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First-Timer’s Guide to the Faroe Islands (Travel Tips & FAQ)

By Author Jurga

Posted on Last updated: May 8, 2024

First-Timer’s Guide to the Faroe Islands (Travel Tips & FAQ)

Planning your first trip to the Faroe Islands can be overwhelming. What kind of weather can you expect in the Faroe Islands? What are the best things to see and the best places to stay? How to get to the Faroe Islands and how to get around? How expensive is food on the Faroe Islands?…

We had so many questions before visiting the Faroe Islands , but never found all the answers in one place. Yet, Faroe Islands is not a typical travel destination where you can just show up and hope to make the best of it. So it’s really important to do some research so that you know what to expect. And – I can’t stress this enough – you really have to book your accommodations well in advance!

Based on our personal experience I created this practical guide to the Faroe Islands that should answer all your questions. Find out!

P.S. If you don’t find an answer to your question in this post, feel free to post a reply below and I’ll try to help.

Ultimate travel guide to the Faroe Islands. Practical information and tips for your first trip to the Faroe.

Where are the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands is an archipelago of 18 islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean. If you look at the map , you’ll see that The Faroe are pretty much in the middle between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland.

How to get to the Faroe Islands

Faroe islands are closer than you think. The easiest way to get to the Faroe Islands is by plane . There are daily direct flights to Copenhagen in Denmark (2hrs), but also short flights from Edinburgh (UK), Bergen (Norway), and Reykjavik (Iceland).

If you prefer the excitement of seeing land for the first time after days spent at sea, you can opt to arrive in the style of the greatest discoverers. In that case, you can opt to go to the Faroe Islands by boat . Smyril Line ferry travels between Denmark and Iceland with a short stop in the Faroe Islands.

This passenger and car ferry looks like an attractive slow travel option and a great way to get to The Faroe, especially because you can bring your own car . However, consider the time that it takes and the costs associated with it (driving to Denmark, hotel accommodations, tickets for the ferry for you and your car, cabins to sleep in, food onboard). Also, there is always a possibility of getting seriously seasick on this multi-day journey…

We did the math and found that it made no financial sense whatsoever for our family of 5 to take this boat to the Faroe Islands. Not to mention the fact that it would add several days to the journey.

TIP: If you decide to arrive in the Faroe Islands by boat, make sure to book it in advance!

View of the Faroe Islands from an airplane window

Do I need a visa/passport for the Faroe Islands?

Faroe Islands are not part of the Schengen zone, so visitors from some countries might require a valid visa . I had a slight panic attack when, on the way to the airport, I checked a website of a Dutch travel agency that said that we Europeans also need a passport when traveling to the Faroe Islands. Our passports were safely left at home and we only had our Belgian ID cards with us…

After more research on more reputable websites, I found that citizens from most EU countries don’t need a passport in the Faroe Islands – ID card is sufficient (information is correct at the time of writing – 2018). The funny thing is that nobody ever checked even our ID cards. So all that stress was for nothing and reminded me that, sadly, not everything you read on the Internet is true.

You can find more information in regard to the required documents on the official tourism board website . Alternatively, check with the local Danish embassy in your country. Just remember, the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU and have different visa requirements than Denmark.

Book your Faroe Islands accommodation before you book anything else

My quick search for available accommodations on the Faroe Islands was very eye-opening. With just a handful of hotels, a few B&B’s, and several private rentals, Faroe Islands had a grand total of 74 properties for us to choose from. Then I filtered my search for accommodations for 5 people and had just 13 properties left. 13!!!

When I finally filled in our travel dates and got a warning that 98% of all accommodations for August were fully booked… What was left was a tent in the camping and a house on Sandur island that we weren’t even planning to visit…

At this point, I realized that planning a summer trip to the Faroe Islands four months in advance is clearly much too late . Yet, we were determined to go…

What followed was the craziest trip planning method I have ever used. I searched Booking.com for every available accommodation for every single night during the entire month of August. We even searched for Airbnb even though we never use them, but that didn’t help much… I then put it all in a spreadsheet and made a 10-day Faroe Islands itinerary based on available accommodations.

Only after I booked the hotels and made sure we had a roof above our heads for every single night, I finally booked the flights and reserved a rental car.

TIP: Check for the availability of accommodations before you book your trip to the Faroe Islands, especially if you are planning to visit in July or August.

If you are still not convinced, here is a story for you. We met two young people in our hotel in Torshavn who just arrived in the Faroe Islands without booking anything upfront. They quickly found out that there was nothing available on any island, for days in a row. They were going to every hotel in town begging for a place to stay, I really wonder if they found anything in the end…

Our hosts at another accommodation said that in July and August they get almost daily calls from people looking for last-minute places to stay, while everything is usually fully booked months in advance… So don’t be that person and book in advance.

Best places to stay on the Faroe Islands

One of the best places to stay on the Faroe Islands is the capital, Torshavn. The reason is quite simple – most hotels and accommodations are located in Torshavn.

Also, pretty much any place that can be reached by car is less than 1,5hrs drive from Torshavn. Therefore it’s definitely feasible to just base yourself in the city and take day trips. I think that Torshavn is a good place to stay if you only have a few days on the Faroe Islands and want to have complete flexibility.

However, we found that staying in Torshavn is not ideal for seeing all the places that we wanted to see. So we opted for a self-drive trip and rented accommodations at several different locations. The main reason is that driving up and down will often mean that you spend 2-4hrs in the car each day, passing many of the same places every time.

In addition, with just 100km/day mileage limit on your rental car, it’s inevitable that you’ll exceed this limit big way if you opt to drive up and down to Torshavn each day.

Also, we noticed that accommodation gets cheaper the further you go from Torshavn , and so does the food at the restaurants. Just, once again, there isn’t that much available outside the city…

TIP: If you want to see the best of the Faroe Islands, I recommend to make a road trip. Book several accommodations on different islands, and not base yourself in Torshavn the whole time.

Here are some of the best places to stay for a self-drive road trip on the Faroe Islands:

  • Stay in Torshavn for exploring Streymoy island, taking a day trip to Nolsoy or even one of the further located islands, or popular boat excursions like Vestmanna cliffs or RIB62 tour to Hestur island.
  • Stay in Gjogv for exploring Eysturoy island. We stayed at Gjaargardur Guesthouse in Gjogv – one of my favorite accommodations of this trip. The rooms here are quite simple, but the location is stunning and so is the food.
  • Klaksvik is the best base for exploring the northern islands, including Kalsoy.
  • Accommodation on Vagar island makes it easy to explore Vagar and take a day trip to Mykines. It’s also close to the airport, so perfect if you arrive late or have to catch an early flight on the day of your departure.
  • We also stayed on Suduroy island , but I’d only add it to your itinerary if you are staying in the Faroe Islands for more than a week.

LEARN MORE: Best Hotels in the Faroe Islands (complete guide!)

TIP: Using the map below, you can compare hotels and short-term rental accommodations in Torshavn . You can also zoom out and see availability in other places. Simply insert your travel dates and group size, and you’ll see the best deals for your trip. Check it out!

Hotel Foroyar in Torshavn is one of the best places to stay on the Faroe Islands

How long should you stay in the Faroe Islands

I think that you really need at least 4-5 days to see some of the main highlights of the Faroe Islands .

Ideally, you stay at least a week. This will give you the time to see all the best places, do some hiking, and maybe do a tour or two (boat trips, hiking, and horse riding are the most popular options).

Here you can find our Faroe Islands itinerary suggestions for any trip from 3 to 9 days.

How to get around on the Faroe Islands

Despite the fact that Faroe Islands consist of 18 different islands, you can easily see a lot in the Faroe Islands by car . Most bigger islands are connected by bridges or tunnels, and there are also (car) ferry connections to the other islands.

Car ferries in the Faroe cannot be booked in advance. You just arrive at the harbour and get your ticket on board. Also, you only have to pay for your trip once, the ticket always includes the return journey. Mykines ferry is for passengers only. It’s also the only ferry on the islands that requires advance reservations.

The Faroe Islands also have a good bus network, so it’s possible to travel between the islands without the car. However, many highlights are not located near big towns, so you’d probably not be able to see everything that you want.

It’s also possible to travel between the islands by helicopter . See more information below.

Here you can find all the practical information as well as ferry and bus timetables for the Faroe Islands .

Ferry between Torshavn and Nolsoy on the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands helicopter

Helicopter is a popular means of transport between the Faroe Islands. Traveling by helicopter is surprisingly cheap as it is subsidized by the government. The cheapest helicopter ride fares cost less than a short taxi ride in London.

However, to prevent tourists from taking too much advantage of this, helicopter rides can only be booked in one direction (no return) for the same day. So if you are considering taking a helicopter to get to one or the other island, keep in mind that you’ll either have to come back by boat, or stay on the island for a few days. Helicopters don’t run daily.

The most popular and easiest to do for tourists is the helicopter to Mykines island . It arrives in Mykines in the morning, allowing you to take a boat back in the evening. However, there are just 12 seats on the helicopter and since recently you can only book the tickets one week in advance. If you do want to book this ride in summer, you’ll probably have to try around midnight of the day when the bookings open.

Note that even if you secure a place on the helicopter, it’s very likely that the boat to come back will be fully booked for that day. So you’d almost have to book the boat tickets first and then hope you can get the helicopter.

Just to complicate things a bit more, the helicopter departs from Vagar airport. Whereas the boat comes back to Sørvágur Harbor, 2km away. So you’d have to figure out where to leave your car and how to get back to it in the evening.

As you can see, trying to get a helicopter to Mykines requires quite some advance planning and lots of flexibility on your side. At the same time, keep in mind, that the boats often get canceled due to stormy weather. And you don’t want to get stuck on Mykines without having arranged accommodation or food in advance. So, as much as it sounded appealing at first, we just decided to take a boat both ways.

If you really want to travel by helicopter in the Faroe Islands, consider flying to some other islands that are not as popular with tourists . All the other helicopter routes allow booking a month in advance. For example, you could take a ferry to Suduroy island, spend a night there, and then take a helicopter to get back to Torshavn the next day.

Here you can find all the timetables and booking information for the Faroe Islands helicopter .

Faroe Islands Helicopter

Renting a car on the Faroe islands

If you want to explore the Faroe islands at your own pace, a self-drive trip by rental car is the best way to do it. You don’t need any special car or 4WD in the Faroe Islands (not in summer, anyway). Actually, small cars have advantages as the roads are narrow and some ferries quite small. Since we visited the Faroe Islands with three kids, we rented the biggest 2WD we could find.

There aren’t that many car rental companies available on the Faroe Islands, but we discovered that prices differ a lot. Here you can find the biggest selection of car rental options in the Faroe Islands .

I also recommend checking our favorite website which we use for car hire anywhere in the world. When we traveled, they had an option to rent a car with a big brand that wasn’t featured in the previously mentioned list. It was 30-60% cheaper than any other company offering the exact same car at that moment. This saved us more than 600 EUR.

Also, I kept looking at car rental prices as we got closer to our trip departure date and prices skyrocketed. So book your rental car as soon as you have your flight tickets!

One thing to keep in mind is that for some strange reason most car rental companies in the Faroe Islands seem to have a maximum mileage per day . It’s usually set at 100km/day and they charge extra fees for any additional kilometers. We rented a car for 10 days and drove 1,004km. We exceeded our mileage limit by just 4km(!) and yes, they charged us extra for that.

Renting a car is the best way to explore the Faroe Islands

Driving in the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands have right-hand traffic (same as in the US and most of Europe, except the UK).

Driving on the Faroe Islands is not that difficult and the main roads are generally good. Most bigger roads are wide enough for two cars. However, there are quite a few roads and also dark narrow tunnels that are just wide enough for one car. In those cases, you are expected to pull over to the side that has wider places foreseen especially for this; it’s really self-explanatory actually.

The biggest danger on the roads in the Faroe Islands are probably the sheep. There are many of them and they cross unexpectedly, so I recommend to always slow down if you see any animals next to the road.

Traffic is somewhat busier around Torshavn and other bigger towns but is pretty quiet on the rest of the islands. We haven’t experienced any traffic jams and didn’t see any accidents.

Parking is usually free, but in Torshavn center, there is a time limit of how long you are allowed to stay. Every rental car is equipped with a small clock that you have to adjust to indicate your arrival time.

You should always have your lights on when driving in the Faroe Islands.

Driving in the Faroe Islands - narrow dark tunnel on Kalsoy island

Toll roads on the Faroe Islands

There are several sub-sea toll tunnels on the Faroe Islands that cost 100 DKK (14EUR) for a return trip. You’ll have to pay when driving from Vágar through Vágatunnilin, and driving from Klaksvík through Norðoyatunnilin.

Also the newly opened Eysturoy Tunnel is a toll tunnel. It saves you such a long drive that the toll can be worth it.

In principle, the toll has to be paid at the nearest petrol station. However, most rental cars are equipped with a special transmitter, and this fee will be charged by your car rental company directly from your credit card. Just to be safe, best ask about this when you pick up the car, so that you don’t end up paying twice.

Buttercup routes of the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands have several particularly scenic routes , called ‘Buttercup routes’. They are indicated by a small green sign with a yellow flower on it. Faroe Islands tourist maps have all these routes indicated in green, so you really can’t miss them.

Buttercup route sign indicates all the scenic roads on the Faroe Islands

When is the best time to visit the Faroe Islands?

Arguably, every season has its charms, but most people visit the Faroe Islands between May and September . June, July, and August are the most popular months. The weather is at its best and it’s also the season when you can expect to see puffins.

If you visit the Faroe Islands outside the summer season, you’ll have the main landmarks all to yourself. Just keep in mind that facilities outside big towns are really minimal even in summer, so don’t expect much if you are traveling off-season.

Faroe Islands can be magical in winter as well, especially if it’s cold and dry. However, it can also be very wet. The good thing is that the temperatures remain quite mild. Average temperatures in the Faroe Islands in December, January, and February are between 2 and 6 °C (35 – 43°F).

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What kind of weather can I expect in the Faroe Islands?

Faroe Islands have a relatively mild climate . It hardly ever gets really very cold, but it’s not warm either. In winter you’ll have temperatures around 2-6°C (36-43F) and in summer 6-12°C (43-54 F). The biggest difference is the rain – there are twice as many rainy days in December or January as in June. Summer might have the best weather for visiting the Faroe Islands, but keep in mind that a ‘heat wave’ with temperatures over 20°C (68F) is an extremely rare occurrence.

The weather here in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean can be really harsh, but it also changes frequently . It’s not unusual to have rain in one place, mist just a bit down the road, and sunshine another mile further.

We visited the Faroe Islands in August and had maximum temperatures of 12°C (54F) every single day. We experienced all kinds of Faroe weather with everything from blue skies and sunshine, to mist and the most miserable rain I’ve seen in my life, and everything in between…

Mostly we would get all kinds of weather in one day. Just a few days were completely dry and at times even sunny. And one day it was raining pretty much non-stop from early morning till late in the afternoon. Unfortunately, that was the day when we visited Mykines – a place where yo can hardly hide anywhere. We got soaking wet and freezing cold in no time. Rain pants would have been really handy here!

Hiking under the rainbow - Faroe Islands

What to wear when visiting the Faroe Islands?

What to wear and what to pack on the Faroe Islands will depend a bit on the season when you travel. In general, you always need good sturdy waterproof footwear (if you plan to do any hiking, hiking boots are a must!). A waterproof jacket is a must in any season and waterproof pants are really nice to have too. Rain ponchos and umbrellas are pretty much useless due to high winds.

Even in summer, you should pack a warm hat, shawl/buff, and gloves . Make sure you have several layers of clothing as the weather changes all the time. We had days where we started out with 4 layers (t-shirt, two sweaters, and a rain jacket), and then went to 1, and back to 4 again.

Most tourists we met at the hotels wore jeans and casual sweaters, but remember that jeans are really the worst type of clothing to wear if it rains. We wore our hiking pants pretty much the entire vacation. They are light and dry quickly. Yet, we really regretted we didn’t take rain pants . When it rains, it pours down, and you get soaking wet in a matter of minutes.

I don’t think your packing list will differ much from summer to winter, just in winter, you’ll need a warmer jacket, warmer socks, and more layers (ideally wool). Thermal merino wool underwear is a must for destinations like the Faroe Islands (I wore mine in August).

Family in Saksun village on the Faroe Islands - even in summer, you need to dress really warm

What are the best places to see on the Faroe Islands

The best places to see on the Faroe Islands include Tinganes in Torshavn, Kirkjubøur, Saksun, and Tjornuvik villages, Gjogv, Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy Island, Múlafossur Waterfall near Gasadalur, the famous view from Trælanípa hike, the bird cliffs of Vestmanna or Hestur, and of course Mykines Island.

There are obviously many more stunning locations that are well worth a visit, but – in my opinion – the ones listed above are really not to be missed on any visit to the Faroe Islands.

TIP: If you don’t know where to start and don’t want to worry about roads, ferry schedules, or travel planning, consider booking organized day tours .

There are also multi-day packages that bring you to the best places of the Faroe Islands on organized day trips from Torshavn. So you stay in the same hotel every day and have a local guide pick you up for the day. The most popular option is this 6-day guided tour package – it covers all the musts!

An old-fashioned paper travel guide is also nice to have if you have more time to explore the islands or if you want to learn more about the places that you are visiting.

Kallur lighthouse is one of the best hikes in the Faroe Islands

What are the most beautiful hikes of the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands have a lot of hiking possibilities. But not all hikes are worth your time equally.

In my opinion, the best hikes of the Faroe Islands are: Villingardalsfjall and Enniberg (Viðoy island), Kallur Lighthouse (Kalsoy island), Trælanípa – Bøsdalafossur (Vagar island), Mykinesholmur (Mykines Island), Saksun – út á Lónna (Streymoy island).

LEARN MORE: Hiking in the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands travel brochures and maps at the visitor's information centre

What kind of money do they use on the Faroe Islands and do you need cash?

Faroe Islands use the Danish krona (DKK). You can get some cash from an ATM at the airport or in bigger towns. We found that you don’t really need cash when traveling in the Faroe Islands – pretty much everything can be paid by credit card.

We took some cash because one of the accommodations required cash payment, but that was the only time we used it.

How expensive are the Faroe Islands

Despite its remote location, Faroe Islands are more affordable than I thought. I expected Faroe Islands to be as expensive as Iceland , but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t the case.

Just like anywhere else in the world, there are big differences in what food costs at an upscale restaurant in the capital city or a pizzeria in a small town.

After the initial shock of seeing 50-70EUR dishes at some fancy restaurants in Torshavn downtown, somehow we managed to find affordable meals for our family during the whole 10-night stay on the Faroe Islands.

We had a 50 EUR/adult dinner buffet at our hotel in Torshavn, while the evening before we spent just 48 EUR for 5 meals. We paid 12 EUR fish&chips/person in Klaksvik, and a total of 60 EUR for pizza and drinks for the whole family at the best pizza place on the Faroe Islands – Joe Pizza in Hvalvik.

Smidjan restaurant on Vagar island (not far from the airport) also has simple food at normal prices. Kids’ menu costs just around 9 EUR, fish & chips – 12 EUR, the most expensive big pizza – 20EUR.

Fuel is much cheaper on the Faroe Islands than in Western Europe.

Hotel prices in the Faroe Islands are somewhat in line with those in other Scandinavian countries. We paid as much as 310 EUR/ night for a family room including breakfast in Torshavn and as little as 110 EUR/ night for a 3-bedroom house on Suduroy island. Most other accommodations cost us around 200 EUR/night. Note that we traveled with 5 people: 2 adults and 3 kids.

Car rental is quite expensive on the Faroe Islands, but not more than in Iceland or Norway (it’s also much more affordable if booked in advance). We rented a big SUV for 10 days and paid around 830 EUR, which is about the same as we paid in Norway for a somewhat smaller car. Check here for the best car rental prices .

Ferries and public transport are subsidized and therefore not expensive at all. Just to give you an idea, Mykines ferry was the most expensive route we took without a car, it cost 120 DKK (16 EUR)/adult return. Return fare on a ferry to Suduroy island was 225 DKK (30 EUR) for a car and a driver. A 7-day unlimited ferry & bus pass costs 700 DKK (95 EUR).

Buses within Torshavn are free of charge.

Guided tours in the Faroe Islands aren’t cheap, however, they usually include everything and allow you to see a lot in a short time. Here you can find the biggest selection of guided day trips and tours in the Faroe Islands .

Brunch at Hafnia hotel restaurant in Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Is it easy to find where to eat on the Faroe Islands?

All bigger towns on the Faroe Islands have restaurants and supermarkets . For example, in Torshavn, you’ll find a big shopping center and all types of restaurants: everything from Burger King, upscale restaurants, and everything in between. But it’s not the case outside Torshavn.

Most restaurants in smaller towns are only open in the evenings. There are also many small villages that have no restaurants or even cafés at all.

If you get the Faroe Islands tourist map at the airport, you’ll see that it shows all the facilities, including restaurants and petrol stations. But even then, it’s possible that some restaurants in remote villages are only open in high season, or just on certain days…

To be on the safe side, we always recommend packing a picnic for lunch . It gives you complete flexibility and is truly the best way to not have to worry about finding food along the way.

Where can I buy alcohol on the Faroe Islands?

Just like Iceland, the Faroe Islands have quite strict rules when it comes to buying alcohol . You won’t find alcoholic drinks over 2.8% vol at the supermarkets. All stronger alcoholic beverages are only sold by Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins, which has six shops on the islands.

You can get alcohol at the restaurants, but if you want to buy some, the easiest place to do so is the Duty-Free shop at the airport.

Do they speak English in the Faroe Islands?

The official language on the Faroe Islands is Faroese, but everyone we met on the Faroe spoke perfect English. So you should have no problem communicating with most locals.

Do EU roaming regulations count on the Faroe Islands?

EU roaming regulations do not count on the Faroe Islands (not for us coming from Belgium, in any case). This means that you’ll either have to get a local SIM card or pay roaming fees when using your mobile phone connection in the Faroe Islands.

The good news is that pretty much all accommodations and a few other places like some restaurants and even ferries offer free wi-fi .

Is it safe to travel to the Faroe Islands?

Yes, it’s absolutely safe to travel in the Faroe Islands. In fact, I think the Faroe has the lowest crime rate of any place we’ve ever visited. Probably the biggest danger in the Faroe Islands is going too close to the edge of the cliffs or driving in the mist.

Where can I see puffins in the Faroe Islands?

Before we talk about the best places to see puffins on the Faroe Islands, you should know that you can only see them in summer. Best time to see puffins on the Faroe Islands is from May till late August; if you’re lucky, they might be around from mid-April till mid-September.

Mykines island is without any doubt the best place to see puffins from close by on the Faroe Islands. Vestmanna or RIB62 boat tours go to bird cliffs and you’ll see a lot of puffins as well, however, from a much bigger distance.

There are also big puffin colonies on many other locations all over the Faroe Islands, but the chances to see them from close by are minimal. We spotted puffins in Gjogv, but they were really far.

Here you can book a guided tour to Mykines island with a local .

Puffin on Mykines in the Faroe Islands

What kind of lenses to pack for photography on the Faroe Islands?

I used two lenses during our Faroe Islands trip: 70-200mm telephoto lens for puffins and a wide-angle 16-35mm lens for landscapes and all the rest. You really need a wide-angle lens for the Faroe Islands!

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What kind of electrical plugs do they use on the Faroe Islands?

Faroe Islands use European electricity plugs (220-230 volts AC (50 Hz)). If you are coming from outside continental Europe, you’ll need to use European adapter plugs .

Whaling on the Faroe Islands

Unfortunately, the Faroe Islands is one of the few places in the world that still allow whaling . If you travel in the Faroe Islands towards the end of the summer, the chances are high that you’ll be an involuntary witness of whale slaughter.

I don’t want to go into a discussion about whaling, the reasons behind it, and the century-old whaling traditions in the Faroe Islands. I just want to tell you this – if you don’t want to see it, do yourself a favor and don’t stop next to the bay where there are lots of cars parked by the road.

We saw boats in the water and all those smiling families with kids walking along the road to the bay and thought it was some kind of a local market or celebration. By the time we realized what was happening and why the sea was bright red, it was too late… We found ourselves standing on the beach surrounded by tens of dead pilot whales… So the next time we saw hundreds of cars parked by the road and tens of boats in the water, we quickly drove away…

It was a heartbreaking sight for us and I hope and strongly believe that increasing tourism and awareness will make an end to this centuries-old whaling tradition in the Faroe Islands. But in the meantime, as hard as it is to understand, try to remember that you’re just a guest here.

Whaling in the Faroe Islands

So, these are my tips and practical information for your visit to the Faroe Islands . Want to add anything or ask a question? You can do so by leaving a reply below.

If interested, you can also join our Facebook group for Scandinavia travel and ask your questions/ share experiences there.

Summary of the most popular FAQs

While every season has its charms, the best time to visit the Faroe Islands is between May and September. June, July, and August are the most popular months with the best weather.

While you can expect to see puffins in the Faroe Islands between mid-April to September, the best time to see puffins is between May and mid-August.

Yes, you can visit the Faroe Islands at any time of the year. However, some places on the more remote islands might not be easily accessible in the low season, and tourist facilities outside Torshavn are limited in winter.

Faroe Islands is not a cheap destination, but it’s cheaper than e.g. Iceland. With good planning and smart budgeting, you can make your trip quite affordable. For example, accommodation and restaurants outside of Torshavn are much cheaper than in the city and public transport is very cheap too.

Faroese is the official language on the Faroe Islands, but everyone we met in the Faroe Islands spoke perfect English.

Yes, you can easily visit the most popular places in the Faroe Islands by car. The main islands are connected with bridges and undersea tunnels and there are also car ferries to the other islands. Some islands like Mykines cannot be visited by car, but you can get there by boat or by helicopter.

Depending on where you are coming from, you can visit the Faroe Islands in your own car. There are car ferries between the Faroe Islands and Iceland and also between the Faroe Islands and Denmark.

Yes, the Faroe Islands is a very safe travel destination, probably one of the safest places in the world. The biggest danger is running into some sheep on the road.

More tips for visiting the Faroe Islands:

  • Hiking: Best Hikes in the Faroe Islands
  • Accommodation: Faroe Islands Hotels

READ ALSO our suggestions for the Faroe Islands itinerary (any duration)

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Thursday 18th of January 2024

Hi Jurga, Thank you for your valuable insight on the Faroe Islands. It looks lovely. We're looking at visiting the Faroe Islands summer of 2024. I'll be traveling with 3 children. I've heard about the Grindadrap. I understand it takes place anywhere between May - September (perhaps multiple times). I respect other cultures and their traditions but I'd rather not be there during this event with my children. From what I've read the time and where it occurs really depends upon when whales and dolphins are spotted. Anyone have any additional information that might be helpful regarding this? I reached out to the tourism office but haven't heard from them.

Friday 19th of January 2024

Hi Monica, I understand your concern, but if you ever want to visit the Faroe Islands, you just have to accept that whaling is still a thing there. Based on our personal experience, I can tell you that there is indeed a chance of running into such an event when traveling around. And no, there is no way to predict it. It can occur anywhere and at any time. We saw it twice during our visit. On one occasion, we saw red sea from far, before we even got closer. On another occasion, we saw boats behind whales still in the water. In most cases, even if you see something going on, you can just drive by without actually seeing much, but sometimes you can't avoid seeing certain things, especially if the road passes close to a harbor. However, it's just as likely that you won't witness any of this during your trip at all. So it's really up to you to decide. If you absolutely want to avoid even the smallest chance of seeing any of this, then you would have to research which season is 'safe' and travel at that time. Or go somewhere else. Iceland is a great alternative and very nice to do with kids. Our kids loved all the hot pools everywhere. Whatever you decide, for this summer, you have to book asap. Both - the Faroe Islands and Iceland have quite limited accommodation options outside the capital region so it quickly books up. We have tons of information about visiting Iceland on our blog, if you're interested.

Thursday 17th of August 2023

Just read that a weekly flight from New York is starting up. Hope they are ready for an explosion of tourism.

I'm not sure they are ready for a big influx of tourists even on the main islands, let alone the smaller ones... The future will tell, I suppose.

Monday 1st of May 2023

Hi Jurga, Do you know how much does each ferry ride cost (to Nolsoy and Kalsoy)? The website doesn't seem to indicate, and I am wondering if I should purchase the travel card if I am going each island once. Do I purchase the ticket at the port on the day I am taking the ferry?

Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

Hi Jean, we just got all our tickets at the harbor. I don't remember the prices anymore, but it wasn't expensive at all. It's a local (and I think heavily subsidized) public transport, so the prices are very reasonable.

Glenda Hills

Sunday 23rd of April 2023

Your blog is FANTASTIC ... thank you. I'm seriously considering travelling to the Faroe Islands in September 2024 with a photography group and your information is ever so helpful.

Glad to hear that, Glenda. The Faroe Islands is a beautiful destination for a photo tour!

Saturday 25th of February 2023

Hi, do you know how likely are they to cancel ferries to Mykines Island? I have the visit to Mykines at the end of my trip and I am thinking if I should extend my stay for a day in case the plan falls through, so I can reschedule and try again. Any advice?

Sunday 26th of February 2023

Hi Jean, there is no way anyone can tell you in advance how likely it is that the ferry gets canceled. It really depends on the weather, and yes, it can happen. So yes, it can be a good idea to foresee some flexibility in your travel plans.

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Growing up in the islands of Batanes in the Philippines, I am no stranger to natural terrains and formations that can easily take anyone’s breath away. In fact, I’m quite hard to please when it comes to such things; but of course, this does NOT mean that I do not appreciate nor acknowledge the beautiful sights that I see in my travels — because I do! However… in order for me to be in utter awe and wonder, the landscapes must be far incredible. (Faroe Islands Itinerary)

To date, there have only been a few places that have made me feel this way and on top of that list would have to be the far-flung yet stunning Faroe Islands.

Right from the moment that I landed there, I felt as if I was sucked into a grand fairy tale — everywhere I looked, there would be something that will draw my breath in awe, as I constantly question myself if I was still on Earth.

Yes, it was that majestic and surreal.

It might still be an understatement to say that the Faroe Islands are a natural masterpiece; but either way, it is my hope that you will see the outstanding beauty of this place in the flesh!

With that said, I bet you have this now on your travel bucket list and it would be my pleasure to help make your travel planning easier. So, with this post, I give you the ultimate travel guide for the Faroe Islands — complete with info, tips, resources, things to do, and an itinerary that you’re free to customize depending on the length of your stay or the style of traveling that you will do.

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Faroe Islands Itinerary: Sheep

Before we go on, let me give you some quick and basic facts about the Faroe Islands…

  • TRIVIA : One of the inhabited islands, Koltur, has only one resident! …Or two, because I keep seeing conflicting info online; but some of the locals said that there’s only one left there. Maybe they were talking about 1 family which are these 2 residents. .
  • TRIVIA : The Faroese language is said to be one of the North Germanic languages and it is closely related to Icelandic and the now extinct Old Norse Language. Anyhow, English is widely spoken especially by the younger ones. .
  • The sheep are taking over. The nation’s symbol is the ram, and rightly so because the Faroe Islands are  packed with 70,000 sheep!!! Remember how there are about 50,000 people living here? Without a doubt… they’re outnumbered! And as a tourist, you’ll certainly find sheep as your typical surrounding companion — much like I have.

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» Best Time to Visit the Faroe Islands

The weather here can be quite unpredictable. It’s common to somewhat experience all 4 seasons in just one day! But yes, generally, sunny days here are rare because the islands are mostly windy, cloudy, and chilly.

For starters, expect cool summers (with an average temperature of 13°C) and mild winters (with an average temperature of 3°C). I went here in the summer around the end of June and the days can have long hours of sunlight with the sun setting after 11PM or even later. The longest day will be on June 21 spanning at almost 20 hours. As for winter, it can be as short as 5 hours — imagine that!

With all that said, it’s best to visit the archipelago around June to September to enjoy the green scenery. Don’t forget to pack your jacket

  • WINTER: Dec to Feb
  • SPRING: March to May
  • SUMMER: June to Aug
  • AUTUMN: Sept to Nov

» Getting in to the Faroe Islands

By air.  There are currently 2 airlines that fly to the Faroe Islands. First is Atlantic Airways which has 2 flights per day from Copenhagen, Billund, Aalborg, Bergen, and Reykjavik. Flights cannot be booked through travel websites so you’ll have to book directly on Atlantic Airways website  here . The other one is Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) which just started having daily flights to the Faroes.

By sea.   Smyril Line’s ferry,  M/S Norröna, sails to the Faroe Islands from Hirtshals in the north of Denmark and from Seyðisfjørður in Iceland. It doesn’t sail as frequently though so make sure to check its website for the scheduled departures.

» Where to Stay (Faroe Islands Accommodations)

The central city of Tórshavn is where you will find most of the accommodations and it’s a strategic place to base yourself for all your adventures around the islands. Of course, it can get cheaper if you get places outside of  Torshavn, but for the best capital picks, they would be the following:

Luxury :  Hotel Foroyar Mid-Range:  Hotel Hafnia  or  AirBnB Budget :  Kristjanshavn  or  AirBnB

» How to Get Around the Faroe Islands

By car.  Driving your own car is highly recommended (to make the most of your time) and you can arrange a rental online before your arrival on the islands. Rest assured, you can rent a car (from small cars to SUVs) on-the-spot when you land at the airport since there are stalls there by Sixt, AVIS, HERTZ, and Unicar. Once you start driving around the Faroe Islands, be mindful of the driving conditions and rules because for instance, there are one-way tunnels in the islands and you have to make way for incoming vehicles (you can find all the details here ).

By bus.  The main inter-town bus they have is called Bygdaleiðir and they’re easy to spot since they’re big and in the color of dark blue. To see the complete timetable of the buses, go  here . It helps to note, however, that public transportation is expensive in the Faroe Islands, so it’s best to buy a travel multiple-ride card beforehand with Strandfaraskip Landsins (the mother company of Bygdaleiðir) at the airport or at the main bus terminal in Torshavn. This travel card already covers busses and ferries around the islands except for Mykines Island and can cost 500 DKK ($70~ / Php 3,500~) for 4-days or 700 DKK ($100 / Php 4,900~) for 7 days.

By ferry or by helicopter. Since this place is made up of islands, some are not connected by roads so you’ll sometimes need to hop on a ferry. The schedules for this can be found on Strandfaraskip Landsins.   If a helicopter ride seemingly sounds expensive to you, don’t worry! Here in the islands, the service is subsidized by the government so it’s quite cheap and it is serviced by Atlantic Airways (see the timetable  here , and remember, booking in advance is mandatory). With these affordable helicopter rides, I say take advantage of them — especially if you haven’t experienced riding a helicopter before, this could be quite a fun experience.

By bike .  Some districts like the capital, Tórshavn, can be explored on the city or sports bikes. You can rent these from Visit Tórshavn which is located in Steinatún in the city center. The cost for a day can start at DKK 150~. To book, just send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (+298) 302425.

» Packing Guide

If you’re coming around May to September to the Faroe Islands, you should pack for chilly weather so your bare essentials should be a sweater, a raincoat, and a set of good comfortable (hiking) shoes. If you’re like me who can get cold quite fast, go and pack a warm hat or even some gloves just in case!

Of course, if you visit around winter or the colder months, your clothing essentials will be different.  The same goes for when you’re coming here mainly to camp or hike.

» Visa for the Faroe Islands

Even if the Faroe Islands are connected to the Danish immigration policies, as I’ve already mentioned above, there are some different factors to take note of. So…

  • If you come from a Nordic country:   showing off your document of identification with a photo is enough to enter the islands.
  • If you come from an EU (European Union) or Schengen country: if you’re an EU citizen, you may enter with just your ID card with a photo. However, EU residents are not part of the entry scheme because you must be a citizen (so for instance, it follows that if you have a Danish residence permit, you still need a visa to the Faroes). If you have a Schengen visa or Danish visa, it is NOT applicable for entry to the Faroe Islands — you still need to apply for a separate visa that is specific to the islands (the requirements will be similar to obtaining a Danish visit visa ).
  • If you are of any other nationality:   naturally, you need to apply for a Faroe Islands visa (remember: NOT a Schengen visa) at the Danish embassy in your country of residence — unless your nationality is exempted from getting a Danish visa then you can enter the Faroe Islands.

» Faroe Islands Currency

Króna (kr) is the currency of the Faroe Islands and it is issued by the central bank of Denmark. It’s not a separate currency but a local issue of banknotes denominated in the Danish krone.

  • How to best exchange your currency? Either exchange it at a bank or at a money exchanger in your home country or in the city center. Better yet, just withdraw from an ATM with your debit/credit card — however, you must do one big withdrawal to minimize fees with your bank. Speaking of cards, a lot of the establishments accept credit cards but it’s always advisable to have cash on hand because a lot of smaller shops do not accept international credit cards.

» Cost of Travel in the Faroe Islands

To give you an idea for your Faroe Islands itinerary, you should expect to travel in the islands with an average daily cost of about USD $60~ per person on a budget, or at least $150~ if you want to experience more comfort in activities, tours, hotels, and more. (Values below show low budget to medium budget ranges).

  • Hotels: $25 to $65 USD / day
  • Food: $17 to $40 USD / day
  • Fun: $10 to $30 USD / day
  • Transport: At least $10 for local transportation

» Local Tour Operators

In case you don’t like to DIY your trip and you want to have someone take care of everything for you, I suggest that you book through local operators in order to help support the Faroese economy. Some of them are as follows:

» Helpful Norwegian Phrases

The official language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese which is a Germanic language that descended from Old Norse. Since they are within the Kingdom of Denmark, the locals also speak Danish. Rest assured, most of the people can speak English (sometimes even German and Norwegian). All in all, it doesn’t hurt to learn a few of the local phrases.

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Hello : Halló  (hahloh) Thank you: Takk fyri  (Takk fi-reh)  or Takk ( Takk) Yes : Ja  (Ya) No : Nei  (Ney) Goodbye : Farvæl  (Far-vyel)

I’m sorry : Orsakið meg  (Or-sha-kee mey) Excuse me (getting attention):  Orsaka  (Or-sha-ka) Excuse me (begging pardon): Umskylda  (Um-shil-da) How much does that cost?:  Hvat kostar tað?  (Kvat kost-ar tay?) Is there someone here who speaks English?: Dugir nakar her eingilskt?  (Du-cheer nak-ar her ain-gilsk?) Help!: Hjálp!  (Yolp!) Cheers!: Skál!  (Is-kol!)

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NOTE: The following section is in a tabbed format; so, in order to see the next day’s contents, just click the headings below.

Explore parts of Vágar and Streymoy Islands

After you land and pick up your rental car at the airport, I highly advise that you don’t go straight to Tórshavn yet (which is likely where your accommodation will be) because there are some nearby spots around the airport that are worth looking into!

You might be thinking, “ I can visit those later! ” — sure you can, but the thing is… they’re quite far and to save time, I think it’s best that you visit them ASAP while you’re in the vicinity because they can be quite far from everything else. Otherwise, you can visit them on your last day on your way to the airport, depending on your scheduled flight back.

◘◘ Visit Sørvágsvatn Lake

Faroe Islands Itinerary: Sorvagsvatn

If you want to see one of nature’s mind-blowing  ‘optical illusions ‘, make sure that you drop by Lake Sørvágsvatn (also called Leitisvatn) as a part of your Faroe Islands itinerary.

It is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands and it has been dubbed the “ lake over the ocean ” — this is because if you go up a certain angle, it will appear as though the lake is floating directly above the ocean! The lake is just 40 meters above sea level with a magnificent waterfall at the end of it that’s called Bøsdalafossur.

To get here, set your GPS and near the location or by the church in Miðvágur, you will find signs to “Trælanípa/Bøsdalafossur”. Follow these signs until you find a parking spot. You will then find a gate and you must start walking from here to the south towards the ocean by following the gravel path. The hike takes about an hour (one way) and in order to get to the spot that shows the iconic ‘illusion’, you must go to the southern tip (not on the southwest end of the lake).

You will know if you’re in the right place when you see 3 small sticks sticking up or if you see a steep hill. ( Doesn’t matter if you end up at the wrong vantage point because every angle is stunning here! But if you really want some more specific instructions, go to this page and scroll to pages 36 to 37. )

◘◘ Drive to Gasadalur to see Mulafossur Waterfall

Faroe Islands Itinerary: Mulafossur

This is yet another iconic landscape in the Faroe Islands which is just an 18-min ride away from Vagar Airport. As you will see from the photo above, the Mulafossur Waterfall is a grand sight! It is nestled within this small village of Gasadalur and there are 2 ways to see it: with minimal effort and with some effort.

What do I mean by this?  You can see this glorious spot by car as you do some short walking from the main road; or if you’re a dedicated hiker, you can do a hiking trail that the villagers used to take before the car tunnel was built.

TRIVIA : Gasadalur used to be one of the most isolated places in the islands. Residents had to hike through 700-meter mountains just to get in and out of the village! After the car tunnel was built, access to the town got a lot better, but to date, the residents here still number at only 18!

Since I didn’t have much time (and a bit tired from my flight), I opted to just drop by here with my car as I enjoyed the waterfall and do a bit of strolling in the village itself. If you want some more detailed tips for this place, like how to find the trail that leads to this vantage point and how to do the longer hiking trail itself, check out my guide found here:  Gasadalur & its Mulafossur Waterfall

◘◘ Check in to your hotel

The central city of Tórshavn is where you will find most of the island’s accommodations and it’s a strategic place to base yourself for all your adventures around the islands. But of course, it can get cheaper if you get places outside of  Torshavn, but for the best capital picks, they would be the following:

Luxury :  Hotel Foroyar Mid-Range:   Hotel Hafnia  or  AirBnB Budget :  Kristjanshavn  or  AirBnB

I stayed over at a guesthouse with a local though and unfortunately, it’s not really a place you can book — but I wish it was because the house was in the traditional style and it was so cozy with a great view of the sea and a river!

◘◘ Explore the village of Saksun

Faroe Islands Itinerary: Saksun

Like a natural amphitheater, Saksun is a splendid remote hillside village that is known for its serene atmosphere. The place where it lies now used to be a deep inlet in the sea (fjord) and during low tide, you can walk along the lagoon’s sandy shore which is found at the foot of the village.

Whilst here for your Faroe Islands itinerary, as one of your things to do, make sure you check out the village’s church and Dúvugarðar, a farm that houses 300 ewes — which also functions as a museum.

◘◘ S ee Fossá waterfall

Fossa Waterfall

This is the largest waterfall in the Faroe Islands at a height of 140 meters. Located near the village of Haldarsvík, this waterfall has two cascades that fall down to the sea.

If I may share a tip, it’s best to come here after some heavy rainfall because that’s when it becomes even more spectacular!

TRIVIA: Fossá in Faroese means “river with waterfalls”

◘◘ Dine at Barbara

As the night falls, you can choose from an array of restaurants that speckle the city of Tórshavn; but if I may suggest, go and dine at Barbara Fish House ! It has a great menu that consists of Faroese seafood dishes; plus, the place itself is quite charming given that it is built into the rocks.

Discover Kalsoy and Gjógv

Rev up your car,  wear good shoes, pack up some food, and sail to the nearby island of Kalsoy for your Faroe Islands itinerary!

You can spend a whole day here exploring its various sights. If you still have time by the end of the day, you can drop by the charming village of Gjógv.

◘◘ Take the ferry to Kalsoy

Kalsoy

Kalsoy is like a flute-shaped island due to its thin shape. You can reach it by ferry along with your car by driving from Tórshavn to the port of Klaksvík (this is a 1-hour drive).

It’s best to catch the first or earliest ferry to Kalsoy’s Syðradalur port so that you’ll have enough time to explore the island. To check the timetables, see  this page   (take note of the departure times as well so you can time when you will have to drive back to the port).

Note: it’s not possible to book in advance so you have to pay on the spot (DKK 160 for one vehicle), and if you’re coming with your car, make sure you arrive there 15 minutes before departure.

Once on the island, there’s no need for maps because there is but just one highway with lots of tunnels — make sure that you watch out for sheep because they can come up anywhere and block the road, seemingly seeking some sort of showdown.

First up on your list for this day of your Faroe Islands itinerary, I recommend that you go straight to the north to Trøllanes not only to see the surroundings of the village but to also hike up the mountains to see Kallur lighthouse because the view here is superb. I actually had a hard time finding the trail that leads to this place because there are no signs that lead me to it. Thankfully, my companion and I saw a tour group by the road who were headed to the lighthouse and they gladly invited us to join them.

Basically, somewhere on the road before the village, you will find a small red gate along the fence. This is closed but you can open it — most of the gates on the island are closed not for people, but for sheep.

Once inside, you just have to climb up the hill in the north direction until you see the white Kallur lighthouse . With this in mind: make sure to wear good and comfortable hiking shoes! Rest assured, the climb up isn’t that hard but it can get a bit steep.

On the way back, make sure that you stop by the village of  Mikladalur  to visit  Kópakonan , or the “Seal Woman”, which embodies one of the popular folktales in the islands. Made of bronze and stainless steel, it stands above a rock near a waterfall with a great backdrop of the mountains and the sea. The legend that surrounds this is quite sad and dark though and you can read all about it here.

TIP: Pack your own lunch and snacks because I had a hard time looking for a restaurant in Kalsoy. There was a canteen in Mikladalur but it only served snacks.

◘◘ Visit Gjógv

Gjogv

Just an hour away from Tórshavn, this is the northernmost village on Eysturoy island.

Nominated by the Nordic Council for the Nature & Environmental Award in 2014, this well-preserved town is nestled by mountains on all sides and filled with traditional houses that are made of timber and turf roofs. For those who are fond of hiking, there are also several trails for you to do here!

What’s one thing that you absolutely must NOT miss? it would be the natural harbor that they have which is a picturesque gorge.

◘◘ Dine at Aarstova

Once you’re back in the capital, have some more classical Faroese dishes — but this time around, try some fine dining at  Aarstova !

All About Mountains

The way I see it, the Faroe Islands is a hiker’s dream paradise! In fact, almost all of the best landscapes can be seen via hiking.

But for those who don’t have the stamina for such things (like me) , don’t fret because there are hiking trails that are at an easy level.

Though of course, if you could push yourself — by all means, do so! I have done a difficult hike up the mountain of  Villingardalsfjall , and I was so glad that I pushed myself to do it even if my legs were about to give way. After all, the view that I saw up high was one of the most jaw-dropping landscapes that I’ve ever seen in my life!

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Anyhow, if you think you can’t really do any moderate to high-level hikes during your Faroe Islands itinerary, you can spend this day visiting the villages of Saksun or Gjógv if you haven’t managed to do so in the past few days. You can even revisit the past spots I’ve mentioned if the weather became a lot more favorable for this day.

◘◘ Go up Slættaratindur

Slaettaratindur Mountain: Faroe Islands Itinerary

(Hiking difficulty: medium) Towering at 880 meters, Slættaratindur, or “flat summit” is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands so it’s an absolute must-see!

According to Guinness World Records, this is the world’s longest sight line because due to the light bending effects of the atmosphere, the largest glacier in Iceland called Vatnajökull can be seen from here on a clear day (aside from the fact that you can have awesome views over the whole Faroese archipelago).

For complete hiking instructions, go to this page and scroll to page 22 to 23.

◘◘ Conquer Mt. Villingardalsfjall

Villingardalsfjall

This is the hike that I was talking about — as a non-hiker, this has been one of the most difficult hikes of my life but also one of the most rewarding (together with Norway’s Trolltunga ) !

The whole hike to the top takes 3 to 4 hours with a distance of 6 kilometers yet at a steep height of 841 meters. I can talk on and on about this place, but I think it’s best that you read my blog post below to read more about my experience as well as to see the other views you will witness from its summit:

RELATED READ: Hiking Faroe Islands’ Stunning Mountain of Villingardalsfjall

◘◘ Go on top of Sornfelli Mountain

Sornfelli Mountain

Good news: this does NOT involve hiking so it’s a great addition to your Faroe Islands itinerary.

The top of this mountain plateau near Hotel Føroyar can be reached by car and reaching its amazing viewpoint will only take you a 30-meter walk.

A Mykines Kind of Day

Mykines island is a favorite in the Faroe Islands!

For your Faroe Islands itinerary, you’ll need a whole day for this mostly because the transportation to the island usually only happens in the morning and the ride back in the afternoon. Regrettably, when I visited here, the weather wasn’t good. In fact, once we arrived at the island, we were stranded in a small cafe together with other tourists as we waited for the heavy rain and strong winds to pass.

It still ended up as a great day though because we met a lot of interesting individuals — one of which was a well-known harp player from Ireland who was on tour at that time and who gladly played songs for everyone. Still and the same, before leaving the island, my companion and I braved the rain so that we could at least glimpse at the cute puffins that live on the cliffs!

Anyhow, it’s my wish that you get a good day so that you can see the great sights below.

◘◘ Explore Mykines

Mykines

There are 2 ways to reach Mykines for your Faroe Islands itinerary: by boat or by helicopter .

Remember how I said that helicopters are subsidized by the government of the Faroe Islands? With that in mind, I highly suggest that you take a one-way helicopter trip to this island by booking in advance! I say one way because Atlantic Airways’ helicopters mainly service a round trip route to Mykines in the mornings only from Vagar Airport — so unless you want to spend a night here or two, then feel free to book that round trip ticket.

To see the complete timetable, see this page.  For the boat or ferry, timetable can be found here .

Once you’re on the island, you can hike from the old turf-roofed-filled village to the lighthouse which is at the western end of the islet of Mykineshólmur.

If it’s summertime, make sure to visit some clifftops to see an endless sea of cute puffins nestled in the burrows. After all, this is called the “paradise of birds” so take advantage of this fact and do some birdwatching while you’re there!

As you wait for your ferry back to Torshavn, take your time exploring the small village. One important thing to take note of though is that if you take a helicopter to the island from Vagar Airport, the ferry will land somewhere else and it’s at the port of Sørvágur — so if you parked your car at the airport, you have to do a 20-minute walk back, or you can take the 300 bus . (Details here ).

TIP: Much like Kalsoy, it’s advisable to pack your own lunch and snacks. There’s a small cafe in the middle of the village but it mostly serves light food. NOTE:  Just recently, a new policy has been set that tourists have to pay DKK 100 to travel to the Mykineshólmur lighthouse for maintenance of the birdlife and nature on the island. This fee includes a certified guide to ensure that everyone sticks to the path and not disturb any of the local fauna. For more information, you can contact the Visit Mykines office.

◘◘ See Kirkjubøur

Kirkjubour House

Assuming that it’s summer, by the time that you come back to the main island, it will still be light outside so if you could, make a stopover at  Kirkjubøur .

One notable attraction that you must see here is the huge black building at the center of the village that is called Kirkjubøargarður. It’s arguably the oldest inhabited wooden house in the world with over 17 generations of the same family that’s living there (there are sections that are turned into a museum). It even once housed the episcopal residence and seminary of the Diocese of the Faroe Islands.

You could also visit the old churches that they have such as Magnus Cathedral and Saint Olav. And if you go by the shore, you will see two old stone houses.

Before capping the night, while you’re already in the area…

◘◘ Have dinner at KOKS

KOKS

I highly recommend this restaurant since I have dined here myself!

What’s special about KOKS ? Well, it has been awarded the best restaurant in the Nordic countries in 2015 by the Nordic Prize; plus, it is also the first and the only Michelin star restaurant in the islands.

As a stop on your Faroe Islands itinerary, you’ll love how this restaurant only uses local ingredients, plus it is in a private house that has been turned into a guest room. It also has an open kitchen where you can watch the chef and his assistants cook (but there is a bigger kitchen in the back).

Dining here is obviously not cheap, but if you have the money to spare, I urge you to give it a try. I’ve dined all over the world and this is one of the best places I’ve eaten in. Besides, they surely know how to do pairings!

Basically, dinner here is a tasting menu and you can choose to pick your own drinks or choose their wine pairing or juice pairing set — YES! You read that right, juice pairing!

This might sound boring to you but their juice pairings were simply phenomenal. I never thought that fresh juices can be mixed in such ways that would perfectly complement a dish.

Aaaah… simply put: I hope you get to try it to experience a truly gastronomical feast.

Explore the rest of Tórshavn

We’re now on the last day of your Faroe Islands itinerary and I think it’s time to fully explore and enjoy the main capital of Tórshavn.

Let yourself get lost in the city’s small streets; if not, you can take your pick from the array of activities below as some of your things to do in Faroe Islands…

◘◘ See Tinganes and the center of town

Faroe Islands Itinerary: Tinganes

Tinganes is an area where you can see a beautiful clutter of red wooden houses.

These are one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world that once functioned as meeting places for Vikings. Today, it houses the office of the prime minister. You will rather find the Faroese parliament — the Løgting (‘Law assembly’) — a few streets down.

What’s great about this area too is that there are enough signs and plaques to explain the history of the place.

◘◘ Shop for souvenirs at Öström

Go over to the waterfront and you will this store that’s housed in an old factory building. They sell products made on the islands such as traditional clothes, wool sweaters, postcards, posters, and other design products.

For sure, it’s worth looking into during your Faroe islands itinerary!

◘◘ Try horseriding

Horseriding

You can experience a magnificent horseriding experience in and around Tórshavn and you can do it with the tour provider, Berg Hestar , who uses Icelandic horses.

The experiences vary in difficulty and price range but take note that it’s only allowed for 7 years and older. To protect the horses, there’s also a weight limit of 95 kilos. To book your spot(s), check their website here.

◘◘ Sail with RIB62 to Hestur

This experience will grant you a unique perspective on the Faroe Islands as you sail by the most remote and breathtaking sights that the islands have to offer — one of which is to circle around the nearby island of Hestur .

RIB62 tailors tours upon request every day of the week so feel free to contact them for inquiries. (Departure for this boat tour is from Gamlarætt which is 15 minutes away from Tórshavn).

Wondering where to dine in the Faroe Islands or the local dishes that you must absolutely try? . Check out this blog post to find out: Top Faroe Islands Restaurants .

Booking Essentials

Book an AirBnB

TIP: It’s a good idea to crosscheck the prices with other popular travel insurance providers like World Nomads and HeyMondo (as my reader, you get 5% off)! . However, take note that a travel insurance’s affordability typically means lesser coverage; so please always ensure that you read the fine print in order to decipher which travel insurance company is the right fit for you and your trip!

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Come and check out this list of the top things to do in the Faroe Islands which features the best activities and tours!

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It’s clear to see with this Faroe Islands itinerary that the area has an untouched beauty that’s worthy to be seen and explored! I guarantee you that it is the kind of place that will fit your fancy, NO matter the kind of traveler that you may be.

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This is a great itinerary with all of the island’s highlights. I’d love to come back to tackle Slættaratindur – the weather was terrible when we wanted to ascend it, so we skipped it.

If you plan an coming back, I can really recommend the hike to the abandoned village of Skarð on Kunoy. It’s such a unique place and feels even more remote than most places on the Faroe Islands.

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