HEIMABLÍDNI: DINE IN THE HOMES OF THE FAROESE
Arguably the best way to really experience any culture is to integrate with the locals. And what better way to do this than over a delicious, traditional meal?
The Faroese phrase “heimablídni” translates directly as “home hospitality”, and all across the islands you can enjoy authentic and intimate dining experiences in people’s homes. In addition to being served traditional homemade Faroese food, you will also hear interesting stories that relate to that particular part of the country or village.
These underground restaurants, with rates sometimes as little as DKK 330 (approx. €45) per person, offer you the opportunity to sample new food, often dissimilar to the food usually served in restaurants, in personal environments that give you a proper taste of Faroese culture.
Sometimes a perfect stranger is the best dinner host.
PRONUNCIATION OF “HEIMABLÍDNI”
Heimablídni is phonetically spelled as “hi-mɑ-blyd-ne”. Use this chart to hear the sounds for ɑ, y and e.
Heimablídni is offered on most islands. Some visits can be ordered by directly contacting people, while others must be ordered through local tourist offices, which are more than happy to assist. Below is a list of places where you can order heimablídni.
The following information should be perceived as guidelines and not as definitive policies. Most places are very flexible when it comes to scheduling visits. We therefore advise that you contact the respective places with your wishes, in order to get the most out of your visit.
Eatlocal.fo have an excellent overview of places that offer Heimablídni (home dining) meals across the islands. You can filter and pick your preferred home-dining experience.
5-course meal, including homemade bread with sausage (Anna’s grandmother’s recipe), homemade rhubarb juice, and lamb – raised on their own farm – as the main course.
Minimum of 8 people or try their supper club held on specific dates. These supper clubs allow you to book as an individual – and who knows, you might end up enjoying the evening with fellow guests.
Price per person: DKK 995,-.
Contact: Anna Rubeksen at [email protected] or call (+298) 216026.
Durita and Fróði serve an exciting menu with the special taste of fermented food, which called ræst in Faroese. Traditional dishes with a milder taste are also on the menu.
The couple, who live in the capital, Tórshavn, are happy to serve dinner in their authentic Faroese home with a beautiful view. You will taste 10-12 different Faroese specialities, prepared by Durita and Fróði.
Starter 1: Platter with dry fish, dry whale, dry-salted whale blubber and dried lam (skerpikjøt) and sausage with unleaved bread, a Faroese schnapps and beer.
Starter 2: Fish soup of the house and homemade flute
Main course 1: Ræst fish with gravy with melted fat and good tallow, potatoes and carrots.
Main course 2: Fermented lam/spare ribs with roots and potatoes.
Main course 3: Whale Beef with vegetables, potatoes/mashed potatoes and beetroot or ræst spare ribs of lam or ræst meat with vegetables and potatoes.
Dessert: Rhubarb dessert with whipped cream
Beverages are served at a reasonable price. Water, coffee and tea are served for free.
You can book as an individual or group all year. Groups (up to 20 people) can choose if they want to be on their own.
Occasionally, Durita and Fróði will provide fixed dates for a supper club where individuals can sign up for a dinner with other guests. These dates are usually during the summer months and will be updated here.
Price per person: DKK 750
KIRKJUBØUR – KIRKJUBØGARÐUR
This visit offers a variety of food and guided tour options.
Enjoy a comprehensive guide of Kirkjubøur, one of the country’s most important historical sites. Then experience the intriguing “Roykstovan”, one of the world’s oldest wooden houses, still being used as a home by the Patursson family who has lived there for 17 generations. Order a 3-course meal, or settle for coffee and/or dessert, and enjoy your food in this cosy and intimate home.
The 3-course meal includes a seafood appetizer, lamb as the main course, and rhubarb trifle for dessert. The meat and rhubarbs are produced at the Patursson family’s farm.
Tour & dinner: Only a group of 15 people or more can book
Price per person: DKK 825,-.
Tour & dessert: Only a group of 10 people or more can book
Contact: [email protected], call (+298) 328089 or (+298) 218089.
HVALVÍK – NIÐRISTOVUGARÐUR
Traditional Faroese food and specialties – made from scratch and locally-produced
John and Guðrun own a farm called Niðristova. They have 240 sheep, two horses, four calves, a dog, a cat and two young sons. Recently, they moved into a newly renovated farm house, and now they want to give travellers a homely, authentic experience.
They serve a tasteful soup cooked on lamb broth and a plate with traditional Faroese food and delicacies from their own farm. They drink tea with milk together with their meals, so that is what they will serve you as well. Of course, it is also possible to ask for coffee or the locals’ favorite beer – Veðr.
In 2019, they had five small sheep outside their house that were bottle-fed, which love being cuddled. The oldest wooden church in the Faroes is ten seconds from their house, so you can enjoy the view along with a cup of coffee.
Lunch is served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 PM. Book your table by email: [email protected] or by phone: +298 585212. They can accommodate 36 people so it is possible to enjoy your lunch together with other travellers.
A variety of food options are available, such as coffee and cake, lunch or a 3-course dinner. A garden visit and/or guided walks in surrounding mountains (which last approximately 3 hours) can also be organised.
Prices vary depending on what is arranged.
The visit must be ordered at least a day in advance.
Contact: Lena and Jákup Hansen at [email protected] or call (+298) 442241 or (+298) 217841.
Frida Reyná offers heimablídni in the quaint village of Elduvík.
A miminum of 6 people are required to book. Maximum of 48 people.
The menu includes open-faced sandwiches made from home-backed bread and various types of Faroese toppings, fish soup, salmon and lamb.
Three open-faced sandwiches with home-baked bread and various Faroese toppings with coffee and tea: DKK115
Home-backed cake with coffee and tea: DKK65
Fish soup, Faroese cod, with home-baked bread: DKK125
Faroese salmon with potatoes, gravy and salad: DKK250
Fried lamb leg with potatoes, gravy and vegetables: DKK250
All you can eat buffet that includes cod, rice salad, whale meat, blubber, dried fish, dried lamb from Frida’s farm, smoked salmon and more: DKK500
All prices per person.
To book, contact Frida at tel. (298) 214815 or e-mail [email protected]
One family on Nólsoy offers heimablídni. Meals can be ordered by contacting Maud Wang Hansen at [email protected].
Heimablídni is offered all year round upon request in Svínoy and Mikladalur. Contact Visit Norðoy for bookings and information.
There are four heimablídni opportunities on the island of Sandoy. Frida and Valentino, Hildigarð, Hanna and Tummas Frank and Elisabeth offer fantastic ‘home dining’ experiences. Contact Visit Sandoy for more information.
Elin D. Næs offers heimablídni in the village of Tvøroyri on the island of Suðuroy.
The meal includes three courses. For example a fish soup, Faroese bread with Faroese toppings and a dessert. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are served.
Price: DKK600 for three courses.
A minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12 people to book. Please book at least 24 hours in advance. Contact Elin by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling +298 593929.