Faroe Islands

A Guide to the Faroe Islands

How to get there

Atlantic Airways is the country’s airline.  They fly between Copenhagen and the Faroes daily, and between Iceland and the Faroes twice a week.  There is also the option of the Smyril Line. We did a lot of research in to both options, but it turns out flying is usually cheaper, and not to mention save you about 24 hours of travel.

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Getting around

I would definitely say you need to rent a car! I do not know how anyone gets anywhere without a car here.  That being said, the island is small so you ca pretty much drive from one end to the other is about an hour!

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It was surprisingly difficult to find a decent car rental in the Faroes! Avis is one of the only international companies on the islands, and they charge A LOT. Turns out most rental companies are going to charge more than usual, especially if you need an automatic car. A popular choice seemed to be 62N, but this turned out to be expensive since it represents Sixt and Hertz. I wouldn’t be surprised if more rental companies expand in to the Faroe Islands in the near future, but in the meantime, smaller local companies can get you the best rate.

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We ended up renting through WAAG, and it was great. By far the best deal we got, and the girl who picked us up to give us our car was so sweet.  We had to basically make our reservation via email (as most places in the Faroes Islands do) which stressed me out a little, since I am used to booking in a system, but it worked out perfect!

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When to go

Most people would tell you to visit in July, since it is the warmest time of the year. I would specifically say to visit the second week of July, so you can also go to the G! Fest.

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Driving

The Faroe Islands has a very large amount of one lane roads, that are meant for driving in two directions. The first few times of driving on a one lane road, and we came across another car, it was really overwhelming, but we got the hang of it quickly.  Every one lane road has multiple pull off sections every few hundred feet. If the pull outs are to your right, you need to pull in to let the other car pass.

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Packing List

I’m someone who gets cold easily so I knew the 50 degree weather in July would be challenging for me. Layers are the real key to the Faroe Islands.  On most days I wore a t shirt and a wool sweater. I also wore a rain proof jacket most days for extra warmth. For hiking you absolutely need hiking boots! As someone who occasionally hikes in just sneakers, this is definitely not the place for that. It is often muddy, and the best hikes are intensive ones. I would also recommend rain pants.  A few times we were out hiking, when it started to rain on us. I was very happy in that situation to have rain pants in my backpack, so I wouldn’t have to get soaked for a few hours.

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What to do

See my list of 16 Things To Do in the Faroe Islands here.

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