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Daniel Ernst

There are many unknown things about the Faroe Islands.

To say the least, this destination is completely untouched, uncharted, and absolutely breathtaking.

It is difficult to put places like this into words however midway between Scotland and Iceland, there are 18 islands that make up the Faroes.

Found in the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic Ocean, these islands have a greater population of sheep than they do people and endless kilometers of roads that lead you to coordinates undiscovered by many.

Regardless of where you are in the Faroe Islands, there is something absolutely bizarre and magical about the landscape and the air that you breath here. It feels as though you are discovering new places on a different planet – if you can imagine that!

It is, in fact, that majority of people do not even know which region of the world the Faroe Islands are located. This goes to show that there are new discoveries to be made in every which way.

The Faroe Islands local name is Føroyar which actually translates to ‘the islands of sheep’. Its incredibly beautiful and breathtakingly unfamiliar land leaves all the room for endless adventure and inexplicable discovery.

If the 18 islands that make up this country, 17 are inhabitant with a population of just about 50,000. Much like the other countries of the Northern Atlantic and Arctic seas, the Faroes are formed of narrow cliffs, bottomless fjords, and towering high mountain ranges.

However, regardless of where you are on the island, you are never more than 5 kilometers from the ocean. If at any point, you are unable to see the ocean from where you are standing, you are most likely in an inlet surrounded by aerial and weathered mountains.

Notable for having the highest sea cliffs in Europe, the highest point in the Faroe Islands is Slættaratindur. It marks 882 meters above sea level which is also accounted to be one of the highest sea cliffs in the World.

Oddly enough, it is quite bizarre to envision a place with nearly no trees however, it is true that there are nearly zero here except those of which are in manmade recreational areas located in populated towns. This is due to their wind-swept geographic location and wide-open remoteness.

1. Saksun

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Saksun is a very unique, and scenic village.

It is situated in the lowermost point of what was previously a fjord of the sea completely surrounded by mountainous peaks.

Like many traditional homes of the Faroe Islands, many of the homes in this village are built with grass rooftops.

And, when the tides are low, the natural harbor straight ahead of the village is an awe-inspiring place to spend the day exploring.

2.  Gásadalur

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When visiting, it is a must to see the Gásadalur waterfall dropping directly into the ocean.

This is absolutely unbelievable to imagine and quite common in different areas of the Faroe Islands.

It is recommended to visit in the later afternoon and close to sunset – you will be in total awe of this amazing beauty of mother-nature.

3. Mykines

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Mykines is known as the bird island of the Faroes. Every year from May until July, hundreds of thousands of puffins flock to these islands during the summer months.

If you ever have the chance to visit during this season, Mykines is reportedly the best island to watch them.

I most definitely recommend taking a stroll through puffin land by walking across the bridge to the small island, and going to the iconic light house.

From there you will be able to experience the best views on the most western point of the Faroe Islands.

4. Leitisvatn and Trælanípa

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Leitisvatn and Trælanípa
 is the elevated lake region that is near the ocean.

It is separated by a 100-meter elevated, steep overhang. Ready for an adrenaline blast?

Take a seat on the edge of the cliff and let your feet hang over the unwell, crashing seas of the Atlantic and watch the waves clatter below you.

Make sure to be cautious here as this area tends to be extremely slippery and full of mud.

Also, the wind gusts are exceptionally powerful here and can certainly put you over the edge if you are not careful.

5. Fossá Waterfall

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The Fossá waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Faroe Islands.

Actually, ‘Fossa’ in Faroese translates to ‘river with waterfalls’.

It is located close to the village of Haldórsvík and its location is great for hiking and exploring.

You can choose to visit the waterfall that is directly off of the road or if you continue to hike up the side, you will find a second waterfall on a higher level.

6. Skate

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As many could relate, the Faroe Islands have countless perfect roads to skate down so when you visit, make sure to bring a board.

While journeying down the blustery roads near Norðadalur or the straight towards Saksun, you will find that skating down these areas have the most spectacular scenic routes.

7. Gjógv Village

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Another wonderful place to explore is the village of Gjógv which is located on the back end of a mountainous passage on a jagged shoreline.

While here, make sure to travel to the village ‘Gjógv’, which is known as the gorge, and directly near there you will discover a mind-blowing view of the gorge on the coastline.

8. Hiking

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Don’t forget your hiking shoes! The Faroe Islands have endless extraordinary mountain and highland regions.

No matter the measure and no matter which way you choose to journey, the views and scenery will be magnificent.

So, get to climbing and embrace the unspoiled pieces of this world that you find in the Faroes.

And, whichever which way, you will typically be on mountains within about 2 hours as it is known that most have elevation between 400 and 800 meters high.

9. The Coastline

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And, although very mountainous, there are endless of weathered yet magnificent coastlines to discover.

Take the time to go down and listen to the ocean rollers collide into the jagged land. Bring your raincoat because you will most definitely get wet!

10. Hang Out with Locals

To finish it up, I would like to share that enjoying the company of the locals is unlike hanging with the locals anywhere else in the world – including the sheep, they are locals too.

Do not forget to stopover in the picturesque capital of Tórshavn to wander through the small streets, grab a coffee, and a cake on the oceanside.

You will not be disappointed no matter where you are in the Faroe Islands – all is a beautiful and extraordinary exploration!