Puffins, which usually pair up for life, can age up to well over 20 years on average. Unlike most wild birds, the little puffins are very approachable. Photo: Alessio Mesiano
The remote location of the country's 18 islands functions as a magnet for birds migrating over the North Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Henrik Solberg
BIRDWATCHING IN THE FAROE ISLANDS
Thousands and thousands of puffins flying over your head; black sea cliffs painted white by the sheer number of birds breeding there; the constant and powerful roar of thousands of kittiwakes calling at the same time; the power of a gannet as it dives and penetrates the water like a torpedo in the hunt for fish. These are all but a few of the things you can experience when watching the birds of the Faroe Islands.
The first thing that you might notice when coming to the Faroe Islands during the summer is the large number of breeding birds. Thousands of birds come to the Faroe Islands each summer to breed.
A total of 305 bird species have been recorded in the Faroe Islands as of January 1, 2012. Of these, around 50 species breed regularly on the islands and another 60 are regular visitors, while almost 200 of the recorded bird species are either scarce or rare visitors to the Faroe Islands.
Birdwatching is, of course, seasonal. Most visitors come to the Faroe Islands during summer, which is the breeding season for Faroese birds.
We have produced a booklet named Birds of the Faroe Islands to help you enjoy the rich birdlife of our country, focusing on both seabirds and landbirds. The booklet includes helpful information, guidelines and an overview of many various types of birds found in the Faroe Islands.