Find out about this amazing wildlife destination, The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands, an archipelago of 18 small islands which covers about 500 square miles and it lies between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic. It is an independent province of Denmark since 1948, it’s beautiful landscape consists of rocky terrains, with dramatic cliffs at the coastline, this makes it a photographer’s dream and is of special interest to bird-watchers.
Wildlife on the Faroe Islands
Credit: wikipediaThere are approximately 300 species of bird that call the Faroes home. The oystercatcher is the national bird and is well-known for its long pointy orangle/yellow beak. Visitors will find it easy to spot the common starling, thanks to its shiny feathers. The Faroes are home to a rich diversity of seabirds like puffins and gulls. Bird-watchers will be able to spot colonies of puffins on the ledges and grasslands above the cliffs. The puffins breeding areas can be viewed because they take on a distinctive blue-green colour because of years of natural fertilization. Puffins are the small birds which fly just above the water, you will notice that they tend to flap their wings in a frantic manner, which is similar to large insects. The gannet nests can only be found on Mykines and Myinesholm and are often spotted in flocks as they dive and fish for food. Visitors to the island of Nolsoy will find the biggest colony of storm petrels in the world. For the best experience, venture out at night, because these nocturnal birds shouldn’t be missed.
To visit the Vestmanna bird cliffs take a bus from Torshavn, which is located in north Streymoy. This is a must-see site for bird-watchers who will have a chance to spot razorbills, guillemots,and kittiwakes. You can also find gray seals and several species of whales, including finned pilot whales and killer whales, which live in the surrounding waters. To witness these amazing creatures take a boat tour in the waters off Sandoy and Skuvoy.
Don’t miss seeing the Faroese horse, which is a rare domesticated breed that is said to be a cross between an Icelandic horse and a Shetland pony. In the 1960’s there were only a handful of purebreds left in Faroe Island, but today there are more than 50 individuals.
The Faroe Islands is situated between Iceland and Norway, northwest of Scotland. Atlantic Airways offers commercial air services between the islands and Europe. Smyril Line provides ferry service between the island, Iceland and Denmark.Credit: wikipedia
Hours of Operation:
Faroe Island is open to visitors all year-round.
Since many goods need to be imported from Denmark and surrounding countries, the Faroe Islands. The currency is the krona, which has the same exchange rate as the Danish krone.
Credit: wikipediaThe islands are linked by underocean tunnels, bridges, causeways and a bus service which goes around and between islands. It is not necessary to have a car when travelling around the Faroe Islands.
Camping is permitted on the island at designated campsites, most of the sites only allow tents.
There are plenty of accommodations, restaurants, stores and more are available in nearly every town.
Visitors will find the opportunity to engage lots of outdoor activities these include diving, canoeing, kayaking, golf, tennis and fishing. You can also rent bicycles and motorbike. Wildlife viewing and various island tours can be arranged by tour guides.
Best Times to Visit
It is best to visit the Faroe Island during the long summer days of June, July, and August.
More Travel Tips
Warm clothing and waterproof rain gear is essential for this trip due to frequent wind and precipitation. Make sure you dress in warm layers. Waterproof hiking boots is a must for hiking. Always have sunglasses and sunscreen with you. Before you arrive to the Faroes, all fishing gear should be thoroughly cleaned and treated to kill any fish pathogens. Dogs, Cats, and other domestic animals are not allowed on the island for stays less than three months.
Faroe Islands Map