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Vestmanna/Faroe Islands

Introducing Vestmanna

Deservedly the Faroes’ biggest tourist attraction is a breathtaking two-hour boat tour (adult/child Dkr200/100, Mayearly-Sep) to the soaring Vestmanna Bird Cliffs. Boats bob beneath towering cliff faces, past spiky rock pinnacles and through narrow escarpments sometimes squeezing beneath tight stone arches. You’ll spy the breeding areas of guillemots and razorbills as screeching fulmars and kittiwakes soar above like thousands of white dots.

Two companies Lamhauge (424155; www.sightseeing.fo) and Skúvadal (424305; www.puffin.fo) offer essentially identical tours using various sized boats to fit passenger numbers (minimum five). Each offers up to five departures daily, most reliably at 9am and 2pm (the most crowded). Both companies use the tourist harbour (former car-ferry port). 900m east of central Vestmanna’s post office, banks and commercial port. The tourist office (471500; tourist harbour; 9am-5pm) sells Skúvadal tickets and books fishing trips with Magni Blástein (581582).