Christmas in the Faroe Islands
Tórshavn, one of the world’s smallest capitals, is the ideal location for Christmas shopping and extraordinary festive magic.
In December, pop-up stores fill the streets of the small city. You can find everything from designer clothing to handmade Christmas decorations to Faroese art, jewellery and knitting.
Gift Ideas for the whole family
For women: All sorts of beautiful traditional Faroese jumpers can be found at Østrøm.
For kids: Fun, colourful knitwear with skulls from Staðið.
For men: Typical Faroese knitwear for men is a dark, brown, simple sweater, with silver buttons on one shoulder. Available at various shops, like Navia, Staðið or Guðrun & Guðrun.
For mum and grandmother: Gorgeous ceramic cups and vases by local Faroese potter, Guðrið Poulsen.
For dad and grandfather: A good winter hat from Heimavirkisfelagið to keep those ears warm.
Treat yourself: Modern designer knitwear from Guðrun & Guðrun, handmade by women in the Faroe Islands, Jordan and Peru.
Kaffihúsið: A small, cosy café on the pier, perfect for when cheeks and earlobes start turning red. Order a hot chocolate drink (made from pure chocolate) and famously delicious Danish pastry for approximately DKK 50.
Take in the festive atmosphere at the ice skating rink in downtown Tórshavn. Open throughout December, the ice skating rink is a great spot to get join others in a fun, family-friendly activity.
Hike to Kirkjubøur
The walk over the hill from Torshavn to Kirkjubø provides an overview of the sky, the sea and the mountains. After hiking for a few hours, you can experience the tranquillity of Kirkjubø’s medieval church. Make sure you bring along a packed lunch with food and beverages. For more information about this hike, view or download how Hiking the Faroe Islands brochure.
The journey to Tórshavn is worth just the experience of trying this amazing sushi restaurant. The best sushi in the world (unofficially!). Simply amazing.
Hotel Tórshavn: 3-star hotel perfectly located in the centre of Tórshavn with a stunning view of the harbour and the Town Hall Square. Only a few minutes’ walk to the city centre. It includes a restaurant, café, and cocktail bar. Double room from approximately DKK 1.200.
Hotel Føroyar: stunning 4-star hotel located on a hillside with impressive views of the capital. It includes a restaurant and a cosy lobby bar. A double room from approximately DKK 1,600.
Hotel Hafnia: 3-star hotel perfectly situated in the heart of the capital, within walking distance of the harbour and the historical part of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city from the hotel’s top floor. It includes a restaurant and café.
Hvonn Brassiere: Located in Hotel Tórshavn, Hvonn Brasserie is an excellent choice if you are looking for a variety of food types – they have everything from Italian pizzas and British fish & chips to Indonesian Wok dishes and Mexican fajitas. And the best bit, it’s great value for you money!
Etika sushi: The journey to Tórshavn is worth just the experience of trying this amazing sushi restaurant. The best sushi in the world (unofficially!). Simply amazing.
Heimablídni with farmers, Anna and Óli: This underground restaurant in Anna and Óli’s private home offers you the opportunity to sample new food, often dissimilar to the food usually served in restaurants, in a personal environment that will give you a proper taste of Faroese culture.
How to get here
Travel by sea: Smyril Line offer great access to the Faroe Islands by sea, travelling weekly from Denmark and Iceland.
For more information about the Faroe Islands (the weather, how to get around, tax-free shopping or passport requirements), read more here.