Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands.


Tórshavn Cathedral

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 it still is today. The first settlers established their own parliament called "ting" around 800. The main ting was established on Tinganes in Tórshavn and local tings where established in different parts of the islands. Tinganes drew people to trade, to attend court meetings, etc. Currently the city has a population of around 20,000.

Get in

For most visitors Tórshavn will be the point of entry to the Faroe Islands. Practically everything in that article's Get in section also applies to Tórshavn.

By plane

The Faroe Islands are served by Vága airport on the neighboring island Vágar. Atlantic Airways flies there on a regular basis from Copenhagen and operates flights from other Scandinavian and Western European cities as well. There is a bus connection to Tórshavn from the airport.

By ferry

Smyril Line sails from Hirtshals in Denmark and Seyðisfjörður on Iceland to Tórshavn. If you are traveling with a car from Iceland to Denmark or vice versa, it is in principle possible to roll off your car during the several hours long stopover in Tórshavn for a little island ride. It is however necessary to consider this option in advance when getting your car on board and have it parked in the correct queue.

By car

You can take the car with you on the ferry mentioned above. It is also possible to rent a car at the airport.

By bus

From elsewhere on the Faroe Islands.

Get around

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 centre on weekdays, hourly on Sunday and Saturday and weekday evenings. There is no bus service during Saturday or Sunday evenings.

View to the ferry port of Tórshavn, seen from Tinganes, which is the old part of town.




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





Prices vary slightly from around dkk 250 to dkk 300 per night/person for adults.

Mid range

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