Wednesday Wanderlust: Faroe Islands

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Where are the Faroe Islands?

The archipelago is made up of 18 islands that lie halfway between Iceland and Norway and northwest of Scotland.  Part of the Kindom of Denmark now, the Faroe Islands have been inhabited by humans since the early 8th century which just blows my mind for some reason.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why I want to visit the Faroe Islands and what I would like to see and do while there:

Visit Tórshavn

The capital of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn, is a great home base when visiting.  While small relatively speaking, Torshavn is the largest community of the Faroe Islands.

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Torshavn


The Nordic House

The Nordic House is where almost all the art exhibitions, concerts and national events happen on the Faroe Islands.  The house is meant to promote the Nordic and Faroese cultures.

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The Nordic House


Visit Gjogv

I would love to visit this northern village on the island of Eysturoy.  Gjogv is also a good base to hike up Staeltratindur, the highest mountain on the islands.

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Gjogv


Visit Klaksvik

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Klaksvik

Klaksvik is the second largest town of the Faroe Islands and is located on one of the northernmost islands.  The first settlement in this town dates back to the Viking times which is enough motivation for me to want to visit.

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See Puffins

I can’t think about going to a place without thinking about the wildlife and I would love to see puffins.  These things are so damn cute they don’t even look real.

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Puffins!

Are the Faroe Islands on your list? Any other ideas of things to see and do on these Scandinavian islands?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

22 Comments

  1. Serena

    March 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    They are definitely on my bucket list as well!
    I love the kind of landscape, the tiny fishermen villages… and the puffins 😉

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Thanks for commenting Serena! All good reasons to want to go here 🙂

  2. Vicki Bauman

    March 12, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    These places really do look interesting. I think you can see puffins out on the Oregon coast.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I know it’s not the only place to see puffins for sure…but still awesome!

  3. Rachel M

    March 12, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Interesting places, I especially love the Nordic house and the puffins – the first time i saw a photo of puffins i also thought they were not real. I would like to see them in real life.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      That picture literally looks like a painting…just crazy.

  4. Erin

    March 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    They look amazing! And now I want a puffin *packs net*

  5. Gabor Kovacs

    March 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Beautiful landscape, I love this scenery typical of Northern Europe. I think many people in Europe know Faroe Islands because for some (for most of us unknown) reason, they have their official national football (sorry soccer) team, although they are part of Denmark…They always get beaten 10-0, but they all seem to be happy with that:)

  6. Nina

    March 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I have a thing with islands but hadn’t put these on my list, until now! Looks stunning.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Thanks Nina! Not exactly what you think of when you think of islands, but still stunning!

  7. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    March 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    These look so quaint with the stunning landscapes and small fisherman villages. It reminds me of parts of Northern Canada. I thought I might have time to see them in August when I go to Iceland, but not sure I can fit it in. I’ll have to keep them on the list!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Keep them in mind. I want to add them to an Iceland trip next year hopefully!

  8. Lauren

    March 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Oooh, puffins! They are so adorable! I haven’t seen them in the wild before, but I have seen them in captivity and they are so cute. I would love to travel to the Faroe Islands – it looks amazing! That also blows my mind that people have lived there for such a long time!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 13, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      I’ve never even seen them in captivity…boo. But, I will see them in the wild! I’m determined.

  9. Kadri

    March 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Puffins looks so adorable, would like to have one at home. 🙂

  10. Bridget @ GreenGlobalTravel

    March 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Great article- the Faroe Islands look like a really unique place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Red Hunt

    March 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I’ve been fascinated by the Faroe Islands for years and they’re high on my travel hit list. Such a great outdoors destination. The puffins are definitely very cute, is it wrong that I really want to eat them? I heard they are very tasty and it is possible to get Puffin pizza in the Faroes!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 31, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Puffin pizza, huh? Gosh that sounds so tempting even though they are so cute.

  12. Claus

    September 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Super photos from the Faroe Islands.

  13. Tee | Rotten One

    September 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I actually just came back from a trip to the Faroe Islands – absolutely breathtaking if you are a nature freak like me! I had my home base in Tóshavn and visited a different island everyday. Even got to climb to the top of Slættaratindur 🙂

    Wrote two posts about it with some photos here if you’re interested:
    1. http://www.rotten-one.com/journal/2014/9/15/noroyggjar-faroe-islands
    2. http://www.rotten-one.com/journal/2014/9/23/ster-vgar-faroe-islands

    Cheers! xx

  14. Rouven

    March 21, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    The Faroe Islands are definitely on my bucket list. The landscape looks stunning and the culture is really interesting, though I’m not a fan of that whole Grindagap whale hunting thing. Nevertheless, I’d like to visit soon!

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