The 11 best attractions in the Faroe Islands

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Are you planning a visit to the Faroe Islands? Are you wondering where to go and what to do while on holiday in the Faroe Islands? Here is the ultimate guide to 11 sights to see in the Faroe Islands that will assist you when planning your journey.

The Faroe Islands boasts isolated villages and dramatic mountains. This out-of-the-way place gives travellers solitude in unparalleled surroundings. We have collected all the best attractions in the Faroe Islands in this article.

So if you want to enjoy and tick off your bucket list some of the most beautiful locations in the Faroe Islands, this is the perfect Faroe Islands travel guide for you. In order to visit all 11 locations, you will need one week in the Faroe Islands

Make sure to visit these untouched attractions on your Faroe Islands vacation. These are the sights that most visitors to the Faroe Islands want to explore during their stay in the unspoiled North Atlantic archipelago. 

This is where we definitely recommend you to go while you visit Faroe Islands. There could be added so many more attractions worth experiencing such as Mykines and Drangarnir.

1. Múlafossur Waterfall

MulafossurMúlafossur waterfall in the village Gásadalur is one reason why Faroe Islands tourism is growing. Nevertheless, the Faroe Islands are still quite unknown. Photo by p_kuzovkova on Instagram.

The village, Gásadalur, was until the year 2004 totally isolated from the rest of the world. Thanks to a nice tunnel, you can now easily access one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

The waterfall in Gásadalur empties 60m (200ft) directly from the clifftop into the ocean leaving visitors with an immense feeling of losing their breath. You will find Múlafossur Waterfall on Vagar island.

2. Trælanípa

SørvágsvatnThe sheer rock wall on the island Vagar. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also known as @vialma on Instagram.

The lake above the ocean attracts travellers from around the world. They come to this overwhelmingly beautiful sight to soak in one of nature’s great wonders. Standing here is a truly unique experience. 

When you are at the cliff's edge, the whole scenery turns into an optical illusion as the lake seems to be elevated much higher from the sea than it in fact is. A mesmerising feat of nature. 

You will find Trælanípan also known as Slave Cliff near the only airport in the Faroe Islands on the island Vagar. In order to get to Trælanípa, you will hike for one hour.

The hike is an easy one. There is almost no elevation along the route. You will get to a gentle slope just before reaching the destination.

3. Bøssdalafossur Waterfall

BosdalafossurWelcome to force of nature. Bøsdalafossur Waterfall is nature at its best. Photo by @demirayoralphotography on Instagram.

Only a short hike from the stunning Trælanípa, you will find Bøsdalafossur Waterfall. Perched atop the cliff you will see water from Lake Sorvagsvatn, also known as Lake Leitisvatn, dropping straight into the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the perfect attraction for those yearning for seaside. You will have a great view of the sea from Bøsdalafossur.

4. Geituskorardrangur

GeituskorardrangurYou might have seen this sea stack in recent years as it is gaining popularity among travellers.

When you are at Bøsdalafossur make sure to walk a couple of hundred metres north along the coastline to the nearby rocky gorge. Here you will see Geituskorardrangur – a towering sea stack. This iconic vertical sea wall rises 116 metres out of the ocean.

There are great opportunities to sit down on the rocky ground and simply enjoy the sight. Expect to see lots of birds flying above your head and also underneath you.

You will have a blast watching the sea stretching endlessly across the horizon. When the wind is howling, everything gets more moody. You will hear the waves roaring when crashing agains the black basalt.

5. Saksun

SaksunThis might be the most epic cottage in the North Atlantic. Photo by Dmitry Pistrov on Shutterstock.

Just a one hour drive from the capital Tórshavn, you will be tucked between lush fields and soaring peaks in Saksun. The landscape in Saksun is extremely majestic. You will see turf-roofed houses, the iconic and beautiful old church, and the sandy lagoon.

Saksun is one of the most isolated settlements in the Faroe Islands. You will love the silence and the calmness of this spectacular place.

6. Kallur Lighthouse

KallurA hike to Kallur Lighthouse is always rewarding. Photo by @fedeminotti_97 on Instagram.

This is one of the Faroe Islands’ true wonders. Standing on the edge overlooking the sheer cliff is a must-see experience for all travellers. You will find Kallur Lighthouse on the island Kalsoy.

You will get the best view of both the lighthouse and the sheer cliff Borgarin when walking on the ridge along a grass path. This short walk from the lighthouse is not for the faint-hearted. There are 200 metres perpendicular rocky cliffs to both sides.

7. Hvíthamar

FunningurGo on a short hike and you will see these beautiful mountains on the island Eysturoy.

This tremendous spot overlooking the Funningsfjørður fjord is only a 10 minutes’ walk uphill from the mountain pass Gjáarskarð. You will have a great aerial view of the fjord and the jagged mountain peaks. Hvíthamar is an easy to reach and enchanting experience.

The winter view from this place is something truly special as the snowy mountains will make your experience truly magical. Snow is never a guarantee as the weather is ever changeable. But if you visit between November to March the nearby mountain peaks will most likely be covered with snow.

You will also have a stunning view to the north when standing on Hvíthamar. Most of the time there will be a fresh wind here adding an extra layer of natural quality to this easy accessible viewpoint. 

8. Gjógv


Make sure to visit Gjógv on your trip in the Faroe Islands. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Only a short drive from Hvíthamar above Funningur you will find the remote village Gjógv. The multi-coloured houses, the 200-metre gorge and the spectacular view to the north makes Gjógv a favourite destination among travellers.

Make sure to hike to the cleft in Gjógv where you will get amazing photos of the stunning scenery. In order to get to the end of the gorge, you will  walk for only five minutes. You will walk next to the edge but do not worry as there is a fence all the way to the end.

You can also take the concrete stairs and enter the gorge itself. During windy days in winter, you can experience rising waves and surf in the gorge. 

9. Tjørnuvík

TjornuvikWhat makes Tjørnuvík so special is the genuinely feeling of serenity.

The isolated village Tjørnuvík is nestled in a steep valley. Make sure to take a stroll on the small local beach and to enjoy the fantastic view of Risin og Kellingin sea stacks, the Giant and his Wife. Tjørnuvík is on the island Streymoy.

If you walk for 15 minutes towards the hillside away from the village then you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the village. This is a really great place to just soak in the serenity and quietness that this village gives you.  

10. Ásmundarstakkur

asmundarstakkurWhen visiting Suðuroy, this sight is a must. Photo by Daryl Walker known as @darylswalker on Instagram.

Ásmundarstakkur sea stack is amazing. In order to experience Ásmundarstakkur, you will take the ferry Smyril from Tórshavn to the southernmost island Suðuroy. The ferry to Suðuroy takes two hours.

From the northernmost village on the island of Suðuroy, you will head west to discover this absolutely fantastic coastline and sea stack. If you dare, you can also cross a wooden bridge that hangs a few hundred meters above sea level to get out the Rituskor cleft.

From Rituskor, you will have a great view of Ásmundarstakkur. The scenery on the westcoast of Suðuroy is a much appreciated attractions by the locals.

11. Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

VestmannaThe boat trip to the perpendicular cliffs in Vestmanna will last for two hours.

If you want to see tens of thousands of birds flying above you, then a boat trip to Vestmanna Sea Cliffs is a must. You will sail north along the coastline, and when you reach the bird cliffs, you might sail through some of the gorges, weather permitting.

The boat to the bird cliffs departs from the village Vestmanna on the island Streymoy regularly from April and until late September. There are tours made in the morning as well as in the afternoon.