The Faroe Islands and Greenland are two autonomous territories of the Kingdom of Denmark and are located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Greenland is the largest island in the world, with a vast area of 2.166 million square kilometers and a small population of 56,000, making it the least densely populated region in the world.
On the contrary, the Faroe Islands are only 1,393 square kilometers in size and the islands of the North Atlantic have a total of 49,000 people living on 17 of the 18 islands of the archipelago. In addition, these islands are located midway between Scotland and Iceland in the North East Atlantic. For so long, the Faroe Islands have been a subject of interest to millions of people around the world due to their rich history and intriguing uniqueness.
What to know before visiting the Faroe Islands, including the secrets of its cute puffins
Over 110,000 tourists flock to the Faroe Islands each year to witness the majesty of the North Atlantic archipelago. With over 18 volcanic islands connected by two underwater tunnels, seven ferry lines, and three bridges, people can expect a comfortable trip with an advanced and developed transportation system. The Faroe Islands are made up of vast green valleys, magnificent sea cliffs, magical narrow fjords and sharp peaks, making it the perfect unforgettable hike.
In addition, the inhabitants of the islands are diverse, friendly and welcoming. The reason is that more than 77 nationalities live in the Faroe Islands. A landmark of the islands is the Mullafossur Waterfall in Gasadalur, seen in photos flowing calmly into the Atlantic. However, this waterfall is not always calm, and the wind often blows it across the sky. People have to wait for the weather to change to take a good photo of the Mullafossur. The Faroe Islands are also known for their rare cute puffins, home to nearly 500,000 pairs of birds. However, visitors are not always lucky enough to see puffins on the islands. For example, birds almost hide in March, while they are more present in June. In summer, we go to Mykines, a territory of choice, to see puffins. Skyvoy and Streymoy in Vestmanna are also suitable for puffin sightings.
- Cost: Hiking near a puffin colony costs DKK 100 per person.
Where to stay in the Faroe Islands
It is advisable to plan a trip before visiting the Faroe Islands as they are known to be expensive. However, with good planning, you can manage your budget and enjoy your trip without breaking the bank.
The most expensive feature of the islands is the price of accommodation. So, many people go for the camping option, which is the cheapest. However, with the capricious weather in the Faroe Islands, camping comes with its risks.
In addition, wild camping on the islands is illegal and one can only use official camping sites. Additionally, those willing to pay more and avoid the risk of heavy rains, strong wings and thunderstorms that can occur while camping can rent a room in a budget hotel for a relatively acceptable price. Airbnb is also another great value option that people can opt for.
Cost: A private room booked through Airbnb costs an average of DKK 395 per night, while an entire apartment will cost DKK 835 per night.
For maximum travel freedom and flexibility, people tend to hire a car in the Faroe Islands. This option costs around DKK 350 for a day and DKK 700 per day for rentals over a week. A wise choice would be to hire a motorhome which covers accommodation and a car for each day, thus saving a considerable amount of money for visitors.
- Cost: An average motorhome costs DKK 750 per day for a week-long trip in high season and will serve as both accommodation and car.
Food on the Faroe Islands and Saksun House
People on a budget buy their food from supermarkets in the Faroe Islands, because eating out is expensive. One thing to know about alcoholic beverages on the island is that people cannot buy spirits above 2.8% ABV in grocery stores. Visitors will need to go to one of the only six Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins found on the islands to get their drinks.
- Cost: Restaurant meals cost between DKK 130 and DKK 260
Most of the Faroe Islands are designated as grazing land and are also privately owned. Thus, it is crucial not to encroach on these lands as the owners feel annoyed by the bad behavior of some tourists on the islands.
The famous Saksun House is an example that proves that people should respect the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands. This house became popular on Instagram, but its owner, a local farmer, had an argument with intruders who insisted on jumping over the house’s fences and stomping on the fields only to take pictures.
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