What to know before going to the Faroe Islands

We did a 7-days route by car through the northern islands and one day by foot to Mykiness. This is the route summary and the map of our adventure through the Faroe Islands

Route summary:

  • Day 1: Arrival to Vágar
  • Day 2: Vágar
  • Day 3: Streymoy
  • Day 4: Eysturoy
  • Day 5: Eysturoy
  • Day 6: Mykiness
  • Day : 7: Random places around the near islands

Travel without plastic – Zero Waste Tips

  • Fill your bottle without fear, tap water is potable in Faroe Islands
  • You can buy some things without plastic at supermarkets but most items are wrapped in plastic. Therefore, I recommend that you be prepared
  • Bring a hiking backpack, so you can carry your essentials for picnics, but be careful with the wind.
  • Do not forget your cloth bag to avoid using the plastic ones
  • Finally, the best friend of a zero waste trip is organization, take snacks with you and make a list of the things you will need
  • You can see what I always carry with me in this post about our zero waste traveling in Faroe Islands

How to get around from the airport

Since it is a very small country, there are few options:

  • Bus: route 300 from the airport 
  • Taxi
  • Car. Since this was the option we choose, we will explain it in the next part.

Driving in the Faroe Islands

We rented a Toyota Aygo from Sixt directly at the airport. We asked for full insurance coverage and the unlimited pass to cross tunnels for  300 Kr (each time that you cross one tunnel it is 100 Kr, so by crossing 3 times you have paid it off). Hence, the total price of the car was € 800.

My advices for driving in the Faroe Islands.

  • At first go slowly and pay attention to the sheep, they cross everywhere.
  • The weather changes every 5 minutes and it is windy, so, drive slowly in the curves.
  • The speed limit is 50 km / h in the city and 80 km / h on the highway.
  • Always keep the lights on.
  • In the single-lane tunnels, look carefully at the preferences.

Visa

For EU citizens we do not need a visa, although  it isn’t part of the EU.

Money exchange and currency

The currency is the Faroese crown that has the same value as the Danish crown: 1 € = 7.46 DKK (May 2019).

  • We didn’t change any time because absolutely everything can be paid by card.

Supermarkets

  • FK Super Market: Monday to  Saturday 7:15–22:00
  • Bónus: Monday to  Saturday 9:00–22:00.
  • Fk Sandavágur: lMonday to  Saturday 8:00–20:00.

Beer

You can only buy at specific stores and there are 5 stores in all the islands, they are called Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins – Miðvágur.

The good thing is that the bottles are returnable and the price, although expensive, is cheaper than in a bar: 1 beer of 33cl = 1.4 € approx. In addition, it is distilled beer in the Faroe Islands, the factory is in Klaksvik on the island of Bordoy.

They open a few hours a day: Monday to Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Safety

It is a very safe country and people are very respectful, it is recommended to take care of our possessions, as in any country.

Best time

In Scotland it always rains, do not let the rain spoil your trip. Additionally, the weather changes really oft, so although one day is rainy it can end sunny.

  • During, summer you will see green the grass and have better weather
  • For spring and autumn, low season, you will find all kinds of days, rainy, sunny, snow … it will be cold in general, but it is bearable. Moreover, you can also find a snowy landscape.
  • In winter there is a risk that some roads will be closed due to snowfall. Finally, the days will be shorter.

Accommodation

We stayed in one AirBnB in Vágar, we were really lucky. They even invited us to a typical faroese dinner.  It was near the airport and very warm inside. 

Typical food

We eat pasta and food that we brought from Germany or Spain, but these are the typical foods:

  • Skerpikjøt It is a kind of lamb dried in the wind, as a kind of jerky.
  • Salmon or cod with potatoes.

 

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