Landscapes, award-winning gastronomy, unrivaled bird life, and the tranquility that only comes from being among the world’s most remote regions. The Faroe Islands are a unique Atlantic archipelago located between Norway and Iceland. 687 miles of pristine shore give visitors the chance to experience dramatic cliffs, ocean views and rock formations, along with also the rare chance to see seabirds. The Faroe Islands are still largely unfamiliar to travelers, which makes it the ideal time to experience them!
Common Bird Species
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It is hard to imagine that a land with no trees may be so delightful. In reality, the Faroe Islands have been famous for their emerald hills and picturesque villages. The climate remains relatively stable yearlong as a result of its warm waters of Gulf Stream, which forbid the harbors from cold and freezing temperatures. For this reason that the Faroe Islands will be the ideal stopping point for many species of sea birds.
Best Time to Birding
Seabirds Such as Fulmars, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Storm Petrels nest.
Each year millions of birds are here to breed. To be exact, a total of 305 species come to the Faroes to either ride out the winter months of Canada, Scandinavia and eastern Asia or breed. Approximately 50 species of bird can be found here.
Perhaps the most famous (and magnetic ) bird of the Faroes is the Puffin. These small, handsome creatures create burrows on steep grassy slopes as opposed to nesting on shore. Their brightly colored invoices and black feathers have earned them the nickname”parrots of the sea.”
In the past the Puffin has been the 2nd most numerous bird species in the Faroes, but in recent years the numbers have fallen because of insufficient food, which has incited a ban on Puffin searching until their numbers increase (yes, even puffins are a traditional Faroese food).
Village of Gjógv
Even the Fulmar (pictured above) has become the most common breeding bird in the Faroe Islands. They can be found here annually nesting on the steep shore. Another bird you are very most likely to see many times during your stay is the Oystercatcher (pictured below).
The Oystercatcher is really a land bird which happens to be the national bird of the Faroe Islands. White and black plumage and its beak make it stand out from the backdrop. Oystercatchers can be viewed inland, from the cities, across the highways, and even in areas of low vegetation. Every year on March 12, the Faroese celebrate Graekarismessa; the Oystercatchers’ coming and also the Beginning of the summertime.
Puffins are mostly summer visitors. For the best viewing, visit the westernmost island of Mykines to get a magnificent hike and also the chance to see a number of the largest Puffin colonies on the Faroes. Mykines is also home to substantial numbers of Kittiwakes (pictured below) and also Gannets, in addition to the islands’ only-known Leach’s Storm Petrel colony.
In the event you anticipate bird watching in Mykines bring lots of water make certain to wear hiking boots and pack a lunch. The weather can be unpredictable — a windbreaker, hat, and sunglasses really are musts. And do not forget your camera! The hike from the village into the lighthouse and back could probably require about half an hour , so plan to spend to the island. For great selfies that the XShot Pro is recommended by us.
Nólsoy is a island at Fundamental Faroe Islands.
Nólsoy’s east shore is home to the world’s largest colony of Stormy Petrels. Guided walking tours to observe colonies of those nocturnal birds can be arranged by the local tourist information office (open June 1 to August 31). Tours leave one hour. You’ll see Petrels darting at remarkable speeds to capture their prey. You are going to visit Puffins and Fulmars as well. There’s also a guided hike into the lighthouse south of Boroan and back (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 Oystercatcher, Guillemots, Plover, Whimbrel and Rock Pipit all call Skúvoy island home.
Though birds can be viewed all year round, your best chances to capture the breeding seabirds are from May 1 through September 1. Additionally, this is when weather is mildest, which means trekking conditions and also tolerable temperatures. There are two migrations. The Spring storm sees overshooting birds (birds that fly too far north on their way to additional breeding grounds) and European colonies which stop over on their way to Iceland and Greenland (Geese, Swans, Subalpine Warblers). The Fall migration attracts in rare species from Scandinavia, the far east, as well as from America (Yellow Bowed Warblers, Barred Warblers, White Thrushes, and also American Common Nighthawks).
Did You Know?
Across the world, National Geographic conducted a poll of 111 island communities in 2007. The Faroe Islands came out as the number one most appealing island destination on earth. What the islands lack in swaying palm trees and sandy beaches, they compensate in unrivaled beauty, traditional culture, and price. Whether you decide to research the Faroes by auto (such as we did), or using an organized collection, you’re going to be blown away by what you see. Here are a Few of the picturesque places we visited:
The frenetic Gannet colony at the edge of Mykines
The gorge of Gjógv Additionally serves as Ship channel and a natural Refuge
The colorful harbor in the islands’ capital makes for a Terrific scenic stroll
This mountain Upper lake is just minutes from the airport at Vagar and provides a beautiful setting for a Increase
The village of the island of Streymoy boasts a Stunning black sand beach along with incredible views
Conventional turf roof houses and beach make Saksun the village that is perfect to stop for a picnic along with Also Amazing photos that are snap
Authorities: Self-governing State of the Kingdom of Denmark (not a member of the European Union)
Population: Approximately 49,000
Industries: Fishing and Tourism
Languages spoken: Faroese and English
Money: Faroese króna (version of the Danish krone)
Tipping: Tipping is not customary at the Faroe Islands, but it is becoming more widespread in Pubs, Bars, Cafes, and taxis
Obtaining here: By air or by sea.
Atlantic Airways is the national airline with several flights into the Faroe Islands. The Faroese firm Smyrill Line operates yearlong with spares from Denmark and Iceland.
Particular thanks to Visit Faroe Islands along with XShot.