Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Because of the beauty of nature, the weather, the people and culture, the National Geographic acclaimed the Faroe Islands to one of the most interesting and exotic destinations in the world.

The islands have magnificent bird cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, high-rise sea cliffs, and in the middel of this magnificent scenery, you see the small villages surrounded by stunning landscapes. Here you get the opportunity to meet local people who can tell stories, showcase local craft traditions, and experience the Faroese food tradition.

In addition to the natural and cultural experiences there are plenty of opportunities to hike in the mountains and sailing around the islands, also with the traditional Faroese rowing boat.

Due to the isolated location, the Faroe Islands has managed to preserve its distinct culture and language which has its roots in the Old Norse language from the Viking Age. History is still an integral part of the daily life – it is one of the few places in the world where you can still experience the old medieval ballads & chain dance, which people in Europe practised more than 800 years ago.

The Faroe Islands are located northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead.

The Capital Tórshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with only approximately 19.000 people living in the capital area. The total population of the Faroe Islands is about 48,000 widespread in 17 of the islands, where the smallest settlements have less than 10 inhabitants.

Places to visit on the Faroe Islands:

SagaMuseum in Vestmanna

Vestmanna Tourist Centre houses the only wax museum in the Faroe Islands, the new SagaMuseum. Through 17 very life like figures, placed in very realistic surroundings you can follow the history of the Faroe Islands from the very first settlers came here up to our times.

In addition to experience at the museum, it is also possible to participate in one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Faroe Islands, the boat tour to the Vestmanna’s Birdcliffs and Grottos. You sail into grottos, through narrow sounds, and close to the almost 2.000 feet high vertical cliffs, where birds such as puffins, guillemots, fulmars and kittewakes nest each summer. The trip will last about 2 hours.

http://www.visit-vestmanna.com

Mykines

You'll never get so close to the real and dramatic nature that when you come to Mykines, one of the most beautiful islands of the Faroe Islands.

On the island, which is surrounded by high cliffs, you can see thousands of puffins and other birds fly around you. You can go out on the small island where the lighthouse stands and see gannets sit on the sharp rocks. The village itself is also an experience, for the small grass roofed houses give the feeling of going back in time, to the old Faroese culture.

It is also on Mykines that the famous painter Mikines got his inspiration. Soon there will be a museum, a gallery and a new hotel, named Mikines-List and Gist.

There is a small hotel on the island, called Kristianshus, which offers overnight accommodation and good local food.

http://www.mikines.fo

Viljin Tours

Viljin Tours is located on the small island, Kalsoy, and has several tours to offer. There are scheduled tours at sea, arranged fishing trips and hikes. All of the above come with a serving of delicious food.

Viljin tours is specialized in providing a great experience. Both sailing trips, around the island, the good food and the beautiful landscape, provide a perfect experience.

http://www.viljin.com

The G! festival

G! Festival (commonly known as G!)  is situated in the picturesque seaside village of Göta and has redefined the whole musical landscape of the Faroe Islands with its international scale and visionary scope.

G! is one of the two largest music festivals on the Faroe Islands. It is an innovative cultural event which has been well received. The festival brings together leading international musicians as well as local musicians. The founding goal was to change the musical landscape of the Faroes. Working to achieve this goal has earned the festival the position as the most important and influential musical event on the islands.

G! Festival provides a totally new setting for the advancement of Faroese culture and the sense of fellowship and community that is our country's heritage.

http://www.gfestival.com