When I wanted to combine a trip to Scotland with Iceland in 2007, the Faroe Islands were a logical and enticing stopover along the route. Rather irregular boat and flight schedules only allowed a 2-night stay. I was a bit apprehensive about the ferry trip from Scotland, as the ocean can be quite turbulent along that route. But luckily it sailed smoothly into Tórshavn, a charming little town full of colourful and grassy houses. And even music café’s too 🙂
I arrived in a plethora of rainbows, in the evening the place was engulfed by mysterious fog, and the next day I woke up to brilliant sunshine. The climate was surprisingly mild and there were impressive mountains everywhere, stupendously rising up from the sea. You could almost see the Atlantic weather systems moving overhead.
NaturePic Challenge – Remote Islands # 4: Faroe Islands
View from the village of Kvívík to the looming mountains of Vágar island across the fjord.
Grassy & colourful houses in Tórshavn.
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 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.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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