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1, 2, 3: Faroe Islands Destination Guide

This group of 18 islands between Iceland and Norway is a sensory overload of rugged natural beauty, towering waterfalls, and quaint villages. Journalist Katie Lockhart shares her “1,2,3 Destination Guide” to the Faroe Islands.

To Stay:

Havgrim Seaside Hotel 1948

This is the country’s most luxurious boutique hotel with ocean views of nearby Nolsoy island. Known as “The Commodore’s Home,” it was built by a wealthy local and later sold to the Danish Navy to house their commodores. Today, the cozy rooms have nautical blues to match the blustery ocean, striped wallpaper, parquet floors and brightly tiled bathrooms.

To Eat:

Aarstova:

When in the Faroe Islands, lamb is a must, and there’s no better place to try it than here. Located inside a historic building in the oldest part of Torshavn, dining here is like stepping back in time. The prix-fixe menu starts with a selection of fresh Faroese seafood and soup. The main course is lamb or cod; trust us, you’ll want to order the lamb for two. An entire leg may seem like a lot, but not once you taste the first bite.

The Tarv:

Grilled cuts of beef, lamb, local fish, and veggies are on the menu at this trendy spot. Try the charcuterie board with fermented lamb, a Faroese mainstay, and order some of the best cocktails in town.

To Visit:

Mulafossur
Photo: Philipp Frerich

Múlafossur:

Mulafossur is a gloriously tall waterfall that cascades into the dark Atlantic. The quaint village of Gasadalsgardur and high ridges directly behind make the perfect backdrop for one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Faroe Islands National Museum:

Learn about the Faroe Islands’ fascinating history and culture here. There is a permanent exhibition and an open-air museum consisting of a traditional Faroese farm called Hoyvíksgarður within walking distance.

Tjørnuvík:

This small village is one of the most picturesque with its plummeting waterfalls and famous waffle cafe. It’s also home to one of the country’s best surf beaches. Contact Faroe Surfing to meet at their surf shack for a board and a wetsuit. The water is cold year-round, so feel free to just watch resident surfers ride into the black sand beach. 

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