Landscapes, award-winning gastronomy unrivaled vegetation, and the tranquility that comes from being among the planet’s most remote places. The Faroe Islands are a unique Atlantic archipelago located halfway between Iceland and Norway. 687 kilometers of shoreline provide visitors the chance to experience ocean views, dramatic cliffs and rock formations, and the rare opportunity to see seabirds. The Faroe Islands are largely unknown for travelers, making it the absolute best time to experience them!
Common Bird Species
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It’s hard to imagine that a land with no trees could be so beautiful. In reality, the Faroe Islands have been famous for their emerald hills and picturesque villages. The climate remains relatively stable year-round because of the warm waters of Gulf Stream, that forbid the harbors from cold and freezing temperatures from falling too low. The Faroe Islands are the perfect stopping point for many species of sea birds that are migratory.
Best Time for Birding
Seabirds like Guillemots, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Storm Petrels nest on the Ocean cliffs of the islands.
Each year millions of birds are here to breed. To be exact, a number of 305 species come to ride out the winter seasons of Canada, Scandinavia and eastern Asia or strain. All year, about 50 species of bird can be seen here.
Perhaps the most famous (and charismatic) bird of the Faroes is that the Puffin. These little, handsome creatures make burrows on grassy slopes instead of nesting on shore. Their brightly colored bills and black feathers have made them the nickname”parrots of the sea.”
In the past the Puffin was the 2nd many bird species from the Faroes, but in recent years their numbers have dropped because of lack of food, that has incited an ban on Puffin hunting until their numbers increase (yes, puffins are a standard Faroese food).
Village of Gjógv
The Fulmar (pictured above) has become the most common breeding bird from the Faroe Islands. They can be found here annually nesting on the shore that were steep. Another bird you are likely to see many times during your stay is that the Oystercatcher (pictured below).
The Oystercatcher is. Its beak and white and black plumage allow it to stand out from the background. Oystercatchers can be seen inland, from the villages, across the highways, and also in regions of low vegetation. Each Year on March 12, the Faroese celebrate Graekarismessa; this Oystercatchers’ arrival and the Beginning of the summer season.
Puffins are primarily summer visitors. For the best viewing, visit the westernmost island of Mykines to get a magnificent hike along with the opportunity to see one of the most significant Puffin colonies at the Faroes. Mykines is also home to large numbers of Kittiwakes (pictured below) and Gannets, as well as the islands’ only-known Leach’s Storm Petrel colony.
If you anticipate bird watching in Mykines bring plenty of water, make certain to wear hiking boots and pack a lunch. The weather can be unpredictable — a windbreaker, hat, and sunglasses really are all musts. And don’t forget your camera! So plan to devote to the island , the hike from the village to the lighthouse and back could probably require about six hours. For great selfies we advocate the XShot Pro.
Nólsoy is a island in central Faroe Islands.
Nólsoy’s east shore is home to the world’s biggest colony of Stormy Petrels. Guided walking tours to find colonies of these nocturnal birds can be arranged by the local tourist information office (available June 1 to August 31). Tours leave one hour before sunset. You will see Petrels darting at rates to catch their prey. You’re likely to visit Fulmars and Puffins . There is also a guided hike to the lighthouse south of Boroan and rear (6 km one way).
Faroe Islands Facts
Skúvoy island, south of Sandoy, is named after its famous feathered residents, the Great Skua. Colonies of Great Skua, Golden Guillemots, Plover, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel and Rock Pipit all call Skúvoy island home.
Though birds can be seen all year round, the best opportunities to grab the breeding seabirds are out of May 1 through September 1. Additionally, this is when weather is more mildest, which means tolerable along with hiking conditions temperatures. There are two chief migrations. The Spring migration sees overshooting birds (birds who fly too far north on their way to alternative breeding grounds) and European species that stop over on their way to Iceland and Greenland (Geese, Swans, Subalpine Warblers). The Fall migration brings in rare species out of Scandinavia, the far east, as well as from America (Yellow Bowed Warblers, Barred Warblers, White Thrushes, along with American Common Nighthawks).
Did You Know?
National Geographic conducted a survey of 111 island communities around the globe. The Faroe Islands came out as the number one island destination on the planet. What the islands lack of temperate beaches and swaying palm trees, they more than compensate in unrivaled all-natural beauty culture, and value. Whether you decide to explore the Faroes by auto (such as we did), or using an organized collection, you’ll be blown away by everything you see. Here are some of the picturesque places we visited:
The frenetic Gannet colony at the edge of Mykines
Gjógv’s gorge Additionally serves as Ship channel and a Sanctuary
The Vibrant harbor in the islands’ capital makes for a Terrific stroll
This mountain top lake Offers a setting for a Boost and is just minutes from the airport in Vagar
The northernmost village of the island of Streymoy boasts a black sand beach that is dramatic along with Amazing views
Placid beach and turf roof houses make Saksun the village that is perfect to stop for a picnic and snap photos
Government: Self-governing State of the Kingdom of Denmark (not a Part of the European Union)
Population: Approximately 49,000
Industries: Fishing and Tourism
Languages spoken: Faroese and English
Currency: Faroese króna (Variant of the Danish krone)
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in the Faroe Islands, However, it is becoming more widespread in restaurants, cafes, bars, and Leftovers
Obtaining This: By air or by sea.
Atlantic Airways is the national airline with flights to the Faroe Islands. The Faroese company Smyrill Line operates yearlong with spares from Iceland and Denmark.
Particular thanks to Visit Faroe Islands along with XShot.