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More than 600 miles (nearly 1,000 kilometres) from Denmark’s west coast lies the Faroes, a triangle of eighteen windswept islands, seventeen of which are inhabited. Only 48,500 people plus some 70,000 sheep roam these remote lands. Much of the islands’ heritage reflects a medieval past, beginning with the arrival of farmers from western Norway who settled here in the 9th century. Evidence of this Scandinavian heritage is preserved through centuries of isolation; ancient structures can still be seen in villages clustered around old churches. If you want a peek into throughbred Scandidavian history and culture, this is the place to be. Natural beauty, historic treasures, friendly locals- all await cruisers at this charming port.
Sheer cliffs and waterfalls carve Streymoy, the largest of the islands, where Torshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals with about 12,400 inhabitants, plus another 5,000 living in the suburbs of Argir and Hoyvik. Visitors find interesting museums, churches, monuments and all the amenities of a modern town and thriving harbour here. The world’s oldest, still active parliament was founded in the Viking age. Today, it houses the main offices of the local government.
Many of the attractions are found outside of Torshavn in the rugged beauty of Streymoy. There are fields with grazing ponies and sheep, tiny hamlets where residents live in half-timbered houses topped by green grass roofs, and dramatic rock formations. Birds by the thousands populate the craggy seaside cliffs, which make an ideal stopover for migratory gannets, guillemots and puffins. The Faroes' climate is generally wet and windy. Because of the Gulf Stream, the temperature is a good deal more moderate than the latitude might imply; it also helps to keep Faroe harbors ice-free year-round.
Please Note: The weather in the Faroes is unpredictable and can change several times in one day. A sweater or jacket and a light raincoat are recommended when going ashore. Be aware that your enjoyment of shore activities is very much subject to weather conditions. Coaches are not equipped with air conditioning. Local residents serve as guides and their accents may be at times difficult to understand.
The port of Torshavn is located in the North Atlantic and is a favorite port destination of many cruise liners and ships. Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, is surrounded by the nations of Iceland, Scotland, and Norway. The Faroe Islands is a constituent country of Denmark (as is Greenland).
The port is just a short distance from the city proper, where many commercial spots and areas are located. Torshavn is a merry blend of the old and the new, with well-preserved ancient structures harmoniously coexisting with the city’s many modern commercial and business establishments.
Pier Information
The ship is scheduled to dock at the East Harbour Pier, subject to weather conditions. The town centre is about 1 km - half a mile away). Taxis generally have to be requested for pickup at local Terminal.
Things to See
Skansapakkhúsið was a former storage facility converted into the Prime Minister’s office. Security is not tight which is surprising considering it houses the country’s most important political figures. You can explore the grounds and examine the architecture up close.
Skansin Fort was thought to have been built in 1580 by Faroese national hero, Magnus Heinason to protect the city against pirate attacks.  However, it was seized and destroyed by the French in 1677, and then again by British soldiers 1808. The fort was reconstructed and rebuilt by the Danes in the eighteenth century.
Kongaminni (King's Monument) is an obelisk built in 1882 in honor of Danish King Christian IX who once visited the city. The top of the obelisk affords a commanding and panoramic view of the city.
Vesturkirkja is an interesting-looking church that has a massive triangular roof. The church has impressive interiors as well.
Gongin is where you can find the oldest dwellings in the Faroe Islands. Some of the houses here date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth century but are still being used today.
pastry selection is their croissant with Nutella filling.
Other Sites
The West Church is most likely the first building any visitor sailing into Torshavn will see. Built in 1975, its design is somewhat reminiscent of a Faroese sloop.
This is the site where the first Norwegian settlers established their parliament, the "Thing" where Christianity was introduced in the year 999 AD. The oldest houses of the town are found in this area; many buildings dating from the 17th century are still intact and inhabited.
This obelisk stands in the middle of Torshavn on a hill; it was erected in commemoration of the first visit by a Danish king to the islands in 1874.
A pedestrian street leads to one of the shopping areas from this town square, the hub of Torshavn.
Havnar Skansi
This fort was originally built by Magnus Heinason in 1580; it was rebuilt and enlarged later. At the time it was the strongest fortification in Northern Europe. During World War II, the Faroes were occupied by British Forces, who made Skansi their headquarters.

Faroe Island (Klaksvik), Denmark
Encounter rough-hewn coastlines, towering sea cliffs, emerald-green valleys, and quaint grass-roofed villages in a rugged environment thoroughly ruled by Mother Nature. The air is some of the cleanest in the world and the abundant sea birds chatter from every cliff and cove. Harbors bustle with bobbing fishing boats and village streets hum with the activities of the red-haired, freckle-faced Faroese people. Set in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland, these romantic isles form a mountainous archipelago that is nothing short of enchanting. With the epic tales of ancient Viking legends, the magic is complete.
This quaint village nestles in a tranquil valley overlooking the roiling surf of the North Atlantic. See charming grass-roofed houses, an early 19th century church, and bobbing fishing boats.
A scenic drive takes you through two narrow tunnels to Norddepli. The village was founded in 1866 by Sivar Sivertsen after which shops, a school and a whaling station were added to the lovely setting.
Blasastova Museum
Visit this open-air museum and see the timeless cottages and ancient church that make up an authentic Faroese village community. It provides a unique look into life in the Faroes in past centuries.
Tróndur farm
The ancestral home of Trondur, a 10th century Viking who was a significant figure in Faroese history and Viking sagas, is found in the town of Gota. It is a central feature within the Blasastova Museum.
Fuglafjørður, or "fjord of birds," is a fishing village on Eysturoy Island's east coast. Nestled between steep hills and a lovely bay, the town enjoys a bustling harbor and a rejuvenating hot spring.
Vestmanna Seacliffs
The Vestmanna Seacliffs are the most visited attraction on the Faroe Islands. Bird-watchers on day-boat tours experience sea bird colonies along massive cliffs carved with mysterious grottoes.
Christianskirkjan Church
Unique details create drama in this 1960's church by architect, Peter Koch. See the Viking-style row boat hanging from the ceiling and the 4,000-year-old heathen sacrificial bowl from Denmark.

Eating Out
Meat, potatoes and fish are the common staples here. The meat is usually mutton - boiled, dried, stewed or roasted. Fish is typically dried or frozen, since most of the fresh fish is exported. For a snack, open-faced sandwiches are a good choice. Some of the best restaurants can be found in Tórshavn's hotels; more casual cafés are around the town center.
Glasstovan is a 4-star restaurant that affords guests a great view of the city. The restaurant specializes in native Faroese cuisine.
Sunset Boulevard is located in SMS Shopping Center and is a sandwich deli. It patterns its menu and offerings from Subway but ingredients are locally-sourced and sandwich creations are mostly Faroese originals.
Restaurant Merlot located at Magnus Heinasonargøta 20, FO-100 Tørshavn is a highly-rated restaurant that serves an excellent continental menu.
Kaffistovan is a coffeehouse located at Havnargøta, Tørshavn. The place serves nice breakfast fare such as cold cuts, pastries, bread, and cheese. Highly recommended for its relaxed ambiance and scrumptious treats.
Shopping opportunities abound from Havnargöta and the main street (Niels Finsensgöta), and at the SMS Shopping Mall. Woollen sweaters in Faroese design are popular buys, as are local stamps and regional handicrafts. Two decades of independent postal administration has brought philatelic fame to these remote islands. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to noon or at 2:00 p.m. The local currency is the Danish and the Faroe kroner.
Andreas í Vágsbotni is a store that specializes in souvenir items and gift ideas. They sell a range of interesting products such as costumed dolls, puffin toys, Faroese flags, clothes, cards, and knitwear.
SMS Shopping Center is the only shopping center in Faroe Islands. In here you can find the city’s biggest supermarket, Miklagarður. There are also a number of restaurants and boutique stores inside the center.
Tutl is a record bar that sells music CDs of local and Nordic artists.
Sirri is a clothing and apparel company based in the Faroe Islands. Their products are made from organic materials such as pure Faroese wool.
N H Jacobsen was a former schoolhouse that has been converted into a bookstore. The store sells books written by both Nordic and foreign writers.

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