Practical information

Emergency

In case of emergency dial 112 

Total area

1,399 sq.km

Population

52.656 (2020)

Country code

+298

Language

The national language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese. Faroese is closely related to Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. Most Faroese understand and speak Nordic.

Time zone

The Faroe Islands is on Greenwich Mean Time during the winter months and GMT +1 hours during the summer.

Credit cards

Banks and ATMs can be found in all major towns. Although most shops in the Faroe Islands accept DK, Visa, and MasterCard, it is best to bring cash when travelling to the small islands and villages. All relevant credit cards are accepted by hotels and restaurants.

Luggage

Please see the most resent regulation concerning luggage on www.atlantic.fo

Transport to and from the airport

Car rental and shuttle service is available by pre-ordering. For reservation, please contact info@enjoy.fo

Transit

We do not take responsibility for delays which affect flights outside the flight connections provided by Atlantic Airways.

Tipping and Service charge

People in the Faroe Islands do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. Hotels and restaurants do not add service charge on their bills.

Information brochure

Faroe Islands Tourist Guide, Hiking in the Faroe Islands and Birds of The Faroe Islands
https://www.visitfaroeislands.com/plan-your-stay/practical-information-2/brochures/

Infrastructure

The Faroe Islands have 900 kilometers of good roads. Most have two lanes and are paved. 17 of the 18 islands are connected by bridges, land bridges, ferry and/or helicopter. 

Climate

The Faroe Islands have a mainly oceanic climate, with cool summers with an average temperature of 13°C and mild winters with an average temperature of 3°C due to the Golf Stream. The Faroese weather is moist, changeable, from moment of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to shower. You can literally experience all four seasons in one day. During summer, the sun hardly sets, and the longest day (21st June) is 19 hours, 45 minutes long. In contrast, days during winter can we as short as 5 hours.

Clothing

The weather in the Faroe Islands is unpredictable and ever-changing. We recommend packing a variety of clothing, suited to all sorts of weather, mostly cool-ish. The essentials to include in your wardrobe for the Faroe Islands are waterproof and windproof clothing, as well as good hiking shoes.

Alcohol

The legal drinking age is eighteen. The Faroe Islands have a monopolized sale of alcohol, called Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins. There are departments in all major areas in the country. Beer, wine, and spirits may only be purchased on Government Monopoly stores in major towns and in licensed restaurants, bars, and café.

Post office

Post offices are found in the larger towns and in some villages. Most villages with no post office have local stores where you can buy post cards and mail letters. All post offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Travel insurance

Holiday travel inside of Europe is covered by the Danish health insurance. We recommend that you buy cancellation insurance as a supplement. Please contact your travel agency or insurance company.

Electricity

On the Faroe Islands the current is 220-230 volts AC (50 Hz) is the Faroese standard. The electric outlets take plugs common to most European countries but may differ from those in your home country. To be on the safe side, you should bring a two-pin continental adapter with you.

Currency

 The Faroese currency is krona the same as the Danish krona. The Faroe Islands have their own notes, valued at 50 kroner, 100 kroner, 200 kroner, 500 kroner and 1000 kroner. The coins are Danish, valued 50 øre (cents), and 1,2,5,10 and 20 kroner. Danish notes are equally acceptable as Faroese notes throughout the country.

Transportation in the Faroe Islands

Ferries/boats, busses, and helicopters transport people from island to island.

Customs

For information on customs regulations, consult https://www.taks.fo/en/

Subsea tunnels and toll

The subsea tunnel fee is not included in our prices and is paid directly to the nearest gas station. If you have rented a car the tunnel fee is paid to the car rental company.

Entry

Passport is required. Entry visas are not necessary for most countries unless your stay will be longer than three months.

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