Tórshavn, one of the world’s smallest capitals, is the ideal location for Christmas shopping and extraordinary festive magic. In December, pop-up stores fill the streets of the small city. You can find everything from designer clothing, handmade Christmas decorations, Faroese art, jewellery, and knitting. Here are some of our recommendations for your festive stay.


Paname café: A warm and charismatic café in the old bookshop in Tórshavn, serving delicious homemade sandwiches, salads and sweets. It is a perfect place to enjoy the Christmas lights from the main street with a cheese platter with wine. 

Kaffihúsið: A small, cosy café with a tranquil view on the pier, perfect for when cheeks and earlobes turn red. Order a hot chocolate drink (made from pure chocolate) and a famously delicious Danish pastry for approximately DKK 50.

Brell Café: Enjoy the best coffee in town at this small curated café on the main shopping street, with a wide selection of high-quality roasted beans, teas and sweets from around the world.


For women: All sorts of beautiful traditional Faroese jumpers can be found at Østrøm.

For kids: Fun, colourful knitwear from Steinum.

For men: Typical Faroese knitwear for men is a dark brown, simple sweater with silver buttons on one shoulder. Available at various shops, like Navia, Snældan, or Guðrun & Guðrun.

For mum and grandmother: Gorgeous ceramic cups and vases by local Faroese potter Guðrið Poulsen.

For dad and grandfather: A good winter hat from Heimavirkisfelagið to keep those ears warm.

Treat yourself: Modern designer knitwear from Guðrun & Guðrun, handmade by women in the Faroe Islands, Jordan, and Peru.


Take in the festive atmosphere at the ice skating rink in downtown Klaksvík. Open throughout December, the ice skating rink is a great spot to join others in a fun, family-friendly activity. When visiting the rink, make sure to stop by Café Fríða (right next door) for some delicious hot chocolate and other hot drinks!


Each year, the country’s largest shopping center (SMS) builds a Christmas City filled with elves, animals, Christmas trees, and ornaments. SMS’ Christmas City is one of the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries.

The Christmas City. It is always a big hit with children with its bright lights and fun decorations. The center’s shops also offer great Christmas in the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Sunday swimming; Go for a swim in the bright blue Faroese ocean alongside locals who swim all year round. An invigorating and unique experience. The cold water, measured at around 5 degrees, is said to be great for wrinkles!

Dipping Swa Swimming in Nólsoy, Faroe Islands. By Klara Johannesen


The walk over the hill from Torshavn to Kirkjubø provides an overview of the sky, the sea and the mountains. After hiking for a few hours, you can experience the tranquillity of Kirkjubø’s medieval church. Make sure you bring along a packed lunch with food and beverages. For more information about this hike, view or download the Hiking the Faroe Islands brochure.

For more information about the Faroe Islands (the weather, how to get around, tax-free shopping or passport requirements), read more here.