According to aceinland, the Faroe Islands (Faroese: Føroyar, Danish: Færøerne) is an archipelago and autonomous territory of Denmark in the north Atlantic Ocean (Europe). The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, of which Streymoy, Eysturoy, Vágar and Suduroy are the largest and best known. The capital of the Faroe Islands is Tórshavn. A number of major cities in the Faroe Islands are: Klaksvík, Hoyvík and Argir.
The Faroe Islands owes its name to the many thousands of sheep that still graze on the islands and provide meat and wool production. Nevertheless, the economy largely runs on fishing due to its favorable location in the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the islands are flat and vast (highest point: Slættaratindur, 882 meters). The coastlines are mostly rocky with steep cliffs. Tourists often come to walk or cycle and to relax. These visitors usually reach the islands by boat.
Where are the Faroe Islands?
Travel information of Faroe Islands
Official name: Faroe Islands
Area: 1,399 km²
Capital: Tórshavn (Thorshavn)
Country code: FO, FRO
Population: 51,628 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Self-governing under Danish Crown
Highest point: 882 m (Slættaratindur)
Distance (Amsterdam – Tórshavn): 1,290 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on the Faroe Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Faroe Islands, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Faroe Islands. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Faroe Islands? Then take a look at travel bookstore De Zwerver where you will find an extensive collection.
Weather and climate
The Faroe Islands have a temperate maritime climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 5 to 10 degrees and in the summer months around 10 to 15 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Faroe Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
April, May, June, July and August are the best months to travel to the Faroe Islands. This avoids the rainy months. In addition, in these months you will find a large population of birds that come to breed.
Faroese and Danish are both official languages in the Faroe Islands.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Denmark (also for the Faroe Islands):
Danish Embassy in the Netherlands (also for the Faroe Islands):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to the Faroe Islands.
Money and Currency matters
The Faroe Islands are paid with the Danish crown (DKK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Faroe Islands can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on the Faroe Islands are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +34% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (16% more expensive), food (73% more expensive), imported beer in catering (24% more expensive), cigarettes (23% more expensive) and public transport (100% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the Faroe Islands it is not customary to tip. Service costs are already included in the prices.
On the Faroe Islands it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on the Faroe Islands is equal to that in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for the Faroe Islands can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On the Faroe Islands you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in the Faroe Islands.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Faroe Islands.
Electricity On the Faroe Islands you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on the Faroe Islands can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Faroe Islands can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Faroe Islands can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Faroe Islands end in.fo.
Official website of the Faroe Islands: visitfaroeislands.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Faroe Islands is 00298 or +298.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Faroe Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Faroe Islands Telephone Directory .
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Faroe Islands.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Faroe Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Faroe Islands.
An overview of all public holidays in the Faroe Islands can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on the Faroe Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Faroe Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Faroe Islands. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on the Faroe Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
The Faroe Islands are not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Faroe Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Faroe Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…The Faroe Islands bore the name Frisland in the 16th century?
…The fishermen of the Faroe Islands are notorious for the slaughter of small whales?
… There is virtually no tourism on the Faroe Islands because of the poor accessibility?
…The fish yield accounts for 97% of the archipelago’s exports?
…The Streymin bridge is the only bridge in the Atlantic Ocean?
…There are no prisons or prisoners in the Faroe Islands?