Faroe Islands

by James Proctor

Faroe Islands

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This new, thoroughly updated 5th edition of Bradt's Faroe Islands remains the only English-language guide to this isolated, unspoiled archipelago, home to Tórshavn, the world's smallest capital, and where there are twice as many sheep as people. Bradt's Faroe Islands offers detailed information about all 18 islands and the breathtaking landscapes which never fail to inspire visitors, from the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Enniberg on the island of Viðoy to the dramatic seascapes at Akraberg, the southernmost point of the Faroes. There's hands-on information about where to stay and eat, how to get around - be it by local ferry, helicopter or your own hire car - and what to see and do. Also included are details of how to reach even the remotest corners by bus using a travel card, the latest information on falling seabird numbers in the North Atlantic, and details of where to go sea angling, rappelling and horse riding. Suggestions for visiting the island of Suðuroy are detailed, plus updated reviews of all accommodation, eating and drinking options. Fourteen clear and easy-to-use maps are also featured.
Written by expert author James Proctor, who has been visiting the Faroes since 1992, this latest edition includes all the most recent developments and provides all the information needed for a successful trip. Within the islands themselves, Bradt's Faroe Islands is recognised as the definitive source of information about the Faroes in the English language - and is widely respected as such. Whether you're visiting for the amazing birdlife, to walk some of Europe's least-known hiking trails or simply to sample real village life among the houses painted in a mêlée of reds, yellows and blues, Bradt's Faroe Islands is the perfect companion.

About the author

James Proctor first visited the Faroe Islands in 1992 on board the Smyril ferry sailing from Aberdeen and has been back and forth ever since. Accompanied half of the way by a pod of dolphins and buffeted by gale force winds and stormy seas during the rest of the journey, James's love affair with the North Atlantic got off to a flying start. Whilst working as the BBC's Scandinavia correspondent, he produced a series of television and radio reports about the islands, concentrating on the issues of independence and whaling. James now divides his time as a freelance travel writer between the south of France and his home in North Yorkshire. He has also written Bradt's Lapland and West Sweden guides and co-written other guides to Iceland, Reykjavík, Sweden and Finland.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and climate, Natural history, History, Government and politics, Economy, People and culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Faroese highlights, The weather, Information and maps, Tour operators, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health and safety, What to take, Money and costs, Getting around the islands, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Customs and tax-free goods, Media, communications and time, Interacting with local people, Giving something back

PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Tórshavn
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist and weather information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 4 Around Tórshavn
Kirkjubøur, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, North to Kaldbak
Chapter 5 Streymoy and the Western Islands
Where to go, Getting around, Kollafjørður and around, Tjørnuvík, West to Kvivik and Vestmanna, The western islands: Vágar and Mykines
Chapter 6 Eysturoy
Where to go, Getting around, Northern Eysturoy, Southern Eysturoy
Chapter 7 The Northern Islands
Where to go, Getting around, Borðoy, Viðoy, Kunoy, Kalsoy, Northern outposts: Svínoy and Fugloy
Chapter 8 The Southern Islands
Where to go, Getting around, Sandoy, Skúgvoy, Stóra Dímun, Lítla Dímun, Suðuroy

Appendices
Language
Glossary of Faroese geographical terms
Further information
Index