From Torshávn you can take the short, 20 minute ferry across the bay to the island of Nólsoy where the pace of life is much more sedated, despite its short distance from the capital. Near the harbour is the memorial stone to local hero Ove Joensen, who rowed single-handed from Nólsoy to Copenhagen in 1986 to raise money to built a local swimming pool, can be seen.
The island is also home to Jens-Kjeld Jensen who is the Faroes' notorious taxidermist, as well as the world's largest colony of storm petrels. To see them requires an hour long evening hike and a stay throughout the night to witness their nocturnal activity.
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the gentle 5-6 hour return walk to the Bordan Lighthouse for excellent views. The historic lighthouse was completed in 1893 and is located on the Island's southern tip.
Because of its small size, Nólsoy makes a delightful day trip from Torshávn, and once there, the view back a the capital is excellent.