island hopping in the Faroes
I'd just arrived at the airport on the Faroe Islands to find that the only city, Torshavn, is over an hour away by a combination of bus and ferry.
An airline assistant suggested taking a helicopter from the airport. Do I look like the sort of person who does that?
But when I checked, it only cost £18. Timetables showed the islands are linked by an network of helicopter services, more like buses back home. Trips start at £7 and visit even the tiniest islands several times daily.
This heavily-subsidised helicopter flight to Torshavn is a bargain and a way to experience some the most spectacular scenery I’ve ever seen.
Mountainous green cliffs rise almost straight up from the sea and I could spot sheep unbelievably balanced on this vertical pasture.
The Faaroes have only 40,000 people but 70,000 sheep. Birds are the real inhabitants though – the feathered population is estimated to be around three million.
LINK: Atlantic Airways operate direct flights to the Faroes and the excellent inter-island helicopter service.
Read more of Simon Heptinstall's travels in the Faroe Islands:
Gulp! My first impressions of the Faroes
A very strange city break in Torshavn
Whale watching in the Faroes
Faroe Islands snapshots - grass
roofed homes, white-washed
wooden churches by the sea
and a shivering, gaggle of freebie journalists in the near dark,
wondering why the pubs are shut.