Accessible only via plane or ferry, the remote and otherworldly Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 wild, green, steeply pitching isles buffeted by North Atlantic winds, making for an unforgettable adventure and a fascinating insight into Denmark’s former colonial territories (islanders prefer the term autonomous region). The islands are characterized by the abundance of sheep (which outnumber humans and have fuelled the trade in Faroese woollen products since they were worn by Detective Sarah Lund in the iconic Danish TV-series The Killing) and by Denmark’s most dramatic scenery. Krone is the currency and Danish/English are understood.
One of the world’s smallest capital cities, Torshavn, a tranquil port of colourful turf-roofed houses, is the obvious starting point for island explorations. The historic Tingenes area by the harbour, is of most interest, along with the islands’ now-famous woollen handicrafts showcased at Gudrun & Gudrun. Northwest on the island of Eysturoy is Leirvik, a fishing village famed for its wonderful Boat Museum (harbourfront; contact Torshavn tourist office before visiting). Further northwest from Torshavn is Viðoy, a wild island boasting some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs and a haven for birdlife. To reach the cliffs at Cape Enniberg, head to the village of Viðareiði from where it’s a tough, mountainous walk. The remotest inhabited island is spectacular Mykines, to the extreme west of the archipelago. Truly lost in time, it has some of the Faroes’ best hiking. Get to Mykines via helicopter from Vágar Airport or boat from nearby Sørvágur (summer only).