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Faroe Islands - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Faroe Islands

Tidal rip in action off the northern tip of Nolsoy island Visas: Citizens of Nordic countries need only a valid identification card to enter, and citizens of countries not requiring visas, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, the USA and EU countries require only a valid passport for stays of up to three months.
Health risks: Hypothermia
Dialling Code: 298
Electricity: 220V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

When to Go to Faroe Islands

Most tourism takes place in the summer months between 1 June and 1 September, and you'll rarely need to book ahead as the Faroes are still a long way from the well trodden tourist haunts in the rest of Europe. The end of July is probably the best time as you'll catch the Ólavsøka festivities.

Faroe Islands Events

Counting Christmas, New Year and Easter, the Faroes have no fewer than 20 public holidays, ranging from the religious to Labour Day. The Faroese National Day is Ólavsøka, celebrated on 28 and 29 July, when the normally reserved Faroese really cut loose with drinking binges and rowdy behaviour. The festival is named in honour of St Olav, who pressed for acceptance of Christianity in Scandinavia, however it probably dates back to pagan times and adopted St Olav's name as a convenient way of lending it Christian sanction. Highlights include a rowing competition in which villages compete against each other, horse races, art exhibitions, chain dances and religious services. In mid-July, the western Faroes host the annual two-day Vestanstevna, which follow more or less the same agenda as the Ólavsøka.

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