Faeroe Islands

   Slættaratindur in winter (photo courtesy of Erik Christensen - http://www.faroeislands-denmark.dk/

The Faeroe (or Faroe) Islands (Føroyar in Faeroese, and Færøerne in Danish) are a group of small islands in the North Atlantic at a latitude of about 62 degrees north, 07 degrees west.  The islands are an autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark.  They have a total land area of about 1,400 square kilometres and a population of about 48.5 thousand people.  For further details, see the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands .

The islands have an excellent official website at http://www.faroeislands.com/ .

The islands are mainly composed of volcanic rocks (principally basalt), forming a dramatic landscape, and a coastline that boasts the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

The principal islands in the group are, from south to north: 

  • Suðuroy - highest point Gluggarnir (610m)
  • Sandoy - highest point Tindur (479m)
  • Vágar - highest point Arnafjall (722m)
  • Streymoy - highest point Kopsenni (789m)
  • Eysturoy - highest point Slættaratindur (882m)
  • Borðoy- highest point an Norðan fyri Lokkaskarð (772m)
  • Viðoy - highest point Malinsfjall (750m)

The highest point on the islands is Slættaratindur, which has a prominence equal to its height of 880m.  


Although the fells on the islands do not reach even 1000m in height, the rugged nature of the landscape offers a large selection of fells to climb of relatively significant prominence.  For example, there are fourteeen fells with a prominence of at least 600m.


A list of the main fells of the islands can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_of_the_Faroe_Islands.


The downloadable list below, compiled by Andy Tomkins, is the first known hill-list by prominence for these islands.



A list of the hills of at least 150 metres of prominence is downloadable below


Listed here: 
  • Mountains & Hills of the Faeroes to 150m of drop/prominence - e-booklet version - see attachment below. 
  • Mountains & Hills of the Faeroes to 150m of drop/prominence - print-booklet version - see attachment below.
Mark Trengove,
8 Nov 2015, 09:41
Mark Trengove,
8 Nov 2015, 09:41