The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Faroe Islands

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Is it safe and easy driving the roads in the Faroe Islands? Which side of the road do Faroe Islanders drive on? How do you rent a car for your stay? Continue reading and find all you need to know about driving in the Faroe Islands.

The Faroe Islands is a cluster of unbelievable islands in the North Atlantic Ocean yet to be discovered. There are unbelievable sights on every corner. From cascading waterfalls to quiet and uncrowded villages.

Here are all the important things to know about driving the Faroe Islands, so you are ready to hit the road. One thing is for sure, experiencing the untouched islands in a vehicle is a vacation you will never ever forget.

​Down by the seaside near the village Gásadalur on Vágar island. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

Many travellers say that renting a car and self-driving the Faroe Islands is something else. So if you like independent travel and being on your own, renting a car is the absolute best way to enjoy a getaway in this untouched archipelago. It gives you the freedom to stop in every village, waterfall, and coastline scenery.

You can wander from one attraction to another undisturbed and at your own pace. Spend as much time as you like at each and every nature scenery.

Renting a car in Faroe Islands

Fossá waterfall
Fossá waterfall is the tallest waterfall in the Faroe Islands. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to renting a car in the Faroe Islands. You can choose between several car rentals in Faroe Islands. The car rental agencies offer a variety of vehicles that you can choose from.

The most popular cars to rent are small cars like VW up! and Nissan Micra. They do not hold much luggage, though. Renting a standard car like Toyota Yaris is also a popular choice. It gives you more space for the suitcases.

You are never in need of a four-wheel-drive in the Faroe Islands. Even when travelling in winter, you will do perfect when you hit the road in a standard car or a SUV.

Travellers usually pick up their car at the airport on Vágar island upon arrival. The agencies are very flexible with pick-up and drop off times.

Roads in the Faroe Islands

​Fossá waterfall is an impressive experience. Photo by @seppthebus on Instagram.

The infrastructure in the Faroe Islands is great. Nine out of eighteen islands are accessible with a car. Three out of these nine islands require you to take a passage by ferry in order to drive around.

The islands are connected by roads, bridges, tunnels, and underwater tunnels. This makes it effortless to get around.

Some roads have only one lane. These are the roads to small villages such as Saksun and Tjørnuvík on Streymoy island ands Sandvík on Suðuroy islands. The roads are safe but adjust your speed to the conditions.

All roads are paved even to the smallest settlements. There are lay-bys on all single-track roads in order to keep traffic in a flow. These widening sections are only meant for smoothening traffic so do not use for parking.

Do I need a Car in the Faroe Islands?

The zig-zag road leading to the village Funningur on Eysturoy island. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

Whether you need a vehicle for your vacation in the Faroe Islands really depends on how you like to travel. Here you will get an overview of the benefits and what precautions to take.

When in the capital, Tórshavn, you will do just fine walk or cycle. Your main purpose of visiting the Faroe Islands lies in the countryside between high mountains and rugged coastlines far away from the crowds.

If you are a fan of flexibility and want to roam in the untouched nature as much as possible, then driving yourself around the islands is the right choice. More than anything, it gives you freedom throughout your trip.

puffin faroe islands
Puffins are a summer attraction in the Faroe Islands. You can drive to the village Gjógv and get a glimpse of this cute bird between May to August. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

There are also other ways to enjoy the amazing nature across the archipelago. There are great guided day tours that will let you experience a lot of what the islands have to offer.

There is also a public bus network Strandfaraskip Landsins that allows for travel to many islands at a reasonable price. The public busses run infrequently, though.

Things to know when driving in Faroe Islands

Eiði is a lovely located village on the island Eysturoy. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

Below are some things important to know before you get behind the wheel in the Faroe Islands. By familiarising yourself with these rules, your road trip will turn out awesome.

  • Keep your headlights on at all time.
  • You drive on the right-hand side.
  • Speed limit on main roads 80 km/h.
  • Speed limit in villages 50 km/h.
  • No drinking and driving.
  • Seat belts are required for all passengers.
  • Some driving tunnels are narrow so choose a safe speed
  • Always have your driver’s license on you when driving.
  • Off-road driving is prohibited.

Always follow Faroe Islands’s driving rules to avoid any issues. These rules will make sure you stay safe.

There are some 600 km of road network in the Faroe Islands. Every single kilometre is enjoyable to ride and there are no traffic jams outside of the capital, Tórshavn.

Gas stations in the Faroe Islands

Gas stations are spread out across the islands. No worries not having enough fuel for your road trip. You are never more than 15 kilometres away from a filling station.

If you stay in Tórshavn, you can choose bewteen four gas stations to fuel up. There are two brands here EFFO and Magn.

Sheep on the roads!

Be careful when driving as sheep can leap in front of your vehicle. Photo by @seppthebus on Instagram.

You will find sheep roaming pretty much everywhere in the Faroe Islands. As you drive across the landscapes, you will sooner or later share the road with some sheep. You can expect to find sheep eating grass on the side of the more or less everywhere. They tend to run out on the roads when panicked.

So just be careful and keep those sheep in mind when driving around. The Faroe Islands means the Sheep Islands after all. 

Experiencing the different islands in a vehicle allows for a tailor-made vacation. You will have your trip personalised so you can plan your stay in this stunning place on earth to your own desires. Road conditions are good and it is super easy to get from one location to another. This makes the Faroe Islands ideal for a road trip.

Inspired to go on a road trip in the Faroe Islands? Start out by browsing the largest Car Rental marketplace in the Faroe Islands.

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