An increase in demand for hotel beds has resulted in the opening of a new boutique hotel in Tórshavn – and there are plans to build two new hotels in the capital by 2020.
Havgrím Seaside Hotel is the newest addition to the list of accommodation options in the Faroe Islands. The comfortable and luxurious boutique hotel, located by the seaside in Tórshavn and only a 10-minute walk to the city centre, boasts unbeatable panoramic views of the coastline and the island of Nólsoy. The hotel has 14 double rooms and a restaurant. Springtime visitors might even be lucky to see new-born lambs running around the neighbouring farm.
The hotel was originally built in 1948 by Havgrímur Johannesen, a businessman from Tórshavn, and was used as his home. Four years later, Danish authorities took charge of the house and used it to house the commandant of the Faroese Commando. The house was empty for many years before two businesspeople, Johan í Niðristovu and Lis Eklund, who are husband and wife, decided to buy the house from the Faroese government and make it into a hotel. Their daughter and son-in-law make up the rest of the close-knit team at Havgrím Seaside Hotel.
More hotels on the horizon
Tourist numbers in the small 18-island archipelago are on the rise and the demand for hotel rooms has never been greater. Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroes, and Smyril Line, the national ferry company, each plan to build their own hotels by 2020. This increase in hotel rooms will double the current bed capacity.
This article was originally published on Faroeislands.fo
Written by: Levi Hanssen