Top 5 Best Destinations to Visit in Faroe Islands

The Faroe or Faeroe Islands are 18 islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The Islands are a self-governing island territory of Denmark, although they politically aim for higher independence. The Faroe Islands are undeniably beautiful: green, rugged and wind-swept. Most visitors to the islands come between early July and late August.

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The beautiful landscape and scenery is one of the primary reasons people visit the Faroe Islands. During the summer, the Faroe Islands turn a vibrant green. The fresh air, the deep blue water, the sheer sea cliffs, and the green mountains with their lovely valleys will astound everyone who appreciates being in nature. Because little grows in this climate, the people have subsisted on the soil and the animals that inhabit the islands for millennia.

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Slættaratindur

With an elevation of 880 metres, Slættaratindur (Flat Peak) is the tallest peak in the Faroe Islands. It is situated in Eysturoy’s northernmost region, between the towns of Eii, Gjógv, and Funningur. Funningur is located at the bottom of the mountain, however the peak is not visible from the town. It is well worth climbing, however, the main drawback is that the peak is frequently shrouded in fog.

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It takes around four hours to climb, and while the paths are steep, technical climbing abilities are not required to reach the peak. In clear weather, the top provides panoramic views of the whole archipelago. Slættaratindur is one of 10 summits in the Faroe Islands that rise above sea level by more than 800 metres.

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Beinisvørð

Beinisvørð is the tallest sea cliff in Suðuroy, Faroe Islands, standing at 469 metres. The sight down to the sea and beyond to Suðuroy’s west coast is spectacular. Beinisvørð features towering cliffs that face the sea and a grassy slope that leads down to the town of Sumba.

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Many areas in Suðuroy can see the triangular summit of Beinisvørð. Sumba men used to rappel down the steep mountain slope of Beinisvørð using bird lines which is called as “sging”; one guy hangs on a large rope while several others hold it at the top, to capture sea birds and gather eggs.

In the past, both birds and their eggs were vital sources of sustenance for the inhabitants of Sumba. Many individuals were killed when doing this; occasionally, a stone falls on a man’s head, killing him. A large avalanche at Beinisvr in 1975 devastated many bird colonies and landmarks.

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The Lake of Toftavatn

The lake is located south of Eysturoy just on east coast of the fjord Skálafjrur. The widest streches of heather on the islands may be seen on the gentle sloping hills around the lovely lake. They are one of a kind in the Faroes. Furthermore, the landscape is an excellent choice for a day trip. The lake is well-known for its abundant bird life.

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Risin og Kellingin

Two magnificant basalt sea stacks off the northern tip of the island, close to the village of Eiði. The name Risin og Kellingin means The Giant and the Witch and relates to an old legend about their origins. The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the witch (Kellingin) is the 68m pointed stack nearer land, standing with her legs apart.

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According to tradition, once upon a time, the giants of Iceland became jealous and decided they needed the Faroe Islands. So the giant and the witch were deployed to the Faroe Islands to retrieve them. When they arrived at Eiiskollur, the giant waited in the water while the witch ascended the mountain with a strong rope to bind the islands together so she could push them over onto monster’s back.

However, when she hooked the rope to the mountainside and tugged, the mountain split. Further attempts were likewise futile, and they battled through the night, however the mountain’s foundation was solid, and they couldn’t move it.

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When the sun shines on a giant or a witch, they become stone. While a result, when they struggled on, they didn’t really notice the flow of time, and as morning broke, a beam of sunshine put an end to their attempts by transforming them to stone on the spot. They’ve been standing there ever since, looking wistfully over the water towards Iceland which they will never reach.

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Sørvágsvatn

The largest lake in the Faroe Islands is Sørvágsvatn, also known as Leitisvatn. It is located between the towns of Sørvágur and Vágar on the island of Vágar. The naming of the lake is a source of contention among inhabitants. The residents of Sørvágur to the west prefer Sørvágsvatn, which translates as “the lake beside Sørvágur.” The residents of Miðvágur and Sandavágur to the east prefer Leitisvatn, which translates as “the lake by Leiti” and refers to the land on the lake’s east side.

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The lake is near to the coast, although its surface is around 40 metres above sea level. The waterfall Bøsdalafossur is the outflow, and it is bordered by a taller rock that stops it from pouring completely into the ocean. Because of the increased height of the cliffs on each side of Bøsdalafossur, some views may create the impression that the lake is higher above sea level than it is.

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