Faroe Islands

Bird populations of the Faroe Islands some 250 miles (400 km) northwest of Scotland’s Shetland Islands may be densest in the world—no one seems sure. But few will doubt it who have taken the unforgettable boat trip through caves and narrow sounds of the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs when they are literally covered with fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills, Atlantic puffins, and guillemots. Inland are large colonies of golden plovers, snipes, oystercatchers, eiders, and others.

Most visitors arrive at the international airport on Vagar. After that, the road and ferry system are excellent and bed and breakfast accommodations are widely available. Inter-island helicopter is available, as are car and motorbike rental. As in Iceland and Greenland, best times are late April through August. Visitors should be braced—islanders still net and eat the comical, trusting little puffins, as they have for centuries.

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Vestmanna Bird Cliffs