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Wonders of the Faroe Islands

Landscape around Hvalba village, Faroe Islands
Landscape around Hvalba village / Arne List, / CC BY-SA 2.0

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These islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

The Faroe Islands are far from mainland Europe – but constitute an integral part of the European cultural realm. Islands are incredibly tidy, with top-notch infrastructure and… with breathtaking, pristine natural beauty. Maybe no other country can offer such fabulous Nordic nature together with historical architecture – even Norway.

The most amazing wonders of the Faroe Islands are:

  • Cliffs and sea stacks. The Faroe Islands have numerous sea cliffs which rise more than 300 m tall – and the fantastic Enniberg Cape rises 754 m tall! Cliffs are inhabited by thousands of sea birds and are a part of Faroe history and traditions.
  • Historical architecture. From time to time here come nightmarish storms which destroy the historical buildings – but Faroese people have developed many skills and created the local style of architecture which is adapted to the local climate. Islands have one of the oldest inhabited houses in the world – Kirkjubøargarður, which was built in the 11th century.

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of the Faroe Islands

Geological wonders

Drangarnir (Dragonir)

Vága

Amazing sea stack with natural arch in it.

Drangarnir, Faroe Islands
Enniberg Cape

Norðoyar

754 m tall sea cliff, second tallest in Europe. Inhabited by a large bird colony.

Enniberg Cape - 754 m tall sea cliff, Faroe Islands
Álvagjógv

Streymoyar

"Elf gorge" – dramatic, several hundred meters deep gorge ending in the sea. Thousands of birds are nesting here.

Risin and Kellingin

Streymoyar

Two legendary sea stacks, respectively 75 and 73 m tall, one with a natural arch in it. According to legends these stacks are petrified Icelandic troll and his wife.

Precipices near Trollanes

Norðoyar

More than 500 m tall, nearly vertical seaside cliffs.

Bøsdalafossur

Vága

Beautiful, approximately 30 m tall waterfall that falls directly from a lake into the sea.

Eystfelli cliffs

Norðoyar

Up to 448 m tall, vertical cliffs.

Beinisvørð

Suðuroyar

470 m tall sea cliff.

Eysturhøvdi precipice

Norðoyar

345 m tall precipice at Svínoy, rising from the sea.

Fossá, Streymoy

Streymoyar

One of the best-known and largest waterfalls in Faroe. Height – 110 – 140 m, two vertical cascades.

Fossá falls in Faroe Islands. Note vehicles on the road
Mykines bird cliffs (Vestmanna birdcliffs)

Vága

Up to 600 m tall sea cliffs. On the steep northern side of the island are located bird cliffs that are inhabited by many thousands of birds, mainly puffins and gannets.

Rinkusteinar

Eysturoyar

Two enormous rocking stones that are rocked forth and back by the sea waves.

Biological wonders

Lítla Dímun sheep

Suðuroyar

A small island surrounded by steep cliffs. Despite its small size and vertical cliffs, this island has been inhabited by sheep since the Neolithic Age. Unfortunately, the native sheep have been eliminated, and now there live Faroese sheep that traditionally are collected from the island once per year.

Lítla Dímun island, Faroe Islands

Architecture wonders

Tinganes (Old Tórshavn)

Streymoyar

The historical center of the Faroe Islands, a location where the Faroese parliament (Ting) started to meet in 825. Now, this is a charming old town with old wooden buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Some wooden houses still have turf roofs.

Street in Tinganes, Faroe Islands
Kirkjubøargarður (Roykstovan)

Streymoyar

One of the oldest inhabited wooden houses in the world, built in the 11th century.

Kálvalíð

Vága

One of the oldest buildings in the Faroes – small building built into hillside with just one window in it.

Hvalvík Black Church

Streymoyar

The oldest wooden church in Faroe, built in 1829. This is the oldest of traditional black churches.

Porkeri Church

Suðuroyar

Wooden church with turf roof, built in 1847. Contains a collection of donations by seamen who survived dangerous storms.

Sandavágur runestone

Vága

Runestone from the 13th century. Inscription tells that Norvegian Viking Torkil Onundarson was the first settler in current Sandavágur.

Funningur Church

Eysturoyar

Wooden church with turf roof, built in 1847.

Funningur Church, Faroe Islands
Skansin

Streymoyar

Historical fortress, built in 1580 by Magnus Heinason to protect the islands from Scottish pirates. Expanded in 1780 and later.

Christianskirkjan

Norðoyar

This church was constructed in 1963, in Old Norse style, using many ancient construction techniques and design elements. Church has excellent acoustics.

Haldarsvik Church

Streymoyar

Picturesque octagonal church, built in 1856. Altarpiece of this church is adorned with Apostles who have faces of known Faroese people.

Magnus Cathedral

Streymoyar

Ruins of a Gothic cathedral that was built around 1300 and never completed. This is the largest and most interesting medieval building in Faroe Islands.

The Eysturoy tunnel roundabout

Eysturoyar

The first undersea roundabout in the world, located at the depth of 72.6 m. The total length of the system of road tunnels here is 11.24 km. The tunnel was built in 2017-2020. Roundabout is adorned with the art of the artist Tróndur Patursson.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Faroe Islands (Bradt Travel Guides)


Still the only English-language guide to the Faroe Islands, covering everything from succulent fish suppers to remote hideaways, the Bradt guide is the definitive source of information for visitors wishing to discover the 18 islands of this North Atlantic archipelago. Covering hands-on information about where to stay and eat, how to get around – be it by mail boat, helicopter or hire car – and what to see and do, this new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and includes details of the amazing birdlife, where to walk some of Europe’s least-known hiking trails, and how to make the most of village life among the turf-roofed houses.

The Faroe Islands


The Faeroes are a small community on a remote group of islands in the Atlantic containing a successful economy and a notable culture where the arts flourish. The Faeroes, whose growing numbers exceed the populations of Orkney and Shetland combined, have avoided many of the strains and dislocations that beset the rest of us. This text tells the story of the Islands, their history and natural history, and their people. The astonishing beauty of the Islands, which rise in most places vertically from the sea, and the Faeroes way of life today, are depicted in the many photographs by Gunnie Moberg and Trondur Patursson’s drawings hauntingly evoke the Viking past.


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