Faroe Islands (Torshavn), Denmark

The unspoiled Faeroe Islands lie far off the beaten track in the North Atlantic. Discovered by Irish hermits in the 8th century AD, the 18 islands were settled by Vikings 100 years later. While Faeroes means "Sheep Islands," the people of these weather-beaten rocks have always turned to the sea for sustenance. Tórshavn, with a population of about 15,000 souls, is the capital of the archipelago. The islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, though they possess their own parliament, language and currency.

Colorful houses surround the harbor at Tórshavn. The town's older houses present a unique image with their tar-colored walls and green-grass roofs.

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Points of Interest

  • Tórshavn
  • Kirkjuboe
  • Kvivik
  • Leynar Lake
  • Vestmanna
  • Sandavagur
  • Saksun
  • Velbastadur
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  • Tórshavn

    Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands, and the Vikings founded the first parliament here around 900 years ago. Its old fortress, dating back to 1580, was built to defend Tórshavn from pirates.

  • Kirkjuboe

    Kirkjuboe is the southernmost village on Streymoy, and an important religious center. It is home to the ruined Magnus Cathedral which dates back to 1300, and a historic 900-year-old farmhouse.

  • Kvivik

    Kvivik village sits on the small river Stora, and has less than 500 in habitants. It's one of the oldest settlements in the Faroes and boasts excavations that have shown the remains of Viking houses.

  • Leynar Lake

    Beautiful Lake Leynar is famous for its hand-built salmon ladders, while the charming village of Leynar, on Streymoy's pretty west coast, is home to many talented craftsmen including wood turners.

  • Vestmanna

    The tiny fishing port of Vestmanna translates as 'west man', and is home to cliffs that rise to over 1,800 feet. Here, you will find some 40 species of sea birds, including puffins and kittiwakes.

  • Sandavagur

    The former seat of the King's Minister from 1555 to 1816, it has been voted the most well-kept village in the Faroes. The red-roofed church is home to an ancient rune stone dating back to 1200 A.D.

  • Saksun

    With a population of less than 50 people, remote Saksun is famous for its church that was originally built in Tjornuvik, a village in the north of the island, but was reassembled in Saksun in 1858.

  • Velbastadur

    From this vantage point, gain a breathtaking view of the islands of Hestur, Koltur, Vagar, and Sandoy.

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Faroe Panorama

2 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-295
  • Tórshavn
  • Kvivik

A perfect choice for those who enjoy seeing the sights with little walking required, settle in for a relaxed panoramic drive to explore the wonder of Torshavn and its varied and scenic surroundings. Pause for a few photos along the way.

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Torshavn: Capital of the Faroes

3 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-235
  • Tórshavn

Discover one of the oldest capitals in northern Europe, the tiny city of Torshavn, on a half-day adventure that explores by both motorcoach and pedestrian tour. You'll stop to photograph highlights and enjoy both the modern city as well as the charming, historic Old Town.

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Streymoy Guided Mountain Hiking

3.5 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-415
  • Tórshavn

Lace up your hiking shoes for a strenuous climb in the mountainous region of Streymoy. Energize in the great outdoors and take in spectacular scenery, rock formations, and surrounding islands as you ascend. A drive along the Kaldbak Fjord and a photo stop at the Torshavn viewpoint enhances the day.

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Medieval Farmstead & Coastal Villages

3.5 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-215
  • Kvivik
  • Tórshavn
  • Sandavagur

Discover the medieval past and Scandinavian heritage of the picturesque Faroe Islands on a scenic drive on mountain and shoreline roads through coastal villages and bucolic farmlands, stopping at several viewpoints for stunning photographs. Stop at the charming old Faroese church and the tiny, remote town of Saksun.

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Vagar

3.75 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-220
  • Tórshavn
  • Sandavagur

Travel through the underground tunnel to Vagar Island. Explore its surrounding villages, photograph stunning, ever-changing scenery and learn its historic origins. In Bour, discover charming houses with green sod roofs and an old tar-blackened church. Return to Torshavn via the mountain road with views over the fjords and capital.

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Scenery of Northern Eysturoy

4.5 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-250
  • Tórshavn

The Faroe Islands offer an array of natural and manmade highlights, from the only bridge over the Atlantic to rock columns steeped in local legend. Relax on a half-day panoramic drive that explores Torshavn and its environs. Refresh at a local guesthouse with pancakes and a hot beverage. Bring your camera!

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Cruise the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

4 hours | Faroe Islands (Torshavn) | FAE-520
  • Vestmanna

Travel by motorcoach to the village of Vestmanna, where you'll set off on a scenic cruise to spectacular sea cliffs. Sail in and out of grottoes and caves and past sparkling cascades, listening for the sounds of sea birds that call the almost 2,000-foot-tall sheer rock walls home

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