Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Thorshavn (or Tórshavn) is the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands, located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.

Tórshavn is known for it’s colourful little houses and boats in the marina.

Local attractions include the Listagluggin Art Gallery, the National Museum and Sjósavnið Aquarium.

Tórshavn Cathedral is the second oldest received church in Tórshavn and dates back to 1788.

Kirkjubøur village was the cultural and religious center in the Middle Ages. Here you will find remains of the medieval St Magnus Cathedral, St Olav’s church and the farmhouse, both of which date back to 1110. The farmhouse is still in use, but the medieval parts of it are preserved and open to visitors.

Take a walking tour through Tórshavn where you can discover the remnants of old cairn paths and stonewalls surrounding the old part of the town.

The ancient part of town, historic Tinganes, houses the Prime Minister’s office and administrative offices. Here you will find traditional and modern life existing side by side.

Skansin is a historic fortress located on a hill beside the port. The fort was built in 1580 to protect against pirate raids on the town.

Take a boat or fishing trip and explore the surrounding islands.

The disabled cruiser visiting Torshavn 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at the port of Tórshavn, at the eastern breakwater. The center of town is around 800m away. Ships can also anchor and tender passengers ashore.

Taxis, shuttles, car hire and local buses are all available.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

On foot: 

By car: 

By bus:

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the Faroese Krona.


The official language in Torshavn 


Shopping opportunities include the SMS shopping center and small arts and craft shops selling popular items such as jewelry, ceramics, woolen clothing and wooden items.

Faroese cuisine includes lots of lamb and fish (herring, plaice and shrimp). Traditional dishes include ‘skerpikjøt’ (dried mutton), seafood, whale meat and puffins.

Points of Interest

  • Torshavn – a seven-

Torshavn Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

Torshavn Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible