Not too far away from the North Pole, the Faroe Islands is a rugged group of islands which looks equally pretty in winter and summer. The Faeroes, much like neighbouring Iceland, are renowned for offering gorgeous coastal views as when inland, you’re never more than five miles away from the shore.
Despite officially being part of Denmark, the Faeroes have managed to retain their unique culture and sense of isolation and serenity. This makes them a perfect place to go if you want to get away from the stresses and strains of life at home, but prefer somewhere different to the usual destinations like Spain, Portugal and Greece.
What are the roads like in the Faroe Islands?
Despite the famously rocky terrain, the road system in the Faeroes is actually in very good shape. All of the main roads are well-paved with tarmac and can cope with heavy traffic. Getting between the islands is possible through road tunnels connecting them, but there are queues so in order to get through them, you need to plan in advance.
What are Faroese drivers like?
In the main, drivers here are seen as polite and courteous. Faroese motorists usually abide by the country’s driving laws, which mean that if you’re paying a visit there, you won’t have too much to worry about when it comes to other drivers’ habits.
What are the best times to drive?
Driving during winter is a little hazardous, even though local drivers are pretty used to it. Many people in the country own cars, which makes for the odd bit of traffic, especially in Torshavn or when queues form outside the road tunnels. Driving at night can be dangerous as sheep grazing in the rural areas tend to cross the roads at well.
What are the driving laws?
All seatbelts must be fastened for the driver and passengers. The car’s headlights must be on at all times, and if parking, you need to have a parking disc, which must be displayed on the inside of the windscreen. You can pick up a parking disc from a bank or petrol station. Passports, insurance documents and a driving licence are all needed too.
In the event that your car does collide with a sheep, make sure you ring the police as soon as possible.
Speed limits for cars with trailers are 6mph less than cars without.
If your car doesn’t have a parking disk displayed while parked, then you’re given a fine of DKK 200.