Top Places to See in the Faroe Islands
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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The beautiful Faroe Islands
A compilation of the best bits from my two weeks in the Faroe Islands. This little collection of islands is by far the most beautiful, out of this world place my camera and I have been to. I'm in love with them. Enjoy!
Including footage from:
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Sandavágur (aerial shot)
Tórshavn (Ólavsøka Boat Race)
Music: Vegurin by Högni Reistrup
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Viaggio attraverso le Isole Faroe. Persone amichevoli, animali selvaggi and meravigliosi panorami da tutto l'arcipelago collocato nell'Oceano Atlantico settentrionale nel mezzo del nulla tra Norvergia e Islanda.
Le Isole Faroe sono state votate dal National Geographic come le isole più incontaminate al mondo.
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The Faroe Islands in BAD Weather
Today, we flipped and had The Faroe Islands in bad weather. Terrible weather for photography.
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Yesterday on the Faroe Islands we had such great weather. In fact, at some points it was too nice as the skies were too blue for good landscape photography. At one point, I caught myself wishing for a little bit of bad weather. I wish I hadn't.
You see, landscape photography is so often about bad weather, or at least wild skies and moody clouds. But. today The Faroe Islands weather went a little bit too far. We got crushed by rain and fog. And - not really filmed in the photography vlog today - we spent almost the whole day running around the islands looking for places to take pictures. Sadly, we hardly found any. Still, I think we made today work despite the challenges.
And, on tomorrow's photography vlog, we'll find more places to take pictures here on The Faroe Islands.
Exploring Faroe Islands - Kalsoy
Kalsoy offers some of the most dramatic views on the Faroe Islands and it's one of the places I wanted to visit most during my trip there in August. Despite somewhat unlucky weather, we were not disappointed.
My gear list:
My blog post about Kalsoy:
Kalsoy ferry timetable:
Shot with: Panasonic G7, Canon 80D, GoPro Hero 3 and DJI Spark
Music (courtesy of epidemicsound.com):
Lack Of Rain 3 - Johannes Bornlöf
A Place In Heaven 5 - Rannar Sillard
Through The Storm - Savvun
Lack Of Rain 1 - Johannes Bornlöf
FAROE WAY: The art of survival in the Faroe Islands | Documentary 2019 | PL, ENG, RUS subtitles
A documentary story about the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands, their struggles with difficult living conditions, clashes with nature, ocean, climate, isolation and hunger. It’s also a history of a struggle for the survival of Faroese – a language which is used only by nearly 80,000 people today. The story of a state whose origins come from small communities of isolated villages, and whose urban solutions are now a model for the rest of the world.
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Kuba Witek (aka Jakub Witek) – born on November 19th, 1983 in Cracow, but grew up in Kielce. Filmmaker, traveler, author of books. A graduate of the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
An enthusiast of the North. He visited Sweden and Norway, and been to Iceland six times. He wandered around the largest Vatnajökull glacier, visited the ice caves and climbed the highest Icelandic peak. He toured the entire island three times. For the first time in 2016, during a lonely trip on two wheels, which he later described in the book – Ring Road: Around Iceland on a bicycle. The second time in the summer of 2017, to make his first documentary – ISOLAND: Icelandic stories of Polish immigrants.
Participant in youth exchanges and non-governmental initiatives. Worked on commercial film projects in New York, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Oslo and other places.
A runner, advocate of a plant diet, minimalist. Author of the autobiographical novel RE: Tusz, describing his fight against addiction and the hardships of growing up in post-communist Poland.
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Faroe Islands: Eysturoy
The wonderful nature of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands. Sea cliffs and sea stacks, canyons and gorges, fjords and inlets, fishing villages and massive mountains are the characteristics of this wonderful island, the second largest of Faroes archipelago.
Eysturoy, East island, is the second-largest of the Faroe Islands. It is separated by a narrow sound from the main island of Streymoy. This island is extremely rugged, with 66 separate mountain peaks, including Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago.
Eysturoy is connected with Streymoy via a road bridge over the sound. This bridge is humorously referred to by islanders as the only bridge over the Atlantic ocean.
Sites of interest on Eysturoy include the villages of Eiði and Gjógv, the latter having a stunning natural port in a rock column. Off the northern tip of the island are the basalt sea stacks Risin og Kellingin, the Giant and the Witch.
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Faroe Islands - Sharp Edges - Bicycle Tour part 1
ITA: Video racconto del viaggio in bici nelle Isole Faroe del maggio 2019. Stefano e Vanni hanno un progetto/sogno da realizzare: un cicloviaggio in uno dei posti più suggestivi dal punto di vista naturalistico di tutta l'Europa, le Isole Faroe appunto.
Il viaggio si divide in 4 tappe consecutive attraverso le Northern Isles (Vagar, Streymoy, Eysturoy, Kunoy, Bordoy, Vidoy).
Isole Faroe. 2 - 7 maggio 2019
ENG: Stefano and Vanni had a dream to turn into reality: a bicycle tour across the #Faroe Islands. #FaroeIslands is one of the most beautiful and pristine place throughout the Europe. Geology and landscapes out there are simply unique.
The entire trip was divided into 4 stages through the Northern Isles of the archipelago (Vagar, Streymoy, Eysturoy, Kunoy, Bordoy, Vidoy).
Faroe Islands. May 2 -7, 2019
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