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Faroe Islands

North Atlantic archipelago and autonomous territory of Denmark and a true paradise for nature, hiking and photography enthusiasts.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Faroe Islands is June to August. If you visit outside of summer, plan for a longer stay due to unpredictable weather.

Money saving tips

Bring snack pots, noodle packets and protein bars with you. Shop for food in the supermarkets and avoid eating out.

Suggested budget

The daily suggested budget for the Faroe Islands is $200-300 USD, assuming you’re staying in a mid-range Airbnb and renting a car.

Favourite thing to do

Hiking to Dunnesdrangar was the highlight of our 10-day trip to the Faroe Islands. The hike was easy and the views were amazing!

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Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands might be wet, windy, foggy and cold, but they are also home to some of the world's most beautiful and dramatic views. They are the perfect destination for nature lovers, hiking enthusiasts, photography nerds and those on a hunt for unique and unexplored destinations. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark and home to just over 53,000 inhabitants out of which 40% live in the capital, Torshavn. They comprise 18 rocky and grassy volcanic islands and 17 of those are inhabited. Some of the islands are only reachable by ferry or helicopter, while the main, bigger ones are well connected by car or public transportation via underwater and mountain tunnels. On the islands, you’ll definitely meet more sheep than people, which makes sense since the country itself has actually been named after sheep (old Norse Færeyjar, which literally means Sheep Islands) and could very well be called The Sheep Islands.

Typical costs

Accomodation - First of all, make sure you book your accommodation long in advance - at least 2 months. The longer in advance, you book, the cheaper your trip will be. For a shared Airbnb, you will often pay between $150-200 USD per month. If you book in advance you will be able to find more accommodations costing around $100 USD per night. Torshavn has more choices but is definitely not the most charming place to stay for the entire trip. We particularly enjoyed Gasadalur and Hvannasund.

Food - If you’re a foodie and on a hunt for local delicacies in touristy restaurants, expect to pay at least $120-300 USD per person for a fancy dinner. Regular restaurants charge around $20 per person for a main dish and local beer is around $8 USD. For Scandinavians, the prices in restaurants and supermarkets will be normal, but for others, they might seem a little high. I recommend you bring some protein bars, noodles and snack pots with you if you’re travelling on a budget. We also brought a thermos and water bottles with us, so we could refill them in the morning and take them with us on the daily hikes.

Transportation - While you could travel around the Faroe Islands with public transportation, I would definitely advise against it. Car rentals are not cheap, but the freedom they will buy you is not even comparable to traveling around with buses. We rented our car for $87 USD per day from a small agent, however, if you rent with more popular places, expect to pay at least $150 a day for a newer car. Ferry prices are often the same for all islands, $25 USD for a car with a driver and $6 for each additional passenger. Helicopter rides are government-subsidized and you’ll be able to travel for as little as $24 USD one way. However, you can’t book return tickets so keep that in mind!