In this study we investigate the utility of GEOSAT altimetry for monitoring the Iceland-Faeroe frontal zone. Since an expected dynamic topography relief of 10-20 cm over the Iceland-Faeroe Front (IFF) was not much above the 10 cm uncertainty in GEOSAT observations, validation by AVHRR imagery and satellite-tracked drifters constituted an important part of the experiment. Sea Surface Height (SSH) relief of greater than 20 cm occurred a long the western side of the IFF and along the eastern side, north of the Shetland Islands. However, with SSH relief of only 10-15 cm in the central region of the IFF, substantial difficulties were encountered in the ability to unambiguously monitor the location of the front. In contrast, frontal meanders with 20-30 cm SSH relief, current speeds up to 50 cm s -1 and radii of curvature of 25 km, were clearly observed on three occasions during the 2 year study. These meanders first appeared north of the Faeroe Islands, in the region from 6 to 8°W, and propagated southeastward at speeds of about 3.3 km day -1, being lost from view in the Faeroe-Shetland Channel. Their strong signals and lifetimes of 2-3 months would appear to make them important constituents of IFF dynamics.