The Faroe Islands
Midway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands poke out of the Atlantic Ocean like hardy little flowers, offering thrilling experiences in a rugged environment. The landscape is one of steep cliffs rising from the open sea, narrow straits and natural harbours surrounded by small villages. This nation of 18 small islands, all but one of which are inhabited by less than 50,000 people and more than three million sea birds, is a dream for ornithologists and nature lovers.
The Faroese are a proud people who, due to their remote location, have been able to preserve their own culture and language with its roots in the Old Norse language from the Viking Age. History is still integral to daily life – it’s one of the few places in the world where you can still experience the old medieval ballads and chain dance, practised by people in Europe more than 800 years ago.
Quietly unsurpassable, the Faroes are a firm favourite with the readers of National Geographic Traveler Magazine who voted them the ‘Best Trip 2015’. Only a few years ago they rated them their number one destination in the world among 111 island communities.
Photos: Alessio Mesiano
Fiona’s travel tipsTOP TIP: The scenery is spectacular don’t forget your binoculars . Don’t be caught out by the weather - in one day you can experience all four season from brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog and short showers.
AVAILABILITY: The summers are short and hotels fill quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.
FOR FOODIES: There is a vibrant Faroese Gourmet Scene in Torshavn. Ask us about booking you a table.
TO DO: Drive the extraordinary sub-aqquatic 'Jellyfish' roundabout between Torshavn and Eysturoy in the Faroes.
Clients’ comments“We had a fantastic trip, thank you for all your planning on our behalf. We loved the Faroes. The landscapes were stunningly strange and other-worldly, helped by the regular low cloud and mist, rapidly followed by dapples of sunshine. It was difficult to stop taking photographs! All in all it was a terrific trip, and one we will be recommending to some friends. We look forward to travelling with your assistance again soon.”
Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Grant Hutchison, Faroe Islands