Faroe Islands Holidays

So close to the UK but rarely on many travellers' radar, the Faroes' traditional lifestyle and community spirit remains strong View All Faroe Islands Holidays

Robert Longstaff
Faroe Islands Travel Specialist

Hidden between Iceland and Norway in the heart of the North Atlantic’s swift current – and home to more sheep than people – are the Faroe Islands, an unexplored archipelago offering unspoiled landscapes, exceptionally fresh air and some of the most unpredictable weather in the world.

Often referred to as Europe's best-kept secret, the remote 18 islands that make up this wild and windy archipelago remain undiscovered by tourists, and are jam-packed with stunning scenery, walking trails up steep ridges and through verdant fields, and unique architectural heritage. The Gulf Stream encompassing the islands moderates the climate and, though summers are not particularly hot, the temperature in the winter never drops below 3oC.

With direct flights departing from Edinburgh twice-weekly during the summer, it’s never been easier to go on a Faroe Islands holiday and explore this land of raw, natural beauty.

On the largest of the islands, Streymoy, you’ll find one of the world’s smallest capitals – Tórshavn – which bursts into life with cultural and musical events from June to August. From here visit traditional old turf-roofed farmhouses, head out to discover waterfalls and rugged coastlines, and spend an afternoon dining with locals.

The islands are a must-visit for keen birders. Providing the perfect nesting environment for migrating birds, the cliffs on the northern and western coasts act like a magnet during the summer months to species including puffins, storm petrels, gannets and guillemots. Boat trips aboard a refurbished schooner allow visitors front-row seats to the activities on the nesting and breeding grounds.

Regent Faroe Islands Specialist

Robert Longstaff

Robert Longstaff
Faroe Islands Travel Specialist
To see the Faroe Islands in their best light, visit between May and July when the puffins are nesting and there are there are fewer tourists. This is a great time to see the islands and you will find the birds (and not just puffins) on most of the islands, but in particular on Mykines, Vagar and Eysturoy as well as the world-famous bird-cliffs of Vestmanna on Streymoy, you will often find places where the contented puffins wander around between your feet and the oystercatchers graze on the roadsides.

Robert's Tips
Step back in time at the historic Gamla Pub & Café in Tvoroyri, once the town's grocery store.
The Faroese love music. Attend G! Festival or one of the weekly 'Hoymabit' concerts – held in a local villager’s living room.
Walk between Tjornuvik and Saksun villages by crossing the 764m Melin mountain – a spectacularly scenic trail.

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