Attractions from Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Hunting of pilot whales

If you want to see hunting of pilot whales, you should visit Miövágur. This village is considered to be the largest whaling ground on the islands. This is due to the large sandbanks and wide beaches on the bay, which are ideal for driving in the whales.

The bird mountain Vestmannabjørgini

In order to reach Vestmannabjørgini, you must take boat from Vestmanna. Vestmannabjørgini are fantastic bird mountains in which numerous birds live. You have to sail for three hours along the rocky scenery on the west coast.

The cliff formations Risin and Kellingin

From Esturoy is a view to the funny cliff formations, which are 75m tall. The legend says that a giant and his wife wanted to take the Faroe Islands with them to Iceland but the islands were too heavy. As they were giving up and were ready to head home, the sun set, and the giant and his wife were fossilised.

The Faroese boat

The construction of the boat is quite unique and is not to be found any other place in the world. It is built for 4, 6 or 8 passengers, and the latter is regarded as the finest one. Previously, the boats were used for transportation and fishing, however today, they are only used for sailing races.

The island Stòra Dimun:

Stòra Dimun is situated between Suduroy and Sandoy. The island, which is 3km2, is flat on the top and is like a fort in the sea. Going ashore on the island is very difficult because of the steep crags, which are not under 100m tall. The steep crags are an eldorado for birds.

The peninsula Tinganes

On Tinganes, the first Norwegian colonists founded their parliament in 825. The harbour of Tinganes is divided in two, and it is also here that the old part of Torshavn is situated. Many of the houses on Tinganes are dated back to the 16th and 17th century but they are still being used today.

The religious buildings in Kirkjubøur

Kirkjubøur is a historical and very exciting village in which you can see the ruins of the oldest church on the Faroe Islands, which is said to date back to just after the introduction of Christianity. Furthermore, you can see the ruins of Múrurin, which is a never completed cathedral.

The Skansin fort

Skansin is Torshavn's fort. It was built in 1580 in order to keep pirates on a distance. The fort has been rebuilt several times, and the present fort is from 1790. During the Second World War, when the Faroe Islands were occupied by the Germans, The Skansin was used as the Royal Navy Commands Headquarters.

The village Kvivik

Kvivik, which is situated on Streymoy, is one of the oldest villages on the Faroe Islands. Remnants of an old Viking settlement have been found at the village. Today, two houses have been excavated and interesting finds have been made in both of them. One of the houses has been used for habitation, whereas the other was used as a barn and stable.


The Christiankirkjan

The Christiankirkjan was built around an altarpiece, which was originally painted by Joakim Skovgaard in 1901 for the Viborg Cathedral in Denmark. The church is built in Faroese basalt and wood according to ancient Faroese building technique. It was finished in 1963.

The museum Norooya Fornminnisavn

Norooya Fornminnisavn is the museum of the northern islands. The museum is established in an old commercial house, which was built in 1838. The museum is divided into two rooms, and in one of them, you can see the old Pharmacy of the city, and in the other, ancient tools and kitchen utensils are exhibited.

The village Skálatoftir

Skálatoftir is an old village, which was abandoned in 1914. The hiking trip to the village is very beautiful, and it is possible to see many of the bird species living on the Faroe Islands. From the village there is a beautiful view of Kunoyarnakkur, which is a gigantic cape.


The island Mykineshólmur

The island Mykineshólmur is separated from Mykines, and the two islands are only connected by a small wooded bridge. There is fantastic bird life on Mykineshólmur. Here breeds the charming puffin with the colourful beak. Furthermore, practically all sea birds of the Faroe Islands are represented on Mykineshólmur.

The monoliths in Korkaldur

According the legend, there were trees on Mykines in the old days. However, when a farmer did not want to pay taxes on the trees, he lied about their existence on the island. As a punishment, they were turned into stone. The 55m tall monoliths can be seen in Korkaldur.


The bird mountain Vestmannabjørgini

In order to reach Vestmannabjørgini, you must take boat from Vestmanna. Vestmannabjørgini are fantastic bird mountains in which numerous birds live. You have to sail for three hours along the rocky scenery on the west coast.

The royal seat Dúvagaröur

Dúvagaröur is an old royal seat with an exiting history. Today, it is a museum. The farm is an example of the building style, which was used from the Middle Ages and until today. The farm has a main building and several outhouses. All buildings have turf on the roofs.

The village Hvalvik

Hvalvik is a little village. The oldest wooden church on the Faroe Islands, which is from 1829, is situated in this village. The church is built by Pomeranian pine. The pulpit, which is from Torshavn church, is from 1609.

The village Tjørnuvik

Tjørnuvik is a small charming village made in traditional Faroese style. A burial place, which was discovered in 1956, is evidence that it was a village already in the Viking Age. The interesting finds, which were made on the burial place, is exhibited in the national museum in Torshavn.


The district museum in Sandvik

In the middle of Sandvik, which is a beautifully situated village, is a little district museum. It is established in a traditional Faroese house from 1860. The village also has an old wooden church from 1840, which originally was situated in Tvøroyi.

The village Fámjin

The village with the colourful houses was for many years the most isolated village on Suduroy. In the church in Fámjin from 1875 are two national treasures. One of them is the first cross flag of the Faroe Islands, Merkiö. The other one is a tombstone with runic letters on it.

The village Hov

Originally, the village was a heathen place of sacrifice from the Viking Age. Here lived the great chief Havgrimur, and it is still possible to see the remains of his grave mound. The wooden church came to the village in 1942, when it was moved from Vágur to Hov.


The Faroese government Løgtingiö:

The Faroese government are gathered in this house in the old part of the city. The house is from 1856. There are interesting sculptures around the government building, e.g. a bust of the Faroese poet R.C. Effersøe, which is placed in front of the building.

The national museum

The Faroese national museum is established in the former regional library. Among other things, the museum has an exhibition about whales exhibiting whale skeletons. Furthermore, the museum has many finds from the Viking Age and kitchen utensils from the old days.

The Nordic house

The Nordic house is a culture centre, which was built in 1983. There are often concerts, exhibitions and theatre in the house. When arriving to the Nordic house, you immediately get impressed by the way the house becomes one with nature. It is not until you get close that you can see that there is a house underneath the grass-covered hill.

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