Planning an epic road trip in the Faroe Islands? Read my Faroe Islands itinerary, and you will know exactly how to spend five days in the North Atlantic archipelago.
With more sheep than people populating the Faroe Islands, it’s quite obvious that the 18 small islands consist of mostly nature. Beautiful, unspoiled nature.
The Faroe Islands are volcanic islands located halfway between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean, and the scenery you find here is unique.
Experience jaw-dropping landscapes around every corner and see almost unbelievable rock formations, stunning waterfalls, lush valleys and adorable villages on an adventurous road trip.
Here is my personal Faroe Islands itinerary for a five-day road trip to ensure you make the most of your time and see the best of the Faroe Islands.
Day 1 – Vágar
Gásadalur, Leitisvatn/Sørvágvatn and Trøllkonufingur
You will most likely travel to the Faroe Islands by plane, and then you will arrive at the Faroe Islands’ only airport on the island Vágar.
On Vágar you find some of the archipelago’s most famous spots.
Located close to the airport, Gásadalur is a great destination to start your Faroe Islands holiday.
Gásadalur is placed in a lush green valley tucked between mountains and is a sight for sore eyes. In this little village with only 18 inhabitants, you find the picture-perfect Múlafossur waterfall that you have probably seen tonnes of photos of on Instagram. It is indeed one of the Faroes’ highlights. And when you walk the 400 metres from the road to the lookout-spot, you understand why!
Next stop is Leitisvatn/Sørvágvatn that is the largest lake in the Faroes located close to the town Miðvágur.
You can hike to the end of the lake where you find Bøsdalafossur waterfall. But before you go there, you should follow the cliffs to the left after reaching the bench at the cove of Trælanípa and find the spot from where it looks like the lake is hovering over the ocean. The view is simply breathtaking!
The hike is 4,5 kilometres long and takes around 1,5 hours to complete. It’s an easy hike where you walk on a gravel path most of the way. However, it can be quite muddy and slippery so make sure to wear shoes with a good grip. I wore my sneakers and admitted, I slipped.
Last stop on day one is Sandavágur where you find Trøllkonufingur.
A short hike from the outskirts of Sandavagúr, a monolith rises from the sea. The monolith’s Faroese name is Trøllkonufingur meaning troll woman’s finger, which is exactly what the rock formation looks like.
The hike to Trøllkonufingur is three kilometres long back and forth and takes around 40 minutes. The majority of the time you walk on a paved path, making the hike easy to complete.
Of course, Trøllkonufingur is the highlight of this hike, but it also offers amazing views of the islands Koltur and Hestur among others.
Day 2 – Vágar
On day two the only thing on the agenda is to explore Drangarnir, the spectacular sea stacks located between the incredibly looking islet Tindhólmur and Vágar.
You can see Drangarnir from the scenic drive between the villages Bøur and Gásadalur but to get close, you have to book a boat tour or a hike. If you are a keen adventurer and like to get off the beaten path, I definitely recommend the latter!
The hike to Drangarnir is a 12-kilometre return trip that takes around five hours. There is no path on the way to Drangarnir and most of the time you walk in sheep tracks on more or less steep slopes. Especially the last third of the hike is quite challenging and definitely not suitable for everyone. However, if you make it to the lookout-spot, you are rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the most famous Stóri Drangur (large sea stack) with the shape of an open arch and Lítli Drangur (small sea stack), and the striking islet Tindhólmur in the background.
In 2018, the Faroe Islands have changed the rules so that you can only hike to Drangarnir with a guide. The hiking tours run from April to September every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and start at 12 pm at the Effo gas station in the town Sørvágur. The cost is 550 DKK.
I can highly recommend staying at Drangarnir for sunset. And for an additional cost of 100 DKK, it’s possible to arrange to be picked up by a boat so you don’t have to walk back in the darkness.
You can read more and book your hike to Drangarnir here.
Day 3 – The Northern islands
Viðoy, Borðoy and Kalsoy
On day three of your Faroe Islands holiday, you should go to the rougher Northern islands of Viðoy, Borðoy and Kalsoy.
Start in Viðoy and go to Viðareiði that is the northernmost village on the Faroes. With its location in a valley surrounded by tall cliffs and with spectacular views of the nearby islands, Viðareiði is beautiful.
There are around 60 churches on the Faroe Islands, and in Viðareiði you find one of the most famous ones.
The church of Viðareiði was built in 1892 and is apparently the fifth church on this location after the first four ones have been taken by the raging waves smashing against the shore.
Next stop is Borðoy and the town Klaksvík from where you take the ferry to Syðradalur on Kalsoy.
On Kalsoy you should go to Trøllanes on the north side of the island and hike to Kallur Lighthouse.
The hike starts at the red gate to the left from the main road and is a five-kilometre return trip that takes around 1,5 hours. There is no path that leads you to the lighthouse, but go north and you are walking in the right direction.
On the way to the lighthouse, you should make sure to look back a few times and enjoy the incredible view of the neighbouring islands of Borðoy and Viðoy before you reach Kallur Lighthouse and have an amazing 360° view of the whole area.
From the lighthouse, you can walk on a narrow path to the spot from where the famous National Geographic photo that shows Kallur Lighthouse and the giant vertical cliff Cape Enniberg is taken. When I visited Kalsoy, it was very windy and rainy and I didn’t dare walk to the spot. Instead, I was just amazed by the view of the 700-metre high cliff.
The hike to Kallur Lighthouse is fairly easy, however, because you walk on grass, it can be quite muddy and slippery. Especially when you walk downhill on the way back from the lighthouse to the red gate, be careful. I fell a few times.
On Kalsoy you should also pay the little village Mikladalur a visit to see the statue of Kópakonan (seal woman) before you take the ferry back to Klaksvík.
You can check out the Kalsoy ferry schedule here.
Day 4 – Eysturoy and Streymoy
Gjógv, Tjørnuvík, Saksun and Vestmanna
First stop on day four is Gjógv.
Gjógv is a charming and beautiful little village located on the north side of Eysturoy tucked between mountains and the ocean.
Gjógv is the Faroese word for gorge, and the village is named after the 200-metre long gorge that serves as a tiny harbour. Before the road to the village was built in the 1960s, the harbour was vital for the inhabitants as it was the only way to reach Gjógv.
Despite seeing the gorge and the surrounding area from the different lookout-spots, make sure to walk around in the little streets and experience the many colourful houses.
The road to Gjógv is a winding mountain road that passes the Faroe Islands’ tallest mountain Slætteratindur among others. The road is an attraction in itself so devote some time to it.
Next stop is Tjørnuvík.
Tjørnuvík is mainly famous for being a prime spot for watching the two giant sea stacks, Risin and Kellingin (the giant and the witch). They stand at a height of respectively 68 and 71 metres.
The tale goes that Iceland was jealous of the Faroe Islands and wanted to bring the archipelago closer. Therefore, Iceland sent Risin and Kellingin to do the job. The two came to the Faroes and tried to push the islands onto the giants back unsuccessfully. They tried during the whole night, and when the first sunlight appeared the morning after at dawn, they turned to stone. They have stood there ever since and looked at Iceland.
You can also see Risin and Kellingin from Eiði near Gjógv on Eysturoy from where you are closer to the sea stacks.
The Faroe Islands are full of beautiful spots, but the one place that surprised me the most with its beauty was Saksun.
Remotely located on the northern side of Streymoy near a little inlet between tall mountains, Saksun is situated splendidly. Combined with a picturesque church and cute cabins, this has to be the Faroe Islands most idyllic spot.
In Saksun, you should explore the church and the cabins and take the short hike along the inlet to the sea for some picture-perfect views.
However, you shouldn’t walk to the remote cabin that you have probably seen tonnes of photos of on Instagram. Sadly, it’s private property, which should be respected.
Last stop on day four is Vestmanna where you find one of the Faroe Islands biggest attractions, the Vestmanna Birdcliffs.
On a boat tour to Vestmanna Birdcliffs, you sail along tall mountains, steep cliffs, striking sea stacks and into dark caves, and if you take the trip during summer, you will most likely see tonnes of birds such as puffins, guillemots and fulmars – apparently there is a reason why they are called the Birdcliffs.
I visited Vestmanna in late September where most birds had left for the sea and where the wind stopped us from going to the most spectacular sea stacks on the north side. The tour was fine anyway, but I would love to go again and get the full experience one day.
You can read more about the boat ride and book your own tour here.
Day 5 – Streymoy
Last day you are going to spend the whole day exploring the Faroe Islands capital, Tórshavn.
With its approximately 21.000 inhabitants, Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, but that doesn’t mean the town hasn’t anything to offer its visitors.
There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area.
Stroll around Tinganes, Tórshavn’s historical core and explore the beautiful harbour; indulge in great national and international food; grab a Faroese beer at a vibrant bar; go to some of the interesting spots in the surrounding area such as Kirkjubøur and Nolsoy island or simply just enjoy that you are surrounded by people, which you probably haven’t been the first four days.
Best time to visit
Admitted, the weather in the Faroe Islands can be pretty bad, and if you plan to get a nice tan during your visit, you should go somewhere else. Most days are cloudy and windy.
However, due to the Gulf Stream, the temperatures in the archipelago are quite mild considering the location – the Faroe Islands are located more north than the southern part of Greenland! During summer it’s 13 degrees on average and during winter it’s 3 degrees on average.
In addition, the islands enjoy long days during summer with 19,5 hours of daylight being maximum on 21 June.
The bright days during summer are the main reason why June, July and August are considered high season and the best time to visit the Faroe Islands.
However, if you come during winter, you have got high chances of seeing the northern light.
How to get there
Flights to the Faroe Islands
If you want to get to the Faroe Islands the fastest way possible, you should go by air.
Atlantic Airways has several daily flights from Copenhagen, Denmark and flights from Reykjavík, Iceland, Edinburg, Scotland and different airports in Norway. In addition, they have occasional flights from other destinations in Europe.
SAS has direct flights from Copenhagen, Denmark every day except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Momondo (affiliate link) is my preferred site for finding cheap flight tickets.
Ferries to the Faroe Islands
If you are more into slow travel, you should go by sea.
You can sail to the Faroe Islands from Hirtshals, Denmark and Seyðisfjørðu, Iceland with Smyril Line.
The ferry from Hirtshals operates once or twice per week depending on the season and takes approximately 1,5 days.
The ferry from Seyðisfjørðu operates twice per week and takes around 19 hours.
How to get around
I would venture to say that there is only one way to get around on the Faroe Islands and that is by car. Most islands are connected by tunnels, making it very easy to get around by car.
There are several car rental companies located at the airport and in Tórshavn. I used 62°N, which was great and highly recommendable.
Note that the sub-sea tunnels are toll roads. The cost of using the tunnels is 100 DKK per tunnel, but you can also buy a pass that allows you to use all tunnels as much as you want to for 300 DKK.
Public transport (buses and ferries) runs between bigger towns and villages on the Faroes.
In addition, Atlantic Airways has a public helicopter service that operates between some islands. The service is mostly for the remote villagers, but if the seats aren’t taken, you can buy them – it’s probably the cheapest helicopter ride you will ever find.
The Tórshavn city buses are free of charge.
Where to stay
Havgrím Seaside Hotel 1948
If you are in search of a charming boutique hotel, you should choose Havgrím Seaside Hotel 1948. The building that houses Havgrím Seaside Hotel 1948 is known as the Commodore’s House; a beautiful white building situated right on the shore. The hotel has undergone a recent restoration but has kept the original style and decór. Read more, check availability and prices and book your stay here (affiliate link).
Yviri við Strond 14, Tórshavn (www)
With its 216 rooms, Hotel Føroyar is the largest hotel in the Faroe Islands and one of only two four star hotels in the archipelago. Hotel Føroyar is located in beautiful surroundings a little outside the Tórshavn town centre and offers visitors nice and modern facilities. The traditional grass roof and the incredible views of the island Nolsoy will make sure you won’t forget you are in the Faroes. Read more, check availability and prices and book your stay here (affiliate link).
Oyggjarvegur 45, Tórshavn (www)
There are only two hostels in the Faroe Islands, and they are both located in Tórshavn. 62N Guesthouse is centrally located and is the best choice if you want a cheap stay. The hostel has several room options where all types of rooms are nice and simple with the basics you need. In addition, 62N Guesthouse has great facilities including a shared kitchen and dining area. Read more, check availability and prices and book your stay here (affiliate link).
Dr. Jakobsens gøta 14-16, Tórshavn
Magenta Boutique Guesthouse
Stepping inside Magenta Boutique Guesthouse is like stepping inside a romantic dollhouse from the 1950s. The hotel has seven rooms that are decorated with traditional old-style furniture and plenty of beautiful details. Magenta Boutique Guesthouse is centrally located in the biggest town on Vágar, Miðvágur. Read more, check availability and prices and book your stay here (affiliate link).
Jatnavegur 31, Miðvágur (www)
Located in Gjógv, Gjáargarður Guesthouse is a great choice if you want to stay in beautiful and quiet surroundings during your time in the Faroe Islands. Gjáargarður Guesthouse is charming and reminds me a bit of a classic ski chalet where wood is the dominant material. The hotel has nice rooms and great facilities including a great restaurant, a kiosk and several conference rooms. Read more, check availability and prices and book your stay here (affiliate link).
Dalavegur 20, Gjógv (www)
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