Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki
Flag of the Faroe Islands


The Faroe Islands, also called the Faeroes, is an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. Its area is about 1,400 km2 with a population of around 50,000. They are an autonomous country within the Danish Realm.

The Faroe Islands have two mobile providers:

  • Føroya Tele (ver)
  • nema (previously called hey by Vodafone Faroe)

Today there is nationwide coverage in the Faroe Islands and even the most remote villages have mobile phone service. 2G is on 900 MHz, 3G on 900 and 2100 MHz, 4G/LTE started in 2014 on 1800 MHz (Band 3).

The GSM mobile network was introduced in 1998 to the Faroe Islands and since 2006 it has been the sole mobile technology in use. The national telephone company was privatized in 1998 and today works under the name Føroya Tele / Faroese Telecom. In 1999, a second telephone company called Kall was formed. Kall was taken over by Vodafone in 2008 and is now marketed as Hey.

Generally you have the choice between a slightly better network with Føroya Tele and their prepaid product ver at higher prices compared with nema. or Hey on a weaker network and lower prices.

No roaming
Be aware that the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU, nor the EEA, where from 2017 new international roaming rules have been enforced. So roaming rates on European SIM cards are not capped or regulated in the country and can be much higher. Better buy a local SIM card instead.

The Danish krone (DKK or kr) is the currency in the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands use standard DKK coins, but issue their own Faroese DKK banknotes, for which an unofficial FOK code is used in some contexts such as wholesale banknote trading.

Føroya Tele (ver)[]

Foroya Tele

Føroya Tele (or Faroese Telecom, FT) is the public telco of the islands owned by the govenment. Since 2014 they branded their mobile products and market them as ver.


 It's the market leader and has the best national coverage. It covers the population with 2G and 3G (list of communities with 3G) and reaches 99.7% already by 4G/LTE in 2017. 5G is currenty built. This comes at higher prices than their competitor. 


Føroya Tele or ver prepaid starter kit can be purchased at the tourist information centre in Vágar Airport, close to the main entrance and local phone stores. Their starter kit gives you 7 GB of data and 50 kr credit at 197 kr for a month. You can top-up online with their packages below shown under Data feature packs.


Alternatively, you can get a different SIM card also called ver online (in Faroese only), in their Teleshops and many supermarkets and petrol stations. All packages include unlimited domestic calls and texts plus a data quota:

  • 1 GB per month: 157 kr
  • 6 GB for a month: 197 kr
  • 16 GB for a month: 247 kr
  • 26 GB for a month: 287 kr
  • 46 GB for a month: 367 kr

Be aware that these SIM cards are more for locals, as you need to buy at least 2 months of value given for the double price indicated above. For most travellers it's better to buy a SIM card at the airport and add it with allowances shown below at data feature packages.

This local SIM card needs to be activated by sending an SMS message. Instructions are in English and are found at the back of the package.

For a 100 kr surcharge to their monthly plans you can add free roaming in the EU/EEA and beyond.

Online you can add credit of 100, 300, 500 or 1000 kr paid by credit card.

Data feature packs[]

For more data to their prepaid lines, one of the following add-on packs need to be purchased only online here by international credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Fill in phone number, credit card data and select data package check all boxes and confirm at clicking "Keyp". It automatically converts into a data package valid for 30 days.

  • 2 GB: 50 kr
  • 5 GB: 100 kr
  • 10 GB: 130 kr

International roaming is not included, but can be added with a special package of 1 GB for 200 kr.

More info[]

nema. (formely: hey, Vodafone Faroe)[]


new brand

nema. is now the 2nd operator in the Faroe Islands. They offer 4G/LTE coverage in the capital area and in other major populated areas. The rest of the Faroe Islands is only within 3G or 2G coverage: coverage map. nema. aka Vodafone aka Hey has a slightly lower coverage, but much lower prices too.

Vodafone Faroe took over Kall in 2008 and sold them again. In 2018 they rebranded and marketed their mobile phone products under the Hey label. In 2022 the hey trademark was abandoned again to start using the company's commercial name, offering all its products under the nema. brand.



old name

The prepaid (Talutíð) starter kit is offered at petrol stations and grocery stores around the country. You can also get it from the nema stores in SMS (= shopping mall in Tórshavn) or in Saltangará (locator). You can also get their starter pack at the airport and on board the Norrøna ferry.

With your initial SIM card purchase of 250 kr you will be given 229 kr credit and 5 GB data.

Top-ups can be made online by international credit card. Check data and credit balances by texting "sum" to 1990.

Data rates[]

Default rate is 0.15 kr per MB. Your data will always stay on this rate. Make sure that the balance remains above 5 kr for data to work.

Top-ups of 50, 100 (with 10 kr bonus) and 250 (with 30 kr bonus) kr are available and valid for 6 months.

There is only one special top-up called Talutíð serkort for 229 kr to get 250 kr credit and 5 GB data extra valid for 3 months for a better data rate.

EU roaming occurs at a higher rate of 5 kr per MB. If you need EU/EEA roaming, go with Føroya Tele instead.

More information[]

Roaming SIM card[]

You might think of going to the Faroe Islands using a roaming SIM card instead. Be aware, that this country is not part of the EU or EEA and therefore not included in the surcharge-free European roaming zone.

But a few European providers have included the Faroe Islands anyway to their EU zone:

So if you are holding a SIM card from these providers above, data in the Faroe Islands will be charged according to EU rules. Vodafone UK users may or may not be charged depending on if they are on a plan that includes EU roaming or not. In addition, while Elisa Estonia SIMs do not include free roaming in the Faroe Islands, it is very cheap relative to local SIMs. 14 GB for 30 days is only €15, or a bit more than 110 kr.