Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover’s Escape

Surreal landscapes, gastronomy that is award-winning unrivaled vegetation, and the tranquility that comes from being among the world’s most remote areas. The Faroe Islands are a unique Atlantic archipelago located between Iceland and Norway. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience magnificent ocean views, dramatic cliffs and rock formations, and also the opportunity to see nesting seabirds by 687 kilometers of pristine shore. The Faroe Islands are still largely unfamiliar for travelers, which makes it the absolute ideal time to experience them!

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Common Bird Species

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Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Bird Watching Spots

It is hard to imagine that a property with no trees could be so beautiful. In actuality, the Faroe Islands are famous for their stunning emerald hills and picturesque villages. The climate remains relatively stable yearlong because of the warm waters of Gulf Stream, which prevent the harbors from freezing and winter temperatures. Because of this the Faroe Islands are the perfect stopping point for several species of sea creatures that are migratory.

Finest Time for Birding

Seabirds Such as Fulmars Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Storm Petrels nest.

Every year millions of birds are here to breed. To be precise, a total of 305 species come to ride out the winter seasons of Canada, Scandinavia and eastern Asia or breed. All year, Around 50 species of bird can be found here.

Natural Wonders

Possibly the most famous (and magnetic ) bird of the Faroes is the Puffin. These handsome creatures make burrows on grassy slopes as opposed to nesting on cliffs. Their brightly colored bills and black feathers have made them the nickname”parrots of the ocean .”

Mykines Island

Before the Puffin was the second most numerous bird species from the Faroes, but in recent years their numbers have diminished as a result of insufficient food, which has incited an ban on Puffin searching until their numbers increase (yes, even puffins are a traditional Faroese meals ).

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Village of Gjógv

The Fulmar (pictured above) is easily the most common breeding bird from the Faroe Islands. They can be found here all year nesting in the steep cliffs. Another bird you’re likely to see several times during your stay is the Oystercatcher (pictured below).

Tórshavn Harbor

The Oystercatcher is really a property bird that appears to be the national bird of the Faroe Islands. White and black plumage and its beak allow it to stand out from the backdrop. Oystercatchers can be observed anywhere inland, along the highways, from the villages, and even in areas of low vegetation. Each Year the Faroese celebrate Graekarismessa, on March 12; the start of the summertime and also the coming of the Oystercatchers.

Sørvágsvatn, Vagar

Puffins are mostly summer visitors. For best viewing, visit the westernmost island of Mykines for a magnificent hike along with the opportunity to see a few of the largest Puffin colonies from the Faroes. Mykines is also home to substantial numbers of Kittiwakes (pictured below) and also Gannets, as well as the islands’ only-known Leach’s Storm Petrel colony.

Tjørnuvík Village

If you plan on bird pack a lunch, bring a lot of water and be sure to wear hiking boots. The weather can be unpredictable — a windbreaker, hat, and sunglasses are musts. And don’t forget your camera! So plan to devote on the island , the hike from the village back and into the lighthouse will require about six hours. For good panoramic selfies the XShot Pro is recommended by us.

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Saksun Village

Nólsoy is the island at central Faroe Islands.

Nólsoy’s east shore is home to the world’s biggest colony of Stormy Petrels. Guided walking tours to find colonies of these nocturnal birds can be arranged with the local tourist information office (available June 1 to August 31). Tours depart one hour. You’ll see Petrels darting at rates to capture their prey. You’re likely to see 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 Plover, Guillemots, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel and Rock Pipit call Skúvoy island home.

Though birds can be observed all year round, the best opportunities to capture the breeding seabirds are out of May 1 through September 1. In addition, this is when weather is mildest, which signifies tolerable along with hiking conditions temperatures. There are two main migrations.  The Spring storm sees overshooting birds (birds that fly too far north to their way to other breeding grounds) and European colonies that stop over on their way to Iceland and Greenland (Geese, Swans, Subalpine Warblers). The Fall migration attracts in rare species out of Scandinavia, the far east, and even from America (Yellow Bowed Warblers, Barred Warblers, White Thrushes, along with American Common Nighthawks).

Did You Know?

Around the globe, National Geographic ran a survey of 111 island communities in 2007. The Faroe Islands came out on top as the number one most attractive island destination in the world.  Just what the islands lack in temperate beaches and swaying palm trees, they more than compensate for traditional culture, unrivaled natural beauty, and environmental value. Whether you choose to explore the Faroes by auto (like we did), or with an organized group, you will be blown away by everything you see. Here are some of the places we visited:

The frenetic Gannet colony at the edge of Mykines

The gorge of Gjógv Additionally serves as a harbor and Ship channel

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

The harbor in the islands’ capital makes for a scenic stroll

This mountain lake is just minutes from the airport at Vagar and Gives a beautiful setting for a Boost

The island of Streymoy’s northernmost village boasts a black sand beach and incredible views

Shore that is placid and Classic turf roof houses make Saksun the village that is perfect to stop for a picnic and snap Photographs

Authorities: Self-governing State of the Kingdom of Denmark (not a member of the European Union)

Population: Approximately 49,000

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Industries: Fishing and Tourism

Faroe Islands: The Bird and Nature Lover

Languages spoken: Faroese and English

Currency: Faroese króna (version of the Danish krone)

Tipping: Tipping is not customary at the Faroe Islands, but it is becoming more widespread in restaurants, cafes, bars, 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 year-round with cruises from Iceland and Denmark.

Special thanks to Go to Faroe Islands and Also XShot.