Stepping out of your hotel in the Faroe Islands, you're met by a landscape of rugged wonder. Located in the North Atlantic, they're a hiker's paradise - climbing the mountain of Slaettaratindur will give you fantastic views. There's also the lovely lake of Toftavatn, and you if you're there in summer you can take a boat ride to the enchanting island of Stora Dimun, which is even more isolated than the rest of the Faroes. If you want a break from the soaring cliffs and rolling country, explore Torshvan, one of the smallest capital cities in the world.
There are direct flights to the Faroe Islands offered by Atlantic Airlinesyou can choose to fly from either London Gatwick or London Stansted, and average flight time is around two and a half hours. Indirect flights are also available from a variety of major UK airports, such as Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast City, but these tend to be more expensive.
Your holiday in the Faroe Islands will begin at Vagar Airport whichnot surprisinglyis on the island of Vagar. A tunnel connects Vagar to the neighbouring island of Streymoy, where the capital Torshvan is located, and there are regular daily bus services. Speaking of buses, the local ones in Torshvan are actually free to use, but you may want to look into getting a travel card if you're hoping to explore the rest of the islands by bus. On the other hand, you might prefer to hire a car in the Faroe Islands, as there is an extensive road network and various islands are easily accessibly by tunnels and bridges. Have a look online to find the best price.
Whether you want a totally contemporary hotel or fancy somewhere a bit more rustic, nestled in the countryside, there's no shortage of hotels in the Faroe Islands to choose from. You may fancy making the most of the landscape by setting up camp, or you can find a quaint B&B: just have a look around online first to compare prices and book as far as possible ahead of time to ensure the best deal.
One important thing to remember is that, as a tourist, you're entitled to claim back any VAT you pay on items purchased during your holiday in the Faroe Islands. Just look out for the "tax free" sign (which is displayed in hundreds of shops) and make sure you request a refund cheque - this can then be given to the customs officers at the airport and cashed. On a side note, don't worry about tipping in restaurants as it'llbe included in your bill.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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