Torshavn, the capital of Faroe Islands, is one of the smallest and least populated capitals in the world.
And yet, compared to the rest of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn is a real metropolis. Every fourth inhabitant of Faroe has his house here.
The name Torshavn means Port Thor, from the name of a Norse god of storms and thunderbolts, and the word havn – meaning the port or the wharf in Faroese. The farers say this name: Torszavn, but most often they simply call it “the capital.” There are no high-rise buildings, and wooden, colorful houses in the center resemble Reykjavik, but much smaller.
The capital of the Faroe Islands is located at the southern end of the island of Streymoy. To get to here from the airport, you have to go through a paid, suboceanic tunnel. Ferries go directly to the port in the heart of the city. From other parts of the islands you can also fly by helicopter, the airport is located just to the east of the center of Torshavn. It is worth to fly, because it is probably the cheapest in Europe. For an adult ticket, we paid less than 25 GBP, a child (4 years old) – flies for free.
The heart of the city is the port with the bus and ferry terminals. This is where the famous M/S Norröna has it’s home-port. It sails the longest ferry route in the world – over 1,500-kilometer connection between Denmark and Iceland, with a stop in the Faroe Islands.
Facing the port, on the left you will have a fort with a lighthouse, on the right you will find a complex of colorful houses covered with turf, and on the back – the main promenade with shops, bookshops and boutiques.
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