Drone Flying in the Faroe Islands
The Faroes are just a short 85 minute flight from Edinburg. Starting in June, for the first time since 2014, you’ll be able to fly direct from London Gatwick in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
The Faroes are on the way up, but still relatively unknown. Compared to 2018, visitor numbers in 2019 were up by 10%.
It’s on the brink of an Iceland style explosion in visitor numbers. Go now, while it remains a beautiful, quiet, wild and striking paradise.
Atlantic Airways new Gatwick flights aren’t the only indications of the coming boom. Hilton are opening a Garden Inn this July, the first international chain hotel on the islands.
In a previous article we talked about all the reasons most people visit the Faroes. Towering cliffs, unique turf-roofed houses, unbeatable seafood, rampant wildlife, open roads, and an architecture, culture, and lifestyle unlike anywhere else.
In summer, bikers arrive on their way to Iceland by ferry and discover empty, flowing roads winding along the edge of the mountains. Cyclists tour the virtually traffic-free roads and endless trails. Hikers reach extreme points of wilderness battered by North Atlantic winds and waves. Photographers go crazy for the churches, the whales, the cliffs, the waterfalls.
If you’re a drone photographer then you’ll be in paradise too. Not only is there an incredible wealth of stunning landscapes to fly through and photograph, but there are so few people and so much space that you can easily have the place to yourself and not have to contend with complaints and interruptions.
The only potential downside is the weather. The Faroes are tiny rocky outcrops in the middle of the North Atlantic. It can change from sunny and bright to wet and wild in an instant. The Faroes are so close that you can easily do a long weekend, and if the weather sucks you can enjoy the seafood and take a road-trip around the islands.
Faroe Island Flights
There are only a few ways to get to the Faroe Islands.
If you’re a biker, an off-roader, or a camper-van driver, you’ll want to check out Smyril Line Ferries.
Smyril Line Ferries sail from Denmark to Iceland via the Faroes. Through this link you get a discount when you include a stopover in the Faroes.
Flights are with Atlantic Airways.
Some people fly from Reykjavik as an add on to an Iceland holiday. Most visitors to the Faroes start in Denmark or Norway.
From the UK, the only direct flight until this June is from Edinburgh.
Flights are on Mondays and Thursdays, so many people go for Monday to Thursday or Thursday to Monday. The Thursday to Monday option tends to have more demand and so slightly higher prices, but it means an extra day in the islands and saves a day off work.
The new option is a direct flight from London Gatwick. The flights start on 23rd June and tickets are already on sale.
The flights are only on Tuesdays, so it requires a 1 week stay, but right now the flights are available for as little as £90 each way, which is 2 or 3 times cheaper than the Edinburgh flights.
Faroe Islands Hotels
Hotels in the Faroes are best booked via Hotels.com to earn some credit towards a free night. An Alternative is to use Air BnB and try one of the many unique traditional Faroese houses.
If you’re a first time Air BnB user then you can get £25 off your first booking of £55 or more through this link.
With a small supply, it can be hard to find a bargain hotel in the Faroes, but there are plenty of affordable options.
With the Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands due to open this July in the capital Torshavn, available hotel space is going to gain a massive extra 131 rooms and the opportunity to earn and burn Hilton points.
The hotel has just started taking bookings for October onwards, but is expected to open in July and so rooms for August and September should be coming up just as soon as the hotel decides it will be ready in time.
Rooms are as cheap as £72 per night, and when cash rates rise you can use points. The points price rises when demand is high, so it’s not always the best deal, but there is always a points & cash option too.
The normal points cost is 30,000 per night and varies between 19,000 and 50,000 for a standard room. With my standard valuation of 0.35p per point, 30,000 points is worth about £105, so a comparison to the cash rate is required. Remember though that reward nights (booked with points) are refundable.
Right now is looking like the absolutely perfect time to start planning a trip to the Faroe Islands. New direct flights from London currently selling cheap. A brand new Hilton Garden Inn about to open. Visitor numbers on the verge of a massive boom.
Get in now for the chance to see the islands at their pristine and undeveloped best, and with the chance to get some of the best flight and hotel deals seen in recent years.