By Andy Snow:
A view of Tórshavn.
Made up of eighteen islands and over seven hundred smaller islets, the Faroe Islands are a self-governing Danish territory that are home to some fantastic destinations for tourists looking for a scenic and tranquil getaway. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Norway, these picturesque islands have a rich and varied culture and spectacular sights that are simply unforgettable. The mountainous terrain and beautiful green landscapes are breathtaking to behold and with an excellent network of tunnels, bridges and ferries, it couldn’t be easier to explore all that the Faroe Islands have to offer.
St. Olav Church
For a bit of culture and history, a trip to Føroya Fornminissavn comes highly recommeneded. This mediaeval museum takes you on a journey back to the times of the Vikings and houses many relics and artefacts. A visit to Kirkjubøur is also not to be missed. This ancient village was once the spiritual centre of the Faroe Islands and the ruins are astonishing. Stop and take in the wonders of Magnus Cathedral and St. Olav’s Church.
Horse riding and hiking are popular activities and as the Faroe Islands’ main industry is fishing, there are some excellent fishing locations that can be taken advantage of. As you would expect from such a vast network of islands, there are many boat trips to choose from. A trip out to spot the magnificent pilot whales is particularly great.
Birdwatchers will enjoy the Faroe Islands, as there are over two million pairs of seabirds nesting in the cliffs and grasslands. The bird cliffs of Vestmanna are a great location for birdwatching with fulmers, kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills in abundance, not to mention the odd puffin.
A Faroese Stamp with a puffin.
For a spot of shopping and a wonderful night out, the capital city of Tórshavn on the largest island of Streymoy is the perfect destination. With a wide selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit any taste, Tórshavn is sure to please. Authentic Faroese cuisine can be found in some restaurants, so try the many lamb or fish dishes that are available. Stuffed seabirds are favourites and even whale meat can appear on some menus. Sushi is also popular and you can rest assured that the fish is superbly fresh and produced locally.
A Faroese Bakery, on Christmas season.
So, for spectacular views, friendly locals and a varied selection of wildlife, escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and visit the wonderfully idyllic Faroe Islands
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