Denmark came under the travel radar in a big way last year thanks to the rise of ‘hygge’, the Danish lifestyle trend that the rest of the world couldn’t resist. But there’s more to this nation than its capital city of Copenhagen and coastal mainland destinations. In this blog post, I’m going to explore the Danish Faroe Islands.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, this archipelago of islands may be Danish, but their immediate neighbours are not. North of Scotland, west of Norway and southeast of Iceland, the Faroe Islands offer a remote, rugged and wild location. It’s this location and landscape that inspires the best things to do in the Faroe Islands.
With a name that involves islands, you won’t be surprised to find water-related activities topping the list of things to do in the Faroe Islands. But you might be surprised to find that rather than beaches and cliffs, I’m talking about waterfalls. You’ll already know I have a passion for these breathtaking natural features if you’ve read about my visit to Bali here.
The Faroe Islands are home to many crashing cascades that look like they’ve been there forever. Plummeting down the cliff face and into the waves beneath, Mulafossur waterfall on Vagar Island is particularly popular and easily accessible for visitors thanks to a road tunnel to reach it. Keep your eyes out for puffins while you watch the falls – many nest in the nearby area.
On that note, now seems like the perfect time to introduce another of the best things to do in the Faroe Islands – wildlife and bird watching! Offering remote, unspoiled landscapes, there is a wealth of habitats available to many species on the Faroe Islands. The coastal nature of the islands makes them attractive to seabird colonies and mammals too, so it’s a great place for seal spotting.
If wildlife or birding are the main reasons you want to visit, you could book with a specialist tour operator. You could try a day tour or book an entire holiday to discover the Faroe Islands’ wildlife hidden gems.
Hiking isn’t just good for your physical health, it’s great for relaxation and, of course, an excellent opportunity to soak up the scenery from some of the best vantage points going. Walking and hiking are very popular with visitors to the Faroe Islands, who are keen to explore the volcanic islands’ rocky, rugged and lush terrain.
The landscapes away from the main town of Tórshavn are wild, dotted with lakes and largely undeveloped. Walking through them feels like you’re stepping back in time. Being fairly mountainous and with changeable weather, you do need to take care when hiking. It’s worth planning your routes carefully. The Visit Faroe Islands website has excellent resources to help you do exactly that, so you can make the most of your trip there.