Although the Faroe Islands seem to be a remote destination, Lonely Planet writer Kerry Christiani arrived from the UK within 2 ½ hours! She was able to share some highlights of her trip below.
Kalsoy, or “the flute”, is one of the northernmost islands. A roughly 2km (1 hour) hike will lead you to the famous Kallur Lighthouse, where you will find some of the best viewpoints of the Faroe Islands (weather permitting). If you are still up for it, you can also check out Mikladalur where the legend of the Seal Woman, one of the most famous legends in Faroese tradition, was created.
Although it may be a struggle to actually arrive on Mykines due to the harsh North Atlantic Storms, it’s absolutely worth it. This island may be the most remote, only accessible by helicopter or boat, with its 14 residents. Luckily, Christiani was able to make it and explored the 10 sqkm puffin paradise. If you would like to see the puffins during your stay, Christiani recommends going to the western point of Lambi.
Quite a bit larger than Mykines, Svínoy has just over 50 inhabitants, and many more sheep. This island is perfect for birdwatchers, but the main attraction is definitely the village church. The structure dates back to 1878, time of Viking chief Svínoyar-Bjarni (hence the island’s name). While you are walking, you may also see a number of huts used to wind dry various meats including that of whales.
Eysturoy is the second largest island and has one of, if not the best spot for hiking! Slættaratindur is the tallest mountain in the area and it takes about an hour to climb its 880 meters. Once you reach the top, you get really breathtaking views and if you’re lucky, you might even be able to see Iceland! From Eysturoy you are also able to see Búgvin, the tallest rock stack in the Faroes and the legendary mythical sea stacks of the giant Risin and the witch Kellingin.
The largest of the islands and a previous Viking settlement is Streymoy. Hestur and Koltur, small islets are visible as well as the gothic cathedral and an 11th century farmhouse, now privately owned but still open for public visitation.
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