It’s no wonder that so many films and television shows, including the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Game of Thrones, and Prometheus, among others, filmed in this part of the world. The landscape is awe-inspiring, wondrous and so beautifully primal it stays with you long after leaving. Sure, you could use your cash and mileage to see the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, or Leaning Tower of Pisa. But tell your friends and family that you’ve hiked a glacier or basked underneath the Northern Lights, and those will be vacation photos they’ll actually ask to see.
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, north-northwest of mainland Scotland. The islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.
If you do not normally need a visa for Denmark, you can visit the Faroe Islands visa-free for 90 days in a half year. If you do need a visa for Denmark, be sure to inform the embassy when you apply that you’ll be visiting the Faroe Islands, as Schengen-area visas issued for the mainland do not apply to the Faroe Islands (or Greenland).
How To Go
If you plan to reach the islands, you can use flights. There is one airport which is on the island of Vagar. Atlantic Airways connects the island with a couple of chosen cities in Europe. Flights can be only booked through the Atlantic Airways site and not through websites like Orbitz or Expedia.
If you are in Denmark, you can use boats to reach there. Smyril Line operates an all year cruise and car ferry service by the big car ferry, Norrøna, with regular sailings to the Faroe Islands from Denmark (Hirtshals) and Seyðisfjörður on the east coast of Iceland.
Reasons You Must Visit Faroe Islands
The landscape is unlike anywhere else in the world. Where else can you see lava fields, geothermal hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and volcanos, all in one afternoon? Many tourists rent a car to drive Iceland’s 830-mile Ring Road that circles the country and connects to roads leading inland, but a day excursion via the Golden Circle, a 190-mile loop by Thingvellir National Park just outside Reykjavik, is easily manageable and includes natural wonders like Gullfoss waterfall. Consider heading out with a knowledgeable tour company, like Icelandic Mountain Guides. If you’re in a lava field, crossing a shallow river, an expert (and an expert’s vehicle) is welcome. We’ve been told tourists are surprised at what their car rental agreement doesn’t cover.Other Southern Icelandic sights include Skógafoss Waterfall, Þórsmörk Glacier Valley (aka Valley of Thor); Sólheimajökull Glacier; and Valley of Reykjadalur with its terrific hiking and hot springs.
Another reason would be that you may get to see the Northern Lights. From anywhere in the West Nordic region, it is possible to have an unforgettable viewing of the Northern Lights. Just one hour outside of Reykjavik, the high-design Hotel Ion even has its own Northern Lights Bar, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sky with a cocktail in hand. While wildly unpredictable, the best months to see the Aurora Borealis tend to be February and March, and October and November.
The infamous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa impresses with its striking architecture. If you’re adverse to crowds, note this popular attraction is often packed with visitors. Otherwise, Blue Lagoon is most convenient to visit, because of its location near the airport, immediately before or after your flight.