What are the top tours to do in the Faroe Islands? Which tours should you definitely experience on your journey to the Faroe Islands? See our list of the top 10 tours that you must do in the Faroe Islands.
Eighteen islands of rugged landscapes, where amazing waterfalls are on every corner surrounded by steep hillsides, the Faroe Islands are best described as a hidden natural treasure. One of the first questions you might come up with when you have decided to visit this unbelievable archipelago is: What should I do when I go to Faroe Islands?
There is a wealth of activities and sights on offer. Let us guide you to the top 10 tours to experience in this truly-off-the-beaten-path destination. All tours mentioned are available all year round and will set your wanderlust free.
One thing you should notice before you book your journey to the Faroe Islands is to check if your preferred attractions are open throughout the year or if they run only during specific seasons. Tours to all the puffins on Mykines island, for example, only run from early May to late August.
If you like the feeling and sense of the unexpected, the Faroe Islands will fulfil all your expectations. Especially the weather in the Faroe Islands is known for being notoriously unpredictable and there is a pretty good chance that you will think that there is a fifth season basically combining all four seasons into one. Keep this in mind when planning what to wear and what to pack for the Faroe Islands and your day tours here.
The sight from above the village Funningur is unforgettable. From the mountain side of the highest mountain Slættaratindur, you will see the road to Funningur zig-zagging down the valley.
From the road some hundred metres above the village, you will have a spectacular view of Funningur with all houses gathered at the end of the valley by the seaside. Funningur is said to be among the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands.
A new go-to destination for first movers is the attraction Hvíthamar only a 2 minutes drive from the road above Funningur. From the pass before driving to Gjógv, you can walk along the fence up to the top. From here you can admire the view of Funningur and Funningsfjørður fjord.
To set the record straight, Sandoy is one of the more difficult accessible islands. But when you come here after a boat ride from the main island Streymoy, you have entered landscapes that will mesmerise you.
Leave room in your schedule to experience several of the villages on Sandoy Islands. There is the main village Sandur where you will see lovely lakes along the road. The land is somehow more flat and fertile here.
Other must-see villages on Sandoy are Skálavík and Húsavík both villages lie in valleys out to the ocean. Your tour will be complete with a cruise along the cliffside to the village Dalur. Sandoy is still very well hidden and unknown. But Sandoy might well be the next big thing.
A cluster of sod roofed houses in the village Bøur on Vagar island. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also known as @vialma on Instagram.
Another attraction not to be missed is Bøur. This is an old traditional tidy village with lots of turf-roofed houses. The view from Bøur is absolutely stunning. You will see the distinctive Drangarnir sea-stacks and the Tindhólmur islet from the village.
Walking between houses in this old settlement is what makes Bøur such a quintessential part of a Faroe Islands vacation. The glowing authenticity in the village embody the essence of Faroe Islands.
Bøur lies an easy 10-minute ride from Vagar Airport. Make sure to walk down to the small beach. Small waves coming to shore here is the perfect natural soundtrack to the utterly beautiful sight.
Slættaratindur. The view from the highest point on the islands is rewarding.
The low-hanging fog will hide the highest mountain Slættaratindur half of the time. Some days you will not see the summit at all making it difficult to reach. On other days, you will have a beautiful aerial view of the islands.
Making it to the highest point in the Faroe Islands is not easy but it is most certainly worth every inch of the struggle. You will see all kinds of small flowers on the beautiful hills along the route.
You will spot so many perfect moments on the roof of the Faroe Islands. The summit itself is totally flat and you can easily spend an hour or so walking around the summit just to soak in the different views be it to the West, North, East, and South. It is well worth the time and effort to climb up to the summit.
This is the most Northern settlement in the Fare Islands. In Viðareiði, nature comes first. The villagers have always been in the middle of everything the Faroese weather has to offer. From mild summer evenings with orangish sunsets to a sunburst between frequent hailstorms accompanied by heavy surf in autumn and winter.
The village lies in a broad valley with seasides in two directions. Take the opportunity to walk around in the village and go see the iconic church with the beautiful Malinsfjall in the background. When looking north, you will see the towering Villingadalsfjall some 840 metres above sea level.
Viðareiði is a recommendable treasure to explore. You can easily spend an entire day in this area.
This attraction is known for its moody atmosphere. Among the most noteworthy hot spots here is the welcoming beach and the view towards the sea stacks Risin & Kellingin.
Hike for just a short 10-minutes time into the valley and up on the hillside for some of the best views in the Faroe Islands. When you do this you will see the entire village, the beach, the narrow road planted on the steep hill, and a refreshing ocean view.
Gjógv is an epically located village on Eysturoy island. This is definitely one of the most popular sightseeing routes in the Faroe Islands. In recent years Faroe Islanders have also built summerhouses here so they can enjoy the beauty of this place themselves as well as the stillness of nature.
This area is known for its haunting landscapes. The most famous sight here is the 200 metres gorge that make inroad into the village from the sea.
When you walk to the end of the gorge, you will have an amazing view of the surrounding mountains, the gorge itself and the small village. The walk can also be done in rough weather.
Let Trælanípan thrill your senses. This famous attraction has an otherworldly impact on visitors. The Slave's Cliff at the end of the lake with two names, Sørvágsvatn and Leitisvatn, is one of the top attractions to visit.
The lake looks as if it hoovers far above sea level even though it is only some 100 feet above the ocean. This is just a stunningly site to experience. Really a recommendable tour to do.
If your schedule permits some more sightseeing, check out Geituskorardrangur sea-stack and the Bøsdalafossur waterfall. These two attractions are in the same area and are only a 15 minutes walk from Trælanípan.
Kalsoy is an impressive island to visit. There is no road connection to this northern island so you will take a 20 minutes ferry ride to enter Kalsoy. The island has traditionally been very inaccessible for the locals as there are many high mountains separating several awesome valleys. Now, tunnels are connecting the different parts of the islands making it easy to travel Kalsoy.
There are especially two village worth a visit: Mikladalur and Trøllanes. The former village Mikladalur lies majestically on the edge of a large valley that ends as a sheer cliff. You can walk down over hundred stairs to experience the statue Kópakonan also known as the Seal Woman. The statue stands there alone on the rocky basalt sometimes entirely covered in white surf in the winter.
Trøllanes is the most northernly village on Kalsoy. This is the village from where you can hike to Kallur Lighthouse which is a favourite attraction for many visitors to the Faroe Islands.
This site might be one of the main reasons why you initially got interested in visiting the Faroe Islands. Steep rugged cliffs, an isolated village, ocean, and the famous waterfall tumbling into the sea. This combination makes the village Gásadalur a famous landmark in the Faroe Islands.
For anyone in search of serenity, this is the place to go. Enjoy the wonders of nature from the cliffside where you will have the classic view of Múlafossur Waterfall.
Experiencing Gásadalur is all about happiness. And that is what Múlafossur Waterfall will give you. It is worth venturing into the village where you can be lucky to meet some of the locals. There are only 12 people living in the remote settlement.