I dreamt in Faroese last night. Apparently my subconscious can hold a vigorous discussion while sipping a beer my tastebuds still yearn for. Whether my dream actually made any sense is questionable – my beginners Faroese is tragically lacking after months of home study. There is a drought of Faroese speakers in Wisconsin with whom to practice. Shocking, I know.
It’s been almost a year since I first visited this cluster of islands high in the North Atlantic and I continue to be enthralled. If you enjoy mountain hikes, wild open spaces, folk music, mystical landscapes, and genuine encounters with people, the Faroes will not disappoint. Far off the beaten track, the Faroe Islands are perfect for avoiding tourist crowds while meeting and interacting with the local people.
Never heard of the Faroes? You’re not alone. And that’s the allure. If you love the highlands of Scotland, the wildness of the Hebrides, the turbulent landscapes of Iceland, and the Celtic folk traditions of Ireland, the Faroe Islands will claim your heart the moment you step off the plane.
There aren’t many guidebooks for travelers looking to make the journey. Lonely Planet and Bradt have skim offerings. After much work and many distractions, prompted by my dreams, I finally present my highly personal Country Guide to the Faroe Islands. I hope my humble guide helps fill in the cracks. If you’ve been blessed enough to have traveled there yourself, feel free to add your own advice and suggestions. Góða ferð!