Torshavn is the largest seaport and capital city of Faroe Islands (autonomous territory of Denmark). The city is located on Streymoy Island's eastern coast and has population around 13,000. Faroe Islands are located almost midway between Iceland and Norway, and northwest of Scotland (UK).
As cruise port, Torshavn is the gateway to 17 uninhabited islands. Alternatively, smaller-sized ships may dock at Kollafjordur (on Streymoy's central-eastern coast) or Vestmanna (on Streymoy's central-western coast). The official language is Danish. The local currency is the Danish Krona (DKK).
Port Torshavn (locode FOTOR) is a cruise port of call on itineraries offered by luxury travel brands like P&O UK, RSSC-Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Crystal, Oceania, Azamara, Phoenix Reisen, Fred Olsen, Viking. Most voyages are with departures out of the UK or from Iceland (Reykjavik).
In 2014, DCL-Disney was the first of all three (for now) cruise companies (followed in 2016 by AIDA and Hapag-Lloyd) that have banned Faroe Islands (a Danish territory) as destination part of their North European itineraries. The boycott is due to the island nation's traditional mass slaughter of pilot whales each year. The protected by Denmark gruesome practice of killing whales is called “Grindadrap Grind". Locals use motorboats to drive a pod of whales into a harbor. The defenseless animals are dragged to the shallow water and brutally slaughtered by locals armed with knives (16-19 cm / 6-8 inch long) while their families cheer them on. The killing party even rip out baby whales from their mothers. Faroe Islands have population of ~50,000 and kill annually 1000+ pilot whales.
In 2018, the cruise port handled 44 ship calls, in 2019 - 50.
Following the Coronavirus crisis, In 2022 the port had booked 53 ship calls/berthings, of which 17 were canceled due to extreme weather/cruise itinerary changes. For 2023 were scheduled ~50 ship calls.
Torshavn cruise terminal
Currently, Port Torshavn doesn’t have a dedicated cruise terminal. Passenger ships (cruise and ferries) dock at the commercial pier (eastern breakwater) or (if occupied) anchor in the bay and their passengers are tendered ashore.
In 2020 was completed a port expansion project adding 900 m (2950 ft) quayside length/berthing space and dredging the harbour to a minimum quayside water depth / max draft 15 m (49 ft).
The expansion increased the port's ability to attract traffic and now it has capacity to handle even the world's largest passenger ships.
The cruise dock is within walking distance from downtown. If there is no possibility to dock at Port Torshavn or to anchor in the bay, cruise vessels dock at the alternative Kollafjord port. Shuttle buses are provided. The distance from Kollafjord to Torshavn is 24 km / 15 mi (direction north)
In 2022 was completed Port Torshavn's ~DKK 500 million (EUR 67,2M) development project for building 4 new cruise quays and a dedicated passenger terminal. The new facility is multi-functional and can accommodate both cargo ships and cruise vessels. The existing 300-m quay serves large passenger liners with max draft 9 m / 30 ft (quayside depth).
The Pier was extended in width to allow the construction of a new terminal building with max capacity 800 passengers. The building serves mainly the regular ferry (on the new 300-m outer quay/water depth 14,5 m/48 ft) and can be accessed from the inner quay.
The new passenger terminal is withing a 10-minute walk from downtown and has an immigration/passport control area. The waste discharge is by truck, while freshwater is provided via pipeline. Future plans include the installation of shore power connections.
The 2 new cruise berths/quays have length 175 m (574 ft) and 400 m (1312 ft), and water depth 14,5-15 m.
Torshavn tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Tinganes: those are the cliffs that divide Torshvan in two. It used to be the place where the Norwegian settlers met and the political life center.
Kirkjubø: Streymoy’s southernmost village is famous with the fact that here used to be the seat of the bishop. You can see the Múrurin remnants and the Ólavskirkjan. The Mururin cathedral was constructed in the 14th century, Ólavskirkjan dates from the 12th century.
Faroese evening: amazing event, that you should visit. They are arranged mainly in June and July.
The Faroe Islands Art Museum: located at Gundadalsvegur 9. It houses rich Faroese art collections. The most famous works are by Sámal Joensen-Mikines. The collections are permanent.
Listagluggin: located at Dr. Jacobsensgøta 15. It houses contemporary Faroese art.
Historical Museum: located at Kúrdalsvegur 2. It houses artifacts and pictures to tell you the Faroe Islands’ life in time.
The Faroese Museum of Natural History: located at V. U. Hammershaimbs gøta 13.
The Nordic House: located at Norðari Ringvegur. The architecture of the house combines Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Finnish influences. The Nordic House houses Faroese and Nordic art forum. It includes art exhibitions, theater, concert and dance performances.
Port Torshavn cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|9 September, 2022|
|14 September, 2022|
|Fred Olsen Borealis|
|15 September, 2022|
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