What to See in Faroe Islands, Denmark

By | July 9, 2022

According to ITYPEJOB, Stremoy Island is the largest of the Faroe Islands, on which the capital, Tórshavn, is located. Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands. The city was founded in the days of the Vikings, who came here from western Norway. Now Torshavn is almost the smallest capital in the world. Of the historical sights, the Parliament building in the city center, which was built in 1865, can be noted. The city itself is filled with two-story residential buildings with green grass growing on the roof. Numerous excursions to the Faroe Islands leave daily from the local harbor. By ferry from Torshavn you can get to Nolsoy, where you will find the largest colony of small stumps in the world and see seals.

At the southernmost point of the island of Stremoy, there is a medieval center of culture and religion – Kirkuber, where the ancient bishop’s estate (a medieval wooden building), an old parish stone church (the oldest in the Faroe Islands), and the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral have been preserved.

To the west of Kirkuber, the island of Hestur is interesting with many caves and a cape where about a thousand birds settle. On the west coast of Stremoy Island is the famous 600 m high bird cliff, home to rare bird species, and caves near Westmann. In the strait near the bridge connecting the two islands of Streymoy and Esturoy, 50 kilometers from Torshavn, there is a unique for the Faroes halibut farm established in 1999. Here you can get acquainted with how halibut lives in natural conditions and how difficult it is to grow it in artificial conditions.

The island of Sandoy was affected by civilization less than others. There are sand dunes, puffin colonies, and many rare birds nest from May to August. On a tour along the western coast of Sandoy, you will see huge cliffs and rocks, as well as seals and brown dolphins that live in coastal waters. There are two beautiful lakes on the island – Noroara Halsavatn and Heimara Halsavatn, where trout is found. Esturoy Island is located to the east of Stremoy Island. The island is home to Mount Slaettarathindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands . (882 meters above sea level). You can climb this peak, which offers a breathtaking view of all the islands, and on the way, relax on Lake Toftavatn, which is surrounded by hills. Suduroy Island. There is a church on the island in the town of Famjin, where in 1919 a young student designed the first flag of the Faroe Islands, the original of which is now in this church. Be sure to visit Lake Kirkjuvatn in the mountains, a place called Uppi imillum Stovur, where in ancient times the Vikings from the surrounding areas gathered for the annual spring council. In Tveroyuri there is a wooden church built in 1907. It was completely built at a woodworking factory near Oslo and transported here in parts by ship.

Kalsoy Island is interesting for its caves, through which you can get to different parts of the island, Kalsoy is also the most mountainous of the Faroe Islands. Hiking is excellent here.

On the island of Vidoy, it is worth visiting Cape Enniberg – the highest cape in the world, whose height reaches 750 meters. Nolsoy Island is home to one of the most original bird colonies in the world. The birds are so small that they can only be seen when they are flying low over the ground. Bordhoy Island known for the city of Klaksvik. It is the second largest city in the Faroe Islands. The most important fishing port is located here, original buildings from the Viking times are preserved, there is the Kristjanskirkan church, built in 1963, the interior frescoes of which were originally created for a church in Denmark by the Danish artist Joakim Skjovgard, as well as the local history museum, which is located in the buildings of the old royal monopoly. In addition, Klaksvik is an important cultural center of the Faroe Islands. Vagar Island is the westernmost of the Faroe Islands. Vagar is a real paradise for fishing lovers, especially the area around the small island of Tindholmoor, which can be reached by boat. On the south coast of the island of Vagar there is the Bosdalafossur waterfall, the Geytuskorangur rock, and in Sandavagur there is the most beautiful church of the Faroes. Inside the church there is a stone confirming the fact that Sandavagur is one of the oldest buildings in the Faroe Islands.

History in Faroe Islands, Denmark

The first mention of the Faroe Islands dates back to 500 AD. Their development began in the 8th century by the Celts. The name of the islands comes from the Celtic word fearann, which means “land”, later the Danes rethought the name in fareyar, which in Danish meant “sheep islands”. At the beginning of the 9th century, the Norwegian Vikings came to the territory of the Faroe Islands and expelled most of the Celts. Some Normans mixed with the Celtic population and it is the descendants of such unions that the current Faroese are.

From the 11th century until 1380, the Faroe Islands were part of Norway, during this reign the local population was converted to Christianity. When Norway entered into an alliance with Denmark, 2 powers began to manage the islands, and in 1814, after Norway left the union, Denmark became the sole owner of the islands.

During the Second World War, in April 1940, when the mainland of Denmark was occupied by Germany, the islands came under British military control in order for the kingdom to strengthen its position in the North Atlantic. British rule over the islands ended in September 1945.

In 1948, an agreement was reached between Denmark and the Faroe Islands, under which they received limited sovereignty. Now the representative of the islands permanently works in the Danish Parliament.

Faroe Islands, Denmark