Photo Journey Through the Faroe Islands

It’s a good job I’m not bothered about getting a sun tan in the height of summer, otherwise the Faroe Islands are the last place I should have gone.

The weather was constantly foggy, windy and rainy for most of my time there BUT I still had an incredible trip. It’s an exhilarating place to be and I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Due to the fog I couldn’t get some of the landscape photos I’d hoped for, at times the visibility was so bad it was like driving through tens of miles of clouds. We could see absolutely NOTHING, much to the dismay of my boyfriend who was behind the wheel and trying to drive with heightened senses.

Although I do like the mystique that the fog added to some of my photos, suggestive of being among these Northerly islands, I would love to have seen the islands on a sunny and clear day (I assure you that does happen) with endless views of the ocean and from no matter where you’re standing, being able to see the peaks of neighbouring islands.

Blinded by a veil of thick mist when you know you supposedly have some of the world’s most scenic views at your feet is like having your lips stapled together seconds before you’re about to chow down a taster-menu from a prize-winning chef.

However, the weather DID improve at various points of the day so I wasted no time getting my camera out. Here are some of my favourites with a short description.


It’s all about the Turf Roofs

Eco home with turf roof in Faroe Islands

I fell in love with this geodesic eco-friendly home located in Kvivik on the Faroe Islands. I’ve never seen another like it! You should be able to spot it to your right-hand side when you’re coming from Torshavn to Vestmanna. Don’t you just love how eccentric it is?


Puffin Parades

Puffins, Faroe Islands

Puffins, faroe islands

Puffins on Mykines

Though the birdlife is extremely rich and varied on Mykines, the main reason why I wanted to go was to see puffins. It is reportedly the best island on the Faroes to see them from. This proved to be true. As I hiked up and away from the sea where the boat had docked, puffins began to emerge from behind the veil of thick fog surrounding the island, my ability to see them aided by their colourful beaks.


Waterfalls Galore!

Waterfall Faroe Islands

No matter where you’re standing in the Faroes you’re never more than 3-miles away from the sea. And seeing waterfalls is ubiquitously part of the landscape.


Feeling Tiny Inside Mother Nature!

Saksun, Faroe Islands

I love Northerly places for a lot of reasons, sometimes it’s hard to describe why because it’s not a specific landmark or anything visual. Instead it’s a feeling. I feel closest to nature here, and quite often in her rawest form. You put your trust in her because at any minute she could chew you up and spit you back out.


When Sheep Aren’t Ruling the Roads…. Horses Do 

Horses in Faroe Islands

With a tiny population there’s no such thing as a traffic jam, but you’ll have other obstacles to contend with…


Bon Jovi, I see you everywhere

Faroese horse

You see it too don’t you? Being in the Faroes reminds me a lot of Iceland, especially when it comes down to the horses. They both usually have a coarse, Bon Jovi style mane, thick coat, short yet strong physique, and share the ability to tolt from birth. Most importantly, you cannot, under any circumstances, call them ponies! 🙂


Colourful cabins break up the grey slate of sky

Fisherman cabins

Everyone needs a splash of colour in their lives, especially up here when solitude can feel like a part of the wallpaper for extended periods at a time.


Mykines, where only 11 people live

Hiking Faroe Islands

An island where hundreds of thousands of puffins live in the summer is home to only 11 people. Out of the 18 islands in the Faroes, this one was easily my favourite. It’s also the westernmost island on the Faroes, only reachable by boat or helicopter so you must book transport here in advance!


Dalur, the Prettiest Village in the Faroes

Dalur, Sandoy

Dalur, the prettiest village in the Faroes. Located south on Sandoy you need to get here by car via the ferry which crosses several times a day. They say the route to the destination IS the adventure, and this proves true as you crawl up a winding narrow cliff overlooking the ocean to reach here, hoping another car isn’t coming towards you!


Hiker’s Paradise

Hiking Faroe islands

You can walk for miles without seeing a single soul and the uneven terrain ensures you get a butt-busting work out!


Unique Rock Formations

Drangarnir, Faroe Islands

Located between Vagar and Mykines you’ll find Drangarnir, the collective term for these atmospheric rock stacks in the Faroe Islands. Seeing them remind me so much of Vik and Dyrholaey in Iceland.

Want to know more about the Faroe Islands?
Read: Travel Guide to the Faroe Islands – Everything You Need to Know

Which photo taken in the Faroe Islands do you like the most?

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'Photo Journey Through the Faroe Islands' have 15 comments

  1. September 4, 2015 @ 12:55 pm Jude

    Loved all your photos … Especially the Bon Jovi Horses … Thanks for sharing ❤️🐴❤️



    • September 5, 2015 @ 10:09 am Shing Yoong

      Hehe you should see some in Iceland Jude!


  2. September 4, 2015 @ 7:35 pm Estrella

    Gorgeous photos! I feel like I’m right there with you. Those puffins are adorable, but I think my favourite photo is the one of the eco-house. I’ve never seen anything like it before!


    • September 5, 2015 @ 10:10 am Shing Yoong

      I was drooling all over the eco-house Estrella! Definitely inspiration for my dream home! 🙂


  3. September 7, 2015 @ 3:31 pm Sarah Alexandra George

    The one with the 3 horses ofcourse! 😀

    And also love the one of you showing off your ass 😉


    • September 9, 2015 @ 1:43 pm Shing Yoong

      Haha… the ass hasn’t made an appearance on my blog before so I’m happy you noticed it! :p

      Oh the horses Sarah… you’d have been on cloud 9!


  4. September 7, 2015 @ 6:56 pm Van (@snowintromso)

    So so beautiful!!!! Makes me want to visit the Faroese only more!


    • September 9, 2015 @ 1:44 pm Shing Yoong

      I hope you manage to go someday Van, I know you’d love it too!


  5. September 8, 2015 @ 8:50 am kami

    oh wow, these pics are so incredibly beautiful it’s hard to believe this place actually exists! I wanna go there, now!!!


    • September 9, 2015 @ 1:47 pm Shing Yoong

      Yeh some of the places on the Faroes are so unique and random, but then other times the landscape is very similar for miles. Either way it’s gorgeous Kami. I hope you get to visit!


  6. September 9, 2015 @ 3:18 pm Aiden

    Wow! Incredible photos. Somewhere I’m yet to explore…maybe we could explore together….?


  7. September 9, 2015 @ 5:30 pm Shaun's Cracked Compass

    Bon Jovi, lol! And I don’t think those horses could have marked their territory any better. Sheep beware! My fav photo is definitely waterfalls galore, p.s. great posture lol! But really, the rock formations are the best. It’s artistic somehow, like seeing nature get mad at itself.


  8. March 10, 2016 @ 1:44 pm Samson

    Beautiful and superb pics! Love them all… Thanks for sharing…
    We are from Canada so the cold does not bother me one bit! In fact, we much prefer the cold than having to deal with the summer insects, anytime! I hope to bring my wife to visit this islands one day in a not too distant future… Again, thank you for sharing.

    A Canadian living and working in Europe… 🙂


  9. April 4, 2016 @ 7:33 pm Bharat & Supriya

    Beautiful pictures! We are almost considering visiting these islands in August. Did you book any walking/hiking tour for puffin watching?


  10. April 10, 2017 @ 12:04 pm Eran

    Wow! Stunning pictures!!


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