Iceland and the Azores have long been at the top of American bucket lists. Now another remote destination in the North Atlantic is gaining attention: the Faroe Islands. Our editor recently explored this stunning landscape and found two hotels worth recommending.
This striking, modern, low-slung, turf-roofed hotel with 129 guest accommodations is set on a hillside overlooking Tórshavn. Designed by Danish architecture firm Friis & Moltke, the Føroyar has a friendly young staff and, depending on the lodging, beautiful views over Tórshavn. Rooms tend to be small, so opt for an Executive Suite or better. The property also encompasses a well-equipped fitness center and a restaurant specializing in locally sourced seafood dishes. Deep-sea-fishing excursions, horseback-riding outings and guided hikes can be arranged.
From the editor: “Overall, the Føroyar is a well-run and ideally located property. At times I found the atmosphere to be slightly sterile, but the hospitality of the staff compensates for the interior’s lack of warmth.”
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Located by the sea at the edge of Tórshavn, this historic hotel is exceptionally welcoming. Designed in 1948 for a wealthy Faroese by a local architect who had been inspired by his many trips to Britain, the property was later purchased by the Royal Danish navy and over time became the home of some 21 commodores and their families. In 2013, local investors converted the house into the boutique hotel it is today. All 14 guest accommodations have a soothing color palette of tan and cream and offer mesmerizing views of the Nólsoy fjord. The recommended Commodore Suite features oak herringbone parquet floors, a high ceiling, a table and chairs and a bath with a topaz-glazed tiled shower stall.
From the editor: “Hotel Havgrím is an intimate little hotel that perfectly distills the warmhearted and increasingly sophisticated hospitality of the Faroes.”
Read more about Hotel Havgrím.