This archipelago of 18 islands is just a short flight away from the UK and Scandinavia but receives relatively little attention from most tourists – despite having some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the northern seas. The Faeroes are an excellent place to drive into what may appear to be an idyllic and forgotten village landscape – without losing your cell or mobile phone signal!
The tourist season is quite short on the Faroe Islands, extending from May to September. Of these months, May and June will be the less populated time to explore the regions in depth. If you’re flying to the islands, you may find that summer fog will interrupt the landing of your flight, at which point you’ll be redirected to Iceland until the fog clears.
Faroese is the language spoken on the Faroe Islands, though many inhabitants also speak Danish, Norwegian, and/or English.
The currency is the Faroese króna, which is a version of the Danish krone, and is therefore of the same value. Danish krones and Faroese króna are interchangeable on the islands, but you should exchange any remaining Faroese króna before you leave the islands, as they’re very rarely recognized elsewhere.
The Faeroes have only one airport, on the island of Vágar. If you arrive by ferry, you’ll land in Tórshavn on Streymoy. A total of six of the islands are connected for direct road travel. For example, you can travel by car from Vágar via a sub-sea tunnel to Streymoy and from Streymoy to Eysturoy via a bridge. The more distant Sandoy and Suðuroy are highly accessible from Streymoy via car ferry.
You can pick up a rental car at the airport on Vágar or just up the road from the ferry terminal in Tórshavn. You can travel along the roads that connect the six islands in less than two hours by car, but you will absolutely want to make frequent stops to explore this incredible archipelago in depth!
With well-kept roads, great inter-island infrastructure, and jaw-dropping sights, the Faroe Islands are best experienced via automobile hire. Even though the roads are narrow, driving is very comfortable on the islands and rental is an inexpensive, intimate way to take your time with these gems of the northern seas. You’ll definitely want the convenience of a car to photograph the sights and wildlife as they come upon you, as well as to bring along all the varieties of clothing that you will need to keep your warm or cool in this tempestuous weather zone!
Here are some tips for an excellent driving experience on the Faeroes: