5 Reasons to Visit Faroe Islands

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If nature is close to your heart, then a trip to the Faroe Islands will give you loads of activities to tick off your bucket list. Here are 5 reasons to fall in love with the Faroe Islands and to visit Faroe Islands.

1. Mykines

Puffin in MykinesThe Atlantic Puffin can be found on several islands. Most puffins are gathered on the westernmost island Mykines. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

A visit to Mykines, the westernmost island in the Faroes, is truly special. After sailing or going by helicopter to the island, we recommend you to hike from the old village with turf-roofed houses to the islet of Mykineshólmur. This trek certainly demonstrates the stunning beauty of nature. You will need a Mykines tour guide in order to take the hike from the village to Mykineshólmur. 

Wildlife lovers will be delighted to spy out puffins stepping into their burrows where the young ones are waiting for fresh food carried by parents in their beak. From early May to late August you will with certainty see puffins on your Mykines tour.

You will be surrounded by majestic views and cute puffins. The hike from the village of Mykines to the lighthouse will take you one and a half hours.

The scenic beauty of the island Mykines and the islet of Mykineshólmur is speechless. There are plenty of great photo opportunities when hiking from the village to the lighthouse. You can do the tour to Mykines between May 1st until August 31st.

The easiest way to get to the puffin island is to take the Mykines ferry departing from Sørvágur. Along the ferry ride from Sørvágur to Mykines, you will sail close to Drangarnir sea stacks and Tindhólmur islet.

You can take the Mykines helicopter from Sørvágur. But you can only do the helicopter tour one way. You have to take the boat the opposite way.

2. Saksun

SaksunAn excursion to Saksun is one of the best things to do in the Faroe islands. Enjoy the tranquility in this remote village. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

After a thrilling drive on a winding one-lane road, you will arrive at this truly magical place. The isolated turf-roofed house down by the seaside looking over the small round bay crowned by majestic mountains with waterfalls tumbling down sheer cliffs is a sight taken out of a fairy tale.

The setting changes with the seasons: from the snowy whites of winter, to the fiery yellow grass of autumn, and intense green in summer, the shore of this beautiful bay takes you for a scenic walk by day and stargazing at night.

Remember to go for a walk by the shore out to sea when the tide is low. Saksun is a must-see place in the Faroe Islands.

3. Norðradalur

NorðradalurThe winding path leading to the village Norðradalur. The lonely island out there is called Koltur.

The road leading to Norðradalur is made for adventures. Before taking the tour down the hillside, stop at the highest point and take a minute just to enjoy the spectacular view.

Below in the stunning valley lies the little village surrounded by steep mountains that create the iconic frame around the lonely island of Koltur in the horizon. There are only 12 people living in the small village.

When in Norðradalur, you’ll hear the waves push through layered rocks carved by the wind and salty sea. Try closing your eyes for a moment and benefit from the stillness of nature.

Norðradalur is only 15 minutes' drive from the capital Tórshavn. Biking to Norðradalur is also a great way to enjoy the beauty of this place.

4. Drangarnir

Any nature lover is going to appreciate the brilliance of these fantastic sea stacks. Drangarnir is one of the most well-known places in the Faroe Islands.

The hike to Drangarnir is not for the faint-hearted, but those who do push through will be rewarded with a stark landscape rich in natural beauty. You can also see Drangarnir from the nearby village Bøur.

Read more about how to hike in the Faroe Islands. This exhilarating, unique and picturesque walk is certainly one worth bragging about.

5. Gjógv

GjógvYou can walk down to the gorge in Gjógv by following the stairs. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Almost as far north as you can get on the island of Eysturoy, you'll find Gjógv – a peaceful place with a timeless and untouched quality. Gjógv offers many opportunities for nature lovers to explore an old village, and you can go for a hike in the beautiful surroundings.

Go down the stone steps to the loud and sea-filled gorge that leads from the village into the ocean. When in Gjógv, you can also go for a longer hike to the stunning valley Ambadalur.

No matter where you go in the Faroe Islands, you will be overwhelmed by stunning beauty. For nature lovers, there's a whole heap of spots to add to your personal bucket list. Sights that will create unique memories for life.

One of the best ways to explore the Faroe Islands is by car accompanied by one of our knowledgeable local guide. Book a guided tour in the Faroe Islands right away.