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8 Things to know before Hire a Car | Faroe Islands Car Rental Guide

8 Things to know before Hire a Car | Faroe Islands Car Rental Guide

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Where can I rent a car in the Faroe Islands? Is it safe to drive alone? Are there gas stations on all islands? Where can you pick up a rental car in the Faroe Islands? Can you drive on all islands? Which type of car to choose? Are there different options for rental car in Faroe Islands? Continue reading for all you need to know about renting a car and driving in Faroe Islands.

The roads in the Faroe Islands will take you to some out-of-this-world landscapes. Driving around the Faroe Islands will surely leave you speechless. Travellers say they love exploring the Faroe Islands in a rental car because it gives them the freedom to choose their own route and you can experience all attractions at your own pace.

Car Rental Vagar AirportYou will pick up your rental car at the car rental desks. The offices are found at Vagar Airport in the building that says Car Rental Pick up.

Most people pick up their rented car at Vágar Airport (FAE), which is the only airport in the country. You can also choose Tórshavn, the capital, as the pick up location.

As you can see on the map above, you will pick up your car at Vagar Airport in the building that says Car Rental Pick up. The building is next to the arrival hall. There are car rental desks in the building for all car rental companies.

There is a wide range of car types to choose between for travellers who want to enjoy the freedom of a self-drive holiday. Here are 8 things to know before your big Faroe Islands road trip begins. One thing is for sure, the coastal roads are filled with endless views.

1. Small and cheap cars are sold out quickly

FossáThe road crossing the Fossá waterfall on Streymoy island. Photo by Dominic Reardon.

Most travellers are almost surely going to be fine with one of the small and cheapest vehicles. Unless you need more room for luggage or extra comfort. There are only 1400 rental cars in the Faroe Islands in total so if you want to make sure to hire a car at a fair price, you want to rent your car as soon as you have your flight ticket to the Faroe Islands. 

Small cars can get you anywhere in the Faroe Islands and that is why the most popular cars to rent are Nissan Micra, VW Polo or similar models. But they tend to sell out fast especially for the high season from mid May to mid August. The rates will not become lower as the peak of season approaches and the small and cheapest models will sell out first.   

2. Check if your own insurance covers oversea car damages

Road in the Faroe Islands
Roads are really good all across the country. Photo from Shutterstock.

You want to make sure that you are not responsible for another person’s misuse of the car that you hire. In general most rented cars in the Faroe islands are new and less than two years old and in very good condition, but just to be sure remember to inspect the car before you are heading for your first Faroe Islands attraction for any scratches or dents.

If your own insurance do not cover everything, then all car rental companies in the Faroe Islands offer a full insurance that will cover your damages in case of an accident. There is still a renters deductible amount, but which is way less than without the insurance.

3. Watch out for sheep on the roads

Sheep Faroe IslandsThere can be sheep on the roads. Watch out! Photo by Faroephoto.

Unlike most places, there are sheep on the roads in the Faroe Islands. Even if it often feels like you are alone on the road, there are not only other vehicles but sheep too. They can pop up when you least expect it. The sheep are found on all 18 islands and you can drive on 9 of the islands. The other islands are either car-free or not accessible with a car as some ferries between smaller islands are only for passengers. 

The speed limit on paved roads outside villages and towns is 80 km/h. Seat belt is required by law and is mandatory for both driver and passengers. You can easily be distracted by awe-inspiring landscapes, but be very careful and watch out for sheep along the way.

4. There are lots of gas stations

EFFO Faroe IslandsPetrol station in Tórshavn. There are four petrol stations in the capital.

There are two petrol companies in the Faroe Islands with gas stations around the country. You have the Faroese owned EFFO and then Magn. The EFFO gas stations are bright green like the Faroese grass in summer combined with blue. The other provider, Magn, has red gas stations. 

You will find petrol stations on six out of 18 islands. The stations are found on the largest islands:

  • Streymoy
  • Eysturoy
  • Borðoy
  • Suðoyroy
  • Vágar
  • Sandoy   

There are less than 500 kilometres of main roads in the Faroe Islands so no worries about not finding a gas station to fuel up your car. There are 21 gas stations on these six islands. 

5. Off-roading is not allowed

EysturoyUnspoiled seaside scenery. Photo by Demiray Oral.

The Faroe Islands are unspoiled and breathtaking and it is tempting to just venture into the mountains off-road. But the rural landscapes are protected from off-road driving, which is not allowed in the Faroe Islands. Off-road driving is super tempting, but always stay on the designated roads.

6. No stopping on the roads to take pictures

SaksunThe road leading to the church in Saksun. Photo from Shutterstock.

The Faroe Islands is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. The islands are waiting for you to be discovered. The spectacular wonders found in all directions will make you want to stop the car all of a sudden while on the road. Definitely very tempting but please keep in mind that there are other cars here. 

When you spot a scenery that you simply need to explore more deeply, find the nearest roadside parking space and stop your car. Now it is safe for both you to soak in the natural beauty and for others to drive. 

7. Minimum driving age is 18

Map in car Faroe Islands

To rent a car in the Faroe Islands, you must be at least 18 years old. Most car rental companies require that you have had a driving license for at least one year before you are allowed to drive a car yourself.

8. Right-hand driving

Road in the Faroe Islands
Roads are often winding their ways up mountain sides. All roads are good.

You will be driving in the right hand side of the road. The roads in the Faroe Islands are in good conditions and most roads have one lane in each direction. But there are also some exception when you drive towards smaller settlements such as the hidden Saksun, the village Kunoy surrounded by steep mountains and the remote village Tjørnuvík

One last thing to check before leaving your home behind is to remember your driver’s license. Now you are ready to explore the Faroe Islands in a rented car. Once you are in the Faroe Islands, pick up your car, fasten your seatbelt, and hit the road. Discover the Faroe Islands on your own terms and enjoy the ride!