The Faroe Islands has got to be one of the most magical places I’ve visited. The mystic mountains define your view, the oceans smash against the high cliffs, the green landscape amazes you and the quietness surprises you.
I’ve said this so many times before, but really: The Faroe Islands are unique like no other.
The Faroe Islands are till this day quite undiscovered. There aren’t many tourists on the islands yet, there aren’t many tourist activities and there definitely aren’t many hotels where you can book a room.
However, this is changing quite fast, and the Faroe Islands are finally getting a bit of the attention they deserve from travelers all around the world.
And how could it be anything else? The Faroe Islands are stunning, and there is absolutely no reason to not visit.
I’ve written tons of articles about the Faroe Islands before, like 10 Places You Have To See In The Faroe Islands, What To Pack For The Faroe Islands and A One Week Itinerary, but I still get a lot of questions about the Faroe Islands, which is why I am writing this article today: the ultimate Faroe Islands travel guide!
The Practical Information
THE COUNTRY The Faroe Islands actually isn’t a country, but a part of Denmark. However, the Faroe Islands does has her own political system and isn’t a part of the European Union, unlike Denmark itself. There live about 50.000 people on the Faroe Islands – jup, not a lot!
THE LANGUAGE The Faroe Islands have their own language, but they also speak a bit of Danish. Not everyone speaks English, which can be quite tough as a tourist.
THE CURRENCY Just as in Denmark, in the Faroe Islands you can pay with Danish Crowns. However the Faroe Islands also has her own Crowns which you can not use in Denmark. You can’t pay with Euro on the islands.
GETTING THERE The flight connections to the Faroe Islands can be quite difficult. The Faroe Islands has her own airline (Atlantic Airways) but you can’t fly to the Faroe Islands from out a lot of destinations. I guess the most common stop over is in Copenhagen (capital of Denmark) but you can also fly from out Iceland or Barcelona.
VISA If you are European you don’t need a visa to visit the Faroe Islands, if you are not from Europe you have to check visa requirements. Also: if you have a visa for the EU make sure to check if you can get entry to the Faroe Islands as it is NOT part of the EU.
When Is The Best Time To Travel?
The weather in the Faroe Islands can be quite unpredictable and strong wind, rain and fog definitely isn’t uncommon. It doesn’t get very warm in the Faroe Islands but it also doesn’t get very cold. I guess you can say the weather is pretty comparable to Scotland, for example.
Rain and fog can occur during any month of the year. However, during the warmer months of the year (may to september) you are most likely to have less chance to be stuck with rain. Still, during these months there is a higher chance of fog. Traveling in the other months of the year can either be good or bad. I traveled during Oktober and we traveled in a great week with almost no fog and rain, however during the week after we left there was a lot of rain predicted.
I can’t really talk about the ‘best time to travel’ to the Faroe Islands, since every month has her pro’s and con’s. Traveling to the Faroe Islands always means that you have to be prepared for every type of weather.
Costs and Budget
To say the least: The Faroe Islands can be pretty expensive. Because the islands are so small, and because basically everything has to be imported, prices of food, items and transport are higher as in other countries in Europe. So make sure to bring enough money with you when traveling to the Faroe Islands.
As I said before: there aren’t a lot of tourist activities around the Faroe Islands – activities like guided tours and excursions. So you are most likely traveling the island yourself, hiking, and walking around which means you hardly have any costs for tourist activities. So food, transportation and accommodation are basically your only costs on the islands.
Staying in Airbnb’s and going to the supermarket rather than go out to dinner can make a huge difference in your expenses, however, the supermarkets are still pretty expensive – again, everything has to be imported.
A lot of tourists stay in the capital of the city and travel around the islands from out there. I would advice you to book a couple of hotels around the different islands to make the most of your stay. If you want to see a lot on the different islands it is easier too, because believe it or not: but a drive from A to B can cost you a lot of time (plus you’ll have to cross tollroads a lot).
There are a lot of busses going around the islands, so you can rely on public transport once you are there. Of course there are also a couple of taxi companies. However, seeing the unpredictable weather, and the very few amount of indoor activities you might want to rent a car so you can go and move whenever you want to, without having to wait on a bus. Also, not everything you want to see as a tourist is reachable by public transport, so I would definitely recommend you to rent a car during you time on the Faroe Islands.
Most of the islands are connected by underground tunnels or bridges (toll roads), but some of the islands, that are further away from the main islands, are only reachable by ferry OR helicopter.
As I just said: a lot of tourists stay in the capital while traveling around the islands. The capital (Torshavn) has, compared to the other cities and villages, a lot of hotels. But I would definitely recommend you to book your accommodation around the different islands to get a full Faroe Islands-experience. Since there aren’t a lot of hotels on the Faroe Islands you should definitely book everything in advance, as fast as you can after booking your tickets, to make sure the hotels aren’t sold out once you’re traveling.
We mostly stayed in Airbnb’s around the islands, and if you check out a couple of places that are for rent on Airbnb you immediately understand why. In the capital we stayed at Hotel Foroyar, a hotel I definitely can recommend to you!