Sitting approximately half way between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are often forgotten by the travelling public. The archipelago is pretty isolated and at a first glance they might not appear to be teaming with life, but for those who venture to these Nordic islands, many treasures await.
Its isolated location may have left the islands fairly unknown to mankind, but being perched on the edge of the Gulf Stream, the Faroe Islands have long been a haven for many species of migratory bird. Warmed by the air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, the warmer waters around the island are teaming with food – essential for mating season and feeding the fast-growing young shortly after.
For bird watchers – whether it’s a passion or more of a casual interest – the Faroe Islands are an absolute paradise. Whether you want to see puffins, storm petrels, guillemots or arctic tern (to mention but a few of the 300 species that have been spotted on the Islands), bird watching in the Faroe Islands is a revelation waiting to be discovered. (see our post on Bird Watching in the Faroe Islands for more)
From the enormous sea cliffs of Mykines and their cliff-nesting kittiwakes, to the Nósloy and its gathering of storm petrels – said to be the largest in the world – the late spring and summer months are the perfect time to visit the Faroe Islands and see all these magnificent creatures take to the air and dive into the sea.
Whether you are planning on a trip to Streymoy or Mykines, or just want to know a little more, we’ve complied some facts about our favourite Faroe Islands species into the image below. What do you think? Tell us your thoughts and your favourite species in the comments below.