The National airline of the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways is the easiest (and only) way to fly to the islands. They have one airport on Vagar, which was built by UK Armed Forces during their friendly occupation of the islands in the Second World War. Atlantic Airways offers twice-weekly flights between Edinburgh Airport and Vagar- on Mondays and Fridays. They also fly from a few other European destinations such as Copenhagen, Bergen and Barcelona. Return flights from Edinburgh start from £200.
2. The Islands are easy to get around
Once you've made it to the Faroe Islands, you can rent a car at the Airport and drive easily between the islands. The islands are now connected via sub-sea tunnels which has cut the need for long ferry rides. The longest sub-sea tunnel is 5km in length. The tunnels are tolled so make sure you ask the car rental company the costs before heading off. There is also a bus service between big towns and a ferry service for places not connected by tunnels. There is an information service at the Airport arrivals that can give you up to date ferry and bus times. Atlantic Airways runs a helicopter service from the Airport to the outlaying islands. I recommend the Visit Faroe Islands website for an in-depth overview of how to get around.
The Faroese are proudly independent and are a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. They have their own Faroese krona, which is accepted all over the island. They also widely accept Danish krona. Be warned that Faroese ATM's will give you Faroese krona which is near impossible to exchange when you get home. I would recommend taking Danish krona with you and getting it before you travel to the islands as ATM's are few and far between (and non-existent in some villages).
I experienced 4 seasons in a day while visiting the Faroe Islands in mid-May. The temperature never got above 8 degrees Celsius and got to a minimum of 0 degrees. I would recommend bringing a waterproof and wind-proof jacket. If you plan on going hiking then wear appropriate footwear for the occasion- the paths can sometimes be slippery, muddy and uneven. Wearing layers is the best option and make sure your jacket has a hood!
I am a massive foodie and wouldn't consider myself to be a particularly fussy eater. Saying that, I visited a restaurant called KOKS on my trip to the Faroe Islands and couldn't eat a single thing on the menu (sea urchin, horse mussel, clams)- it was my worst nightmare! I faired much better at a traditional Faroese restaurant called Aarstova where I had langoustine soup and the biggest leg of roast lamb I have ever encountered. Ostrom was also perfect for a lunch spot. Most places include some English translations, but the locals are more than happy to translate for you as everyone I came across spoke perfect English.
Following on from point 5 about menu's- the Faroese speak fluent English...and Faroese.... and Danish....and some other Scandinavian languages. In short, they are an extremely intelligent bunch of human beings and I never had any trouble with languages or being understood. As a courtesy I would recommend learning a few phrases so as to not appear so inferior to them.
The Faroe Islands has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever encountered. When my plane came in to land at Vagar, we flew between huge mountains, over rivers and fields- it was like something from a film set. The best way to explore what nature has to offer on the islands is by going for a hike. I wholeheartedly recommend Bradt guides as the best source of information on this topic. When going hiking remember to take warm, waterproof clothing, snacks (something sugary), water and your mobile phone. Surprisingly, I got great phone reception on my hikes. Always remember to take someone hiking with you, or tell the guest house/ hotel where you are going just in case you get lost or in trouble.
The Faroe Islands are known for their abundance of sea birds, and if you go to the Tourist Information desk at the airport, you can pick up a free glossy guide to every bird that you can find on the island. One of the best ways to see them is by going on a boat trip from Vestmanna- which has been named one of the best tourist attractions on the islands. I saw a variety of birds, including puffins, as well as a seal and also enjoyed stunning views of the mountains, waterfalls and some grottos. Be warned that the sea can get quite rough in the areas you go to, so this is not recommended for those who get sea sick easily.
The Faroe Islands has a lively music scene and during the summer there are daily music events organised across the islands. Summer music festivals featuring Scandinavian, Faroese and International artist are often held in idyllic locations such as on a beach. The Visit Faroe Islands website has the lowdown on all the music festivals planned for this summer, but I also recommend visiting TUTL in Torshavn for the inside scoop on which artists to look out for.
I cannot recommend the Faroe Islands highly enough. It is still untouched by modern tourism and has a real charm about it. I loved the scenery and the people and would class my time there as one of the best experiences I have ever had. While I was in the Faroe Islands, Steven Spielberg announced that he would be filming some location shots for his new film The BFG (based on the Roald Dahl book) in the Faroe Islands. This is a massive compliment to the country, but I recommend getting in to see if while it still remain untouched and relatively unknown.