Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands are so unique and special that it’s even difficult to put into words.

Adrift in the whirling rhythmic North Atlantic Sea, a different world lingers. A place like no other on earth. An idyllic escape, peacefully nestled among lush green valleys, imposing basalt cliffs, large treeless moors and waterfalls plunging directly into the wind-ravaged ocean. Unfathomable beauty, mysteriously hidden away like a figment of a child’s imagination.

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The 18 jagged volcanic islands of the Faroes resemble a handful of rocks haphazardly scattered in the deep-sea ocean. Home to mountains and myths, hobbit-esque houses with grass roofs and grazing rugged sheep, these islands form the perfect playground for the senses. They inexplicably reveal a soothing sound of silence and a hint of rawness, enhanced only by the taste of the freshest air and the sight of vast landscapes in any direction. And the scent! That aroma of unhurried childhood.

“Home to mountains and myths“

Fickle and highly changeable weather adds to the charm (or presents a challenge, depending how you see it). Hold both palms out and you may feel snow falling on one palm and the sun shining on the other. Nevertheless, the multitude of options on the islands minimise the importance of the weather. There is always something going on, regardless. The Faroese people have been shaped by the harsh elements that have surrounded them for generations; an exquisite mix of isolation, robustness and restraint, open arms, authenticity and warmth.

Few communities so small can boast of an equally vibrant arts and music scene, while Faroese gastronomy has never been better. The small capital city Tórshavn conceals art studios and galleries behind every corner. The small but charming harbour is home to highly sought-after restaurants. The local cuisine is raised to such a high level that every restaurant here could be listed in the Gault Millau. With KOKS, the Faroe Islands have been putting their gastronomy on the map for several years now with this indescribable Michelin star restaurant. Would you come to the Faroe Islands just for this… or not?

It isn’t all slow and easy-going. The islands are also an adrenaline junkie’s dream, with a perfect range of fast-paced activities on land and on the sea. How about going out into the rough sea with a RIB and then diving into the turbulent sea in a drysuit? Paragliding and admiring the puffins on the edge of the cliffs in the meantime?

Unspoiled, untapped and unbelievable.

All this and more makes for a unique and inimitable destination on the edge of the world. A place that is truly unspoiled, untapped and unbelievable.

Europe’s best-kept secret
And they like to keep it that way. No mass tourism, only visitors with a genuine interest in their culture and their islands.

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Did you know?

They close the islands to tourists once a year? At that time, you can only come to the Faroe Islands as a volunteer to clean up and restore the islands where necessary. Immensely popular and it’s best to register for this 2 years in advance!

In 2020, just as COVID-19 was on the rise in Europe, the Faroe Islands were quick to promote their Remote Tourism. Discover the islands from your seat! An innovative and high-tech app. It’s safe to say, Faroese inhabitants are very innovative and creative.