The Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. They consist of 18 small islands and rocky reefs, of which 17 are inhabited and 1 is an uninhabited island. It is like 18 pearls scattered on the blue Atlantic Ocean, and it is like a broken lens floating on the sea. When the changing light falls on the blue sea and green mountains of the Faroe Islands, it renders magnificent natural pictures.
The natural beauty of the Faroe Islands combines the rolling highlands of Scotland, the verdant fjord scenery of Norway and the vagaries of Iceland. Under the action of ancient glaciers, steep cliffs, rugged mountains, quiet green valleys, and beautiful fjords can be seen everywhere. In addition, there are waterfalls with a drop of tens of meters and a zigzag coastline of more than 1,000 kilometers.
There is no single, must-see place in the Faroe Islands. People can decide their itinerary as they like without worrying about missing something. No matter where you go, there will be just the right beauty.
Mountain peaks frame the figure, here is the end of the world
The Faroe Islands is a typical glacier-eroded landform. Most of the islands are northwest-southeast. The topography of each island is dominated by rugged and rocky low mountains, with an average altitude of 300 meters. Most of the mountains are in the shape of huge pyramids. According to statistics, there are a total of 340 peaks in the Faroe Islands. These peaks are like bones, framing the shape of the Faroe Islands.
The huge drop between the mountain highlands and the vast sea is the first impression people have of the Faroe Islands. Looking from most places in the Faroe Islands, there are seas beyond the mountains, and mountains beyond the mountains, overlapping and scattered. Gregory Buda, a New York-based photographer, once said: “I looked down on the plane to the Faroe Islands and was struck by the unbelievable beauty – the islands were covered by clouds, and here and there you could glimpse giant It’s like being in a fairyland.”
Nestled between the islands of Kars and Strymer, East Island has a total of 66 peaks, where one can find the tallest mountain in the Faroe Islands – Sly Mount Tara. Sletara Mountain, 882 meters high, the name means “flat top”. Its peak is icy but elegant, exuding a deadly and charming charm, attracting many mountaineering enthusiasts.
There are two routes to climb to the top of Sletara Mountain. One is to go up from the village of Jiegefu on the north side of the mountain, which takes about two hours. The second is from the village of Ais on the west side of the mountain. This road can climb to the top of the mountain in less than an hour, but it is very steep. On a clear day, one can see the other 17 Faroese islands from the top of the mountain. If the weather is very clear and dry, you can even see Iceland’s Vatnajökull.
Every year on June 21, which is the longest day of the year, people will climb to the top of Sletara Mountain to watch the sunset. After a few hours, they can watch the sun rise slowly. While waiting for the sunrise, everyone will sing and dance hand in hand, or eat to replenish energy. In the meal, there must be air-dried lamb, fish and whale meat, and of course, there must be strong coffee to help them stay awake.
Located in the northeast of the Faroe Islands, Kars Island is a thin “body” known as “the flute”. The island’s continuous cliffs and depressions create an absurd and bizarre atmosphere. There are 13 peaks here, of which Nestindal is the highest with an altitude of 787 meters. Climbing to the top of Nestindal Mountain, you can have a panoramic view of the sea and neighboring islands, as if standing at the end of the world.
Karls Island is also the filming location of the movie “007: No Time to Die”, where James Bond is buried at the end of the movie. The local villagers set up a tombstone for James Bond. The eulogy on the tombstone is: “One’s life should be lived, not just alive.” Many movie fans came to the tombstone to check in. On a headland on the north side of Kars Island, there is also the Karur Lighthouse.
The majestic Mykines Island is the westernmost island among the 18 main islands of the Faroe Islands. It is also the location of the blockbuster “Game of Thrones”. The red-top lighthouse on the island is extremely conspicuous. Little Dimen Island is the only uninhabited island in the Faroe Islands. There is a cloud floating on the island all the year round, which looks like a piece of cake in the distance. Although Little Dimen Island is uninhabited, sheep have lived here since ancient times.
None of the natural trees green fields, lakes and villages form the background
When you come to the Faroe Islands, people will find that “there is not a single tree here”. The reason is mainly because the Faroe Islands are located in a strong westerly wind belt, with strong winds all year round; there is too much salt in the air and the soil is poor; coupled with the gnawing of animals, natural trees cannot survive. Currently, there is only a small patch of artificially planted wind-resistant trees on one small island in the northern Faroe Islands.
The mountains are the bones of the Faroe Islands, and the sea is its veins. The mountains and seas of the Faroe Islands show the uncanny craftsmanship of nature and are magnificent.
Without trees, people’s field of vision will be extraordinarily wide, and the scenery will be as bright as the moon, with a panoramic view. The gentle slopes between the high mountains are green everywhere, and wild grasses, mosses and mountain swamp plants grow luxuriantly. Wrapped in a layer of green grass and moss, the Faroe Islands show the wonderful lines left by the magic of the Ice Age. The favorite leisure activity of the locals is hiking in these rolling green hills, exposing yourself to nature, and feeling alone, strengthened and magnified.
In summer, the Faroe Islands have plenty of rain, and the mountain springs flow down the hillside, shining silver in the sun, like a silver snake swimming. Coupled with the undulating mountains, you can also see large and small waterfalls rushing down the island. However, there are no important lakes or rivers in the Faroe Islands, and the largest lake is the 3.4 square kilometer Lake Sevåg.
Lake Sevage is located on the island of Vog. The shape of Vog Island is very special. It looks like a dog’s head profile on the map. This lake is the only freshwater lake in the Faroe Islands. It is long and narrow from north to south. There is a horse-shaped sculpture in the vast lake. Made of barbed wire and filled with stones, the sculpture embodies the Nordic wildness. The water of Lake Sevorg leaks into the Atlantic Ocean through a waterfall in the southwest corner. However, due to the 40-meter drop between the lakeside on the south bank of the lake and the nearby towering coastal cliffs, it looks like a “hanging lake on the sea” from a distance, forming a unique landform landscape, which is very shocking. strange.
In the green valleys of the Faroe Islands, some colorful wooden houses are scattered here and there, which are the havens for the locals. Since there were no trees on the island, the ancient Faroese had to pick up driftwood across the ocean to build houses. Due to the shortage of wood, the house looks very “small” when it is built.
The village of Gosardalur on Vog Island is hidden between the winding coastline and valleys. There are only a dozen huts gathered randomly and surrounded by high mountains. It is known as the “last paradise” of the Faroe Islands. There was no road connecting the village before, and the villagers had to climb a 400-meter-high mountain on foot every time to reach their homes. In 2004, the tunnel leading to the village was opened. A 4.9-kilometer-long tunnel made it easier to enter the village. Villagers in Gosadaluer Village no longer have to climb mountains to go home.
Countless people have traveled thousands of miles to the village of Gosardalur, just to witness the most beautiful waterfall in Faro – Murafosul Waterfall. Murafosul Waterfall originated from a small stream flowing down from the mountain next to the village. Because there is a height difference of tens of meters between the ground and the sea, when it entered the sea, the stream rushed down into the air and hit the sea hard. And it splashed down on the nearby basalt rock wall, which is spectacular! If there is a strong wind, the water can still pour upwards and backwards, as if it has overcome the gravity of the earth.
The Faroese like to move the green grass to the roof of their houses, and many local houses still retain the thousand-year-old characteristics of the turf house. Residents spread soil and plant turf on the roof, which is perfectly integrated with nature. With the change of climate and surrounding environment, it turns yellow and green, which is really beautiful. Of course, the green roof is not only beautiful, it can absorb rainwater, keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer, and it also has the function of sound insulation.
Jiegefu Village is the northernmost village on the East Island. Its name comes from a 200-meter-long canyon in the village. Surrounded by mountains, there are less than 50 residents, who live in idyllic huts with ancient wooden walls and turf roofs. In 2014, the well-preserved village received a nature and environment award from the Nordic Council.
The Saxon village, which is as famous as Jagef, is full of stone houses with turf roofs, which has become one of the wonders of the Faroe Islands. There is also a museum, a 160-year-old church, and a sheep farm in the village. Strolling through the village, the surrounding mountain views are unparalleled. Compared with Jagoff Village, Saxon Village is quieter and farther away. The name of the village means “silence” in Faroese.
Fjords, cliffs, and coastlines experience unpredictable weather and four seasons in one day
Walking aimlessly in the Faroe Islands, you can come across fjords and numerous cliffs.
The Telaranipa Cliffs are located on the shore of Lake Sevåg on the island of Vog and are the most beautiful cliffs in the Faroe Islands. People like to watch the vast lake sparkling in the sunset and listen to the sound of the raging tide hitting the rocks. In addition, the small island of Tindholmur on Vog Island has a unique shape, with peaks like a row of “fangs” and steep vertical cliffs on the island. The place is uninhabited, but is an inspiration for adventurers and photographers.
Enniberg Cliffs is located on the northernmost wooden island of the Faroe Islands. It is the highest cliff in the Faroe Islands, about 700 meters above sea level. Westman Cliff is known as the “Bird Cliff”, where the narrow strait and the deep grottoes on the cliffs on both sides constitute a wonder. In summer, the cliffs and caves on the cliffs can provide safe nesting places for thousands of seabirds such as puffins and guillemots. Local people will climb to the cliffs to collect bird eggs and make them into a unique Faroese delicacy. delicacies.
In addition, there are two deep-water fjords in the southeast of Strymer Island, and there are cliffs as high as 500 meters on the seashore in the northwest. The basalt formation of Bird Island is very special, which makes the whole island appear extremely steep and inaccessible. The cliff on its east bank is 448 meters high, and there is a 47-meter-high sea stack nearby, with a lighthouse and a natural arch bridge on it. The lower part of Little Dimen Island out of the sea is a cliff, while the upper part is a flat peak at an altitude of 414 meters. It is very difficult to land on the island of Petit Dimen and can only be done in good weather.
On the left page, the narrow and long fjord is like a sharp knife, cutting through the originally connected rocks. In the upper picture on the right page, the cliff is steep and difficult to walk through; in the lower picture, the Faroe Islands are orange in winter, and the ground is dotted with white snow.
Sometimes, people will see an interesting sentence on the street signs on the roadside of the Faroe Islands: “No matter where you go on, you are never more than 5km from the coast.” You can reach the coast by walking 5 kilometers at most.”
The coastlines of the Faroe Islands are very tortuous, with a total of 1117 kilometers. The sea has eroded the rocks, forming a number of magnificent landscapes, the most famous of which is the Drang Garnier Gate. The Drang Garnier Gate is a sea stack landscape independent of the island. It is hollow in the middle and “floats” on the sea, giving people a feeling of ecstasy. This is also the most difficult place to reach in the Faroe Islands. It takes 3 to 4 hours to go on foot, attracting countless hiking enthusiasts to come and challenge. It should be noted that the Drang Garnier Gate is located in a private domain and requires an advance reservation and a walking tour led by the lord.
In the Faroe Islands, the most important thing to pay attention to is the weather conditions. The weather is changing here, and the islanders often say: “The only thing we can predict about our weather is that it is unpredictable.” The
Faroe Islands have a temperate maritime climate, and the North Atlantic warm current passes through it. Due to the effect of ocean currents, the island is warm in winter and cool in summer, and the temperature is relatively mild. However, the sky is never sunny. The abundant water vapor brought by the warm North Atlantic Current and the strong winds from the westerly belt also make the weather here unpredictable. According to statistics, it rains an average of nearly 300 days in the Faroe Islands every year. Maybe ten minutes ago, the sky was clear, but when a cloud suddenly blows in the wind, it will turn into a storm, allowing people to experience the four seasons 24 hours a day.
Although the weather conditions in the Faroe Islands are not satisfactory, it does not affect the stunning beauty of the four seasons here.
The Faroe Islands are cloudy, foggy and rainy, often surrounded by clouds and fog. On the right page, white clouds cover the top of the mountain, showing hazy mystery; on the left page, the island’s spectacular waterfalls, winding coasts and strange mountain shapes.
The temperature in the Faroe Islands in spring is relatively cool, the wind is strong, it often rains, the sky is cloudy, and there are occasional sunshine. This season is the season of blooming flowers. The grasslands and hills on the island are covered with various bright flowers and the scenery is pleasant. Summer is the warmest season in the Faroe Islands, with longer days and increased sunshine hours, but there are still showers and cloudy weather. This is the ideal season for exploring the Faroe Islands’ great outdoors, with beautiful green mountains, stretches of verdant fields, spectacular sea cliffs and fjords.
In autumn, temperatures in the Faroe Islands start to drop gradually, with cooler mornings and evenings. At this time, the Faroe Islands were a little barren, and the yellow fields and exposed rock formations fully reflected the sense of desolation. The temperature in the Faroe Islands in winter is relatively cold, cold and rainy, and the wind is strong. Snowflakes sometimes fall, but not often. This season is a good time to enjoy the spectacular seascape of the Faroe Islands. The waves and huge waves on the sea bring shock and awe. At the same time, winter is also the best time to watch the Northern Lights – due to the geographical location, the Faroe Islands can enjoy the beautiful aurora when the weather conditions permit, and the village of Jagef on East Island and Clarks on Boroy Island Vic Village is a great place to watch the aurora.