What are the most unique things to do in the Faroe Islands? Where will you find the country’s most breathtaking landmarks? Read on and discover the 25 best things to do and see in the Faroe Islands.
With its cluster of 18 craggy islands that crops up from the North Atlantic Ocean this rocky archipelago is unlike anywhere else in the world. The landscape is raw and rugged and travellers are surrounded by incredibly fresh air.
So whether you have already booked your trip or still planning, let us guide you through the top 25 things to do in one of the world's most unique destinations. From epic vantage points to amazingly fresh produce sourced locally and served at great restaurants.
Tinganes. The red buildings are home to the government. There are small black houses just nearby in the Reyni district and people live in these small houses. Photo by 1tomm on Shutterstock.
Allow yourself some time to wander around the historic part of Tórshavn among the small grass roofed houses and cozy small streets. The history of Tinganes goes back hundreds of years to Viking times.
Tinganes used to be the place for the annual gathering of the local Viking chiefs. Today the area houses the Faroese Prime minister's office and other parts of the government.
This unique part of the Faroe Islands also houses some of the best restaurants in the country. Among the best restaurants here are Barbara Fish House, Áarstova and Katrina Christiansen.
The area is small so you can make it around easily in half an hour on your own. You can read more up on the history and old tales from this historic part of the capital in our Guide to Tórshavn.
Saksun has a special feeling to it. Photo by Polina Kuzovkova also known as @p_kuzovkova on Instagram.
All the islands in the Nordic archipelago are small and narrow, so the ocean is never far away. Go hiking in the mountains and you will see how the ocean calmly flows into beautiful fjords and gorges surrounded by the rugged Faroese mountains.
There are breathtaking vistas on all islands. These views have inspired artists and travellers for a hundred years and are guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Drive and do the short hike to one of the easily accessible fjords such as Saksun.
The historic village Kirkjubøur is predominated by turf-roofed homes. Photo by Tróndur Dalsgarð.
Walk along the historic route across the mountain from Torshavn or take the 10 minute drive to the most important historic site in the Faroe Islands, Kirkjubøur. Here you will find the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral, the Saint Olav's Church (Olavskirkjan).
You will also see the old 11th century farmhouse that still houses the local farmer and his family. You can even step inside the house and the legendary wooden living room for a small entrance fee.
Make sure to also check out the abstractionist Ingálvur av Reyni and the modern pop art of Edvard Fuglø, all of which are well represented in the Faroese Art Museum, Listasavn Føroya. The museum is located in Gundadalur, which is also the sports area in the capital.
Múlafossur is breathtaking. It is as simple as that. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also known as @vialma on Instagram.
Standing in front of Múlafossur waterfall is likely to be one of the prettiest things that you will be nearby ever. Many travellers see Múlafossur waterfall as the absolute highlight of a trip to the Faroe Islands.
The captivating waterfall is perched at the cliff's edge and drops into the Atlantic Ocean. Behind Múlafossur waterfall lies the tiny village Gásadalur with its steep mountains in all directions.
Fishermen are selling fresh fish from the North Atlantic Ocean at the marina in Tórshavn. The fishermen here are friendly and love to talk to people passing by.
Sit down at one of the cafe's and restaurants located in the beautiful and harmonic former warehouses in Vágsbotnur. On a sunny day you can enjoy the all-day sun and the ocean breeze while watching the world go slowly by in front of you.
Local fisherman sell their catch of the day on the small but popular fish market, and the small Faroese leisure boats lay moored side by side with the larger visting sailboats that have braved the Atlantic Ocean to now lay tranquilly at Vágsbotnur Marina. In Vágsbotnur you can join Norðlýsið for a 3 hours sailing trip in the easily recognisable blue boat.
Lake Sørvágsvatn seen from the cliff Trælanípa. Photo by Mayank Thammalla known as @Mayank on Instagram.
One thing is for sure; you will be amazed by the scenery at Sørvágsvatn. Located in Vágar island just a stone's throw from the only airport in the Faroe Islands, the jaw-dropping lake looks like it hangs above the sea below.
The hike to the famous viewpoint takes an hour. Here you will have the most breathtaking view of the lake and the optical illusion that it creates.
Klaksvík and the pyramid like island Kunoy. Photo by Mayank Thammalla known as @Mayank on Instagram.
Situated on the island Borðoy in the northern part of the archipelago, Klaksvík is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is the fishing hub of the Faroe Islands with lots of trawlers and other vessels moored at the quayside.
Take a stroll in the town. You could also drop by one of the cafés in town preferable Fríða Kaffihús.
Dining at KOKS is unlike any other dining experience. The sod-roofed restaurant attracts foodies from all over the world.
The two Michelin starred restaurant is acclaimed word wide for its food perfection. The food is locally produced and sources from local farmers on land and at sea. Food here is art and it tastes like nothing else.
An evening at KOKS starts in a small turfed cabin next to Lake Leynavatn. Here you will be served a food appetiser as well as some crispy fish snack. You will now be driven in a Land Rover along the lake to an old wooden house where the staff will welcome you and take you inside.
Dining at KOKS is a luxury experience. It lets you taste the uppermost Nordic cuisine first-hand.
You can join boat tours from several islands. Photo by Polina Kuzovkova also known as @p_kuzovkova on Instagram.
Joining a boat tour is a magnificent way to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Faroe Islands. Captains on boat tours across the islands are keen to tell you about local landmarks, history and the natural environment.
Your safety at sea is always in good hands as you cruise past amazing rock formations and towering basalt cliffs. There are several boat tours that will let you witness incredible sights from a classic boat tour to Drangarnir sea-stacks to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs.
Even on a rainy and windy day, you will see people standing in a queue on the street in order to get a warm and newly baked sourdough bread.
With a population on merely 53,000 people, the Faroe Islanders are not used to queues. The bakery Breyðvirkið in the capital Tórshavn is an exception. Breyðvirkið sells a great selection of organic sourdough bread and pastries fresh from the oven.
The bakery was founded by two young female entrepreneurs Fríða and Randi. You are likely to meet them behind the desk as they prepare baking for happy returning customers. The bakery is located on Jónas Broncks gøta 44 in Tórshavn.
The village Viðareið. Photo byJoshua Buchenau known as @joshbvchenav on Instagram.
Visiting the village Viðareiði on Viðoy island is something special. After you arrive in this northernmost village on the Faroe Islands, it can take some time to really get to grips with the beauty of the place.
As you get to the village, be sure to have your camera ready and capture the highlights such as the mountain Malinsfjall and the church that sits next to the captivating coastline.
The village sits in a bay far away from everyday life. Photo by @samucrds_ on Instagram.
Tjørnuvík on the northernly tip of Streymoy island is easily one of the most unique locations in the entire archipelago. It sits in a narrow bay with no other villages in sight. The drive to Tjørnuvík is mesmerising in its own right.
If you want something extraordinary while in Tjørnuvík, then you can go for a hike. Taking the 2 hour hike to the unspoiled and uninhabited Sjeyndir north of Tjørnuvík is a sight you will never forget.
The coffee at Brell is great. The Café is situated at Vaglið 1 in the heart of Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
In the city centre in the capital Tórshavn, you will find a coffee roastery worth visiting. Here you will find creative people grabbing a cup of coffee to go between coffee beans from all over the world.
Brell Café is known for its quality and for sustainability. The baristas are meticulously trained in all tasting notes. They know the beans' character and make an honour in finding your perfect cup of coffee.
Fossá waterfall on a rainy day. Photo by @samucrds_ on Instagram.
After a heavy rainfall, this waterfall looks like something taken out of a fairy-tail. Fossá waterfall stands 140-metre high and drops in two levels. This is the tallest waterfall in the Faroe Islands and one of the absolute best one to admire.
Fossá waterfall turns out to be one of the most memorable stops on their Faroe Islands holiday. You can actually walk up to the first floor of the waterfall. Be careful, as always when moving around in the utterly beautiful nature.
The epic scenery at Kallur Lighthouse. Photo by Sharan Anumolu.
Kalsoy island offers gorgeous views. The Faroe Islands are sparsely populated and the island Kalsoy is even more so. In order to reach Kalsoy island, you will take the ferry from Kalskvík. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes.
There is a single highway that goes from one and of the island to the other. Four tunnels link the four different villages on the island together. All tunnels are one lane but totally safe.
The main attraction on the island is the mesmerising scenery at Kallur Lighthouse. It requires a bit of a hiking effort to get to Kallur Lighthouse. The panoramic view here is so picturesque and unbelievable that it is worth all the effort.
That said, visiting Kalsoy island is a great experience also when you skip the hike. There are so many other beautiful spots that will keep you hooked all day. From the statue Kópakonan in Mikladalur to the zig-zagging road to Trøllanes.
Many football pitches in the Faroe Islands are nestled in breathtaking surroundings. Photo by Yannik Photography on Shutterstock.
Football is by all measures the national sports of the Faroe Islands. The first football team was established in 1892. The sports has grown in popularity ever since.
There are 10 teams in the Premier Division in the Faroe Islands. The first matches of the season are played in early March and the winner is found in late October when the season ends. Attending a local match between for example the revivals HB from Tórshavn and KÍ from Klaksvík is a great way to experience something quite different. Matches are never sold out.
Soak in the view from Hvíthamar. Photo by Carlos Pimentel known as @carlospimentel__ on Instagram.
One of the most easy to reach vantage points in the Faroe Islands is Hvíthamar. From the moment you step out of your vehicle and untill you stand in front of the most amazingly beautiful view, will take you only 15 minutes or so.
This easy hiking trail in the Faroe Islands is easy to do throughout the year. Whether its summer or winter, this short hike is rewarding and breathtaking. You will see the Funningsfjørður fjord from this viewpoint. In order to get to Hvíthamar, you will follow a fence from the Gjáarskarð mountain pass.
The gorge in the village Gjógv.Photo by Eugenia Di Pasquale also known as @eugeniadipasquale on Instagram.
Gjógv is a peaceful little village on Eysturoy island. You will do a winding drive in the northern part of Eysturoy island in order to reach the destination. The last part of the drive is especially epic as you enter the village at the end of a deep valley.
During the summer period from early May to late August, you can get a glimpse of the cute puffins as they nest here. Take the narrow path to the left of the gorge in the village, and you will have the best view of both the quiet settlement and puffins.
The roundabout under the seabed is an attraction in itself. Photo by Ólavur Frederiksen.
Eysturoyartunnilin is the most remarkable piece of construction in the Faroe Islands. The 11,2km long tunnel connects the two most populous islands Streymoy and Eysturoy.
What makes the tunnel network unique is the world's first undersea roundabout. The roundabout makes it possible to drive to two different locations on Eysturoy island, th ewestern and eastern arm of teh Skálafjørður fjord.
The long fringe extended down over the cattle's forehead. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also known as @vialma on Instagram.
The Highland Cattle in the Faroe Islands are an attraction in their own right. The ginger-red colour coat of these adorable animals can be spotted several places and always near villages. Two great places to get close to the distinctive-looking cattle are in Kirkjubøur and in Gásadalur.
The tick and shaggy coat keeps them warm during harsh weather. The best time to watch the cattle is throughout the summer season when they provide the perfect backdrop in the unimaginable nature on the islands.
Tóra and Levi. Two locals preparing locally grown vegetables and fruits during a food festival in the capital, Tórshavn. Photo by Ólavur Frederiksen.
While you may travel to the Faroe Islands to explore the untouched nature, talking to the locals is a great way to get into the true vibes and culture of these enchanting islands. The good news is that the people in the Faroe Islands like to talk to travellers.
One of the good things to know before your first visit to the Faroe Islands is that everyone speaks English and understands it even better. Chatting to the Faroe Islanders will make your visit here even more memorable.
A great way to get to know the locals is by joining a day tour with a tour guide. It can be anything from biking tours to kayaking tours. Ask the guide to recommend a couple of places worth experiencing from where to eat or where to hang out in the evening. This will kickstart a conversation and you are well on your way to get an authentic look into the Faroese way of living.
The horses have a gentle temperament and fantastic stamina.
Havnardalur is a cosy place to go horseback riding in the grassy mounds outside the capital Tórshavn. The horses are friendly and easy to ride.
Regardless of the weather, this is a great experience. An epic trek through the peaceful interior. Also if you have never ridden a horse before. You can do a guided horse riding tour in Havnardalur all year round.
The winding road leading to the small settlement Norðradalur. Photo by Julia Pylak also known as @letsgoto_pl on Instagram.
Norðradalsskarð is a mountain pass elevated some 270 metres from sealevel. When travellers step on the soil here, they understand why they love travelling and wander.
Driving in the Faroe Islands is awesome. Photo by Veingir.
Simply driving from island to island and from one village to another is a super activity in its own right. Most villages are connected by tunnels, sub-sea tunnels, embankments and there is also a single bridge.
The quality of the infrastructure is what enables this pastime activity. From driving on Vágar island in the western part of the archipelago to driving on Kunoy island up north.