What can you do in the Faroe Islands in November? What is the weather like? Is it possible to experience the northern lights during this month? How many hours of daylight will there be? Continue reading for everything you need to know about the Faroe Islands in November.
Visiting Faroe Islands in November is something special. You are guaranteed an authentic and glorious travel experience. Autumn will transition into winter and you can expect a winter storm to make its way across the archipelago.
This is a magical time of year for travellers to make a trip to the Faroe Islands and to experience the many natural wonders like the remote settlement Tjørnuvík and the epic island Viðoy with gorgeous views. Shops are filled with winter coats and cafés around the country start making lots of hot chocolate.
The Seal Woman in the village Mikladalur. On windy days in November the Seal Woman can be fully covered in surf as the statue stands by the shoreline.
Making a trip to the Faroe Islands this late autumn month is all about enjoying life, experiencing a variety of sights and taking in everything the undiscovered islands have to offer. Faroe Islanders welcome November as it marks the end of a peaceful and reflective autumn season where beauty knows no bounds.
There is no need to worry about being surrounded by a lot of people as this month is off-season. The Faroese people on the other hand are here to welcome you and invite you to the best of the extraordinary Nordic atmosphere. Everything about Faroe Islands in November is unique and will secure you an unforgettable and rare vacation.
The hexagonal shacks between the villages Kvívík and Vestmanna. You will spot these cottages from the road when driving.
Some of the most captivating experiences in the Faroe Islands can be found in the small rural villages scattered around the islands. One added bonus when venturing out and roaming these villages is the short distance between the colourful collection of settlements like the two tidy villages Funningur and Gjógv located only 15 minutes from each other on Eysturoy island.
There is a total of 600 km (373 miles) of roads connecting islands and villages. Wherever you may roam, it is easy to get from one place to the next. Visiting a couple of villages will therefore not make up full days if you are in the Faroe Islands for only a few days. You will always get the most of each destination when you delve at each beautifully situated coastal village and visit local cafés and local attractions.
One of the good things about the villages is that they will make up great sightseeing and all villages are easy accessible for all people. You will for sure feel at one with the unspoiled nature when discovering the beautiful located villages. Visiting villages is an all-weather activity.
Múlafossur waterfall is an amazing sight. You will find the waterfall in the village Gásadalur. Photo by @panpapaioannou on Instagram.
No country does waterfalls like the Faroe Islands. You will find hundreds of waterfalls finding their ways down the mountains all across the islands. November is a great month to chasing waterfalls as more rain falls this month than during the summer season.
During windy days you can expect to see waterfalls rising up in the air which is just crazy. There are remarkable photo opportunities with waterfalls as backdrop everywhere. Depending on your location, you might actually be able to fit several waterfalls into the frame of one picture.
Even though the only season to see the popular puffins is in summer, you can experience an enchanting wildlife when being out on the water as birds and seals can be seen off the coast of the Faroe Islands around the year while the grass-covered hills are bursting with warm autumn colours.
A good and affordable way to explore the Faroe Islands from sea is by jumping on one of the public ferries run by Strandfaraskip Landsins. Tickets can not be booked in advance. These ferry rides will give you panoramic views of magnificent nature.
Ferrry arriving to one of the islands in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. You need to buy your ferry tickets onboard the ferry. Photo by Tróndur Dalsgarð.
November in the Faroe Islands is also the perfect time to get to know Faroese culture. You should definitely not leave the Faroe Islands without checking the vibrant music scene. Enter a local bar or venue to enjoy live music in the company of the locals.
The Faroe Islanders are happy to meet visitors and they will get out of their way to tell you about their culture and homeland. Meeting the locals is the perfect way to get closer to the Faroese culture and they will happily assist you planning something extra while you are here.
The Faroe Islands has a great number of cultural treats from arts to history. There is an array of diverse exhibitions spanning from the National Museum of Art, Listasavn Føroya, which is open all-year round. The museum of arts is situated just a few minutes from downtown Tórshavn in the sports district. The museum possesses a array of Faroese works. There is a room solely made for the most famous Faroese painter Mikines who was born and raised on the puffin island Mykines.
Outside a small storehouse, which is part of the restaurant Katrina Christiansen in the capital Tórshavn. This is one of many good restaurants in the Faroe Islands serving local produce.
Most travellers are surprised and impressed by the quality and variety of Faroe Islands restaurants that you will find in a country with little more than 52.500 inhabitants. November is a great month to enjoy some of the most esteemed restaurants serving local produce. Try some Faroese tendered lamb and fresh seafood at one of the excellent restaurants that you will find. The New Nordic Cuisine is popular in the Faroe Islands and is the heart of the Faroese culinary scene.
Chefs in the Faroe Islands are ambitious so there are truly amazing food options at several locations. You will have the unique chance to taste the treasures of what the Faroe Islanders are harvesting during the autumn season from fermented lamb to the world’s best seafood.
As fish life abounds around the Faroe Islands, you will find yourself in the middle of a seafood paradise. Travellers recommend Fish & Chips at Vaglið which is a small place in Tórshavn city centre where you can enjoy fresh panfried Faroese fish and freshly made chips. Everything is served the traditional way in yesterday’s news.
The northern lights as seen from Viðareiði. Photo by Esbern Christiansen.
The evenings are now dark and the temperatures allow for the northern lights to light up the evenings. Seeing the northern lights is a fantastic late-night activity that allows for unbelievable moments. Getting to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon is all about being at the right spot at the right time as hunting the northern lights is not a reliable attraction.
Northern Lights usually appears in November but there is no guarantee. To maximise your chance of capturing the aurora, get out of town as city lights block the northern lights. Head up to the northern part of the country preferably to the coastal village Viðareiði.
The sky needs to be clear before withnessing the magic of aurora borealis. Clouds will disappear when it is cold especially when the temperature is 0C (32F) or below. Experiencing the northern lights is all about being well prepared and being patient. Then you might get lucky and experience this mesmerising display.
The optical illusion lake on Vágar island. It takes an hour to hike to this spot.
There is no such thing as warm summer breezes in the Faroe Islands as temperatures are always below 20C (68F). But it is getting colder in November and windier as a fresh North Atlantic breeze will environ the islands. The mountain pasture is exploding with orange, yellow, and red while the scents of late-autumn fills the air.
Snow in November is quite common but as always the weather is ever-changeable and there are also years with no snow in November. Now, snow is not that likely but instead there are many rainy days in November. But no worries as the Faroe Islands’ landscape is amazing whatever the weather. Enjoy the countryside but always take the weather into account if you are planning a hiking tour on one of the marked hiking trails.
The church in Saksun. Photo by Grace Fegan known as @gracefegan on Instagram.
As it is getting colder, you definitely need to dress for weather. The Faroese wool is made for the harsh winter storms and will keep you warm at all time. Wearing a woollen sweater and then a wind-protected coat will keep you warm while you are out in the untouched nature exploring the many unbelievable sceneries.
Days are getting shorter in November. There are less than nine hours of day light in the beginning of November and as the month draws to a close there will be six hours of daylight.
The world feels a little more remarkable after you have seen the Faroe Islands in November. Travelling to Faroe Islands this time of year will give you an otherworldly depth and new perspectives on an off-season journey. A fall vacation in the Faroe Islands will make memories that will last a lifetime.