Thinking of a visit to the Faroe Islands?
The Faroe Islands are the most visually stunning place I’ve ever visited. And that’s after being to 121 countries. This remote North Atlantic archipelago is a photographer’s dream and the kind of place that has to be seen to be believed. Here are six reasons, accompanied by photos from a recent trip, why the Faroe Islands should be high on your list of travel plans this summer and beyond.
1. Every route is the scenic route.
Do yourself a favor and rent a car when you visit. Many of the islands are connected by tunnels and the government has even designed extra-beautiful routes as “buttercup routes.” Side note – how adorable is that name?!
For those islands that can’t be reached by car, the government operates inexpensive ferries and even subsidized helicopter service. Just watch out that you don’t get stuck on an island if the weather turns!
2. Grass Roofs!
There’s something endearing about a country where most homes have green turf roofs. It rains 300+ days a year in the Faroe Islands and these living roofs provide insulation and protection, just as they have since the Middle Ages.
3. You can’t drive more than 10 minutes in any direction without running into a waterfall.
4. People population is 50,000. Sheep population is 70,000.
There are no trees in the Faroe Islands, but there is whole lot of grass. Fortunately, there are 70,000 sheep roaming the islands keeping the grass naturally mowed.
It’s impossible not to love these birds sometimes called the “Clowns of the Sea.”
6. It’s not that hard to get to.
Despite its remote location, a visit to the Faroe Islands isn’t that difficult – though it may be tough to use points and miles.
Vágar Airport is the only airport in the country and is serviced by Atlantic Airways, the national airline, and SAS.
SAS operates 5x flights per week from Copenhagen, which theoretically could be booked with miles. However, I see zero award availability on this route for the entire summer.
For US travelers, the best option to get to the Faroe Islands is to use points and miles to travel to Copenhagen or Reykjavik and then purchase a separate connecting flight on Atlantic Airways for the final leg. While there are many ways to book travel to Europe, one of my favorites is to transfer 88,000 (calculated from JFK) American Express Membership Rewards to ANA and book on any Star Alliance carrier. SAS, United, and Air Canada all fly non-stop from North America to Copenhagen.
The Platinum Card by American Express is currently offering a sign up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards Points after you use your card to make $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. I recommend pairing this card with the American Express Blue Business Plus to really amplify your earn.
Rumor has it that Atlantic Airways is considering launching a non-stop to New York at some point in the future. While I suspect this rumor is likely unfounded – it does underscore the need to visit this hidden gem of a destination before word gets out further!
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