The Faroe Islands: Breathtaking destination (travel guide 2020)

The Faroe Islands: Breathtaking destination (travel guide 2020)



Faroe Islands the name in Danish means the islands of the sheep and you'll see why. it's located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles off the coast of northern Europe between Norway and Iceland.

The first people to colonize the islands were Norwegians about 1200 years ago and it became a major Viking settlement at that time the two major industries are fishing and tourism.

So, where to go? what to see? where to stay? what to wear? what car to rent? and what are the drone rules for the Faroe Islands?

In this guide, I will try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Faroe Islands.

So where to stay in the Faroe Islands?


There are a lot of Airbnb and hotels in the Faroe Islands, and since the Faroe Islands are so small it's fairly easy to drive around and get to the different locations and just stay in one location. I personally prefer to stay in just one location and that one location is the one that is closest to the locations I prioritize as sunrise locations. 

Then I don't have to get out of bed too early so regard to where to stay. I personally prefer one location which is a practical one close to the locations I want to photograph first and foremost.

The next question you probably want to answer is how to get around? and I personally really prefer to just have a car there are plenty of rental car companies up in the Faroes so there's a lot to choose from, and depending on what budget you can get basically everything.

Car rental in the Faroe Islands as with everything else in the Faroe Islands is a little bit more expensive than in a lot of other countries. but the good thing is that the infrastructure in the Faroes Islands is very good. The road conditions are very good unless it's like really a blizzard winter which it rarely is you can actually get around with the smallest possible car you can rent. 

Obviously, you need to take into consideration how much luggage you have, but generally a small car, in my opinion, is the way to go because sometimes some of the roads become fairly small and you do want one of those big luxury cars if you want to go far out and explore the Faroe Islands.

In the Faroe Islands there are tunnels that cost a fee of hundred Danish crowns for a return ticket. some car rental companies offer to pay your tunnel fees in advance for a certain amount of money.  personally, I always accept this offer as I passed tunnels quite often. you will have to make the math yourself if it makes sense for you.

Weather in the Faroe Island.


As you can probably imagine the weather it's not always good in the Faroe Islands, it's probably a little bit windy sometimes. 

The Faroes are known for rain and wind, so expect that no matter how long you stay up in Faroe islands, but the weather changes a lot in the Faroe Islands like Iceland the weather changes a lot but in the Faroes, it changes even more. which means you should basically expect everything.

Everything from rain and clear skies to a lot of wind to major storms to almost no wind you can experience, and low hanging clouds.

The weather just changes a lot. so obviously you have to wear clothing that matches that weather, generally, I always say if you go for hikes if you go out to enjoy nature which I expect you to do, always, always wear proper hiking boots, and wear waterproof hiking boots, it is just so important, even though it might not have rained for several days the ground is usually pretty wet when you walk in the hills or on the trails. 

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Generally also just wear more or less waterproof clothing, and chances that you will be hit by a shower pretty big even though it's clear weather, it could change in an hour, just wear practical outdoor clothing don't wear sneakers when you go for a hike generally when it comes to jackets and what wear in Faroe island, wear layers, if you go on a hike you're probably sweaty when you start photographing and you want to get that layer off because that is really what gets to that's what makes you cold that's the wetness and most that your body produces inside.

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And standing still for a couple of hours photographing it really fast becomes really cold.

Generally during summer the weather is also warmer but contrary to popular belief the Faroe Islands is not super cold during winter, they are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there is no land to stop all the weather systems this is why the weather changes as much as it does, so during summer the temperature is averagely more or less 10 degrees warmer than it is averagely during winter.
 it is also extremely important that you take care of yourself, as I have already mentioned bring proper footwear hiking boots and so forth. the mountains can often be very dangerous and it is easy to slip and fall down, so just take care of yourself and don't do anything which looks dangerous just remember your brain.

What to see, and where to go?


There are 8 best and famous places that we think is really worth visiting in the Faroe Islands:

#1 - Boat trip from Vestmanna

first up is a boat trip along, the coast from Vestmanna. the cliffs are truly amazing and you get to see a lot of birds. remember to bring proper clothing and hauled on because the boat moves a lot in the waves.

Boat trip from Vestmanna

#2 - Torshavn


Next is the capital Torshavn with around 30.000 citizens, it's a small and cozy town.

many of the houses still use sod roofing including the Parliament building in the center of the frame and you can see the door to the office of the Prime Minister.

A few minutes walk from the Parliament building is a small hill tough with suddenly historical buildings and a great view of the city.

Torshavn


The Faroe Islands have no native forests but if you head north in the capital you can see one of the very few introduced ones. it's a beautiful place to go for a walk and have lunch.

#3 - Traelanipan

It's one of the really famous viewpoints on the Faroe Islands. there's a lake separated from the ocean by some large cliffs because the lake is above the ocean, but appears to be connected it messes with the brain's view. 

Traelanipan

#4 - Mulafossur waterfall

Another one of the most famous views on the Faroe Islands are the Mulafossur waterfall in Gasadalur.
It is hidden away behind two mountains but can be accessed easily thanks to a tunnel.

All the waterfalls on the Faroe Islands are the result of rainwater so the most spectacular views are right after a big downpour.

If it has been a weaker war since the last rainfall some of the smaller waterfalls might cease to exist but Mulafossur is luckily big enough for that not to be a problem.

Mulafossur waterfall

#5 - Kunoy Park

As we mentioned before there are a few introduced forests in the Faroe Islands. in addition to the one in Torshavn, there is another one on the island of Kunoy named Kunoy Park.

It looks pretty amazing with the completely barren the landscape all around and the sudden formation of trees coming out of nowhere as this is a more remote location you might be lucky and get this place all to yourself.


#6 - Saksun

Next up is the town of Saksun and its nearby Lagoon. this is another beautiful landscape you can hike around the lagoon.

Saksun

#7 - Gjogv


Another small town in the Faroe Islands is Gjogv.  the small stunning town offers some really beautiful views and if you're looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy looking no further.

In the evenings they sometimes turn on lights make the look even more amazing.

Gjogv


#8 – Slaettaratindur


Last but not least is the very top of the Faroe Islands the highest point on the islands is
Slaettaratindur, that can be scaled in about an hour they can get quite windy but the views from the top are worth the trek.

on a clear day, you can apparently see all the 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands.

Slaettaratindur

We also want to point out some fun facts about The Faroe Islands on google:

The locals were quite disappointed that Google Translate didn't feature the various language and decided to make their own. if I head over to FaroeislandsTranslate.com you can type in a phrase in English and have a local translate the phrase into Faroese.

FaroeislandsTranslate.com


What gear to bring?


So, in regard to what gear to bring I would highly suggest to just bring everything lenses that cover the focal length from 16 millimeters all the way up to 200 millimeters, should be sufficient. bring filters neutral density filters especially polarizers can make a difference on blue sky days, it also removes glare from all the water and all the streams which up there.

It comes highly recommended to have a camera which is durable in bad weather so some kind of weather sealing is good many of the semi-professional Canon cameras, Nikon cameras, even the Sony cameras now, Olympus are pretty good with the weather sealing.

Also, bring a backpack which has some kind of rain cover or a waterproof backpack whatever works for you, just remember that it rains quite a lot up there, and the ground can be very wet too.

Where you can fly a drone in Faroe Island?


There are of course also rules in regard to where you can fly a drone in the Faroe Islands, and the rules are fairly simple.

The two main things you need to be aware of is that you have to be at least five kilometers away from the airport on Vagar, that means that an example you can't fly your drone, it's simply too dangerous, because the planes to get fairly close to the ground when they are arriving at the Faroes.

Also, you need to be at least 150 meters away from any settlement or town there are more rules and I would highly suggest to read them on  Faroeislands.fo


https://www.faroeislands.fo/


Another extremely important rule you will have to adhere to is not to disturb and stress the wildlife during mating and summer season there are many birds all over the Faroes.

The drones stress out the chickens and young birds and they might fall from the nests so be very cautious not to get close to the birds and especially their nests.
So contrary to Iceland, Norway, there are no free-roaming laws in the Faroe Islands, that means that whatever land you are walking on is basically privately owned and the farmers or the landowners can do with it what they want to do, and that includes charging a price for entering their property.

I do get a lot of questions in regard to all these restrictions where to go where you're allowed to go can you go there to need a guide and so forth and I honestly can't give you a proper answer because it is changing all the time there's a lot of rumors and it will especially change here too during 2020 all I can say is keep an eye on visit Faroeislands.fo that is where I can see the most recent news in regard to those restrictions.

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So, when is the best time to go to the Faroe Islands?

That the question, in my opinion, depends on what you want.

As a photographer be aware that where the Sunrises and sets dependent on the time of the year from the summer solstice to the winter solstice, there's a 120-degree difference. we are so far north that the Sun does not set directly in east and west as it does closer to the equator.

This has a huge impact on how a specific photography location is being perceived, depending on what you want you will have to prepare from home when the Sun is in a direction during sunset or sunrise if that's what you want, which is desirable for your vision as a photographer.

Also, during summer starts May all the way through October the grass is just greener it's green grass the rest of the year the grass is more golden and brown, this also has a huge impact on your photos so the weather does change a lot and it has a huge impact on your photography.

So, when is the best  time I can't say that's up to you, you will have to prepare from home when the Sun is in the directions you want to take the photographs that you want.

There are plenty of groceries where you can you're shopping for food but there are also plenty of restaurants. in my opinion, go to the small restaurants they are super fun they are super cozy and especially like a location in Gasadalur. I would highly suggest to actually support the local economy and the local small settlements, and whatever they do for the tourists because right now Gasadalur is free it might not be in the future.



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