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Faroe Islands Itinerary – 5 Scenic and Serene Days

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The Faroe Islands are one of the best destination for travelers looking for stunning, unique scenery without huge crowds. After news broke that just American tourists in Iceland  this year will outnumber the local population, it might be time to find a less busy place to indulge in your landscape love. Despite the Faroe Islands posting similar ratios of tourists to locals, visiting the Faroes is a much quieter experience after having visited both in the same month. If you want some of the most epic backdrops in the world without fighting crowds at every attraction, then follow this 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary for an unforgettable vacation.

Slaettaratindur is the highest peak and one of the many things to see in the Faroe Islands.
This view and more await you on your Faroe Islands itinerary!

As small of a country as it is, the Faroe Islands offers a million things to see and do. A 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary may not be long enough to comprehensively cover everything, but it’ll be a great taste of this beautiful country and will expose  you to unforgettable landscapes and experiences. They say it’s always best to leave them wanting more, right?

Preparing for your 5 Day Faroe Islands Itinerary

The DIY Faroe Islands Itinerary

Any Faroe Islands itinerary is best done as a self-managed, self-driving trip. There’s absolutely no need to book an organized tour with a large group, and it would only detract from the magic of discovering everything yourself with a rental car. Roads are easy to traverse and maps are all clearly marked. I rented my car from Unicar, and while the process of doing so was a bit complicated, I found it well priced and a good experience. However, if wiring money and picking up your car in a parking lot with the keys inside and no attendant turn you off, there are plenty of other conventional places to rent a car in the Faroe Islands. I’m personally a sucker for bidding on my own price for a car via Priceline and have gotten great prices in the past by doing so.

Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best

The Faroe Islands have been known to get a bit foggy from time to time.
The Faroe Islands have been known to get a bit foggy from time to time.

Conditions can vary wildly in the Faroe Islands, with snow and ice in the winter and heavy fog and rain in the summer. With these remote islands being prone to flight delays and cancellations, I highly recommend a travel insurance policy to cover any unexpected delays or other speed bumps in your journey. I always use World Nomads, and find them to be the best coverage for a good price.

Packing Light and Packing Right

I split my 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary into different parts of the country over different days, so it was important for me to stay  mobile. With mobility in mind, I brought my essential camera gear, enough clothing changes for a week (this was part of a month long trip for me), and my mandatory packing cubes to keep everything contained and manageable.

As far as clothing goes, it’s fairly brisk in the Faroe Islands even in the summer, so I was sure to pack a lightweight waterproof rain shell, waterproof hiking boots (I seriously can’t live without these), and plenty of layers. Weather changed on a dime while I was there so I recommend lightweight layers that can easily fit in your day pack without slowing you down.

Now that you’re prepared for a successful trip, let’s get into the details of your 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary!

Day 1: Getting to Know the Faroes

Welcome to the Faroe Islands! Depending on where you came from, you could be arriving early in the day or late in the evening. Whichever it is, don’t let a single moment of your 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary go to waste and start exploring! My flight arrived at 9 pm, but I just couldn’t contain my excitement to start exploring this beautiful country.

After landing at the Vágar airport and collecting your rental car, it’s easiest to check in to your accommodation for the night to drop off any of your things and get situated before heading out. There’s plenty to see in the area around the airport so I recommend staying somewhere nearby as a base for tonight and tomorrow’s activities. I stayed in Sandavágur, a small town located 10 minutes from the airport, and it worked out great.

See What You Can See

If you arrive late like I did and have to get up early the next morning, don’t worry, there are still easy things to see! Just a few meters from my bed and breakfast was a charming waterfall running down the hillside, so I had to go check it out! This waterfall is shallow enough that you can walk right across it, and the hill that it runs down provides a nice panoramic view of all of Sandavágur and its scenic bay.

A beautiful waterfall just steps from our bed 7 breakfast in the Faroe Islands.
Just a few steps from our B&B was this incredible waterfall!

If your flight arrived at a more reasonable time, today would be a perfect day to explore Gásadalur and Sørvágsvatn. Both are very close to the airport and easy to reach by car. I’ll outline both of these destinations in day 3 of this Faroe Islands itinerary, but if you can fit them in today then all the better. If you still have time, take a look around Sandavágur and walk around its picturesque bay. There’s also a very pretty and textbook Nordic church located right in the middle of town that should make for great photos. When you’re all done, get some rest because every day in your Faroe Islands itinerary is full of amazing scenery and exploration.

Where To Stay

Accommodation: B&B Sandavágur

Cost: $117/Night for a double room

Notes: This B&B was extremely charming with great hosts and a beautiful view of Sandavagur. The hosts answered any questions I had and were happy to suggest places to go and things to see. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.

 

Day 2: Choppers, Ferries & Puffins

Day 2 of your Faroe Islands Itinerary is a huge sight seeing day as you’ll be visiting one of the most scenic and remote islands on the Faroes: Mykines. There are no roads going to this westernmost island in the Faroe Islands, so you’ll have to look at the alternatives.

Rolling the Dice

To reach Mykines, you’ll need to either take a government subsidized helicopter or a ferry. If you do reach Mykines by helicopter, you will have to count on the ferry to take you back as the helicopter only allows one-way travel, and the ferry doesn’t run in bad weather! There have been reports on occasion of travelers being stranded on Mykines after the ferry didn’t show up, but thankfully there are generous hosts on the island willing to house unlucky visitors.

If you have an extremely tight schedule, it may be a risky proposition to visit Mykines. However, with a 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary like this one, you have some wiggle room and the scenery is well worth the very small risk.

Getting To And From Mykines

If you can, I recommend departing for Mykines via helicopter. Since it’s subsidized by the government, the cost is quite reasonable ($54 when I took it). The only catch is that, depending on when you visit, it might not be running the day you would like to take it. The helicopter to Mykines operates 3 days a week most of the year and 4 days a week in summers. You can view the timetable and book your trip in advance (advanced booking is mandatory!) at the Atlantic Airways website.

The helicopter system on the Faroe Islands is subsidized to make inter-island travel easy and affordable.
Your taxi awaits!

There are several great reasons to use the helicopter system on your way to Mykines. For starters, it runs earlier and is a quicker trip than the ferry so you can maximize your time there. You’ll have a full extra hour to explore the island if you arrive via helicopter. The second reason the use the helicopter is because it’s awesome! Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to take a helicopter ride over one of the most beautiful countries in the world? It’s a very quick trip but the views are spectacular.

On the way back (and maybe on the way there, if the helicopter timing doesn’t work out), you’ll be taking the ferry. It departs Mykines at 4:20 pm daily (weather permitting) and is a 45 minute journey. Like the helicopter, you’ll have to book in advance through the Mykines website, and you can view the ferry timetable here.

Beautiful Birds and the Scenic Seaside

Puffins in Mykines 01
Puffins hanging out on the Mykines Cliffside. Photo by Davide Goorla.
Alright, now that you’ve gotten here, it’s time to enjoy Mykines! Most people hike from the helipad to the lighthouse on the western tip of the island upon arrival. Along the way and especially near the end you’ll be greeted by the endless sea of Puffins that populate the island.

Some other highlights on Mykines are a tiny bridge over the Atlantic Ocean that you’ll have to cross to reach the western tip of Mykines, and the second most beautiful lighthouse in the Faroe Islands more on that later…). Remember to bring a lunch with you to enjoy a picnic at the lighthouse, as there isn’t exactly a bustling restaurant scene on this island of 14 people.

When you return back from your hike to the lighthouse, you can explore the village of Mykines and admire the turf-roofed houses and steep cliffs surrounding them. There will be plenty of gorgeous scenery to fill your time until the ferry arrives. Make sure you don’t miss it because it won’t wait for you!

After returning from Mykines, seek out some dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening sorting through the incredible photos you took today! Tomorrow is another great sight seeing day with a few options to choose from.

Where To Stay

Accommodation: B&B Sandavágur (again)

Cost: $117/Night for a double room

Notes: It was great last night, so why not stay here again?

 

Day 3: Sights by Land, Sea and Air

Day 3 of your Faroe Islands itinerary will take you to several of the most iconic places in all of the Faroes. Depending on what direction you choose to go with your activities today, you might be putting in a few miles to get the full experience.

Gásadalur

Gasadalur - the most photographed place in the Faroe Islands
If I could cuddle a village, I would do that here.

Start your day with a bang by visiting the most photographed village in the Faroe Islands. Gásadalur is a 30 minute drive from Sandavagur, and the road leading there is one of the Faroe Islands’ notable scenic drives. When you do arrive in Gásadalur, you can reach the famous viewpoint by turning left on a dirt road just before you reach the village. If you cross the river, you’ve gone too far. Besides enjoying the incredible view of the waterfall, it’s also a nice area to explore or enjoy a picnic breakfast. There are walking paths and a bench nearby, bringing a lot of coziness to this small and scenic place.

Sørvágsvatn

Lake Sorvagsvatn, one of the most iconic things to see in the Faroe Islands.
The Faroe Islands is really just nature’s house of illusions.

Also known as Leitisvatn by locals, Sørvágsvatn is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands and home of on one of the other most photographed views in the country. There’s a parking turnoff just to the side of the main road, right where the road and lake bend away from one another. From the parking area, head south towards the ocean. Besides the famous view, the cliffs on the southern end of the island are great to walk around and explore as well.

I’ll be honest, when I first arrived at Sørvágsvatn I hiked to the southwestern tip of the lake and looked EVERYWHERE for the famous view. I grew a bit frustrated that I couldn’t find it, until I decided to climb some steep hills on my way back. Finally, after spending entirely too much time looking , I found it! Be careful when you perch on the cliffside, it’s a big drop and there are some very defensive seagulls there! To find the viewpoint on the map, look for the southern tip (not the southwest end of the lake) where 3 small points stick out from the island. When you’re there, just look for a particularly steep hill around the southern curve of Sørvágsvatn.

Take the High Road or the Low Road

Now you may choose whether you’d like to take a helicopter trip or visit the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs. If you weren’t able to take a helicopter to Mykines or if you just want more of those amazing aerial views,  grab a helicopter ride! If you’ve had enough airtime, then now is a great chance to visit the iconic Vestmanna Bird Cliffs via a boat tour to get up close and personal with puffins and steep cliff walls.

The Helicopter Tour

A view of the Faroe Islands from a helicopter tour.
The view from the top.

So you want to get the prime Faroe Islands overhead view. Where do you fly to and from? I opted for Klaksvik to Tórshavn, but there are less complicated tours to take. My trip involved driving an hour to Klaksvik, getting on a helicopter, completely misunderstanding that I had to get off in Tórshavn (more on that in another post) and eventually hopping on a 2 hour bus ride from the Vágar airport to Klaksvik.

For less hassle (but a shorter trip), you can stick to one area. Alternatively, it’s worth flying from Klaksvik to Tórshavn and finishing your trip there to save some time. 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. If you stick with a shorter helicopter ride, then maybe you can fit in the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs on top of your scenic aerial tour!

Vestmanna Bird Cliffs

For unique views of steep cliffs from below and more Puffin sightings, you should take a tour of the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs. Bookable through the Vestmanna Tourist Center or through Greengate, this 2 hour tour is one of the most popular attractions on the islands. You’ll remain in your boat for the duration of the tour so be sure to pack warm clothing and both your wide and long lenses to take great photos!

If you plan carefully, you can fit both the helicopter trip and the Vestmanna tour in a busy schedule, but a packed Faroe Islands itinerary makes for fond memories and that many more spectacular sights! At the end of your day, drive to the northern town of Klaksvik where you can grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants there and check into your hotel for the evening. Tomorrow you’ll be touring the north!

Where To Stay

Accommodation: Hotel Klaksvik (email them to book)

Cost: $145/Night for a double room

Notes: The only hotel in town as far as I could find. They have a restaurant on location that sometimes serves dinner and always serves breakfast in the mornings, and plenty of eating options within walking distance. If you’re interested in renting an apartment, the Eysturland Lodge seems popular but availability is hard to come by.

 

Day 4: The Dramatic Northern Islands

For a change of pace, day 4 of your Faroe Islands itinerary will feature incredible scenery and dramatic views! You’ll be exploring the beautiful northern islands and villages of the Faroe Islands. My favorite view in the Faroe Islands (and possibly the world!) is part of today’s plan, so get excited!

Kalsoy Island

Set your alarm early and catch the first ferry to Syðradalur, the southern port of Kalsoy Island. You can’t book in advance and pay on the ferry itself (yes, they accept credit cards), and there isn’t much need to arrive terribly early either. I wanted to ensure my spot and arrived 30 minutes before the first departure, but nobody else (including the crew) showed up until maybe 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Any Faroe Islands itinerary will require a bit of driving on one lane roads!
Heading north for a rousing game of Tunnel Chicken!

Upon arrival head directly north until the road ends. Be ready for some “tunnel chicken” (see my driving guide at the end of this post) and park at the parking lot where the road terminates in Trøllanes. There’s an open community house next door with a restroom, kitchen and sitting area where you can prepare for your hike.

When you’re ready, head north west towards a small red gate along the fence. Once you’re through, make your way up the hill however you like and follow the hillside until the very end where you’ll find the Kallur Lighthouse. Make sure you wear shoes with proper ankle support, because the sloping paths along the hill are pretty rough on your feet.

The Kallur Lighthouse is right in the middle of a  jaw-droppingly beautiful setting. It sits in the middle of a cross made up of verdant sheer cliffs dotted with sheep. I couldn’t get over what an amazing place this was, and how lucky I was to get perfect weather on the day I visited!

The Kallur Lighthouse in the Faroe Islands.
It doesn’t get much prettier than this.

Further south on Kalsoy Island you’ll find the village of Mikladalur. Here is the statue of the infamous Seal Woman, who was kidnapped to become a wife and took revenge on all men of the Faroe Islands after escaping. Legend has it that she continues to take lives to this day. It’s a beautiful statue in a great setting by the sea as well.

The legendary Seal Woman of Mikladalur.
And that’s why you don’t kidnap women to be your wives.

Besides the Seal Woman statue, you’ll also find some of the only trees in the Faroe Islands in the village of Mikladalur. There’s a perfectly square park just outside the village that has several walking paths through the “forest,” a great place to stop and take a breather.

Once you’ve had your fill of Kalsoy, head back to Syðradalur to catch the next ferry. Make sure you know the time table so you can figure out when to get in line, and lines do form for the return trip!

Viðareiði Village

Once your ferry lands, head north on highway 70 to Viðareiði, a small village on the island of Viðoy and the northernmost settlement in the Faroe Islands. There is exactly one restaurant in Viðareiði if you decide to eat here, and it’s not particularly cheap either. The village is very picturesque, especially from afar, and is a nice place to visit to get a fully scope of the Faroe Islands.

The Faroe Islands have incredible views from pretty much every place.
The view from the top of town.

For more serious hikers, Viðareiði is also the trailhead for Enniberg, the highest cape in Europe. Although only experienced rock climbers can reach the top, it is possible to go to the end of the hiking trail for great views and beautiful paths that follow the edges of the cliffs. You can view the guide for the hike at this link starting on page 7.

Faroe Islands Scenic Drives

Although you should be making these in any location that fits your Faroe Islands itinerary, now is a great time to partake in some of the scenic drives that the Faroes have to offer. While you drive down to Tórshavn for the night, consult your driving map that you picked up at the airport upon arrival and look for the green scenic drive symbols. See what fits along your route, even if it requires a minor detour. Once you do arrive in the capitol of the Faroe Islands, explore the small but scenic downtown harbor and grab a bite to eat before settling in for the night.

Where To Stay

Accommodation: Hotel Føroyar

Cost: $175/Night for a double room

Notes: A more upscale hotel that enjoys paoramic views of Tórshavn, it’s a bit out of the way. There is a nice restaurant on location but if you prefer to eat in the city (and who wouldn’t?) it’s about 10 minutes to drive downtown. If you prefer something more central, consider Hotel Streym.

 

Day 5

Well, here we are. Day 5 or your 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary. There’s some incredibly scenic stuff in store for you today, as well as a chance to catch up on any activities you may have missed out on due to weather or other circumstances.

Sornfelli Mountain

Sornfelli, one of the many scenic peaks of the Faroe Islands
A great view for almost no effort.

This is a quick and easy stop if you stayed in Hotel Føroyar last night, as it’s located right up the road from it. Not only that, but you can literally drive directly to the top of the mountain and walk 100 feet to the viewpoint! It’s an easy way to roll into your day of sight seeing and checking off the last items on your Faroe Islands itinierary.

Slættaratindur

Slættaratindur is the tallest peak in the Faroe Islands and offers beautiful views of the whole country!
A relatively easy hike will get you to this amazing spot!

Slættaratindur is a must see if you are in the Faroe Islands. It’s the highest peak in the  country, but the hike is actually not terribly difficult up a relatively gentle slope. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the top of this mountain provides the longest line of sight in the world on a clear day, all the way to Iceland. I didn’t have such a clear day, but the clouds enveloping the peak made the view that much more engrossing.

Check Off Your Faroe Islands Itinerary Bucket List

If you’ve finished your Slættaratindur climb with time to spare, it’s time to see anything else that you haven’t had a chance to yet. Did you miss out on something due to rain? Maybe you’d like to check out one of the other highlights you missed like Saksun Village or some more of those incredible picturesque drives. Or perhaps the light wasn’t quite right on one of your previous destinations and conditions are looking more favorable now. At any rate, go explore on your last evening in the Faroe Islands! In order to get the most of your final day, book your flight out early the following morning so that you aren’t under any pressure to meet a departure deadline.

Where To Stay

Accommodation: Hotel Føroyar or Hotel Streym (again)

Cost: $175/Night for a double room

Notes: A more upscale hotel that enjoys paoramic views of Tórshavn, it’s a bit out of the way. There is a nice restaurant on location but if you prefer to eat in the city (and who wouldn’t?) it’s about 10 minutes to drive downtown. If you prefer something more central, consider .

 

Addendum: Driving in the Faroe Islands

It’s extremely easy to rent a car and drive for your entire Faroe Islands itinerary, with almost no traffic and very clear driving rules. Tunnels and bridges connect most of the main islands, with further away islands requiring a helicopter or ferry. Parking was plentiful everywhere I traveled in the Faroe Islands, just be sure to set your handy in-car parking meter at any timed parking spaces!

Tunnel Chicken in the Faroe Islands

You'll encounter a few one-way tunnels on your Faroe Islands itinerary.
To pull over or not to pull over…

There is one intimidating aspect of driving in the Faroe Islands: one way tunnels. In certain places, especially on Kalsoy Island, there are a series of very long, unlit, one-way tunnels. With turn-offs every 100 or so meters, there is plenty of time to duck out of the way once you see oncoming headlights. I started out my trip in the Faroe Islands with extreme caution, ducking out of the way as soon as I saw headlights, only to wait entirely too long as the bolder locals zoomed by. Later on I got the hang of the timing, and it became much more of an even share between me pulling over and the cars going the opposite direction pulling over. I began to enjoy what everyone called “Tunnel Chicken,” growing more comfortable with the one way traffic as the trip progressed.

Find out how to spend 5 scenic and serene days in the stunning Faroe Islands with this 5 day Faroe Islands itinerary!

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37 comments

  • This is a great blog Tim and fantastic photography! We’re headed to these islands in July for four days and will take notes from your itinerary 🙂 . I am wondering if the helicopter you took to reach Mykines was from Vagar airport? Another follow-up to this question is how did you guys handle the logistics on return to get back to your car/starting point?
    Cheers,
    Bharat

    1. Thanks guys, I hope you enjoy your trip! Yes, the helicopter to Mykines is from Vagar airport, and it’s typically the first flight out of the day. As for getting to and from your car, depending on which is easier, you can either park your car at the ferry terminal at Tórshavn and take a bus or taxi from there to the airport before your flight, or drive straight to the airport, take your helicopter flight, and take a bus or taxi from the ferry terminal in Tórshavn back to the airport to pick up your car. You can see the bus timetable for trips between Tórshavn and the airport at http://www.ssl.fo/en/timetable/bus/300-torshavn-airport-soervagur/.

      1. Appreciate your input on this and also bookmarked the timetable link.
        I see the evening 5.05 PM ferry from Mykines to Sørvágur, so I think we can park either at Sørvágur ferry terminal or Vagar airport. Also works well because we are planning to stay the night before around Sørvágur.

        Will get back to you on any further questions, cheers!

    2. Hi Bharat & Supriya
      I live in India and planning to visit Iceland and Faroe Isalnds in the month of August. it will be great if you can share your experience and itinerary………though Tim has already given an elaborate post but still would love to read your experience too …

  • Hi Tim
    loved the post..I live in India and planning to visit Iceland and Faroe island in the month of August. Thanx to you, got all the important and necessary information in you blog.. I would also like to know about the approx expenditure you had to incur for the entire trip. Also any suggestions about the car rental company.

    1. Thanks Madhu, I’m so glad you found it helpful! It’s a bit tricky to pinpoint the exact costs as this was part of a trip to many places, and it depends on where you are coming from and where your next destination is. I can say I spent a bit over $700 on hotels without trying too hard to be frugal, and meals were more expensive than you would find in the USA, although that’s typical for the entire region around the Faroes. For flights, the helicopter trip was $54 per person and $115 per person for round trip flights from Bergen to Vagar airport on Atlantic Airways.

      The rental car company I used was Unicar, and I would recommend them. Their prices were good and it was an overall good experience, even though they have an unmanned pickup and drop off.

  • Hello, Tim!!!
    What a luck that yesterday occasionally I found your site and read your story about Faroe Islands. In the first week of June my wife and I will travel to this amazing place. I already prepared everything for itinerary of 8 days. After reading your story I decided to change the plan of one of the days and to visit The Kalsoy Island. Only one thing I afraid about. Is the path to go uphill difficult or moderated?
    Thank you very much!!!

    1. Hi Igor! I’m so glad you found it helpful and that you added a day for Kalsoy, it’s totally worth it. The path to the lighthouse is not particularly well moderated and it can be difficult at times. The first climb you reach is a bit tough, and the angle of the path to the lighthouse can make your feet hurt a bit since they will constantly have pressure from the side. Even though it’s a bit tough, it was my favorite hike in the Faroes and one I can’t recommend highly enough!

  • Hello Tim!
    Once again I want to thank you. We have already came back from Faroe Islands. It was one of best vacations we ever had. Sure we visited Kalsoy, sure we reached the light house. It was exactly like you explained. Majestically, breathtaking. I also recommend it to all your follower in this blog.

    1. Thanks Igor, I’m so happy to hear that! The trek to the Lighthouse is a little tricky but SO worth it! It makes my day to hear that I helped you plan your trip and make it everything you hoped it would be!

  • Hi Tim,
    It is an awesome post. I am planning to visit either Faroe or Lofoten during last week of Sep and your post made me inclined towards Faroe. But, am wondering on the weather towards end of Sep. Any suggestions please?
    Regards,
    Kavya

    1. I actually visited both Lofoten and the Faroes in the same trip! If you only have a week, it’s definitely best to pick one or the other, though. The weather in September should still be decent, although you can expect a bit more wind and rain than I witnessed. You’ll still have plenty of daylight and there shouldn’t be any snow yet, but you can never be sure about anything when it comes to weather! All of these considerations will also be the same for Lofoten, except amplified since it is farther north. Hope that helps and I’m glad you found the post useful!

  • Hi I really need to ask you if you can tell more or less where is the waterfall of the picture (the one close to the bed and breakfast in Sandavagur) and what do you mean for “just a few steps from our B&B”, 5 minutes, 10 minutes? Thanks we are going there in August and we need a particular spot like that one in your picture for a little photo project my daughter needs to do. Thank you so much if you can help me!

  • Amazing and very descriptive post and actually all of them.. thank you so much. will be waiting for more posts like these and especially the ones when u tell itineraries. your itineraries are awesome and fully packed with lot of stuff for the whole day. Love it.

  • I so loved the Faroe Islands! I was there last August/September and the trip has been a blast. I would not be able to pick any “favorite spot” cause I truly enjoyed most of them. If you haven’t been yet, I recommend you the hike to the viewpoint that overlooks the island of Tindholmur next time. The whole walk is very easy and spectacular, but when you get to the end the real fun begins! 🙂

    1. Ah, you mean Drangarnir?! I thought that was a super long and difficult walk. I am separating a whole day for that. You are right, the scenery is incredible! Can’t wait to go next August! 🙂

  • Hi, thanks for this blog post! I’m planning to follow this itinerary at the end of this month. I was wondering if you had the Google Maps coordinates for the Sørvágsvatn viewpoint you mentioned was difficult to find? I’m not quite sure I see the “3 points” you noted on Google Maps. Thanks!

        1. It’s not that long of a hike, probably 30-45 minutes if you go directly to the viewpoint. I spent around 2-2.5 hours at the lake, and that was with my searching around for the viewpoint and going all the way to the end of the island (which I still do recommend doing!).

  • We love love love your blog! So helpful and I believer yours quite the only blog on the helicopter routes. Your photos and your description are so vivid and we are getting excited for our upcaiming trip.

    Can we ask if your know where is the Tórshavn helipad? Is it easy to get to? Wondering if we shd just call a cab or drive there. We are travelling w our 7 year old so we are kinda nervous if Faroe Islands is child friendly. Do you see may children in Faroe Islands?

    Thank you again!

    1. I’m happy to help! The helicopter pad is easy to reach and can be found here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Helipad,+Tórshavn,+Faroe+Islands/@62.0019964,-6.7739775,15.71z/. The Faroe Islands are quite easy to drive around in and I would call them generally family friendly with the exception of a few tougher hikes. I can’t say I noticed all that many families in the Faroes while I was there, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a good place to go with children and wouldn’t hesitate to visit if I had children of my own.

  • Dear Tim,

    Thanks so much for reverting so fast! I would like to seek your opinion on the following— do you think I can visit both Gásadalur and Sovagsvatn Lakes in under 5 hours? Am I too ambitious? And we are wondering if it’s easy to do on our own or simply hire a guide? Thanks again.

    1. No problem! 5 Hours should be doable, Gásadalur and Sørvágsvatn are both very nearby one another and Gásadalur doesn’t take that long to visit, it’s very small. Most of your time will be spent walking around Sørvágsvatn and finding cool viewpoints. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to hire a guide for pretty much any place in the Faroes, it’s really quite easy to get around. Just check your maps before you go out and you’ll be in great shape!

  • Thanks again Tim for your invaluable input. I will follow your travel blogs closely and I wish you well and happy travels. You have blessed us with your adventures.

  • Hi again, my friend! You mentioned Slaettaratindur. How was the hike up and down? How long each? Do you think hiking poles/sticks would be nice to use there?
    Thank you once again!

    1. It wasn’t too bad at all, I would say planning an hour each way is a conservative number. It is consistently uphill but it’s a fairly gentle slope. I feel like hiking poles would just get in your way because of the incline, especially near the top where it gets rocky! Well worth it for the views, the picture at the top of this post is from there!

  • Hi Tim, Thanks for sharing your experience with Faroe! I was wondering how you got around the islands you ferried to. For the Mykines, is it mostly walking around? And for Kalsoy (to the lighthouse) and Viðareiði Village, it sounds like you drove upon arrival. Did you ferry with your car? Thanks again for sharing your wisdom! We can’t wait to explore Faroe Islands.

    1. Hi Michelle! Apologies for the late response, I just returned from being off the grid for a bit. You pretty much nailed the driving situation. Mykines is a walking island, and I drove my car on to the ferry to Kalsoy where it was a fairly short drive to Trøllanes (but it would be too far to walk). Viðareiði is reachable without a ferry or any other alternative transportation, you can drive straight there 🙂 Please report back after your trip, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Great trip report and pictures! I am leaving for the Faroe Islands next week. I will be staying there for a week, although, since I cannot drive, I have chosen fewer places to visit because I will only be using public transportation. Your report has gotten me more excited than I already was!

    1. Thanks, Orlando! The Faroes have a pretty good bus (and helicopter, obviously) system so you should still be able to get around. Maybe you can try and find fellow travelers in a Facebook group or on Reddit to link up with if you want to get to the more remote spots if you’re still interested in that. I hope your trip goes well no matter what, it’s a beautiful country!

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