European Summit Challenge
Faroe Islands - Slaettaratindur 882m

Last updated July 2009


The Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The population is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century. The islands have been part of the Kingdom of Denmark since the 14th century, though became a self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark in 1948.

The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles). Of these 18 islands, Eysturoy is host to the Faroe's highest mountain.

AIR - The Faroes are serves by Vágar Airport, located on the island Vágoy. Atlantic Airways fly from London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and some Scandinavian cities to the Faroe Islands. Check their website for timetables.

Maersk Air fly from Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark, and Air Iceland from Reykjavik in Iceland.

SEA - The Capital City of Tórshavn is the port for those arriving by sea. Ferries of the Smyril Line sail to the Faroe Islands from the Shetlands, Iceland, Norway & Denmark.

RAIL - There are no trains on the Faroe Islands.

The summit of Slaettaratindur is accessible and route guides are available from tourist offices on Eysturoy.

The website is a good starting place for find accommodation on the islands, from campsites and youth hostels, to hotels.

Google Maps provide a basic overview of the Faroe Islands with some expression of relief, but little in the way of local detail, geographical place names, etc. See window to the left. This may of course change as higher resolution satellite images are taken.

Kort & Matrikelstyrelsen produce walking maps for the Faroe Islands, though rather oddly do not sale direct on-line. In the UK check out Stanfords in London. The KMS website does how ever have a useful on-line "find a place" feature that provides small sections of their 1:100,000 maps. These maps do not appear to show footpaths.

A free guide to walks on the Faroe Islands can be downloaded from It is in Dansih, but the map sections and photo will give the general idea.

I have discovered three tourist information websites, each appearing to be official;,, and