8 places to see turf-roofed houses

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MikladalurAre there any turf houses in the Faroe Islands? Do people live in sod roofed houses in the unspoiled archipelago? Are turf-roofs common in the Faroe Islands? Continue reading to find out the best places to experience grass roofs in the Faroe Islands.

In one of the world's greenest islands, being green is not a choice. There are more grass-roofed houses in the Faroe Islands than any other place in the world.

Whether you are visiting the Faroe Islands in the summer or winter, the turf-roofed houses are always fascinating. They are green during summer. In winter the colours on these roofs are yellowish.

The turf-roofed style is the perfect match to the Faroe Islands weather. Here is your guide to 8 places in the Faroe Islands to experience turf houses.

1. Á Reyni


This is the oldest part of Tórshavn with small houses. Most houses here are inhabited and covered with turf-roof. Á Reyni is absolutely among the most charming districts in a capital anywhere.

Standing between these houses is an unmatched experience. It feels like travelling back in time. 

2. Tinganes


Close up to the Á Reyni district you will find the political stamping ground in the Faroe Islands. The Prime Minister’s office is situated in Tinganes. Other ministries are also settled on this peninsula in the heart of Tórshavn.

Most office houses with leading administration are covered in turf-roof. These bred buildings look great with their green grass.

3. Bøur

BøurNewly built houses in the small village Bøur. Just like in the oldest part of the settlement, these houses are sod-roofed. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram. 

When you are heading towards Gásadalur and the famous waterfall Múlafossur, you can stop by, Bøur, the last village before entering the tunnel leading to Gásadalur. In Bøur, there are charming houses on every corner and many of them are turf-roofed.

In a new part of the village, you can stay at Útsýnið. This is a stunning place to accommodate yourself with a fabulous view. The houses are built in an old-fashioned way with turf-roof. From the living room in these houses, you are overlooking Tindhólmur and the famous Drangarnir sea arch.

4. Leitisvatn

House Leitisvatn

You probably want to see the outstanding Trælanípan cliff when you are in the Faroe Islands. Whether you come by car, bicycle or bus, you will park by the lake.

And here you will also see several turf-roofed houses along the lake. During winter there are lightbulbs all along the houses. This is a perfect opportunity for a great winter picture.

5. Hotel Føroyar
Hotel Føroyar

Have you ever seen a turf-roofed hotel? This popular Tórshavn hotel overlooking the capital  has a fantastic roof all covered in grass. Enjoy the view from the hotel and this unusual four stared building in the capital.

Weather can be harsh here during winter. But turf-roofed houses are made for rough weather.

6. Kirkjubøur


You will find the oldest house in the Faroe Islands in Kirkjubøur. It is a traditional Viking farmhouse with a roof covered in grass. The density of turf-roofed houses is highest in Kirkjubøur as almost all houses are turf-roofed.

While you are in Kirkjubøur, you can look inside the old living room in the farmhouse. Everything looks like it did 800 years ago.

7. Saksun

SaksunThe turf houses in Dúvugarðar in the remote settlement Saksun. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram. 

Enjoy an outstanding view from Dúvugarðar. These turf-roofed houses in Saksun are called Dúvugarðar and are truly something special. Dúvugarðar translates directly to the Doves Garden.

You will see the iconic church overlooking the round lagoon from this viewpoint. The church in Saksun is also turf-roofed and is planted alone in outstanding surroundings. The view of the lagoon that you get here is unrivalled.

8. Heima í Havn

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

This is an area famous for its many good restaurants. Heima í Havn is just a short walk from Á Reyni. These cosy houses – most of them painted black – are full of life every evening as guests all over the world want to try the outstanding courses served in restaurants such as Ræst, Barbara Fish house, and Áarstova.

You can also enjoy a beer at the local Mikkeler bar in Tórshavn. All these places are turf-roofed.