The Faroe Islands, a new gastronomic destination accessible by Atlantic Airlines from Paris

An archipelago of 18 islands with wild expanses as far as the eye can see, the Faroe Islands are full of many treasures. More than 1000 years ago, since the first settlers arrived in this country, the Faroese have had to contend with what they found around them and what they imported. Storage and conservation were of particular importance at the time. These traditions continue today and these ancestral preservation methods are still used, resulting in dishes with unique and original flavors.

Traditional Faroese cuisine still uses what nature gives it, which is lots of fish but also lamb. It is also recognized internationally, with The Guardian newspaper calling the Faroe Islands “New Nordic food frontier“.

The start

One of the local culinary specialties is what the Faroese call ‘ræst’, fermentation. It is the process of drying meat and fish outdoors that allows for an aging or fermentation process. The different flavors and flavors depend on both the climate and the temperatures: hotter spoils the product and too cold prevents fermentation.

The unique and inimitable taste linked to this technique, linked to the philosophy of using what nature offers, is increasingly sought after by gourmets.

©AIngridHofstra / Visit the Faroe Islands

The lamb, the king of the island

With more than 75,000 sheep spread across the archipelago, the Faroese have made it one of their favorite dishes. Lamb is a real star and forms an important part of the local diet, it is also on the menu of many restaurants. One of the newcomers, Ræst, is a ‘fermented restaurant’ that offers traditional Faroese dishes as found on family tables across the country. On the menu: fermented cod, fermented lamb casings and fermented large intestine on sauerkraut, mustard and croutons!

The islands are always open to the world. Other new restaurants include The Tarv, which elevates the grill to an art, and Skeiva Pakkhús, which offers a Faroese-Italian tasting menu.

©AIngridHofstra / Visit the Faroe Islands

algae cultivation

Seaweed farming is a thriving activity in the Faroe Islands and is increasingly in demand today. Many companies and associations are cultivating and harvesting seaweed to improve the salmon’s diet and are also working to produce dry products that are sold to several cafes and restaurants throughout the Nordic region. There are almost 500,000 species of algae, only 10% of which are listed!

The Faroe Islands from Paris with Atlantic Airlines in codeshare with Air France

In winter, French travelers can reach the Faroe Islands via Copenhagen thanks to partnerships with Air France, which operates the route between Paris and Copenhagen, and Atlantic Airways, which offers daily flights between Copenhagen and Vagar on the archipelago. From April 3, 2023, Atlantic Airways will operate 3 direct flights per week between Paris CDG and Vágar (FAE) in codeshare with Air France. Finally, daily flights are available all year round, ideal for enjoying these magnificent panoramas and organizing an original gastronomic getaway in the heart of the North Atlantic!

Founded on March 28, 1988 at Vágar Airport, Atlantic Airways has been the national airline of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous group of islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, for more than 30 years. It now operates one of the youngest fleets in Europe consisting of 3 A320s including 2 A320neo which joined the fleet in 2019 and 2020 and 2 Leonardo AW139 helicopters. It offers scheduled services between the Faroe Islands and various cities in Denmark and neighboring countries (Scotland, Iceland and Norway) all year round.

Between May 12 and October 17, 2022, Atlantic Airways operated 2 direct flights per week between Paris CDG and the Faroe Islands. In winter, the company offers a service via Copenhagen in partnership with Air France. From April 3, 2023, Atlantic Airways will operate 3 direct flights per week between Paris-CDG and Vagar-FAE in codeshare with Air France.

Paris, November 17, 2022

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