The Faroe Islands may not be the sunniest destinations you can choose, but it is definitely worth taking a trip there. The landscapes are amazing, and you will not get bored here at all. The high cliff shores, the breathtaking fjords, the charming seaside villages, and the passageways through the mountains make the Faroe Islands an ideal destination for all those who are into exploring a new part of the world. However, before you take a trip to the Faroe Islands, you should know a few things. They will come in handy both in the planning process, as well as when you get there.
First, let’s talk about documentation, shall we? The Faroe Islands are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but Denmark is not in control of their domestic affairs. Plus, you should know that you may have to apply for a visa. While the Kingdom of Denmark is a part of the Schengen Area, the Faroe Islands are not, which means that a Schengen visa will not get you in the Faroe Islands.
Fortunately, the Faroe Islands maintain open borders to travelers from the Schengen Area, and you need only a passport or an ID card. However, if you are from outside the Schengen Area, you must apply for a visa. You can do that at the nearest embassy of Denmark.
Leaving documentation aside, the best time to go to the Faroe Islands is May through August. That is the high season, and unlike many other destinations, there is not much of a shoulder season in the Faroe Islands. You can actually tell if the season is over. Cafes close down for the winter, the ferry does not make many trips anymore, and everything that is tourist related closes down. You must take advantage while everything is still open. The islands do not close down for good, but getting there is more difficult, and you may not find anything open that you can enjoy.
Packing your bags for the Faroe Islands must be very well thought through. That is because you will not find any other location in the world where the weather is as unpredictable as on the Faroe Islands. The skies are rarely clear, which you can notice if you decide to fly there. You will not be able to see the islands because they are covered with fog. It can rain quite a lot, so make sure that you bring proper attire. Waterproof shoes are a must because wet and cold feet can have you in bed for days with a nasty cold.
Another thing you should know about the Faroe Islands is that tourism is still developing. You can explore for days, and nature is at your disposal 24/7, but there is not much else to do. There are few cafes and even fewer places where you can eat, but keep in mind that tourism is growing, and more and more facilities appear every year. Do not let that scare you into not visiting the Faroe Islands. You will not die from hunger or thirst, and the views are worth the lack of fine dining.
One of the thing that the Faroe Islands is famous for is the fact that they have a lot of sheep. Everywhere you go, you will encounter sheep. In fact, there are more sheep than people on the islands, but that is not an issue. Just keep in mind that you can encounter them on the street. A funny thing about this is sheepview. You have probably heard of it. A few years back, the people of Faroe Islands wanted to have street view, but Google did not go there. Someone had the brilliant idea to place a GoPro camera on a sheep, and that is how sheep view came into existence. Of course, since then, Google sent a car and street view is now available on the Faroe Islands, but the sheep thing makes a funny story.
You cannot possibly explore the Faroe Islands in just a couple of days. If you want to absorb as much as possible, at least a week is necessary. The Faroe Islands may be small, but they are not that small, and you have plenty to breathe in. As long as you prepare yourself properly, and you like the unpredictable weather, you will have a wonderful trip on the Faroe Islands.