The Faroe Islands, the windswept archipelago between Iceland and Norway, offer far more than just rugged landscapes and raw beauty — rich culture, charming villages and friendly locals make it one of the greatest places in Europe to explore.
The series of 18 seemingly barren islands house a population of roughly 50,000 locals, ranging from skilled craftsman to farmers. Luxury isn’t exactly available in these parts, but rugged adventure certainly is. Hiking and boating are tremendously popular activities on and around the islands, and travel between them is a fairly easy task.
Mykines, the westernmost island of the archipelago, is home to hundreds of puffins throughout the year. The clumsily cute little birds make their home on the west side of the island, and a hike to the towering lighthouse is a great way to view them in their natural environment. There’s also Lake Sørvágsvatn on Suðuroy, famous for an optical illusion that makes it seem as if it’s hanging over the sea.
The Múlafossur waterfall just south of Gasadalur, on the island of Vágar, is another must-see destination on the island. The towering falls flow straight down into the North Atlantic and can be see from almost any spot around Gasadalur. For some of the best views in all of the Faroe Islands, hike your way up to the Kallurin lighthouse on Kalsoy. The lighthouse sits atop dramatic cliffs that offer spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Nearby, you’ll also find the beautiful “Seal Woman” statue in the town of Mikladalur. It’s said she curses any men who travel to the island.
A series of boats, tunnels and ferries connect the islands, but it’s important to plan ahead before you go. With such a small population spread across the archipelago, there’s no guarantee you can find travel arrangements, or even accommodations, at all times of the day.
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