With Atlantic Airways’ new direct flight from Edinburgh to Vagar in the Faroe Islands, visiting the Faroes has never been easier. The remote islands in the Atlantic are now just an hour and a half away from the UK. The new flight route operates every Monday and Friday from 01 April 2018 until the end of November 2018.
In collaboration with Atlantic Airways, our travel experts have chosen five things you absolutely should do when you visit the Faroe Islands.
Embark on one of the most popular tourist excursions in the Faroe Islands – an unforgettable boat trip to the Vestmanna bird cliffs and grottos. The 1,500-feet-high vertical cliffs are home to thousands of breeding sea birds during the summer months. Climb aboard a boat from Vestmanna and cruise alongside towering cliff faces in search of Atlantic puffins, guillemots and razorbills building their nests. Visit between May and June to catch a glimpse of the pufflings (baby puffins) in hatching season.
Less than an hour away from the capital, on the north-east tip of Eysturoy, is the charming village of Gjógv. Here, steep cliffs rise from the gorge in which Gjógv sits. The natural acoustics here also make it a spectacular spot for live music and concerts during the summer months. Speak to a Regent Specialist about 2018 summer events.
Some of the best views of the Faroe Islands’ dramatic landscapes are from the ocean. The Norðlýsið. Schooner is a classic, wooden, two-masted vessel that departs from Tórshavn harbour, and sails past staggering cliffs to explore caves and gaze at waterfalls pouring over the cliff edge. Guests on board can also enjoy the mouth-watering fish soup prepared by the famous Faroese skipper Birgir Enni. It is also possible to travel to the grotto concerts of Gjógv aboard the Norðlýsið.
Although hardly known for its crowds or busy way of life, leave the minimal hustle and bustle of Tórshavn behind and head for Kirkjubøur. Located on the southern tip of Stremoy, Kirkjubøur remained unspoiled by visitors and is one of the few places where it’s possible to experience the traditional Faroese way of life. Explore the home of the Faroes’ most famous artist, visit the ruined cathedral and stop for an authentic dinner with a local family in Velbastaður on your way back to Tórshavn.
Perched on the top of a cliff shaped like the crest of a wave, the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy island is nothing short of spectacular. The hike to reach it skirts around the edge of the mountains on this slender island, takes in beautiful island views and isn’t particularly tricky. Here you’re likely to encounter a few of the faroes’ most populous inhabitants – sheep!
This blog post has been brought to you in partnership with Atlantic Airways