The Faroe Islands are a remote island group in the Atlantic Ocean, but they are still part of Europe. Some say they are part of Scandinavia, while others say they are one of the Nordic countries. Either way, it is a cold destination.
Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, has the Tórshavn Cathedral and the lovely Old Town. You can find puffins in Mykines. Wonderful waterfalls can be found all over, such as in Gasadalus, Streymoy, and Vágar. In short, the nature is beautiful in the Faroe Islands.
You probably want to share your Faroese experiences online but know that roaming with your provider can be expensive in many cases. That is why local SIM cards are popular so that you can enjoy local rates.
Although a Faroese SIM card will most likely be cheaper than roaming, mobile data is still somewhat expensive in the Faroe Islands, mainly because they are a remote island group.
In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in the Faroe Islands. Let's get started, shall we?
Telecom Providers in the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands has 2 telecom providers:
- Ver by Føroya Tele
- Hey by Vodafone Faroe
Both operators offer 2G, 3G, and 4/LTE networks.
What SIM card should you buy when visiting the Faroe Islands? If you want to buy a SIM card in the Faroe Islands, I would recommend going with either Ver or Hey. Ver has better coverage throughout the country, but they are the more expensive option. Hey’s coverage is limited, but they can be a cheaper option for those staying in populated areas.
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Like many countries in Northern Europe, the Nordic countries, and Europe in general, you do not have to register yourself when buying a SIM card in the Faroe Islands.
A special reminder for those from the EU/EEA: The Faroe Islands is not part of the EU or EEA, which means that the Roam Like at Home rule does not apply in the Faroe Islands. Therefore, it is recommended that European citizens with EU SIM cards buy a Faroese SIM card instead of roaming with their providers. Some providers, however, offer free roaming in the Faroe Islands, but this is not the case for all. Be sure to check your provider’s site to learn whether you can roam for free or not.
Do note that the Faroe Islands have a currency called Faroese Króna (FOK). However, the Danish Kroner (DKK) seems to be used more than FOK. Luckily, FOK is pegged 1:1 with DKK, meaning that 1 FOK is 1 DKK. All establishments accept DKK in the Faroe Island.
With that being said, let’s see what Ver and Hey have to offer to us.
Video Guide for Buying a SIM Card in the Faroe Islands
Ver by Føroya Tele
Føroya Tele has a mobile brand called Ver. The company itself is state-owned. With the best coverage throughout Iceland, Ver is popular in the country. However, they are the more expensive option in the Faroe Islands.
You can get a Ver SIM card for 97 DKK at Vágar Airport. It comes with 2 GB and 25 DKK credit. This SIM card can, however, be classified as a tourist SIM card. Ver does sell other types of SIM cards in the following denominations:
- 157 DKK: 1 GB
- 197 DKK: 6 GB
- 247 DKK: 16 GB
- 287 DKK: 26 GB
- 367 DKK: 46 GB
The regular SIM cards can be purchased in Ver stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and online. Do note that these SIM cards require you to be a customer for at least 2 months. Double the listed prices from above, and you get the price you have to pay.
For an additional 100 DKK, you can use your allowance in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Russia, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States. Moreover, you can also call and text to these countries while in Iceland with this add-on.
You can also get data add-ons for when you are out of data online for local use. The following 3 monthly data add-ons are available:
- 50 DKK: 2 GB
- 100 DKK: 5 GB
- 130 DKK: 10 GB
Hey by Vodafone Faroe
Vodafone Faroe, just Vodafone, has a mobile brand called Hey. Their coverage is “worse” than the one of Ver, but Hey is cheaper than Ver and can be a good option for those staying in populated areas.
Hey SIM cards are sold for 229 DKK and come with 5 GB and 250 DKK in credit. You can purchase your Hey SIM card in Vodafone stores, gas stations, or grocery stores.
Ver does not have any data packages. Instead, when topping up 229 DKK, you will get 5 GB and 250 DKK in credit. Otherwise, you will pay 0.15 DKK/MB or 153.60 DKK/GB.
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Faroe Islands
I have discussed the relevant providers in the Faroe Islands in this article because using a Faroese SIM card would be much cheaper than roaming with your provider… in most cases. However, buying a local SIM card is not the only way to stay connected in the Faroe Islands. You can buy an international SIM card, use a mobile hotspot, or use free WIFI connections. Below, I will discuss the alternative options to use your phone in the Faroe Islands.
Roaming in the Faroe Islands with Your Provider
Roaming is a term used in wireless telecommunication that indicates a mobile device is outside the range of its home network and has connected to a different, available cell network. Let’s say your provider is Tusass from TELE Post Greenland, then you would be roaming with Tusass in the Faroe Islands.
The issue with roaming is that it can be expensive. There have been many horror stories where people had to pay thousands in roaming fees when coming back from their holidays, which is just a shame, in my opinion. However, roaming does not always have to be expensive, especially when visiting a neighboring country.
Many providers offer roaming plans. Some allow you to roam for free in the Faroe Islands, while others would offer you a roaming bundle with a set number of minutes, SMS, and data. Finally, several operators let you use your plan’s allowance for a daily fee.
As you can see, there are many options out there, so be sure to explore the roaming options your provider has. Conveniently for you, I have reviewed the roaming options of many providers (and many more to come) and discussed everything you need to know about roaming with your provider. If you are lucky, you may not even have to buy a SIM card in the Faroe Islands and can roam for free there.
No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!
One thing I would not recommend doing is to Roam As You Go. Just like prepaid cards where you can buy bundles or Pay As You Go (as in, charged per minute, SMS, or MB), Roaming As You Go can be insanely expensive (that is how people get expensive roaming bills). So far, there are a handful of providers I have reviewed that offer affordable Roam As You Go rates. But generally, avoid it. Get a roaming plan if you can or buy a SIM in the Faroe Islands.
Using an International SIM Card in the Faroe Islands
International SIM cards are cards that have been made for travelers so that they do not have to deal with roaming costs.
The number of international SIM card providers is too many to count, but international SIM cards give you the same convenience as roaming with your provider. A few providers I know are OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, and SimCorner.
They allow people to call you at one number instead of five in case you are exploring multiple countries in one trip. Moreover, you do not have to deal with multiple SIM cards you will never use again. In short, international SIM cards have been made for the international traveler in mind.
Although this sounds fabulous, international SIM cards are much more expensive than local SIM cards in the Faroe Islands. Some international SIM card providers charge ridiculous fees (sometimes, even more than roaming with your provider), while others offer awful service. It is, therefore, important to go with a reputable company so that you do not have to deal with surprised when traveling around the world.
On the other hand, international SIM cards are appealing to those who travel frequently or are visiting multiple destinations in one trip. Some countries in Europe require you to register before you can use a SIM card, which can be a hassle for some. Additionally, the language barrier may be off-putting to some travelers, which is why an international SIM card can be handy. You order it before you depart and can use it in various destinations.
My recommendation, however, is to get a local SIM card if you are only visiting one destination. If you are visiting multiple ones, an international SIM card could be handy. If you want to learn more about international SIM cards, check out my international SIM card comparison article, where I analyze 10 international SIM card providers so that you do not have to.
Using Portable Hotspots (Pocket WIFI) in the Faroe Islands
Portable hotspots, also referred to mobile hotspots or pocket WIFI, are routers small enough to bring with you everywhere you go. They are portable, battery-powered wireless routers that allow you to connect your phone, laptop, or tablet without needing multiple SIM cards for those devices to be connected to the internet. They are compact and lightweight so that you take them along with you whenever you need internet access on the go.
Just like with the number of international SIM card providers, there are so many mobile hotspots out there that it is challenging to keep track of them all. Skyroam, Vision Global Wireless, and Travelwifi are reputable pocket WIFI providers. You can get a discount if you rent a router through Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ. Cellular access with Skyroam starts at $8 a day while using a Vision Global device starts at $2 a day. Travelwifi offers Teppy, the name of the pocket WIFI, starting from $7 per day. All these services cover more than 130 destinations around the world.
The first time I used a portable hotspot was when I was in Bangkok, Thailand, with my dad. He uses the Dutch telecom provider called KPN, which does not let you roam for free in Thailand. I was with 3 Denmark (3 Danmark), which also did not allow me to roam for free. The router was offered for free by our Airbnb host. Let me tell you how convenient that thing was!
I do not remember the exact brand router we used, but we could connect our phones to it, explore Bangkok, and upload highlights of our trip on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp without the need of connecting to unsecure and slow connections in Thailand.
That is why I often recommend those who are traveling in groups or with families to consider getting a pocket WIFI device so that each individual does not need to buy a local SIM card and data packages. In some countries, the cost of getting a local SIM card or packages is so low that it is not even worth getting a mobile hotspot. In others, it could save you money.
I recently wrote an article analyzing the 7 Best Mobile Hotspots for Travelers like yourself, which should be an interesting read if pocket WIFI is something you are considering. I do reviews of individual devices every now and then, so check out my mobile hotspot category to stay up to date.
Connecting to Free WIFI Networks in the Faroe Islands
Finally, we have the most cost-effective way to stay connected in the Faroe Islands, which is using free WIFI networks.
Using WIFI networks should not cost you any money (unless you are connecting to premium hotspots), which is why it is a popular option for travelers. Go to a local café, buy a coffee, connect to their WIFI, and post your pictures to Facebook or Instagram. Straightforward, right? Well, let’s see if that is indeed the case.
First, you need to find hotspots. In some regions, they are readily available. In others, you cannot find any, require you to give your personal details (for commercial purposes), are restricted for those who are a subscriber of an operator’s, or are so slow that you wished you never connected to them.
In the case of the Faroe Islands, you will find many hotspots throughout the capital. I am not sure about the other towns in the Faroe Islands.
Public WIFI hotspots are unsecure. They are a prime target for hackers to steal your data and use it for illicit purposes. That is I use, and would recommend you to start using, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you connect to a public hotspot. What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private. I use NordVPN, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Get your subscription now!
The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Faroe Islands
Getting a SIM card from either Ver or Hey would do you well when considering a Faroese SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.
You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.
Visiting other countries in Scandinavia or the Nordic Countries? Check out my Scandinavia and Nordics SIM card buying guide covering the other Scandinavian and Nordic destinations, such as Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
What about other places in Europe? My Europe SIM card buying guide covers all destinations in Europe, including those not part of the European Union/EEA, such as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
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Book Your Flight for the Faroe Islands
It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet before going to the Faroe Islands. If you are not ready to take off yet, set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog, and they will notify you once ticket prices to the Faroe Islands drop.
Book Your Accommodation for the Faroe Islands
I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel, especially in the Faroe Islands. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a Faroese hotel.
Get Your Travel Insurance for the Faroe Islands
You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourseGlf. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling in the Faroe Islands, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.
Get a Travel Debit Card
Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to Danish Kroner for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.
Enjoy your trip!