The Best Routes For The Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi
So, you want to get the prime overhead view of the Faroe Islands. I can’t blame you, the Faroes have some of the most unique topography on the planet, and viewing them from above is the perfect way to take it all in. Thankfully the government subsidizes a Faroe Islands helicopter taxi to make the whole process affordable and frequent.
Considerations for the Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi
Although the Faroe Islands helicopter taxi is relatively easy to use, there are still many things to consider if you’re taking it purely for the scenery. Where do you fly to and from? How do you get back? The helicopter only takes passengers one way, so you’ll have to do some planning if you need to return to your hotel or rental car.
I opted for the Klaksvik to Vágar route, but there are less complicated tours to take. My trip involved driving an hour to Klaksvik from Sandavágur, getting on a helicopter, completely misunderstanding that I had to get off in Tórshavn (more on that shortly…) and eventually hopping on a 2 hour bus ride from the Vágar airport to Klaksvik. The trip ended up consuming my entire afternoon, although it was well worth it.
For less hassle (but a shorter trip), you can stick to short route in one area, like Tórshavn to Vágar. Alternatively, it’s worth flying from Klaksvik to Tórshavn and finishing your trip there to save some time and avoid the Tórshavn “layover.” You can plan and book your helicopter schedule via the Atlantic Airways timetable.
As I mentioned before, keep in mind that the helicopters only take passengers one way, so you’ll have to make arrangements for your return trip. I took the 2 hours bus ride from the Vágar Airport to Klaksvik, where I stayed that night.
It Pays To Follow Instructions
Remember the Tórshavn “layover” I mentioned? If your route goes through Tórshavn on certain days, you’ll be required to exit there and re-board later in the day (approximately 2 hours later) to continue. I didn’t understand this rule and it led to some significant complications. Because I misunderstood and stayed on the helicopter, continuing onwards from Tórshavn, I got a long trip from there all the way to Froðba in the south and then back.
I was VERY lucky that it worked out and that they didn’t have a full load on any legs of that part of my trip. Had the helicopter been fully booked on any part, I could have ended up stranded on a remote island like Stóra Dímun with a population of 7 people for the night! I got lucky despite my misunderstanding, but I can’t emphasize enough that YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS BECAUSE IT CAN RUIN YOUR ENTIRE TRIP. At least I got a longer helicopter ride than anybody else does!
Worthwhile Faroe Islands Helicopter Routes
The routes available to you as a sightseer will vary depending on the day of the week you travel. Faroe Islands helicopter taxi routes are only available Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, so plan your ride for one of those days during your trip to the Faroes. Thanks to my accidental full Faroe Islands tour, I can tell you that the scenery was slighty more interesting in the north but still spectacular everywhere. The north has nice views of islands and cliffs, while in the south going from Tórshavn to Vágar will give you great views of Sørvágsvatn.
Buses and Ferries
The bus system in the Faroe Islands is very easy to use and doesn’t require any advance booking. Just be at the terminal at your departure time and pay the bus driver directly, even with a credit card! You can view the timetable here, with the most relevant routes for you most likely being the 300 route between Tórshavn and the airport, and the 400 route between Klaksvik and Tórshavn.
The only ferry route I will discuss here is the number 7 Tvøroyri to Tórshavn route, which will take you to and from the southernmost island of Suðuroy and the capital city Tórshavn. This route will take about 2 hours to complete, but it doesn’t hurt to leave yourself some extra buffer in case of any weather delays.
And just for good measure, remember to check the Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi timetable before your trip, including the “changes” tab to make sure you don’t get surprised by any schedule changes. Now, on to the best sightseeing routes you can take on the Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi!
If You’re Based In The North
Leaving on a Wednesday
There aren’t many good options for a helicopter flight if you’re based in the north for Wednesday. Your best bet is the 2:40 pm flight from Klaksvik to Vágar and then bussing back to Klaksvik, which is actually rather easy albeit time consuming. If a 12 min flight is long enough for you and you’d like to save time, then you can stop at Tórshavn and bus back to Klaksvik from there.
Leaving on a Friday
Friday has some better routes for sightseeing, depending on how patient you feel. You could take the morning 6:50 bus from Klaksvik to Tórshavn, then the 9:05 bus from Tórshavn to the Vágar airport. From there you can fly from Vágar to Klaksvik from 11:10-11:34 and still have your entire afternoon free. Alternatively, you can fly directly from Klaksvik to Tórshavn at 1 pm, spend a 2 hour “layover” in the city, then fly from Tórshavn to Vágar at 3:09 pm. You’ll have to take the bus from the airport to Tórshavn and then a separate bus from Tórshavn to Klaksvik afterwards.
Leaving on a Sunday
There are 2 decent choices for helicopter rides today. The first is flying from Vágar airport at 1:00 pm to Tórshavn, spending a 40 minute layover there, then flying from Tórshavn to Klaksvik. This route is a bit complicated because there are no good bus shedules to get you to the airport around the right time, so it would be easiest to take a taxi. Additionally, the 40 minute layover isn’t quite long enough to go see anything during that time, but it’s long enough to be cumbersome.
The alternative is a later afternoon 3:12 pm flight from Klaksvik to Vágar airport with no layover, and then then take the bus back to Klaksvik. This one actually works great because the bus times line up perfectly with the flight, so I would say this is your best option for a Sunday scenic flight on the Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi.
If You’re Based In The South
Leaving on a Wednesday
If you’re looking for a longer journey today, then hop on the number 7 ferry from Tórshavn to Tvøroyri at 8:30 am, arriving at the southern island of Suðuroy at 11 am. From there, you’ll have an hour and a half to explore the area before hopping on your 12:35 helicopter from Froðba to Tórshavn. This trip will have you back in the capital by 1:04 pm, leaving you a full afternoon to spend however you wish!
If you’d rather have a quick, 12 minute afternoon Faroe Islands helicopter tour, then you can take the 2:52 pm flight from Tórshavn to Vágar. It’s a short but sweet trip that will take you past Sørvágsvatn for its famous views. Afterwards, simply take the bus back from the airport to Tórshavn and you’ll be all set!
Leaving on a Friday
Today’s journey involves a different set plans, this time flying south and taking the ferry back to the capital. Spend the morning sleeping in or exploring the islands before departing on the 1:12 pm flight from Tórshavn to Froðba. You’ll arrive at 1:41 after flying past the remote island of Stóra Dímun. From there, you’ll have almost 2 hours to explore Suðuroy and get to the ferry terminal before departing on the 3:30 ferry back to Tórshavn, where you’ll arrive at 6:30 pm, just in time for dinner!
As a shorter alternative, there’s always the reliable Tórshavn to Vágar Faroe Islands helicopter route departing from the captial at 3:09 pm, or the opposite Vágar airport to Tórshavn flight which departs at 11:10 am, leaving your afternoon wide open. As always, be sure to check the bus time table to arrange for your return trip.
Leaving on a Sunday
The longer helicopter tour route for today involves a bit of commuting, but it’s essentially the opposite of the route I took and I loved it. Begin by taking the number 400 bus from Tórshavn to Klaksvík at 10:50 am and arriving up north at 12:25 pm. You’ll have nearly 3 hours to explore Klaksvík or grab a bite to eat, then find your way to the Klaksvík helicopter pad before your 3:12 pm departure time (I recommend asking a hotel or restaurant to call a taxi, the helipad is a bit out of the way). Once you depart, you’ll have a nearly 25 minute flight from Klaksvík to the Vágar airport, where you can hop on the number 300 bus back to Tórshavn.
Again, if you would like a shorter, less complicated flight path, you can either fly from Vágar to Tórshavn from 1:00 pm to 1:12 pm, or fly the opposite path from Tórshavn to Vágar from 3:24 pm to 3:36 pm. If you can fit it in your schedule, I still recommend the longer Faroe Islands helicopter route to get the most bang for your buck.
Oh, The Things You’ll See
With so many jaw-dropping views available from a Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi, you really can’t go wrong. On my mistakenly-extended flight, I saw the dramatic cliffs of the north, beautiful Sørvágsvatn in the south, and the mysterious Stóra Dímun, an island with only one house and a helipad on it! During our ride back to Tórshavn, our pilots even received a call on the radio to circle the bay in search of an oil spill, so I had the added bonus of some steep banked turns and an even longer ride (I wouldn’t plan on that happening on every helicopter flight, though!).
In the end, no matter which Faroe Islands Helicopter Taxi ride you take, there’s no way you won’t get incredible views. So take a look at your Faroe Islands itinerary, figure out what schedule works for you, and take to the skies!