What are the 5 most notable do’s and don’ts for travel in the Faroe Islands? How can you learn from the mistakes made by past travellers? How can you be a responsible guest and still enjoy the experience here? What kind of behaviour should you avoid as it is considered unsavoury? Continue read to find out all there is know about how to travel in the Faroe Islands.

Respect is a key thing to bear in mind when visiting the Faroe Islands. The sceneries are pristine and so naturally that it is of great importance to travel and do good while you are here. Be it in small villages, the capital or when passing vulnerable nature, always show respect.

Guidelines for Tórshavn

Tórshavn

Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroese Island, is in many ways a metropol but at the same time also a small and intimate city. Many guests visit the old charming part of the city called Tinganes. People actually live in this almost museumlike district so when you go for a stroll here remember that residents are living in these cute grass roofed houses and therefore people would appreciate if you do not look into windows or enter private property even though it is quite tempting.

  • Respect private property and private life in Tórshavn

 

Guidelines for Villages and Towns

SaksunYou can always count on Saksun for a slice of unspoiled nature. This is the Dúvugarðar farmstead in Saksun. 

The villages in the Faroe Islands are small, colourful and picturesque. Just feel free to take at walk around in the village, also between houses, but please respect people’s private life. Therefore avaiod looking through the windows though it might be tempting.

  • Respect private property and private life in small villages

 

Guidelines when in Nature

GásadalurMúlafossur waterfall on Vágar island. The settlement sits in a valley with a great view of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The climate: The Faroe Islands are situated 62 north in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean but also in the Golf Stream. This means that the weather in the summertime is not very warm but on the other side it never gets very cold in the wintertime. But the weather is very changing. You Can have sun, rain, wind and calm the same day. Are you walking outside the villages it’s á good idea to put on warm clothes or to bring such ones with you as well as light rain clothes. 

The wildlife: The Faroese nature and wildlife are vulnerable. If you want to walk outside the villages you have to follow the old paths between villages. The paths are mostly marked by cairns, but sometimes it’s not always easy to find the beginning of á path. Therefore you are strongly recommended to ask local people about the paths. During the period when the grass is growing (it’s from Mi-May to the end of August) it is strongly forbidden to walk on the grass fields.

The landscape: The landscape s are beautiful but you have to consider that the weather can change suddenly so you will not be able to orientate yourself, e.g if fog surprises you. It’s á good idea always to bring a map with you. 

The mountains, especially to the North of the islands are high and often steep. It’s easier to mount a mountain than to go down. Therefore, consider carefully where you are walking. 

The views are magnificent at an edge, but do not go too close to an edge as the it is dangerous

  • Remember to wear or bring warm clothes with you if you are hiking in the mountains
  • Use the old path ways when you are walking between villages
  • Beware of birds’ nest or baby birds, especially in May and June and Do not disturb birdlife in the nests.
  • Do not go too close to edges because the ground might be porous
  • It’s not allowed to walk on the cultivated grass fields in the villages