Go ahead and pinch yourself… the Faroe Islands are really this beautiful.

Nestled halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the wild North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands take natural beauty to a whole new level. The 18 volcanic islands that make up the Faroes are packed with jaw-dropping coastlines, wonderfully rugged mountains, inky fjords, idyllic waterfalls and quaint towns where locals live in traditional grass-roofed hamlets. Join your Intrepid leader to discover what makes the Faroes one of Scandinavia’s hidden gems. From following in the footsteps of Vikings in the quirky capital city of Tórshavn and sampling traditional local food to visiting a colony of Atlantic puffins and hiking up sheer clifftops to drink in the views, the Faroe Islands feel entire worlds away from anywhere else on earth.

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Highlights of the Faroe Islands

Lake Sørvágsvat at sunset

Marvel at Lake Sørvágsvat

It’s no wonder Lake Sørvágsvatis one of the most photographed places in the Faroes. Located at the top of a giant cliff that plunges into the ocean, this is Mother Nature’s version of an optical illusion. Certain angles either make it look like the lake hangs hundreds of feet above the sea or sinks below it. Hike up to the opposing cliffs for breathtaking views of the lake and watch the water tumble over the cliff edge into the swirling waves below. 

Boats in Tórshavn's harbour

Discover Tórshavn

Epic landscapes may be the star of the show in the Faroes, but it's well worth spending some time in the capital city of Tórshavn. From the rich Viking history and narrow laneways in Old Town to the bustling harbour and colourful streets lined with grass-roofed houses, it's no wonder Tórshavn is known as one of the quirkiest cities in the world. Explore the city on foot, check out the local galleries and local markets or simply watch Foarese life go by in a cosy cafe or pub.

Puffins on Mykines Island in the Faroe Islands

See puffins on Mykines Island

Jump in a boat and sail over to Mykines Island to get up close to the island's puffin residents. Every year over 125,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins flock to Mykines in the warmer months to breed and nest in cosy burrows they build along the clifftops. Although the puffins take centre stage, you might also be lucky to see other seabirds soaring above the ocean including gannets, razorbills, cormorants, storm petrels, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Raest, a traditional food in the Faroe Islands

Try the local cuisine

Surrounded by the wild North Atlantic with harsh weather conditions and no native trees, the odds might seem to be against the Faroe Islands when it comes to food. The traditional cuisine consists of seasonal root vegetables (mostly potatoes, turnips, kohlrabi and rhubarb) and fermented meat and seafood (known as ‘raest’), which is hung in the open air and salted by the sea breeze. Expect to see menus full of creative takes on seabird, wild algae and turnip dishes, as well as western and international favourites. 

People kayaking in the Faroe Islands

Go kayaking in the North Atlantic

There’s plenty to see and do on land, but a kayaking adventure lets you see the Faroe Islands from a different perspective. Paddle into deep, echoey fjords and marvel at the soaring cliffs above you, drift past waterfalls and enjoy the refreshing salty spray on your skin, or row out into the open ocean to admire the otherworldly sea stacks and verdant colours of the islands from afar. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch seabirds diving into the sea to hunt for fish. 

Skansin Fort on a hill beside the port of Tórshavn

Learn about Pirates in Skansin Fort

The Faroe Islands may be quiet and peaceful, but this wasn’t always the case. Skansin Fort was built to defend Tórshavn from pirate attacks in the 1580s. Most of the original structure was destroyed in 1677 by French pirates when the people of Tórshavn refused to hand over their oxen, sheep and other essential supplies during a raid. Enjoy a picnic by the picturesque lighthouse or walk up to the top of the fort for sweeping views over the port and the neighbouring island of Nólsoy.

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The Faroe Islands is an archipelago of 18 islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean. They are nestled halfway between Iceland and the Shetland Islands just off Scotland. 

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing nation under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark. Although people from the Faroe Islands are technically Danish citizens, the majority would identify as Faroese as they have a unique history, culture, language (Faroese) and parliament.

Faroese is the national language of the Faroe Islands. It’s a Nordic language that came from the Norsemen who settled in the Faroe Islands during the Viking era and shares similarities with Icelandic and Middle Norwegian. Danish is the official second language and people learn it in school from a young age, as well as English. 

The Faroe Islands visa requirements are similar to Denmark's. If you require a visa for Denmark, then you will require one for the Faroe Islands. Visas for Denmark, Sweden and Norway are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

When you submit a visa application to a Danish Embassy, you must make sure the visa states that it is for the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands aren't part of the European Union or the Schengen Agreement, so a Schengen visa is not sufficient to visit the Faroes. You can visit the Denmark Government website for more information on visa requirements. 

No matter what time of year you visit the Faroes, make sure you bring plenty of warm layers and a windproof/rainproof jacket. The weather is wet and unpredictable throughout the year, so it’s best to be prepared for all of the elements. You'll also need a comfy pair of shoes for walking, a day bag to carry your essentials, camera (you won't be able to put it down!) and one or two smart-casual outfits in case you want to go to for dinner in one of the fancier restaurants in the capital city of Tórshavn.

Although the Faroe Islands are part of Denmark, they’re actually closer to Iceland and Scotland. To get there you’ll need to travel by boat or plane. There are direct flights to Vágar Airport on the island of Vágar (the only airport in the Faroe Islands) from several major cities in Europe including Copenhagen, Oslo, Barcelona, Edinburgh and Bergen. You can also take a ferry from Denmark or Iceland on the MS Norröna with Smyril Line

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