If you are looking for a unique travel experience that is off the beaten path, the Faroe Islands are worth considering as a vacation destination. A group of 18 major islands located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea, halfway between Norway and Iceland, the islands are volcanic in origin and offer an authentic experience for all visitors. Because of the Faroe Islands’ remote location, ensuring you have adequate travel insurance should be a priority, so that you have the travel assistance you need when you’re abroad.
Travel information for the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are not an independent nation. They are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and they take on the country’s immigration rules and regulations. Canadians must have a valid passport to enter the country, and it must be valid for at least three months after their departure date. Work and student visas are required, and students will be asked to show proof of funds. Business visas are not required, and tourist visas are only required for stays longer than 90 days. Note that a visa for Denmark does not grant you access to the Faroe Islands unless it is specifically stated in the visa, so make sure you have the proper visa requirements, if applicable.
The 50,000 residents of the islands speak the official language of Faroese, and most people also speak Danish. Many residents can also understand and communicate in English. The Faroese króna is the currency used on the islands; however, this is not an independent currency, but a version of the Danish krone (DKK). The Danish krone is also accepted on the islands, as are major credit cards.
The islands do not get exceedingly warm or cold during the year. The average temperature is 12°C during the summer and 3°C during the winter. Because the country is so far north, summers have characteristically long days, with up to 19.5 hours of sun per day, giving you more than ample time to explore the islands in daylight.
Even though the Faroe Islands are regarded as one of the safest places in the world, it’s important to exercise normal safety precautions when travelling there.
Best places to visit on the Faroe Islands
From hiking, boat trips, road trips, fishing, birdwatching, experiencing local food, walking the streets and experiencing the city life of Tórshavn, and engaging in adventures such as rappelling down cliffs, kayaking, diving and exploring the underwater world, you will have no trouble finding fun and exciting things to do during your stay. You will also have the opportunity to take excursions to Vágar, Streymoy, Eysturoy and many other island regions.
The most popular attractions include the Old Town of Tórshavn; the historic Kirkjubøur, dating back to the Middle Ages; Nólsoy, which is close to the world’s largest colony of storm petrels; Enniberg, one of the world’s tallest promontories; and unbelievable views from the top of Slaettaratindur mountain.
Travel insurance for Faroe Islands destinations
Due to the remote location of the Faroe Islands, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. Blue Cross offers travel insurance solutions for all travellers, ensuring you can get the coverage you need, based on your personal needs and trip details. To get vacation travel insurance for your trip, get a free quote online now.
|Population (2012):||49,506||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||Faroese, Danish|
|Diesel :||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|