The Faroe Islands (often referred to as the Faroes) are a self-governing territory under Danish sovereignty that lie halfway between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, midway between Norway and Iceland. The archipelago is made up of 18 islands, connected by an intricate maze of road tunnels, ferries and helicopters.
Streymoy is the largest island; the capital Torshavn stands here and some of the most dramatic scenery, plunging cliffs and wave-battered headlands are within easy reach. Suouroy and Skuvoy of the Southern Islands are less arresting but receive fewer visitors.
Visit the islands to get close to nature, see remote fjords and discover empty bays. Leave the multi-coloured cottages and grass-roofed wooden churches to follow cairn-marked trails or take a cruise to get close to cliffs of nesting seabirds; puffins, skuas and fulmars are frequently seen.