What Travelling in the Faroe Islands Taught Us

One of the reasons why we chose Faroe Islands as one of our travel destinations is the fact that we are curious travellers. Here's what we took home from our short visit to the relatively remote Faroe Islands.

Interesting Facts About the Faroe Islands

Here are some of the interesting facts of the Faroe Islands with a bunch of our findings and thoughts:

  • They consist of 18 big islands with many other islets
  • It is not a part of the EU (eventhough Denmark is) so don't forget your passport
  • Faroese Islands have their own government and are part of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • There are 49,000 people living on the Islands
  • The fertility rate is the Faroe Islands is currently the highest in Europe
  • The Islands still don't have any McDonald's outlets. Let's hope they keep it that way :)
  • Torshavn is one of the smallest capital cities worldwide
  • Their currency is Faroese krona which is 1:1 with Danish krona - they can use it in Denmark although the Danish might be suspicous if you try to do so
  • The Faroese language is more similar to Icelandic than to Danish
  • There is almost no crime on the Faroe Islands and therefore there is no prison
  • There are only 3 traffic lights in the Faroe Islands and they are all in the capital city Torshavn and quite close to each other
  • Have waterproof jackets and shoes :)
  • There are more sheep than humans
  • There are also much more Puffins (birds or tinyflyingpenguinbirds) than humans
  • It is not very touristy
  • It is common for people not to lock their houses or cars - don't exploit that! :)
  • The people are reserved, but friendly (or in short - Scandinavian)
  • Whale hunting is not only a tradition, it is a way of surviving, yet still controversial
  • The stores are relatively understocked with vegetables and fruits - for obvious reasons
  • The weather can change every 5 minutes
  • Don't go hiking during rainy times as it is very slippery in the mountains
  • It is not allowed to camp anywhere, like you can in e.g.: Norway (private property excluded)
  • The fisihing industry is responsible for about 95% of their export
  • There are not many restaurants and cafes on the islands. The service has some room to improve :)
  • It is very remote and tranquil
  • The roofs of the traditional houses are covered with grass. This serves as isolation
  • The highest mountain is 882 m
  • The condition of roads is top but there is no motorway on the islands (nothing wrong with that)
Interesting Facts About the Faroe Islands

What was your experience in the Faroe Islands? Would you add anything on the list?

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