Above: Fly-fishing on Lake Leynavatn in the Faroe Islands

What to Do in the Faroe Islands

The Faroese are an active, nature-loving people. Their islands are one of the most magnificent destinations in the world for hiking, but they’re also a spectacular choice for lovers of horseback riding, fishing, sailing, sea kayaking, climbing and cliff jumping.

Of the local businesses that offer horseback excursions, the most unique is Fjallaross, which is the only outfitter that uses Faroese ponies. A local breed with a height between 11.1 to 12.1 hands (44 to 48 inches), the Faroe pony is small but exceptionally strong. Today fewer than 100 genetically pure ponies survive.

Fjallaross offers two guided riding experiences with experienced equestrians: an hour-and-a-half small-group ride around Lambafelli mountain on Streymoy island, and a wilder, more off-the-beaten-path three-hour excursion in the same area. Private tours are also available. The ponies, which are ridden bareback, are exceptionally friendly and sturdy animals.

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Above: Fly-fishing on Lake Leynavatn in the Faroe Islands

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