Which lighthouses in the Faroe Islands should you visit? How do you get to these lighthouses? Here is your guide to 4 beautiful and perfectly located lighthouses in the Faroe Islands that will stay in your heart forever.
One of the most fascinating thing about lighthouses in the Faroe Islands is their locations. Lighthouses are nestled in the most incredible locations surrounded by wild nature. You will find them along the coast on top of rocky cliffs and vast mountainsides. Lighthouses in the Faroe Islands are perfect for taking photos and a must-see attraction.
You are gonna love the view from Akraberg Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated on the very tip of the Faroe Islands when looking south.
People in the Faroe Islands have been dependent on the sea since the first Vikings settled here more than a thousand years ago. Lighthouses have been pivotal for guiding sailors safely back home.
Now travellers are starting to notice the iconic locations of lighthouses in the Faroe Islands. If you are into photography or interested in exploring stunning sights, we recommend you to see these lighthouses.
Our list contains these four lighthouses:
- Kallur Lighthouse
- Akraberg Lighthouse
- Mykineshólmur Lighthouse
- Nólsoy Lighthouse
All these lighthouses are remote, so you need to plan a tour for several days in order to see them all. One lighthouse a day would be perfect, as you will have the opportunity to delve into other beautiful sights on the islands where these outstanding lighthouses are located.
1. Kallur Lighthouse
Situated on the northern tip on the island of Kalsoy, Kallur Lighthouse is an absolute must-see. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the rich birdlife. Truly a sight to remember. The hike to the lighthouse starts from the village of Trollanes. Read our complete guide to get to Kallur Lighthouse or book a guided tour to this picturesque location.
- Find your Guided Tour to Kallur Lighthouse
If you want the famous photo with the lighthouse and the cliff Kallur in the background, then you need to walk 100 metres from the clifftop and continue along the edge. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Actually this short walk can be quiet terrifying, especially if you are scared of heights. So you might just settle with the beautiful view and a photo of Kallurin.
2. Akraberg Lighthouse
If you want to go south in the Faroe Islands, this is as far south as you get. Akrabyrgi Lighthouse, also known as Akraberg Lighthouse, is situated on the southern tip of the Faroe Islands. Take the ferry Smyril to the island Suðuroy from Tórshavn. The boat ride will take 2 hours.
- See also: Overnight stay by Akraberg Lighthouse
When in Suðuroy, just head south to the southernmost village of Sumba. In Sumba, you will drive a couple of miles to Arabyrgi, an inhabited place with one of the world´s most fascinating locations for a lighthouse.
Akrabyrgi Lighthouse is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and introverts alike due to its remoteness and distance from urban life. Add to this the fact that the island, Suðuroy, is the most underrated place in the Faroe Islands.
3. Mykines Lighthouse
Travellers primarily visit Mykines during the summer from early May to late August when thousands of puffins inhabit this westernmost island. If you want to visit Mykines off-season, you can go all year round by helicopter. It can be tricky to reach Mykines, nevertheless, as you can only start booking the helicopter to Mykines 7 days prior to take-off. Also, bear in mind that the helicopter only flies to Mykines a couple of times during the week so you have to sleep at the local guesthouse.
- See also: A Complete Guide to Mykines
- Find all Mykines tours here
- Find our Guide to Safe Hiking here
There are no puffins from September until April, nevertheless the famous lighthouse is precariously perched on the very edge facing the North Atlantic Ocean and offers magnificent photo opportunities in both summer and winter. Mykines Lighthouse is truly a unique experience.
4. Nólsoy Lighthouse
This tall white building is the oldest lighthouse in the Faroe Islands and it offers hikers with an aerial view of the vast ocean and an almost eternal horizon. In order to get to the lighthouse you must take the ferry to Nólsoy. The ferry departs only a few minutes away from Tórshavn city centre.
The island of Nólsoy is located opposite the capital Tórshavn. The boat trip only takes 20 minutes. The hike from the village of Nólsoy to the lighthouse is moderately difficult and will take you 2,5 hours each way. Nólsoy Lighthouse is a fascinating place to visit all year around.