Faroe Islands, located between Island and Norway depend on the Danish Crown and are part of the Scandinavian culture. Here we will find a rich Viking legacy, spectaculars fjords, waterfalls, idyllic landscapes, small and remote towns and more sheeps and goats than people. Also is a perfect place for the nature lovers, trekking enthusiasts, people interested in Scandinavian culture and remote places far from the big crowd of tourists.
In Faroe there are 18 isles that can be visit using the public bus and ferries. In this article I’ll talk about a few of the most importants and touristy ones which we can visit in a couple of days.
How to arrive?
The best, faster and economy way to reach Faroe Islands is from Edumburgh, Scotland with the company Atlantic Airways .This company offer two weekly flights during high session and every ticket cost around 300 dollars return in economy class. Also, for sure there are better frequence and alternatives all year from Copenhagen, Denmark but is the most expensive option.
Faroe Islands international airport is a tiny and limited airport which is located 45 kilometres from the capital Tórshavn in the isle of Vagar. There is a bus (bus 300) with limited schedule just only for connect the arrivals and departures. For timetable: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/bus/300-torshavn-airport-soervagur/
The ticket cost is 90Kr (14 dollars).
We can use the Danish Korona or local Faroese Korona but if you planning to come back home with Faroese Korona will be difficult after to find an currency exchange office which accept this.
Official languages are Faroese and Danish but majority of the people speak and understand English.
How to moving around in Faroe Islands?
Moving around Faroe Island is not something easy without a car but not impossible if there is a previous research of bus schedules and routes in order to optimise the time. There are 5 ways to moving around:
- Rent a car
Obviously as transport is limited and expensive the best option is rent a car at the airport; routes are practically empty which is not a big problem for driving around. Ferries offer the possibility of carry vehicles either and some isles are linked by bridges.
If you don’t have driven license or just you don’t want to rent a car the alternative for sure is the public transport. There is just only one company which also manage the ferries: https://www.ssl.fo
The issue with the public transport is the lack of good frequency and the cost of the ticket (90Kr, 14 dollars in average). Ideally the best option is buy a bus travel card at the airport which cover the ferry as well:
7-days adults = 700 DKK – 100 dollars
7-days kids = 350 DKK – 50 dollars
4-days adults = 500 DKK – 75 dollars
4-days kids = 250 DKK – 37.5 dollars
During the weekend and specially bank holidays the bus and ferry schedules are very limited. Only the airport bus run with good frequency. Ideally is better a previous planning and prepare long walks.
Another alternative is rent a bicycle but is complicated without experience in cycling because there is a few distance between the cars and bicyclets in the routes and specially in the tunnels. Additionally the weather factor is not really helpful either.
Where to stay?
If you don’t have any vehicle the best alternative is booking a hotel or hostel room in the capital, Tórshavn or any other location between Tórshavn and the international airport because as I mentioned before the bus 300 is one of the best in frequency. In my case I was lucky to find a discount in a 4 start hotel in the city center: Hotel Hafnia. But as a recommendation is better to book a hotel a few weeks or months in advance.
As you can imagine the weather in these kind of isles is not very nice. The majority of the time is raining but the good news is it’s usually a light rain. The big challenge is to move around the isles with the ferry because of rain and wind the probability of cancellation or delay is high.
Access to Nólsoy is really easy from Tórshavn via ferry. You can planning a daily visit or just a few hour because there is one town all over the isle and the rest of the isle is for trekking.
The ferry trip take around 20 minutes and is covered by the travel card. For timetable check the following link: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/ferry/90-torshavn-nolsoy/
The most remote of the isles, Suðuroy is around 2 hours by ferry from the capital Tórshavn and the closer town, Tvøroyri is located around 45 minutes walking from the port.
For ferry shedules check the following link: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/ferry/7-tvoeroyri-torshavn/
This isle is one of the famous ones in Faroes because of the puffin’s nests during the summer time from May until the end of August. There is a ferry from Sørvágur during these months only and a helicopter as well.
The ferry take about 45 minutes and is not covered by the travel card. For timetable check the following page: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/ferry/36-soervagur-mykines/
Bordoy Island is the end of the bus route Tórshavn – Klaksvík. Klaksvík is an small town which we can take a ferry to Kalsoy Island.
In this isle we can find the International airport and a few interesting and important faroese villages:
- Sandavágur: In the way to the capital this village is the first contact with the faroese population. Also here there are a couple of low cost acommodations.
- Sørvágur: This is one of the best villages of the isle, from here we can take ferry to Mykines and there are amazing views of the fjord from the coast. The village is easy to reach walking from the International Airport and is also the final destination of the bus 300.
- Gasadalur: From here we can enjoy of amazing views of Mykines and waterfall. Unfortunately the public transport doesn’t reach this village.
This is the main isle and we can find here the capital, Tórshavn from where we can reach easily the other isles by ferry and from where we can use as base to visit other isles connected by bridges like Vágar, Bordoy y Eysturoy.
- Tórshavn: The capital is the best place to stay if you planning to visit different isles and towns because all the buses and ferries arrive and departure from here. Tórshavn is like a big town so is easy to moving around and discover everything in a few hours.
- Kirkjubøur: This village is located at the south of Tórshavn and is the most closer if you want t visit a traditional faroese village with the traditional grass roofs. The only way to reach this village is with a lovely 15 minute walk from the port of Gamlarætt. There is an internal trekking route as well Kirkjubøur – Tórshavn but is not easy walking around the hills with rain, wind a low temperatures. It depend on the experience and the season.
- Velbastaður: Another tiny farmer village close to Gamlarætt.
Helstur and Sandoy Islands
Two easy access isles from Gamlarætt in the south of Streymor Isle, easy linked by bus.
Gamlarætt – Hestur: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/ferry/61-gamlaraett-hestur/
Gamlarætt – Sandoy: https://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/ferry/60-skopun-gamlaraett/