Top Places to See in the Faroe Islands
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Welcome to the Faroe Islands! The Faroe Islands in Danish means the Islands of the Sheep, and you will see why! It’s located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles off the coast of Northern Europe, between Norway and Iceland. The first people to colonize the islands were Norwegians about 1,200 years ago and it become a major Viking settlement in that time. Its main industries are fishing and tourism - people come to experience its natural beauty, incredible bird life and delicious Faroese gastronomy.
First up is Gasadalur, which for a long time it was the most isolated town in the Faroe Islands. It’s a very popular town to hike to because of its natural scenery and its cliff views. In 2006 they opened a tunnel to make the town more accessible. Fun fact: Gasadalur means Goose Valley.
Lake Sorvagsvatn is the biggest lake in the Faroe Islands. It has an area of 3.4 sqkm, and its located on the island of Vagar, where the airport is. It takes a few hours to hike around the entire lake, so get your hiking boots ready! The best way to see the lake is by helicopter, the only way to see the lake emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Torshavn is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world! Torshavn in Old Norse means Thor, God of Thunder. It’s a modern city with the highest concentration of hotels, restaurants and cafes in the islands. You can explore the old Tinganes district where the parliament building is. You can see the national museum, check out some galleries, see the harbor and dine at some delicious modern and traditional restaurants.
Now we head to the southernmost village in Streymoy, Kirkjubour. This was the religious center on the Faroe Islands for over 1,000 years until the reformation. We came to see the 13th century ruins of the Saint Agnes Cathedral, the House museum and a middle age church.
We head north on Streymoy to Saksun. This is a beautiful town with turf roof houses. The best time come is during low tide because you can see the beach and walk on a sand bar to the lagoon. There are no restaurants here so be sure to bring a snack for a picnic!
Tjornuvik is the northernmost town on the island of Streymoy. It’s a quiet village, but the scenery is beautiful its beach has epic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Next up is Gjogv, the northernmost town on the Island of Eysturoy, the second largest island in the Faroes. It’s a small scenic village with a charming bed and breakfast. We stayed a night, but you can just as easily just come for the day. Gjogv is undoubtedly on of most picturesque places in the Faroe Islands. The name Gjogv means gorge – it was named after the village’s natural gorge
Klaksvik is the second largest town in the country and from here you can take a ferry to Kalsoy. I suggest you pass by Bakariio Jorun (Bakery Jorun) and grab a snack or lunch. They have plenty of Danish-style toasts with different toppings, as well as homemade pastries, coffee, and beverages.
A 25-minute ferry ride will take you to Kalsoy, AKA island of the man. There is one road that travels up the east side of the island connecting a handful of villages. Kalsoy is the best place in the Faroe Islands to go hiking. Or, you can just drive around and snap tons of photos of this picturesque island.
Next is Vidoy, the northernmost island in the archipelago. Here we visited Vidareidi. The northern islands are more traditional, less modern but if you love taking photos of amazing scenery then you must visit Vidareidi.
Lastly we are heading to the Island of Mykines! We took a helicopter but you can also take a ferry. Once you arrive you need to hike about 90 minutes west to see all the sea birds. There are over a dozen species of birds like the Gannet, Fulmar, Starling, Gulls, Razorbills and the most famous that everyone comes to see are the Puffins! Be sure to bring a packed lunch, drinking water, a warm outfit, comfy shoes, and don’t forget your camera!
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I spent exactly one week on the Faroe Islands working together with the local tourism board to show you an interesting mix of the best things to do in the faroe islands from outdoor adventures, iconic panoramas and food experiences to one of the largest festivals in the country named „G! Festival“.
Beside checking out the local attractions I got the chance to truly live like a local - I stayed with a local family for a few days, got invited by farmers for dinner and went hiking with one of the most famous outdoor adventurers.
Together with travel blogger Amanda Williams I rented a car and went on a road trip to the most popular instagram hot spots, got to do sea kayaking and said hi to Puffins on Mykines island. Visiting the annual G! festival was the perfect finish to a memorable trip…topping it off with a helicopter flight. What a ride!
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14 Amazing Sights You Have To See In The Faroe Islands - Europe’s Most Dramatic Country
The Faroe Islands are some of Europe's most beautiful islands and this video is going to take you on a little tour with us across the islands. There are so many amazing and dramatic sights to see all across the islands - even the drive from the airport will leave you having to stop several times just to take it all in.
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The Faroe Islands is an archipelago and autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, at about 320 kilometres (200 mi) north-north-west of mainland Scotland. The total area is approximately 1,400 km2 (540 sq mi) with a 2010 population of almost 50,000 people.
The name Faroe is derived from two Faroese words which mean sheep and islands.
The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have taken control of most domestic matters. Areas that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, police, justice, currency and foreign affairs. The Faroe Islands also have representatives in the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation.
The islands were associated with and taxed by Norway, then the Union of Kalmar, and then Denmark-Norway until 1814, when Norway was united with Sweden. Scandinavia was in political turmoil following the Sixth Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars, when the Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in 1814. The Danish trade monopoly ended in 1856.
Archaeological evidence shows settlers living on the Faroe Islands in two successive periods prior to the arrival of the Norse, the first between 400 and 600 AD and the second between 600 and 800 AD. Scientists from Aberdeen University have also found early cereal pollen from domesticated plants, which further suggests people may have lived on the islands before the Vikings arrived. Archaeologist Mike Church noted that Dicuil (see below) mentioned what may have been the Faroes. He also suggested that the people living there might have been from Ireland, Scotland or Scandinavia, with possibly groups from all three areas settling there.
A Latin account of a voyage made by Saint Brendan, an Irish monastic saint who lived around 484--578, includes a description of insulae (islands) resembling the Faroe Islands. This association, however, is far from conclusive in its description.
Dicuil, an Irish monk of the early 9th century, wrote a more definite account. In his geographical work De menura orbis terrae he claimed he had reliable information of heremitae ex nostra Scotia (hermits from our land of Ireland) who had lived on the northerly islands of Britain for almost a hundred years until the arrival of Norse pirates.
Top 7 INCREDIBLE Places in ICELAND you WON'T BELIEVE EXIST
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Landscape Photography Location Scouting in The Faroe Islands
Today on the photography vlog, we're location scouting for landscape photography in The Faroe Islands.
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A lot of landscape photography comes down to location scouting. It's easy to take the picture. But, what lots of people don't realize is that finding that location alone takes a lot of time and effort. And, today we went to full effort in The Faroe Islands.
It should also be noted that today's landscape photography is so different than it was years ago thanks to social media and the internet. Now, we can rely on others to help find places. However, in new destination like The Faroe Islands, there's still so much time and planning that goes into landscape photography location scouting.
So, what are some of the cool photo spots on the Faroe Islands? Well, stay tuned to this series for more of the videos. The Faroe Islands photography playlist is just getting started as I still have 8 vlogs from here. Stay tuned.
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The Faroe Islands are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately half way between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands have been an autonomous province of Denmark since 1948. The Faroese have, over the years, taken control of most matters except defense, foreign affairs and law, which remain the responsibility of Denmark. The Faroes have close traditional ties to Iceland, Norway, Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Greenland.
This video begins as we sail into the Tórshavn harbour on the Sea Princess. After disembarking the ship on a rainy day I take a tour of the islands. During the tour we stop at the village of Leynar where there is a picturesque waterfall and fish ladder. Next we drive through the under sea tunnel to the island of Vágar and visit the village of Sandavágur. There we visit a beautiful red-roofed church. Next we drive back to the island of Streymoy where we get a nice view of the capital city of Tórshavn from a hill outside of town. The video concludes as we sail away from the islands on the Sea Princess.
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The Faroe Islands: The Adventure Begins
The Faroe Islands are becoming a hot travel and photography destination. I'm going to 10 days to see what it's all about.
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I'm in the Faroe Islands for 10 days of photography. I'm leading a photography workshop which is actually my first ever photo location scouting VIP trip. I'm excited about this brand of workshop as I think it has a lot to offer new photographers. And, for me, it's fun to get to visit a location and treat it as if it were an assignment but not really have anyone (aside from the participants) to answer to. And, this location is amazing.
It wasn't easy getting to The Faroe Islands, though. I had a flight cancelled for weather. And then when I finally did get on a flight the next day, I had maybe my wildest landing on a flight ever. Shout out to the Faroese pilot who made that landing in crazy weather.
Today's vlog, we're out finding photography locations on the Faroe Islands. My photography workshop starts in 2 days. So, we're sort of prepping and exploring, and finding some cool places to take people to.
Overall, I think this Faroe Islands photography vlog series is going to be a blast!
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First is the Blue Lagoon. This geothermally-heated pool has become Iceland’s must-do. Its water reaches up to 38 degrees and its algae, minerals and silica is said to condition and rejuvenate the skin.
Gullfoss is an enormous and breath-taking waterfall on the Hvita river.
You can see regular geothermal eruptions at Geysir, although it’s actually its smaller neighbour, Strokkur, that goes off every 10 minutes or so.
Thingvellir National Park is where you can see the join between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital city and the embodiment of the Icelandic culture of self-sufficiency and a keen interest in the arts. For 900 Krona you can take the lift to the top of Hallgrimskirkja for unparalleled views over the city.
Down by the harbour the Saga Museum is the place to learn all about Iceland’s Viking history. You can even try some authentic armour or just go for the faux fur and sword option like me.
About 15 minutes outside of Reykjavik is the Laxnes Horse Farm. Fun fact: Icelandic horses have two gaits, which is two more than any other breed.
Hiring a car is absolutely the best way to experience Iceland. The Ring Road runs around the entire country and if you want to do the whole thing, we’d give it at least two weeks.
Seljalandsfoss is just off the Ring Road, about 90 minutes South-East of Reykjavik. Part of this one’s charm is you can walk all the way around behind it but you’ll need waterproofs!
About 15 minutes further along is the giant waterfall, Skogafoss. We’re at the top of Skogafoss. It’s absolutely beautiful but nothing like what I expected. There are stairs that you can climb, all the way to the top, and believe me, it takes a while to take your time. But the real gem is actually back here. So you climb over a fence, it’s quite muddy, quite uneven terrain as well, but it’s beautiful. You can see all the way down, where the river runs, and it’s genuinely the most beautiful Icelandic scenery I’ve seen so far.
Seljavallalaug is a secret geothermal pool. To get to it, you drive to the end of road 242, park your car and then hike the rest of the way through a breath-taking valley. It’s not the easiest of routes but it is worth it.
Up next, Reynisfjara beach. Well, just take a look for yourself - it’s stunning.
And now it’s the canyon with the impossible name. The canyon is totally off the tourist track. It’s over 100 metres deep and 2km long.
Next up is one of the most beautiful places we visited in Iceland. Jokulsarlon translates as ‘glacier river lagoon’ and basically it’s just where the sea over there, meets the glacier and it breaks off into all of these chunks. Personally, I think it’s the best place for a bit of photography.
Glacier hiking was easily my favourite Iceland experience. The sheer scale of this landscape leaves you in awe. And, the climbing itself wasn’t as easy as it looks.
Only around in winter, the ice caves at vatnajokull glacier have to be seen to be believed. We did a tour with the guys from iceguide.is. They provided all the extra kit we needed and are really friendly and true experts when it comes to exploring the caves.
Iceland is one of the best countries for seeing the Northern Lights. When I eventually saw them, the colours and sheer vibrancy were something I’ll never forget.
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What to see in the Faroe Islands - 4K & drone
The best places we have seen during our trip to Faroe Islands in August and September 2017.
Faroe Islands are beautiful and we loved it there very much. In this video we want to share with you the places which we like the most and which we recommend to visit whenever you will have chance to be there.
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Where to Eat in Torshavn, Faroe Islands
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Here we explore the best flavors of the Faroe Islands’ capital city of Torshavn. In this episode, David visits the three best restaurants in the capital: Aarstova, Koks and Etika. Our first stop is Aarstova. Situated in one of the oldest houses in Torshavn (dating back to the 1600’s), this unique restaurant specializes in rustic Faroese cuisine. Using local ingredients and family-style serving, Aarstova plays off the antiquated atmosphere of the house giving its guests a truly memorable dining experience. If you love shellfish, fish or lamb (their signature braised lamb leg dish is amazing!), then a visit to this idyllic Torshavn restaurant is a must!
The Faroe Islands are known across the world for their incredible seafood. The Faroe Islands’ capital city of Torshavn is (surprisingly) home to only one sushi restaurant, Etika. Etika takes the Islands’ ocean specialties and crafts them into some of the world’s most delicious sushi creations. With such fresh ingredients including some of the world’s best salmon at their fingertips, Etika is able to produce delicious arrangements with standards and quality that compete with the best Japanese restaurants. If you are a sushi lover looking to sample some of the freshest sushi in the world, dining at Etika is an absolute must!
And we saved the best for last, Koks Restaurant. A contemporary, fusion restaurant perched on a hill overlooking the small capital, Koks serves up traditional Faroese cuisine with a Michelin Star-worthy twist. Each selection on the menu has been infused with native ingredients and flavors, giving guests an exclusive taste of what the Faroe Islands have to offer. I decided to go with a delicious tasting menu. What better way to explore the best of what a destination has to offer than through its food? Next time you’re traveling to the Faroe Islands, make sure you stop into Koks Restaurant- an incredible culinary journey!
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The Iconic Photography Spots of The Faroe Islands
Today on the vlog we went to some Iconic Landscape photography spots in The Faroe Islands.
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There are lots of iconic photo spots on The Faroe Islands. In fact, within a 10 minute drive of the airport, you can find about 4 shots that are absolute classics. Some of the best photography locations anywhere in the world are all within a short trip. And sure, this photo trip to the Faroes is meant to be about location scouting and finding new locations. But, we can't help but stop and photograph the iconic photo spots.
On today's photography vlog, I took the participants of my workshop to some of the most iconic spots to sort of get them out of the way. If you capture the classic images right away, you're not so worried about being sure you get those images later on It takes a lot of weight off your shoulder.
So, as this Faroe Islands photography vlog series continues, look for fewer of these iconic photo locations, and more hidden gems we find along the way.
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13. Vestmanna Cliffs, Faroe Islands
Vestmanna is a village in Northern Streymoy, Faroe Islands. The cliffs west of Vestmanna, are very popular for excursions by boat. These are awe inspiring as the boat weaves around stacks, through arches and into caves; arctic and great skuas and gannets can be seen as well as puffins, common and black guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and arctic terns galore.
12. Thermal Springs & Saunas, Iceland
Public heated swimming pools and attendant hot pots are commonplace throughout in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon near Reykjavík, with its vivid, translucent blue, 100°F/40°C waters (cooled from their original temperature after being being pumped from a mile underground and powering an electrical plant) is a popular destination.
11. Ice Hotel, Sweden
A hotel constructed entirely out of ice. There are many copycats now, but this is the original. For obvious reasons, the 'ice' part of the hotel exists only between November and May, and a stay will cost you upwards of €300/night. They also offer ordinary rooms in the summer.
10. Skagen, Denmark
Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark. It is a town where the main turnover are the fishing fleet and the connected industries - food industries and different industries supporting the fleet. Second income is tourism. There are 8.900 habitants in the town but in the main tourist season the inhabitants increase up to 50-60,000 persons.
9. New Nordic Food
When Noma topped S.Pellegrino's 2010 'World's 50 Best Restaurants' list, Copenhagen's culinary prowess was confirmed. Other countries have followed Denmark's lead, and exciting new restaurants now stock all the region's capitals, with more popping up like chanterelle mushrooms.
8. Island Cycling
A lazy bike ride around the perimeters of Gotland, the holiday-friendly Baltic Sea island, is one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time in Sweden: the mostly flat, paved Gotlandsleden cycle path circles the island, passing fields of poppies, shady woodlands, historic churches and ancient rune stones at regular intervals.
7. Old Town, Tallinn
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall.
6. Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard is the northernmost tip of Europe and, a few military bases aside, its settlements are the northernmost permanently inhabited spots on the planet. Located between the 76° and 81° parallels, they are far more northerly than any part of Alaska.
5. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. With its postcard looking small fishing villages nestled in fjords, dotting a very rugged coast with abrupt peaks rising directly from the ocean, the archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway.
4. The Hermitage, St Petersburg
The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
3. Aurora Borealis, Lapland & Iceland
The Northern Lights look somewhat similar to a sunset in the sky at night, but appear occasionally in arcs or spirals usually following the earth's magnetic field. They fairly often look like moving curtains of light, high in the sky. They are most often light green in color but often have a hint of pink.
2. Fjords, Norway
Norway's famous fjords are found throughout the country and not limited to a particular region or location. In most parts of Norway fjords are the dominant landscape features, traditional districts are often identified by proximity to a major fjord and often have the same name.
1. National Park Hiking
Scandinavia's unspoilt wilderness areas are the finest in Europe. If you like dark pine woods populated by foxes and bears, head for northeastern Finland's Karhunkierros trail. Norway's Jotunheimen National Park encompasses hundreds of lofty mountain peaks and crystal-blue lakes. Lying inside the Arctic Circle, Abisko National Park in Sweden begins the epic 440km Kungsleden hiking trail.
Traveling To The Faroe Islands June 2017
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