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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands essential info

Halfway between Iceland and Norway, to the north of Scotland, the Faroe Islands are a jigsaw puzzle of 18 volcanic islands, lying far off the tourist radar.

Travel in the Faroe Islands: vital stats

  • Capital of the Faroe Islands: Torshavn
  • Population of the Faroe Islands: 50,000
  • Languages in the Faroe Islands: Faoese, Danish
  • Time in the Faroe Islands: GMT (April-October GMT+1)
  • International dialing code for the Faroe Islands: +298
  • Voltage in the Faroe Islands: 220V 50Hz AC
  • Visas for the Faroe Islands: N/A
  • Money in the the Faroe Islands: Faroese króna
  • Faroe Islands travel advice: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Faroe Islands tourist board:

When to go to the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands’ climate is extremely changeable. Rain is plentiful but often short-lived and localised; winds can be ferocious, then just drop away.

Summer (June-August) is the best time to visit, with long days and milder weather – expect 10-13°C. Winter days are dark, and many services close, though temperatures aren’t that cold (January average 3°C).

International airports

Vágar Airport (FAE), the only airport in the Faroe Islands

Getting around the Faroe Islands

A good system of roadways and ferries connects most towns and villages on the Faroes, and there are inter-town buses. Torshavn has an efficient local bus service.

Helicopters service some towns and villages for relatively reasonable prices.

Faroe Islands accommodation

There is a campsite along the seafront in Torshavn. There is also a selection of hotels and B&Bs.

Faroe Islands food & drink

Lamb and fish are the main staples on the Faroe Islands. Meat may be hung, and fish dried, to preserve it for a long time. 

Whale may also appear on menus. Whales are not hunted commercially here, but the practice has been generally condemned. Do not encourage it by ordering whale ‘out of curiosity’.

Health & safety in the Faroe Islands

Pack seasickness tablets if you’re prone. Pack layers for all weathers.

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