Faroe Islands, Denmark


The Faroe Islands, located in the North Atlantic, are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. The landscapes are breathtaking everywhere you go in the archipelago, the Faroes being one of the most scenic destinations I've seen in Europe. I couldn't help but stop for pictures every chance I got (you will need a car to explore the islands). The fabulous scenery is complemented by colourful and cute villages, and by the peaceful and charming capital of Torshavn.

As with all Scandinavian countries, the Faroes are highly developed with excellent infrastructure (including some cool tunnels dug under the ocean); but, unlike places such as Iceland, which has similar vibes, you will find far fewer tourists here which only adds to the charm. The islands' total population is less than 50,000.

Fish is excellent, as expected, but prices are high overall. There are a number of different locally-brewed beers that were all very good, including the 13.5% alcohol Nykur which was my favorite. Weather is very moody in the islands so you need to be prepared, as it can change rapidly from brilliant sunshine to heavy rain and strong winds (and sometimes the winds will be very strong). Local singer Eivor has some beautiful music that you might want to check out. The Faroes have the Danish Krone as currency, but use their own cool-looking banknotes that are different than Denmark's.

One of the most scenic spots I visited is the picture-perfect Gasadalur village (population: 18) with its Mulafossur waterfall which were absolutely stunning. Other fabulous villages are Gjogv and Kirkjbour (the latter featuring the ruins of the Middle Ages Magnum Cathedral). Hiking is also very cool in the islands. I did two hikes - the one along the Sorvagsvatn Lake and the one starting in the village of Saksun (population: 8) and going towards the ocean. Both routes were incredibly scenic. I also did a nice cruise starting in Vestmanna and following the rugged coastline and its impressive cliffs.

Torshavn has a number of interesting sites as well, including the historic Skansin fort with some pretty impressive cannons, Torshavn Harbour, Tinganes - the quaint government buildings quarter, Torshavn Cathedral and the Niels Finsen Gota street with a few shops and restaurants.

Even though my trip was a short one, I highly recommend the Faroes as a destination in Europe.

Additional info:
- Faroe entry on Wikipedia
- Faroe profile on Wikivoyage

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Faroe Islands

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