I explored the Faroe Islands in a perpetual state of shock…
A state of pure disbelief that I was roaming around one of the most visually stunning places I’ve ever visited in my life. And I have been to a ton of places that stop you in your tracks and remind you just how small you are. Just two months before, I’d explored Greenland. Visiting the Faroe Islands was a quick three-day detour on my way back home from Iceland.
So I was already going in with good visual references.
But nothing prepared me for its grandeur as our plane broke through thick clouds to see fingerlike rows of islands stretching out in the Atlantic Ocean. And as we came in for our approach, flying alongside jarring cliff faces and waterfalls besting skyscrapers in height, I knew I was arriving into a pretty magical place…
Six months later and I’m still trying to process my shock into words. From seeing the magnificent Mulafossur Waterfall at Gásadalur, crisscrossing spectacular scenery via car, serendipitously meeting a group of artists, and abandoning my own itinerary and sailing with them to the island of Hestur – population 12.
Photos from the Faroe Islands
My three days on the Faroe Islands were way too short and so charged that I’ve already started planning my return trip soon including a helicopter tour.
The video above captures just a fraction of what I felt and experienced, so here are a few more photos from one of the most surreal and amazing places on earth…
At the end of the photo gallery, I provide some practical information including where to stay and eat as well as a link to my Faroe Islands image bank.
Getting there – The best way to get to the Faroe Islands is by air. Atlantic Airways flies directly to Vágar Airport from destinations such as Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Bergen, and Reykjavik, to name a few. SAS also flies to the Faroe Islands from Copenhagen.
Getting around – The only way to technically get around the islands are with a rental car and ferries. There isn’t a readily available public transport system so your best bet is to rent a car – 62°N is one of the popular ones – and enjoy the sweeping views. You’ll be stopping every five minutes to take photos.
Where to stay – Hotel Føroyar is arguably the best hotel in town with a panoramic view over Tórshavn and the surrounding islands. It’s built in layers into the hillside with a grass-covered roof and you could find sheep grazing at eye-level outside your room window.
Where to eat – Áarstova is a traditional restaurant which serves decadent three- and five-course meals with Faroese lamb being one of their iconic ingredients. I had some of the best sushi ever at Etika Sushi which uses the freshest seafood right from Atlantic waters surrounding the islands.
Learn more – Visit Faroe Islands’ official website is the ultimate resource for absolutely everything you need to know about these stunning islands including what to see and do based on your interests.
You can view more images from the Faroe Islands in my image bank below.
Special thanks to Anna and Óli Rubeksen for their hospitality as well as Visit Faroe Islands and Atlantic Airways for supporting my visit to these amazing islands. All opinions, thoughts, and general sense of awe are my own.–