What to Expect On Your Flight Into the Faroe Islands
We flew into the Faroe Islands from Copenhagen. Departure was scheduled from Terminal 2 at 12:55, and arrival at Vágar Airport (the only airport on the Faroe Islands) at 14:05; Copenhagen is an hour ahead of the Faroe Islands, which meant that the total flying time was just over 2 hours.
At the departure gate it was announced that the Atlantic Airways flight from Copenhagen to Vágar airport would take a detour and take a pit stop in Bergen (Norway) to pick up passengers who were unable to fly on the Bergen-Faroe route the previous day because of inclement weather.
With six full days on the Faroe Islands, I was not complaining about the detour.Besides, the approach into Bergen was stunning – and the pit stop served to whet my appetite for building Bergen into a trip to Norway, whenever that itinerary is constructed.
The hospitality onboard the Atlantic Airways flights was mixed – the stewards were not very warm (maybe because we didn’t speak Danish?), but the hospitality was generous. There was tea, coffee, diet coke, a lunch box that had bread, butter, fish, salad, and lastly, post-lunch toffees. This was substantially better than the preceding Swiss flight from Zurich to Copenhagen – a croissant and chocolates.
The approach into Vágar Airport was scenic – but not stunning. Or perhaps my expectations were raised a tad too high by some travel blogs that had written about this landing.
The airport is tiny – on entering the terminal (if one may call it that!) you walk for the first 10 meters in the arrival hall (which we later discovered when we were flying out to Iceland, also serves as the point for departures) past some duty free shopping – you then arrive at the conveyor belt (yes, that’s singular), walk another 10 meters, and you are outside the airport. Zero security paraphernalia – if only every airport in the world could be as painless.
Just before you head out of the airport, there’s a tourist information center and car rental kiosks of Avis – and an outpost of 62°N (http://www.62n.fo/en/) that helps set you up for tours and car rental with either Hertz, Europcar or Sixt. We picked up our pre-booked car from Avis after standing in queue for almost 30 minutes – it was interesting to see how many more travelers had booked with Avis – versus 62°N.
When we walked out of the airport, there was not a human in sight for as far as we could see! This was the first of many unique experiences on the Faroe Islands.