Faroe Islands holidays
Nestling within the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic, this unique archipelago composed of 18 islands lies c.150 miles northwest of Scotland and roughly midway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. You are never further than 3 miles from the Ocean and the highest mountain measures 882m above sea level.
You won’t find fresher air or a more virgin landscape anywhere else on earth. This is a destination with immense appeal for nature lovers, bird watchers and walkers. The Faroe Islands are a fitting tribute to a unique and friendly local community and a stunning, unspoiled landscape set within a wild ocean.
Holidays In Faroe Islands
The National Geographic magazine’s panel of experts voted the Faroes the most appealing island destination in the world in its 2007 survey of sustainable destinations. It is easy to see why - this breathtaking archipelago boasts the highest sea cliffs in the world and a unique architectural heritage. Many of its buildings have traditional grass roofs, introduced by the Vikings when the islands were first settled.
The weather in the Faroes is part of the fascination for visitors. The Gulf Stream that encircles the islands tempers the climate, but the weather is changeable; theatrically changing from brilliant sunshine to heavy showers, strong winds and fog within a relatively short space of time.
June, July and August are the best time to visit the islands, with an average temperature of 11°C – warmer if you are sitting in the sun or in a sheltered bay. These are the months for bird watching, when migratory species return to the islands to breed and raise their young. The summer months are also the time for festivals throughout the archipelago with the Festival of St Olaf in Torshavn, the pinnacle of the Faroese calendar. This annual event which takes place between 28-29 July is a spectacular sight and fills the town with a lively, fun atmosphere. Musical processions, sporting events – including regattas in the harbour, and Faroese dancing take place.
The 18 islands of the archipelago are home to an abundance of birdlife including the oyster-catcher, the national bird of the Faroes. Other birds regularly spotted on the outfields and along the coastline comprise Whimbrels, Snipes, Golden Plovers, Arctic Skuas, Great Skuas, Ravens and Crows, Storm Petrels, Gannets and Guillemots.
For any budding ornithologist a visit to the island of Mykines is a must. During the summer months (mid April – mid August) the most westerly of the Faroes’ attracts uncountable numbers of Puffin who gather to hatch and rear their young.
Life in these remote, weather beaten isles is difficult and survival, for centuries, has depended on the ability to harvest from the sea. Viking settlers, the Danes and even the English – during WWII have occupied the Faroes, each leaving their own unique mark on the landscape. Yet through it all, the Faroese people have retained their time-honoured traditions, language and culture.
The glaciated landscape of the Faroes Islands with its steep slopes and lush pastureland boasts many walking trails. Unlike the well-maintained paths of England, these trails are often along ancient communication tracks between villages, across open landscape and marked with cairns.
The fishing industry is the most important source of income for the Faroes, with Cod, Haddock, Ling, Colefish and Halibut to name but a few of the deep-sea species caught.
To fish in the rivers and streams of the archipelago, in the midst of such a beautiful and peaceful landscape, is a special experience. Species such as Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon are in abundance, and from 01May-31Aug permits to fish can be purchased from the local tourist offices. Every local has a favourite lake, stream and/or river in which to fish – just ask!
Monday and Thursday departures 31 May - 17 September 2013
RC411 London Gatwick / Faroe Islands 1210 / 1435
RC410 Faroe Islands / London Gatwick 0900 / 1125
RC411 London Gatwick / Faroe Islands 1200 / 1425
RC410 Faroe Islands / London Gatwick 0850 / 1115
• London Gatwick South Terminal