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Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands.

The city was founded in the 10th century and named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. In the early history of the Faroes Tórshavn became the political center of the Faroes and still is today. The first settlers established their own parliament called "ting" around 800. The main thing was established on Tinganes in Tórshavn and local things where established in different parts of the islands. Tinganes drew people to trade and to attend court meetings etc.

Climate

Tórshavn features a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc) with average summer highs around 12 °C (54 °F) and average winter highs around 6 °C (43 °F), and with winter temperatures rarely dropping below freezing, and frequent cloudy skies. Average monthly precipitation is highest in fall and winter, peaking in January, owing to frequent, intense... Read more

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

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Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands.

The city was founded in the 10th century and named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. In the early history of the Faroes Tórshavn became the political center of the Faroes and still is today. The first settlers established their own parliament called "ting" around 800. The main thing was established on Tinganes in Tórshavn and local things where established in different parts of the islands. Tinganes drew people to trade and to attend court meetings etc.

Climate

Tórshavn features a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc) with average summer highs around 12 °C (54 °F) and average winter highs around 6 °C (43 °F), and with winter temperatures rarely dropping below freezing, and frequent cloudy skies. Average monthly precipitation is highest in fall and winter, peaking in January, owing to frequent, intense storms crossing the area from the North Atlantic Ocean, while May and June are markedly drier months. Tórshavn is among the cloudiest places in the world, with significant sunshine records at only about 2.4 hours of sunshine per day; however, no data exist for places such as the Aleutian Islands or parts of southern Chile, which may have even less sun. Because of the cloudy weather and the ice-free water surrounding Torshavn, its winter temperatures are exceptionally mild for such a northerly location. Summer temperatures are much lower than those found in continental Scandinavia on similar parallels. The temperature amplitude in the period from 1961 to 2010 is a mere 33 °C (59 °F) between the absolute warmest and coldest temperatures.

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Torshavn, Faroe Islands: Port Information


Only one cruise ship can dock at the port. Other ships anchor offshore and passengers are transported ashore by the tender boats.
The port is close to the center of the town. Shuttle buses are available. 

Get around Torshavn, Faroe Islands


City buses operate 4 routes which reach most of the city. All city buses are free to ride. They run every 30 minutes from the city center on weekdays, hourly on Sunday and Saturday and weekday evenings. There is no bus service during Saturday or Sunday evenings.

What to see in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


  • Faroese løgting (The Faroese parliament),

    Tinganes

    . An impressive dark red structure with a green roof located on the waterfront. The parliament has been meeting at this site since 900 AD.
  • Tórshavn Cathedral

    . An attractive white building with clock tower - established in 1788.
  • The

    Nordic House

    . The main cultural institution on the islands.
  • The Historical Museum. Well worth a visit.

What to do in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


  • Faroese Music Gallery See, feel and hear Faroese music in the the newest and most popular tourist attraction. Free live concerts Mondays to Fridays and on special occasions from 14th of June to 13th of August and free coffee.

What to eat and drink in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


Eat

  • Brasserie Hvonn, Hotel Tórshavn, Tórsgøta 4, +298 350000, central location and non-smoking inside, American style menu and salad bar.
  • Restaurant Glasstovan, Hotel Føroyar, Oyggjarvegur 45, +298 31 75 00, Located on a hill above Tórshavn with great views (if there is no fog), non-smoking, buffet on Mondays evenings with traditional Faroese foods.
  • Burger King, SMS Shopping Center, +298 32 34 20, a burger restaurant.
  • Sunset Boulevard, SMS Shopping Center +298 32 34 22, a Danish chain of sandwich restaurants located in the SMS Shopping Mall.
  • Baresso Coffee, SMS Shopping Center +298 23 34 32, a Danish chain of cafés.
  • Irish Pub, Grím Kambansgøta 13, 298 319091. affordable meals and great views of the harbor.
  • City Restaurant, Tórsgøta 17, +298 31 70 80. 13.00-23.00. Good value burger meals and drinks.

Drink

  • MIMIR, Varðagøta 2 (There's no sign but it's pretty obvious that it's a pub from the outside.), 31 37 48 / 28 37 48. An eclectic pub if there ever was one. This signless watering hole attracts a mixed, friendly crowd and has reasonably priced beers on tap. On the bottom floor, there are pool tables.
  • Irish Pub, Grím Kambansgøta 13, +298 319091. Affordable meals.

Shopping in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


There are many shops in Tórshavn, especially downtown and in the shopping mall SMS.

Safety in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


The Faroe Islands are generally safe. Crime and traffic are minor risks. While there are no major natural disasters or dangerous animals, fog can be a danger for hikers and drivers. Sheep may be startled by cars, and leap out in front of them. If you happen to collide with a sheep, you should immediately contact the police in Tórshavn on telephone number 351448 for assistance.

Language spoken in Torshavn, Faroe Islands


The native and official language of the Faroes is Faroese, which like the other Scandinavian languages, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic, is a North Germanic language. Speakers of these languages will be able to recognize many cognates in the written language, though spoken Faroese is generally not mutually intelligible with these languages.

Most locals are also able to speak Danish and English, both of which are compulsory in all schools, and through their knowledge of Danish are also able to understand Swedish and Norwegian. While most Faroese people are competent in English, it goes without saying that learning some basic Faroese greetings will help to endear you to the locals and make your trip much smoother.

LOCAL TIME

8:46 am
June 17, 2019
Atlantic/Faeroe

CURRENT WEATHER

10.54 °C / 50.972 °F
light rain
Tue

9.85 °C/50 °F
light rain
Wed

9.35 °C/49 °F
light rain
Thu

5.75 °C/42 °F
moderate rain
Fri

6.87 °C/44 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

DKK

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