Faroe Islands – Atlantic weather systems moving overhead

Faroe Islands – Atlantic weather systems moving overhead

When I wanted to combine a trip to Scotland with Iceland, the Faroe Islands were an enticing stopover along the route.

Rather irregular ferry and flight schedules only allowed a 2-night stay. I was a bit apprehensive about the boat trip from Scotland, as the ocean can be quite turbulent along that route. But thankfully the ferry sailed smoothly into Tórshavn, a charming little town full of colourful and grassy houses. And there are some cozy music café’s too.

Rainbows over Tórshavn harbour, Faroe Islands.
Rainbows over Tórshavn harbour.

Grassy and colourful houses in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
Grassy & colourful houses.

Tórshavn bay and harbour, Faroe Islands.

Impressive mountains and weather systems

I arrived in a plethora of rainbows at the harbour. In the evening the place was engulfed by mysterious fog, but the next day I woke up to brilliant sunshine. There are impressive mountains everywhere, stupendously rising up from the sea.

I noticed that the climate of this remote island group in the north Atlantic Ocean was surprisingly mild. You could almost see the Atlantic weather systems moving overhead.

Kvivik village, Faroe Islands.
View from the village of Kvívík.

How to get to the Faroe Islands

The ferry connection from Scotland no longer exists, but now you can take a flight from Edinburgh with Faroese company Atlantic Airways. They also have direct flights from Denmark (Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg), Norway (Bergen) and Iceland (conveniently landing at Reykjavík domestic city airport). Seasonal flights are operated from some airports in southern Europe as well.

The only ferry connections to the Faroe Islands are with Smyril Line from Hirtshals in the north of Denmark, and Seyðisfjörður in the east of Iceland.

Visit Faroe Islands has a new website with excellent and practical information. They have even launched their own translation project – Faroe Islands Translate.

Tórshavn beach, Faroe Islands.
The beach near Tórshavn.

Faroe Islands map

This handy interactive map shows the locations in the pictures above. You can also zoom in for more details of the individual islands.

Remote Islands – Faroe Islands

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View from Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

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First published: 7 February 2017

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