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Cheap Flights to Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands, comprised of a total of 18 islands (17 of which are inhabited, and the remaining one, Lítla Dímum, which is also the smallest, is uninhabited) is an archipelago and autonomous country in the Kingdom of Denmark. It is located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, nearly halfway between Norway and Iceland, approximately 329km (200 mi) northwest of mainland Scotland. The Faroes, as it is also referred to, are a self-governing island territory of Denmark. It boasts breathtaking scenery and plenty of natural landscapes. Its capital and largest city is Tórshavn.

Some of the must-visit attractions in the Faroes include the 882m-tall Slættaratindur mountain, which offers panoramic views on top (that is, if the summit is not wrapped in fog). Beinisvord/Beinisvørð, the highest sea cliff in Suduroy and the second highest in the Faroes, offers spectacular views down to the sea and to the west coast. The Lake of Toftavatn is considered as a great spot for outing, with its low-rolling hills surrounding the lake, which make up for expansive stretches of heather. Rinkusteinar, or also known as the “rocking stones,” is an unusual, but captivating phenomenon where two massive boulders rock in the ocean. The capital, Tórshavn, is among the smallest capitals in the world. It is named after the Norse god Thor (god of thunder). It is home to several museums, historic sites, and other notable landmarks such as Føroya Fornminnissavn (displays artifacts from the Viking Age to the 19th-century); the Listasavn Føroya park; the historic center of Tinganes; the traditional village of Nólsoy; the Skansin Fort; Storm Petrel Colony; the pretty antique shops in Norðlýsið; and the church of Havnarkirkja.

How to get around within Faroe Islands

Since the Faroes is a small country, navigating around is easy. The entire archipelago is connected by a public transport system. Air transport is possible with plane or if you have a bigger budget, a helicopter. You may contact Atlantic Airways to book in advance. Traveling between islands is also possible. Eysturoy and Streymoy, the two largest islands, are linked by Sundabrúgvin, or the Channel Bridge. Vágar is connected to Streymoy, while Borðoy is connected to Eysturoy via separate sub-sea tunnels.

Borðoy is linked with Viðoy and Kunoy via road causeways. Sandoy and Suðuroy have excellent car-ferry connections to Streymoy. If you are driving around (you can rent a car at the airport), you should note that the speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) outside towns and villages, and 50 kph (30 mph) in the towns and villages. Meanwhile, if you are going to drive a trailer, you should plan your route ahead of time, learning which tunnels you can enter. The speed limit for trailers is 50 kph; caravans, 60 kph. Parking in Tórshavn, Klaksvík, and Runavík is restricted. The inter-town bus system, Bygdaleiðir (blue buses), with the cooperation of the public ferry company, offers transport services throughout the Faroes. Tórshavn has its own local bus service, Bussleiðin (red buses), which has four routes that can access most areas of the town for free.

How to get there

Faroe Islands is served by one airport, Vága Floghavn, located on the island of Vágar (it was chosen by the British during their occupation of the Faroes during World War II). The airport is connected to Streymoy, the largest island, by a sub-sea tunnel. Atlantic Airways operate at the airport, which offers flights between Faroe Islands and a number of chosen Scandinavian cities, and regular commercial air service from Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger, Reykjavík, and London. It also offers helicopter services to remote islands and towns. The airport offers bus services 10 times a day to and from Tórshavn. The trip usually takes one hour. The Vágatunnilin tunnel connects the airport and the Vágar Island to the main towns and villages. Another way of getting in is by cruise of car ferry via Smyril Line’s big car ferry Norrøna, which offers the only all-year regular services to the Faroes from Hirtshals in Denmark and Seyðisfjörður in Iceland. If you are getting in on a yacht, there are plenty of harbors around the islands, the best of which are in Tórshavn, Klaksvík, Tvøroyri, Vágur, Vestmanna, Sørvágur, Miðvágur, Runavík, and Fuglafjørður. 

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