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Faroe Islands - Gasadalur - b.o. photo

“You can almost taste the fresh air and discover every shade of green here. The way these contrast with the deep blue sea delights the eyes.”
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“The Faroe Islands hold surprises in every detail that can easily confound even experienced travelers. Imagine a country where there are more sheep than people; where you can experience four seasons in one hour; where trees do not grow but above the ocean, on the other hand, lakes float; where there are a total of three traffic light intersections and only one American fast food restaurant; where 15% of the country fits into one stadium during an important football match.”

“Anyone who visits the Faroe Islands will be captivated by the landscape forever, but few people do. While Iceland is slowly learning to put out the ‘no vacancies’ sign, since all tourists who want cool exoticism visit the land of geysers, tourists in the equally magical Faroe Islands are always considered a special sight. You’d better hurry, though, as the islands are slowly emerging from the fog of the unknown seems.” (Ben, 2017)

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“There is no doubt that this tiny landmass does not usually come to mind for tourists when they open google maps for inspiration. This may be because they don't even know about their existence, as the islands are not very noticeable on the map. Fewer people travel north than south anyway (because logically, it's not for those who want to forget about everyday life on a sandy beach), and it’s rarely mentioned in the news. If we add to all this a complex approach and raging storms, then we have already defined his target audience:
An extreme region attracts those longing for the extreme.

They can seek out sporting opportunities, the natural treasures of the harsh countryside, or the landscape that produces amazing forms and phenomena; the Faroe Islands are perfect for all of them.

We can often come across photos on the Internet that make us marvel at the incredible landscapes of our planet. There are so many epic places within the small area of the islands that it has rapidly become a paradise for photographers, who have probably captured every square meter of it at least once. (2018)

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“It is not a particularly touristy destination, mainly because of the harsh, changeable weather. Of course, prices are pretty steep, but – based on value for money – I can only recommend this place to everyone!

After landing, buying a local SIM card at the airport is recommended, as you cannot get one anywhere else. There is also Wi-Fi in most places. I was able to spend one week here.

We came via Copenhagen. Renting a car is highly recommended. That way, you can get a sense of freedom. Plus, if you plan to go camping and there is a storm, you can sleep in the car. 😀 We drove 1100 km, visiting eight islands, crossing many bridges, and driving though many tunnels. We made good time in most places, and though there was one day of continual rain and story weather, we were still on the road 😀

Local life was strange to us; there were few shops, almost no services, and hardly any people on the empty streets. Ultimately, it was proven that there are more sheep than people on the islands, which is why they are called the islands of sheep. Since it was still light at midnight, staying on the road for as long as possible, we took advantage of every minute of life. Many species of birds live on the islands, and we even managed to see Puffins. 😀

Unfortunately, we didn't find a fish market, so we were limited to fish and chips. The islands are not gourmet destinations; you can buy food and snacks in larger local stores. 😀 It’s also possible to cook at your accommodation or campsite or to eat chicken/sandwiches on larger ferries.
I could buy and drink alcohol at gas stations, but there are pubs and draft beer in the capital too. 😀 You can pay with a card everywhere.

Locals smile and say hello, and there are few tourists. We planned everything ‘spontaneously’, but there was always a place to sleep, we didn't go hungry, and we couldn't get lost because we were always surrounded by water. 😄

We left feeling good that we had also seen this part of the world.” 😀 (k.b., 2022)
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Coming out of season has several advantages and disadvantages, aside from the number of daylight hours disparity. The benefits of coming in winter are that you have a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights, and the whole island is yours; almost nowhere will you be asked for an entrance fee. Accommodation is much cheaper, and there are practically no tourists anywhere.

On the other hand, the disadvantages are that it is much colder, and the cold is the least of one’s problems since hiking is almost impossible, which is also bad, as many beautiful panoramas can be admired along the hiking trails. In addition, there are few ferry services, and puffins cannot be seen now!

Everyone is free to decide what aspects are most important to them, but obviously, the majority choose the summer! 🙂

I think it is an exceptional experience, and we’ll be back in the summertime because it has become an absolute love of ours; I have never been surrounded by such wonderful, pure nature anywhere. The Faroese people are cautious about everything: you won't find discarded bottles or chocolate wrappers here, and all public toilets are so clean that you could eat off the floor. However, you can feel that it is an isolated place, and there are many surviving customs they are unwilling to give up. Unfortunately, we missed the Northern Lights, but it was still an unforgettable experience.


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Faroe Islands - Gasadalur - a public parking lot with public restroom (bathroom, defibrillator included) - b.o. photo

Background

Faroe Islands - national flag (Merkið) - d.g. photo

Destination in brief

Size: 1,399 km² (545 sq miles)

Population (in 2020): 48,863

Capital city: Tórshavn

Languages: Faroese

Religions: 85,3% a Lutheran, belonging to the Danish Lutheran Church

Currency: the Faroese króna and the Danish krone

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 2450 USD


Geography

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Faroe Islands - Gasadalur - cliffs - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - Faroese highland cow, farm animal - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - Saksun - b.o. photo

History

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Faroe Islands - Tórshavn - old canons in a historic fortress, built in the 16th century to protect against pirate raids of the town - b.o. photo

Nowadays

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Faroe Islands - settlement - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - church - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - Tórshavn - b.o. photo

Attractions

Tórshavn

Faroe Islands - Tórshavn - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - Tórshavn - b.o. photo

Faroe Islands - Tórshavn - Street of Quitetude - s.r. photo

Sandavagur

Faroe Islands - Sandavágur with a church (Sandavágs kirkja) - b.o. photo

Gásadalur

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