GET YOU PASSPORTS READY!
For those of you who have them already, make sure to double check the expiration date and make sure that everything is still good to go.
For those of you who do not have a passport, this is something you need to do immediately.
Follow the instructions, on the link below, on how to get your passport.
Once your passport is ready, you’ll need to fly to the Faroe Islands. You can book your flight however you want. Heck, you can sail all the way to the Faroes if you really feel like it. That would actually be a super cool trip. However, I can offer some advice.
I travel A LOT, and I highly recommend using priceline.com. Priceline has been the best website, for many years, when it comes to booking flights for the best prices. But regardless of the way you choose to book your flight, you’ll need to book round trip tickets into Reykjavik, Iceland.
Once you have your Iceland tickets, you’ll need to book the second leg of your flight, into the Faroe Islands. I recommend that you use Atlantic Airways to book that ticket. This is their link:
On the Atlantic Airways menu screen, you’ll want to book round trip tickets from Reykjavik-KEF to Vagar-FAE. The prices will be listed in Danish Krones (DKK). The exchange rate right now is 6.78 DKK for 1 USD. ‘MERICA!
Make sure to coordinate with the fellow guests that you’re associated with. E.g. Rangers, family, Maryland friends, SJPH friends, college friends, work friends, ETC. You guys know what group you’re in. It’s a very good idea to coordinate flights with each other so you can travel together. It makes things more fun and way easier.
I also HIGHLY recommend anyone in the greater Maryland area to fly in and out of Dulles. IAD-Dulles offers DIRECT flights to Reykjavik. It will make your life much easier.
You’ll need a place to stay while you are there, AND YOU SHOULD BOOK YOUR LODGING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. There is a world-famous music festival called G! Festival happening the same week as our wedding. Lodging will fill up fast. Please don’t wait too long.
Airbnb’s are a GREAT option. I would start my search for lodging there. Again, get with your subgroups and coordinate housing.
If you’d rather stay in a hotel, a quick google search of “hotels in Torshavn” will prompt you with many choices, so you can pick the best price for you. A good place to start looking would be Hotel Torshavn, The Hilton, and Hotel Foroyar. We will not be having any hotels registered with the wedding with discounted wedding rates. You’re free to stay where you’d like.
Mona’s cousin Jógvan is a travel agent in the Faroe Islands, and he would love to help you find lodging and rental cars. For those of you who need help booking lodging and rental cars, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to write “Wescott Wedding” in the subject line so he knows you’re a guest to our wedding.
Congratulations on your passports, flights, and lodging! You’re ready for the next step of renting a car.
You don’t necessarily need to rent a car, as the Faroe Islands have free bus services, but I recommend you do. The Faroe Islands are insanely gorgeous and you’ll want the freedom to explore the islands as you see fit.
The airport is not on the same island as Torshavn. The airport is on the island of Vagar, while the capital city of Torshavn is on the island of Streymoy. It’s very easy to get to Torshavn. Follow the obviously marked road signs, to Streymoy and Torshavn. It’s very easy and it’s a gorgeous 30 minute drive into town.
62N is a car rental service located at the airport. That would be a good place to start looking. A quick google search for “Car rentals in the Faroe Islands” will prompt you with more results.
It’s also a good idea for those subgroups I mentioned earlier to coordinate and rent cars together. And yes, they drive on the right side of the road in the Faroe Islands. No need to worry (except for those coming from Australia and London).
In the USA, the legal limit is 0.08 and in Australia it is 0.05. In the Faroe Islands the limit is 0.00! Meaning, if you get pulled over and blow a 0.01 you will be lose your license.
Please drink and have fun, but ALWAYS have a designated driver, call a cab, or just walk. Torshavn is an easy town to navigate so walking is always the best option.
Being in the Northern hemisphere, July is a summer month for The Faroe Islands. However, summers there are still cool. You can expect high temperatures to be around 55F or 13C, so make sure you pack accordingly. The Faroe Islands are also notorious for their rainy weather so make sure you pack some rain gear for those planning on walking and exploring.
Additionally, the sun will set at around 8 PM and will rise at around 1 AM. Yes, you read that correctly. The Faroe Islands get around 18-19 hours of sunlight a day during the summer.
There are many great gyms in the city. Burn is one of the best gyms I’ve ever been to, period. This is their website https://burn.fo/. That is where I will be working out. It’s a full service gym with the best equipment I’ve ever seen in a single gym. It has everything needed for cardio, bodybuilding, crossfit, and powerlifting.
If you prefer a Crossfit box, Crossfit Tvørmegi is for you. This is their website:
Mona and I recommend that you spend as much time as you can exploring the beauty of the Faroe Islands. The hiking here is off the charts. Pack like you would on any serious hike. Camelbaks, proper hiking boots, wet weather gear (it rains a lot here), proper socks, day bag, even cold-weather gear. Granted, it’s July, but you don’t want to get caught when the weather changes. It gets very wet and muddy. Make sure to google and plan your favorite hikes before you get here.
BE SMART WHEN YOU HIKE! THE FOG WILL KILL YOU! This is no joke. It’s wet, the weather changes quickly, and these cliffs are serious. Every year, hikers slip and fall to their death. The fog is a notorious threat in the Faroe Islands. It comes on quickly, unexpectedly, gets very thick, and visibility can completely vanish. One wrong step in the fog can be your end.
Go out and enjoy the sharp, amazing, breathtaking landscapes of the Faroe Islands, but ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS respect the dangers.
G! will be happening July 16, 17, and 18th. It will be on the first two days before the wedding, and the night of the wedding. It’s a mega famous international music festival that brings thousands of people to the islands. THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK YOUR LODGING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. Lodging will book up fast.
We recommend that you go check out the multi-day long festival. It will be a lot of fun.
Here is the G! festival from last summer:
Here is the website for the line up and tickets: https://gfestival.fo
Whaling has been a vital part of the Faroe Islands way of life, since their existence. It is highly possible that a Grind could happen during your stay in the Faroe Islands, since the peak whaling season is in July.
A Grind is when a pod of Pilot Whales migrate past the islands and are hunted and harvested on the beaches. The entire country takes this incredibly seriously, and so should you. The Faroe Islands will shut down everything to make themselves available for the Grind. If you come across a Grind, you can watch from a distance but you should not interfere in any way. Do not jump in the water to join, do not try and save the whales, do not get close in any way shape or form. You will be arrested immediately if you interfere with a Grind.
Ólavsøka is the Faroe Islands national holiday. It’s their biggest holiday of the year. For those who plan on spending a lot of time in the Faroe Islands, we highly recommend that you check this out. It will be held on July 27, 28, and 29th.