Ferry to Faroe Islands

How to get to Faroe Islands from North America

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How do you find flights to Faroe Islands from North America? Which airlines fly to the Faroe Islands? Did you know you have a choice between to airlines in order to reach this unbelievable archipelago? Read on to find out more travel information about how to go to Faroe Islands by air or by sea from North America.

Faroe Islands are a visually striking place with crashing waterfalls, epic mountains, and great opportunities for hiking tours. Travellers go to the Faroe Islands to embrace nature, slow down, and recharge. This is why Faroe Islands tourism is something people are starting to notice.

Getting from North America to Faroe Islands by flight

Kalsoy islandThe unreal reality of the Faroe Islands. This photo is taken n Kalsoy island. Photo by Costas Kariolis on Shutterstock.

There are no direct flights from North America to the Faroe Islands. The local airline company in the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways, are planning to start a direct flight from New York’s JFK Airport to the Faroe Islands. The exact date for the launch is still to be revealed. 

This will be the first time that there will be nonstop flights from North America to the Faroe Islands. Before the launch date is known and if you want to book a flight to the Faroe Islands before the New York flight is bookable, there are some other options.

ViðareiðiThe church in Viðareiði sits in spectacular surroundings. Photo by Carlos Pimentel known as @carlospimentel__ on Instagram.

The easiest way to travel from North America to Faroe Islands is by hopping onto one of the multiple daily flights from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Vágar Airport (FAE), which is the port of arrival for all visitors travelling by flight to the Faroe Islands. You have a choice between two carriers: Atlantic Airways, the local Faroese airline that has operated on the route for 30 years, or Scandinavian Airlines.

Atlantic Airways also has departures on certain days of the week from Reykjavík, Iceland, to the Faroe Islands and from Edinburgh, Scotland, to the Faroe Islands. Flights Edinburgh to Faroe Islands depart twice a week all year round on Mondays and Thursdays.

There is also a direct flight from Paris to Faroe Islands throughout the year with departures on Mondays and Fridays. During high season from May to September there is a third departure on Wednesdays. 

Westcoast of Streymoy islandThe unbelievable west coast on Streymoy island. Te island in the background is Vágar island where all flights to the Faroe Islands arrive. Photo by @jdubcaptures on Instagram.

In addition, Altantic Airways also operates routes from the Danish cities of Billund and Aalborg, Denmark to the Faroe Islands. These routes are flown a couple of times a week.

When coming from North America to the Faroe Islands, a good bet is to stop over at Keflavík airport, Iceland, and then take the flight from Iceland to Faroe Islands. This route operates twice a week throughout the year adding an extra departure from mid June to late September

Gásadalur waterfallThe waterfall in Gásadalur. This is one of the main attractions in the Faroe Islands.

The plane to Faroe Islands used to depart from the very small airport Reykjavíkurflugvöllur in Reyjavík city centre in the summer. Now, all flights from Iceland to the Faroe Islands depart from Keflavík International Airport (KEF). 

You will fly with Atlantic Airways from Iceland to Faroe Islands. The airline company has also made their departing times from Keflavík International Airport fit to the flights arriving from North America. Hence, it is easy and seamless to get onboard your connecting flight to Faroe Islands.

Getting to the Faroe Islands by ferry

Ferry to Faroe IslandsWhen taking the ferry to Faroe Islands, you can sail from either Iceland or Denmark. This is a map of the route for the passenger ferry Norröna sailing to Faroe Islands all year round.

If you are planning to go sailing to the Faroe Islands, the passenger ferry Norröna has regular departures from Hanstholm, Denmark, to the Faroese capital Torshavn.

Travellers coming from North America can take the ferry Norröna from Seyðisfjörður in Iceland. Norröna is the only ferry to Faroe Islands. It takes 15 hours to sail from Iceland to Faroe Islands with the ferry owned by Faroe Islanders.

If you are a fan of unspoiled nature, the Faroe Islands definitely deserve a spot on your travel bucket list. You can start planning your trip by checking out the largest section of things to do and see in the Faroe Islands here.