Faroe Islands - Classic Faroe Islands

Torshavn is the capital city of the Faroe Islands and home to about two-thirds of the islands’ population. This charming city is located on the island of Streymoy and is a great base for exploring the Faroe Islands archipelago.

While in Torshavn, spend a few hours roaming the historical old town. Be sure to visit some of the city’s historic sites, including the Tinganes, the site of Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s office and place of the annual gathering of the local Viking chiefs, a set of unassuming turf-roofed structures, and Skansin. This fort was a British Royal Navy headquarters during the Second World War.

If you’re looking for souvenirs to take home with you, Torshavn is also a great place to shop for locally-made clothing and arts and crafts. Several shops are selling traditional Faroese knitwear, including Ullvøruhúsið and Guðrun & Guðrun, as well as more modern items like jewellery and pottery.

Just on the outskirts of town, you’ll find Svartafoss Waterfall. While it’s not the most impressive waterfall on the Faroe Islands, it’s a lovely little spot surrounded by flowers, grasses, traditional houses and, of course, the sheep.

The arm museum, Listasavn Føroya, is another spot worth visiting for those who taste Faroese culture. There are paintings, art installations, and other unique exhibits. The building’s architecture is unique in its own right. A lovely café is on site, where you could have lunch or an afternoon tea.

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