ULTIMATE DESTINATION – FAROE ISLANDS

Faroe Islands

Gásadalur
Gásadalur

Hello beautiful people. I am sure you have all been wondering where I disappeared to the last two weeks. I hope you missed me as much as I did you. When we were planning for this summer’s destination, we were faced with so many options from Egypt to Kenya, Spain to Germany. We ended up choosing Faroe Islands again.

Faroe Islands is located between Iceland and Shetland islands. It is not a part of EU and it’s a self governing archipelago. There is neither gold nor silver, oil nor weapons. The gold of these beautiful Faroe Islands is in their sheep and fish. As a matter of fact, the population of the sheep is estimated to be around 70,000 as compared to merely 50,000 people. It is likely for one to be stuck in traffic caused by sheep than by cars. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark but with a language of their own, Faroese. The official language is Faroese. This shouldn’t worry you though as almost everyone understands English.

There are 18 islands with their capital, Torshavn, being the smallest capital in the World. The currency used here is the Faroese kroner which is 1:1 to Danish kroner. Here are some of the places we visited are:

Gásadalur

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Photo of the village of Gásadalur and the waterfall.

Gásadalur is the home of this picturesque waterfall. Looking at this photo, I can’t help but feel the injustice I have done to this spectacular place. It is located on the island of Vágar.

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The view from above the waterfall in Gásadalur

Kirkjubøur

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Rógvi and Bernie in Kirkjubø

This is the one of the most important historical site in the Faroe Islands. There are ruins of an old cathedral called Magnus Cathedral which dates to year 1300. Also you can find Saint Olav’s Church from 12th century.

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Magnus Cathedral and Kirkjubøargarður

The drive back from Kirkjubøur was filled with viewgasms. The mountains protecting the sea, sheep grazing up on the mountains, we even spotted our Christmas goose on our way.

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View from Syðradalur
Kirkjubøargarður
Kirkjubøargarður
Norðradalur
Norðradalur

Saksun

Faroe Islands is incredibly beautiful and untamed. However, Saksun was something else.

Splendidly set in a natural circular amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon, Saksun is a wonderfully remote hillside village and is one of the most worthwhile destinations in the country. Known for its tranquil atmosphere, the tiny village of 14 inhabitants offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

In the fjord, at the foot of the village, is a lagoon. At low tide, it is possible to walk along the sandy shore of the lagoon around the headland.

The village includes a church, built in 1858, and Dúvugarðar, an active sheep farm which also functions as a museum.

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Lagoon in Saksun
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Image from Saksun
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Image from Saksun

Klaksvik

Klaksvik is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is located on the island Borðoy, which is one of the northernmost islands.  It has great cafes and an authentic Faroese way of life. Klaksvik is also known as the fisherman’s island. In fact, it has a huge fishing hook as a monument. My husband made so much fun about it.

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A walk at Klaksvík
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Town of Klaksvík

Sornfelli

This is a mountain plateau on the island of Streymoy. The drive to this place was so much fun as we went with our friends Marion and John. Basically, the entire Faroe Islands is picturesque. It was breath taking.

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View to the west from Sornfelli
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My husband and I at Sornfelli

Mjørkadalur

It is an valley on Streymoy but with no postal code of its own. It is actually located on the mountain of Sornfelli. The view reminds me of my sunday school idea of heaven. The Faroese detention/prison is situated here. This prison is only for short term sentences since it has only 12 slots. That is how safe and secure the Islands are.

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Taking in the view from Mjørkadal
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Prison in Mjørkadal

Tórshavn

Finally the town of Tórshavn which is the capital of Faroe Islands. This was also our home for our ten days stay. Tórshavn is an elegant city. We walked through Tinganes which is one of the oldest parliaments in the world. Furthermore, we visited the famous svartifoss. This was so special to my husband since it’s where he grew up.

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Narrow street in Tinganes
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Tórshavn from above

 

Svartifoss Faroe Islands
Svartifoss Faroe Islands
Svartufoss, Tórshavn
Svartifoss, Tórshavn
Svartifoss, Faroe Islands
My husband at his childhood play area

In conclusion, the best time to visit these beautiful islands is in the months of June, July and August. Is Faroe Islands on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments.

I look forward to sharing with you Faroe Islands from a helicopter and the bizarre foods of the islands in some later posts. Until then peace and love.

xoxo

Nancy

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  1. Wow. What a lovely place. A perfect hide away for honeymooners also. Added to my bucket list and a key point of reference to international travellers from Kenya. Thanks for the article. Peace.