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The Faroe Islands

Remote, unspoiled and utterly intoxicating: here are the best ways to explore one of Europe’s best-kept secrets

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An 18-piece mosaic of islands marked by jagged peaks, vast treeless expanses populated by tens of thousands of roaming sheep and postcard-worthy fishing villages. Indeed, there is something about this Danish archipelago that feels raw and unspoiled, at once rugged and refined in its natural splendour. The largest island, Streymoy, is a good place to begin discovering the area.


Check in at Hotel Føroyar in Tórshavn, a Scandi-chic property with ocean-facing rooms and the in-house Koks restaurant, where prix-fixe New Nordic menus à la Copenhagen’s Noma showcase locally sourced ingredients.

 Hotel Føroyar


Nearby, Áarstova takes a similar locavore approach, serving toothsome langoustine and lamb mains, though paired with an impeccable selection of Scottish ales, while Raest’s oeuvre is fermented food, from cod to sheep’s intestines. Barbara puts seafood to the fore, albeit with a twist: dishes here are served in Spanish-inspired tapas-style, meant to be shared.

Áarstova restaurant 


Artsy types relish a chance to explore the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, whose 2,600-piece collection resides in a gabled edifice that recalls a traditional Faroese boathouse.


Unmissable, though, is an awe-inspiring cruise through Vestmanna, where you’ll witness narrow sounds and grottos flanked by 600m-tall cliffs – a summertime nesting habitat for rare seabirds from guillemots to kittiwakes.


Direct flights with Air Partner from the United Kingdom bring you straight to Vágar – your gateway to the archipelago’s endless natural wonders.

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