I'm thinking about The Next Trip To Europe and am eyeing the Faroe Islands for summer 2019 (early July). My first task is trying to decide about how long to spend there.
It's clearly a bit out of the way and off the beaten path, which is of course part of its appeal (although there's certainly an active tourist industry there - I understand there are cruise ships...). Not a lot of major museums, cathedrals, castles, or other obvious big tourist magnets there. Seems like mostly it's dramatic scenery, lots of birds, splendid isolation and a unique place. Tourist activities seem to be limited to hiking, bird-watching, ogling the scenery, and that's pretty much about it.
Right now I'm tentatively planning 6 days there, not including travel days in and out (flights do not go every day, so there are constraints - we could work things so we had 3, 6 or 9 full days there).
We're adventurous, enjoy scenery, nature and outdoor activities, we're fairly active, don't need fancy food or lodgings. Although I come from Norse stock myself and am at home in empty, far northern lands, my spouse is more attuned to the tropics, but she really wants to go and is very enthusiastic about the adventure.
My gut says 6 full days there seems about right - that's enough time to get around and see a lot, but if staying 9 days I can easily imagine my spouse might have had enough of birds and hiking by then (but that's just a guess, maybe she'll want to retire there...). It's not the easiest place in Europe to get to, so I'm hoping we can go once and do it right - I'm not planning my usual Rick/MacArthur-esqe "I shall return!" for this place (although who knows, if we love it, we could always visit again).
(Note: this would be part of a trip to Europe that will include at least one other destination - probably Ireland and/or Scotland - we're not flying all the way to Europe just to spend 6 days in the Faroes).
Have you been to the Faroe Islands? If so, how long would you recommend?
Thanks for any insights.