What is there to experience in the Faroe Islands when staying for a week? Which places should I definitely visit during the stay? This is your short 7 days guide to the beautiful, beautiful Faroe Islands added with good to know travel information.
The Faroe Islands is one of the most remote parts of Europe. When staying in this Nordic archipelago for one week, you will get the chance to see many of the great attractions in one of the most remarkable travel destinations in the world. There are in total 18 unspoiled islands. This comprehensive itinerary will let you explore seven of these islands.
When you are planning your journey to the Faroe Islands, you will learn that there is plenty more to see than you had assumed. Here is a short list of the popular sights that you will explore in this seven days itinerary in the Faroe Islands.
You travel by ease in the Faroe Islands. Photo by Our Visual Journal.
The roads are good and the islands are well connected by undersea tunnels, bridges and ferries. There are basically three different ways to move across the many attractions in the Faroe Islands. All transport options are safe, good and will vary in price. You can get around the islands either by:
When going for a car rental, expect to get a new car. All cars are in excellent condition. You can add a GPS at an extra cost but you will do perfectly without this extra gear. There are only some 600 kilometres of roads in the Faroe Islands so do not expect to get lost! All roads are well maintained.
If you want to take public transport, go for the public Travel Card which comes in two variation 4-day or 7-day. The price for a 4-day Travel Card is 77 USD and the 7-day card costs 109 USD. Read more about how to get from the airport to Tórshavn and your transport options in the Faroe Islands.
If you want everything to be served for you, then book guided tours including transport to the top attractions. The duration of these day tours range from 3 hours to 10 hours depending on where you are going. There are guided day tours to literally all attractions in the Faroe Islands provided by several tour operators.
The waterfall in Gásadalur village is one of the main Faroe Islands attractions.
Start your Faroe Islands holiday by visiting the small village Bøur. This cute village is situated only a short drive from the airport where all flights to Faroe Islands land. In Bøur you will have a great view towards the Tindhólmur islet and the Drangarnir sea-stacks. Enjoy walking in between old turf-roofed houses and narrow paths.
Tindhólmur is the quaintest and most strikingly beautiful islet in the Faroes. Its shape proclaims the monstrous destructiveness of ocean storms. On the near side this half-mountain sweeps steeply downwards to low flat shelves of pasture land reaching to the rocky shore. You will have the best view of Tindhólmur from the village Bøur.
This one week Faroe Islands itinerary will take you to these locations.
From there, head further down the road and pass the tunnel to the isolated village Gásadalur. This is the village where you will find the famous Múlafossur Waterfall. Feel the immense power of nature when standing at the edge and looking at the water cascading into the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to take a stroll through the small village of Gásadalur where you will get a true sense of how rural life is still lived in the Faroe Islands.
Now, head over to the main island Streymoy. Most visitors stay in capital Tórshavn on the Streymoy island. Before you get to Tórshavn, make sure to stop by Norðradalur. In order to see Norðradalur you will take the old mountain road from Kollfjarðardalur. Turn left when you see the gas station EFFO. From here you will start a 20 minutes journey through mountain terrain.
The roads in the Faroe Islands are really good. The mountain road or Oyggjarvegurin to Tórshavn is fine, though it is not in as good condition as the roads in general. After a 15 minutes drive turn right again when you see a sign "Norðradalur". From the top of the hillside Norðradalsskarð, you will see gorgeous landscapes and you will have a fantastic view of the Norðradalur valley with the tiny village just beside the coast.
Also, you will see the island Koltur from the Norðradalsskarð. The population on the Koltur islands is: 1 person. Yes, only one person!
The impressive Fossá Waterfall. Photo by Ryan Fields on Instagram.
Start your first full day here by visiting Saksun. This picturesque village attracts most visitors due to its beautiful surroundings. You will get a real taste of the great outdoors when walking around the old houses in Saksun from where you will have an amazing view of the tidal lagoon and the white church with one of the best views that you can imagine.
Next, head to Tjørnuvík the northernmost settlement on Streymoy island. Here you will see the rugged nature and the fantastic village that lies by the end of a steep valley. Here the weather is ever changing as the Faroe Islands weather does in general. One minute there is blue sky the next minute rain and clouds.
Before you reach Tjørnuvík, you will pass Fossá Waterfall that drops beautiful in two different plateaus. You will enjoy this waterfall the most during a rainy day or just after heavy rain.
Mykines is the best island to experience puffins. Tours to Mykines are only done from May to August. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also known as @vialma on Instagram.
Spend your third day exploring the most sought-after island Mykines. Tours to Mykines are only available in the summer season from May 1st to late August. If you are in the Faroe Islands in low season, you can visit the island Nólsoy just outside of Tórshavn. In order to get to Nólsoy, you will take the public ferry from the harbour in Tórshavn with several departures each day.
When you are in the Faroe Islands during the summer months, make sure to book a Mykines tour. Read everything about this puffin island in our guide to Mykines island. If you want to explore the stunning sight on Mykineshólmur islet where there is a lighthouse at the very tip, a tour guide is recommended.
The view of Viðareiði is rewarding. Photo by Joshua Buchenau known as @joshbvchenav on Instagram.
Embark on a journey to the Northern islands. Head to the northernmost village Viðareiði where you will experience the great mountains Villingdalsfjall (844 m), which comes to an end at Enniberg (754 m), Europe's highest sea cliff, and Malinsfjall (751 m).
In Klaksvík you can go for a short hike up to Klakkur. This is an easy hike with a rewarding panoramic view of the town Klaksvík on one side and to the other Kalsoy island and Eysturoy island. During summer you can shoot great pictures here, even though it is midnight, which is just crazy.
Close to Klaksvík is an embankment connecting Borðoy island with Kunoy island. Cross the short closing and head to the village Kunoy on the island bearing the same name. There are high cliff walls along the northern part of this village. You will also have a beautiful view of the neighbouring island Kalsoy.
If you want to experience an uninhabited village, then take the bumpy road to Múli. This is one of the most exotic locations. There are some ruins of houses and also a nice view of the fjord and surrounding mountains.
Today you will start the day by exploring the capital, Tórshavn. There is a charming old part of town named á Reyni on the peninsula Tinganes where you will find the Prime Minister's office as well as other government administration buildings. All buildings here are red.
All houses in the á Reyni district are turf roofed adding to the lovely charm in this oldest part of the capital. People live in these small houses so remember to respect their privacy when going on a stroll between the small houses on the many narrow paths.
On a nice day, it is quite enjoyable to also stroll around the harbour's western cove, which, with its crooked paths, densely packed tarred and painted timber houses, and old warehouses, presents a particularly vivid picture of the town's 19th-century life. You will also find harbour-side art galleries and cafés, where you can sit and enjoy watching the colourful fishing boats or people passing by. There is also a splendid view of Nólsoy island across the bay.
When you have explored the best part of Tórshavn, it is time to head north on the Streymoy island to the small town Vestmanna with 1200 inhabitants. There are some great opportunities for travellers in this town. You can experience the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs on a two hours boat ride along the coastline where you will see lots of birds and basalt walls. Weather permitting, you will also sail through impressive dark grottoes.
Alternatively, you can do four hours of fishing with a local tour operator departing from the harbour twice a day. There is a catch guarantee on this very popular deep sea angling tour.
If you like mountain terrain, drive up the narrow mountain path in Vestmanna to the Heygadalur valley. Here you will see the two mountains Egilsfjall and Loysingarfjall. These mountains are separated by a long, steep-sided rift which sears the moor from east to west, and ultimately forms the natural haven on the coast where the pleasant, tidy town Vestmanna lies.
When heading back to Tórshavn, stop by the Viking village Kvívík and if you still have some time drive to the small village Skælingur. In order to get to Skælingur you will drive through the village Leynar. From the narrow road to Skælingur, you will experience beautiful waterfalls.
This view from above Funningur is absolutely fantastic. People love hiking to this attraction.
Most people come to the Faroe Islands for the nature, landscape, and seascape. On this tour to the island Eysturoy, you will experience all of this. First, head to the village Gjógv where houses are scattered on the hill. You will have the unique opportunity to see the gorge that spans 200 metres almost into the village. You can walk to the end of the ravine on both sides and even take the route down into this impressive natural gorge which has given the village its name.
Now, stop at the mountain pass a five minutes drive from Gjógv. At the highest point of Gjáarskarð pass, there is a fence that will lead you all the way to Hvíthamar. From this spot above the village Funningur, you will have a breathtaking view of water, mountains and stunning nature. This is a really easy hike for only about ten minutes.
Finally, make sure to visit Æðuvík. You will drive for about 40 minutes from Gjáarskarð to explore the village Æðuvík. Enjoy the silence in this peaceful village. There is a great home dining experience at a local farmer in Æðuvík. They serve local food grown on and around the island.
The scenery in Gásadalur is ever changing. Therefore, visiting this village and the waterfall twice during your stay is recommended. Photo by Jannie Malm Hansen known as @discoveriesofadaneon Instagram.
This is your final day in the Faroe Islands. When you have packed your stuff and you are ready to get to Vagar airport, you can do one last sightseeing before departure.
Turn your eyes one last time to the tiny settlement, Gásadalur, which sits above a cliff. Enjoy the tight cluster of coloured houses at the mouth of the deep valley, its position in the ring of hills impressing forcefully upon you the solitude and remoteness of Faeroe villages.
The shining fields gloss the feet of Árnafjall, the highest mountain on Vágar islands. Nearly a mile away from the houses you will find the breathtaking Múlafossur Waterfall where you will also see the cliff leading down to the landing place.
Not far away a stream pours out of the valley in a white cascade, and, by a strange optical illusion caused by the distant view, all movements seems to have been arrested, so that it hangs over the dark cliff like a long, narrow scarf of lace.
If you have late flight then go for a hike to Trælanípa and the nearby Bøsdalafossur. The amazing lake above the ocean is one of the must-see places to experience in the Faroe Islands. Bear in mind, though, that you will hike for three hours when exploring the cliff Trælanípa.
The Geituskorardrangur sea stack on Vagar island. Photo by Tom Liebert known as @tommimatz on Instagram.
From Trælanípa, you will see the lake hovering over the ocean. Another 10 minutes of walking will get you to Bøsdalafossur where the water from the lake cascades into the cold ocean. You can also walk a short extra distance to see the sea-stack Geituskorardrangur which is definitely also worth a visit.
The Faroe Islands are for those looking for a not overly touristy destination. It is for those searching for a memorable vacation in unspoiled surroundings. Now, take a look at the best tours and activities in the Faroe Islands.