a city with around 20.000 inhabitants. We only stayed here for one night, but we got a quite good impression of the city.
ABOVE – I really liked how, even in the capital, the houses were quite old and had quite a lot of space around them. How many big cities do you know where the houses – in the center of the center – have huge gardens? Of course, these houses also had the typical grass roofs, just like in any other village on the Faroe Islands.
BELOW – The restaurant where we ate our lunch during the day we spent in Tórshavn. Love the decor!
BELOW – We spent the night at Hotel Føroyar, a really good hotel overlooking on the capital. Apparently the royal family of Denmark also stayed here, as well as Bill Clinton himself! During the night we ate at the restaurant here, and I even felt motivated enough to use the fitnessroom in the hotel! I always love staying in Airbnb’s, but this hotel wasn’t really a punishment either.
ABOVE – Always end a trip with a good airplane shot.