Mykines LighthouseAre you planning a day tour to Mykines? To come close to adorable puffins? To come close to the tranquillity? To experience unspoiled nature? Here is your complete guide to Mykines island.

Mykines is blessed with rich birdlife and unbelievable nature. That is why a guided tour to Mykines is on many travellers' bucket list. Most visitor come to the Island in the morning and leave again five hours later in the afternoon.

Everyone who enjoy being close to nature will find pleasure and adventure in this popular attraction in the Faroe Islands only accessible to some 20.000 visitors a year. A trip to Mykines is one of the best things to do during the Faroe Islands summer.

1. When to visit Mykines

The first thing you need to know about Mykines is when to do the tour. There are only tours to Mykines from May 1st to August 31st. This is the period when the ferry sails to the popular puffin island. Therefore, if you want to visit Mykines and want to see puffins in the Faroe Islands, make sure that you are in the Faroe Islands during this period.

There is one settlement on Mykines and 14 people living there throughout the year. They have access to the mainland by helicopter all year round. Tourists can rent the helicopter if they want to visit Mykines in the non-tourist season between 1 September to 30 April. You will be charged a minute rate when renting the helicopter from Atlantic Airways which is the only helicopter company in the Faroe Islands.

The helicopter ride to Mykines departs from Vágar Airport. It takes 11 minutes in helicopter from the Vagar Airport to Mykines and the minute rates is 400 DKK. So a roundtrip in a rented helicopter costs 8.800 DKK. There are only puffins on Mykines between May and August so if you eager to do Mykines outside of this period you will do so to experience the landscape and the remoteness of the island.       

2. Getting to Mykines

Mykines ferryThe Mykines ferry takes some 80 passengers. The ferry sails to Mykines in the morning and pick up people again by 16:20 in the afternoon.

The best way to get to Mykines is by ferry from the village of Sørvágur on Vágar island close to the airport. The ferry departs from the harbour in Sørvágur. If you want to go to Mykines on your own between May and August, you can book your own ferry ticket. Due to the island’s popularity, tickets are selling fast. Therefore, if you want to secure yourself a trip to Mykines when you are in the Faroe Islands, we recommend you to book a guided tour to Mykines.

Alternatively, you can jump on-board the helicopter run by the public company Atlantic Airways. The helicopter departs from Vágar airport once a day, four times a week. There are 10 seats in the helicopter. Note, that you can only go one way by helicopter when visiting Mykines so you will either take the boat to Mykines from Vágar and then the helicopter back to Vágar or the opposite way around.

Ferry schedule Sørvágur - Mykines   

From SørvágurFrom Mykines Buss connection Tórshavn - Sørvágur
10:20AM11:05AMFrom Tórshavn 09:05PM
16:20PM17:05PMFrom Sørvágur 18:20PM

Whether you take the ferry Jósup or the helicopter, remember to book your ticket beforehand. Most travellers take the 45 min boat trip to Mykines.

The boat ride to Mykines is a nature experience in itself. First you will sail out of the Sørvágsfjørður fjord. At the end of the fjord you will sail along Drangarnir sea-stacks and Tindhólmur islet. When you have been in the boat for half an hour or so, you will see the cliffs of Mykines. Basalt columns rise here to some 60 metres.

Mynikes Drangarni TindholmurThere are beautiful sights along the route to Mykines from Sørvágur. Note that it is a rolling boat ride every now and then! You will sail close to the Drangarnir sea-stacks and the Tindhólmur islet on your way to Mykines. Photo by Sunset Obsession.

Because it looks rather like an ancient spruce forest, it has been given the popular name of Steinskógir – the stone forest. You can see these formations from the boat when approaching Mykines.

You will arrive in Mykines in a small bay surrounded by tall basalt cliffs. From the landing place a steep staircase leads up past the old boathouses and green meadows to the village, or bygd, which lies snugly in a green hollow with a river running through it. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a fine section of turf-roofed houses.

It adds to the tranquillity in Mykines that there are literally no cars at all! It is a fantastic feeling walking on a car-free island.

3. Hiking in Mykines Faroe Islands

MykinesThe sloping side of the hill covered in puffins. Puffins on the hills is a wonderful sight.

When you have reached Mykines, you want to go for the hike to the lighthouse. We recommend all visitors to Mykines to hike all the way to the lighthouse at the far end of the isle Mykineshólmur.

Start your hike from the village up the hill. On your way to the lighthouse, you will spot thousands of puffins everywhere.

The hike to the lighthouse will take you between an hour and a half to two hours. The lenght of the trip to Mykines Lighthouse depends on the number of stops you take on the way. 

There are thirty species of birds nesting on Mykines, but no other bird is as numerous as the puffin. All along the western part of the island, the ground is completely excavated by their burrows.

The puffins sit in front of their burrows and do not seem to be worried by people walking on the path close to them. You will see puffins in all directions.

The puffins are on the ground and they are swarming over you. This is an unforgettable sight.

4. Respect the puffins

Puffin trip to MykinesPuffin carrying fish to its young.

While you are hiking up and down steep hills towards the islet of Mykineshólmur, remember to take care and also to respect these little creatures and their private life. This is important to bear i mind.

Puffins are nesting during early summer. And when the next generation of puffins are born, the puffins are carrying sand launce to its young.

It is important for the puffins being able to carrying out their important task and return from the ocean with their catch. Remember to be careful.

The puffins are flying with small fishes in their beak. The catch is what will make the chicks into adorable grown up puffins themselves.

5. Crossing the bridge

Hiking in MykinesStunning and safe.

At some point Mykineshólmur becomes separated from the island itself by a deep, narrow cleft. This is the cleft of Hólmgjógv. A narrow cable bridge spans the cleft some 40 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. The crossing is simple and safe.

From its highest point at 133 metres, Mykineshólmur slopes southwards. The smooth surface is covered in lush grass. There are numerous caves on the island's north side.

6. The Mykines lighthouse

When you have crossed the bridge, head directly towards the lighthouse on the western end. When you make it to the lighthouse at the end of the islet Mykineshólmur, it feels as if you made it to the end of the world. You are far away from everything.

Sit down for a moment and enjoy the sound of puffins and the waves. Now, if you have brought something to eat, this is an epic scenery to enjoy your packed lunch. 

Hiking to MykineshólmurThis is part of the sight on your trip to Mykines.

Towards the east there is a narrow ridge called Oddarnir. It is open to the Atlantic, so that even a moderate wind from the west or south makes a constant surf, or brim as it is called, crashing against the cliffs. You will see Oddarnir on your walk towards the lighthouse and also on your way back to the village.

The weather here is quite unpredictable. The only thing you will know for sure is that the weather changes quickly. Sometimes you can stand by the lighthouse and see both Mykineshólmur islet and the entire Mykines island. At other times you might only experience fog and the view will be somewhat limited. But the puffins are still there and you will always experience their lovely presence.

In the old days the island might be cut off for weeks, even months, at a time. It is said that the Mykines people talk so loudly, because they need to be heard above the sound of the sea.

7. Back in the village of Mykines

Mykines villageThe ferry to Mykines arrives here. There is only one settlement on Mykines.

The coast of Mykines is steep and inaccessible with beautiful basalt formations. The island is surrounded by numerous holms and skerries. The highest mountain is Knúkur (560 M). On its west side the mountain slopes steadily through the valley of Djúpidalur down to the valley of Mykines. You will have a great view towards Djúpidalur on your hike back to the village.

While you are waiting for the ferry to bring you back to the main islands, you can enjoy the beautiful settlement in the village of Mykines and take a look at the small river running through the village. You can also go inside the local café Mykinesstova which serves food and beverages. 

When stepping on-board the ferry again after a trip to Mykines, many visitors ask themselves: how can a place as beautiful as Mykines be so unknown by the rest of the world? You will feel lucky and thankful for being one of very few people who have visited this truly special place on earth. A day trip to Mykines is a journey to the edge of the unspoiled Faroe Islands.