Travel tips: the Faroe Islands, and the weeks best deals - Halong Junk Cruises

Travel tips: the Faroe Islands, and the weeks best deals

Hiker on island mountain
High hopes: a view of the Faroe Islands from the top of Kalsoy. Photograph: Jonathan Andrew/Corbis

Take me there: the Faroes

Why go?
It all started with a jumper. The famous sweater worn by TV detective Sarah Lund in The Killing was tracked down to this weather-beaten archipelago in the North Atlantic, instantly conferring on it the status of Europe’s new fashion frontier. But there’s more to the Faroes than knitwear. The vibrant local music scene is celebrated under the midnight sun at the hedonistic G! music festival in July ( and, from the same organisers, the new Hoyma festival in November which will see acoustic performances taking place in the homes of locals. Meanwhile, a handful of visionary chefs are transforming the islands into an outpost for the new Nordic cuisine.

What to do
The Faroes are heaven for hikers, though you’ll need to be prepared for unpredictable weather. The best way to flit between islands is by helicopter, which the locals use like a bus service. Streymoy is the biggest island and home to the capital Tórshavn, where you can pick up a Sarah Lund-style jumper at Guðrun & Guðrun (, wander among the colourful wooden buildings on the atmospheric Tinganes peninsula or catch some live music at Café Natúr (1 Áarvegur).

Where to eat
Sample a Faroese take on the new Nordic cuisine at Koks in Tórshavn ( For a more informal experience, Anna and Óli Rubeksen offer home-cooked meals in their farmhouse in Velbastaður (+298 20 61 00).

Where to stay
The Hotel Føroyar on a hillside overlooking Tórshavn is the closest the island has to a designer hotel (doubles from £190, The turf-roofed Gjáargarður Guesthouse on Eysturoy makes a great base for exploring the northern islands (doubles from £90,

Insider tip
Susanna Sørensen, of Visit Faroe Islands ( recommends, a visit to the Østrøm ( “It’s a warehouse converted into a shop/café/events space and brings together fashion, food and homeware brands under one roof.”

Give me a break

Summer in the city: Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green.
Summer in the city: Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green. Photograph: Ed Reeve

Home: kids go free at top London hotel The ultra-hip Town Hall Hotel in London’s Bethnal Green is allowing one child to stay free for every two adults booking a room this summer. Rates for the Kids Go Free package start from £172 per night and include an extra bed for a child up to 12, breakfast for three and use of an Xbox games console. The hotel is a short walk from the V&A Museum of Childhood and has a pool (

Away: Andalucian cottage break
Stay at a traditional Andalucian cortijo perched on the edge of the turquoise Portillo lake, near Castril, for half-price this August with Under the Thatch. The newly renovated Casa Azul has just been added to the portfolio so there’s still availability, with prices from £234 for a three-night break. The cottage sleeps six and has access to a secluded beach – inflatable canoe and snorkel provided (

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