Is Faroe Islands worth visiting in winter? What is there to see and do in the winter months? What is the weather like during winter? Read ahead and get to know the ultimate winter itinerary designed for those who want to explore the very best of what the Faroe Islands have to offer in winter.
This 5-day winter itinerary takes you to the top attractions on the far-flung Faroe Islands from epic sceneries on Vagar island to the soaring mountains in the northern islands. This itinerary provides you with everything you need when planning a trip to the Faroe Islands in winter from how to get around to what to pack.
The first thing that you should know when visiting the Faroe Islands this time of year is that you do not need as many days as you do in summer to cover the best of the Faroe Islands. There are almost no boat tours running in winter and some hiking trails are difficult to access due to slippery paths. However, do not worry, as there are still plenty of unbelievable sight to explore between the winter months from October to March.
There are almost no tourists in the Faroe Islands during winter, which is low season, so you will have the many unspoiled sights for yourself. Hotels and Airbnb accommodation are also cheaper in winter.
If you want to stay in a hotel while you are in the Faroe Islands, make sure to stay in the capital, Torshavn. It is easy to go for day trips and sightsee from the capital. Most restaurants are also in Tórshavn.
The towering rock formation Trøllkonufingur in Sandavágur here seen from the nearby villgae Miðvágur. Photo by Yannik Photography on Shutterstock.
Welcome to the Faroe Islands! You will land at Vagar Airport, which is the only place in the country where flights descends and land. Make sure to rent a car, as there are very few guided day tours on offer during winter due to a very small number of travellers in the dark winter months. Car rental companies offer pick up at the airport and the awesome thing is that rental cars are much cheaper this time of the year.
You will do just fine renting a small or medium car in winter. The road system is good and well maintained so there is no need to book a 4x4. Your first day in the Faroe Islands will take you to key highlights.
Once you have the keys for your vehicle, fasten your seatbelt and head directly to the village Gásadalur. It takes only 20 minutes to drive from the airport to this tiny village. Park your car once you reach the valley where the village is nestled. Now, after a 2 minutes’ walk, you will get to the most famous waterfall in the archipelago, the Múlafossur waterfall that drops from the edge of the village and directly into the Atlantic Ocean.
After visiting Gásadalur, step into your car and drive for 15 minutes to the turf village Bøur. Here you will have a great view of the epic islet Tindhólmur and the sea arch Drangarnir. Enjoy the village alike by going on a stroll between the small houses several of them covered with grass on the roof.
If you have an early inbound flight, there will still be some time to spend on Vágar island. You can either go for a 3 hours hike to Trælanípa from where you will experience the Lake Above the Ocean or you can take a seat at the cosy restaurant Fiskastykkið in the village Sandavágur where you can order fresh seafood from the menu. There is also a easy 30 minutes walk from the restaurant and to the Trøllkonufingur rock formation that stands beautifully by the cliffside.
The ride from Vágar island to Tórshavn will take you just above 30 minutes without stop along the way, which can be quite difficult to avoid as the sceneries are amazingly spectacular. Vágar island ad the neighbouring island Streymoy are connected by a sub-sea tunnel.
Fossá waterfall is something else. Photo by Domenic Reardo on Instagram
Today, you will experience some of the main attractions on the largest of the 18 islands that make up the untouched Faroe Islands. Today’s tour will take you to the historic treasure in Kirkjubøur, to the quaint settlement Saksun as well to the largest waterfall Fossá.
Start the day by heading to Kirkjubøur on the western side of the island. Here you will see lots of turf houses as well as the oldest church in the Faroe Islands dting back to the 13th century.
Once you have experienced Kirkjubøur and the historic sights there, take the route to Saksun. The village is situated in spectacular surroundings. There is a tidal lagoon, an iconic white church and steep mountainsides.
Now, hed further north first to the waterfall Fossá and then to the peaceful settlement Tjørnuvík. All these attractions are stunning and can all be reach in winter with ease.
The football field in Eidi in epic surroundings. Photo by ziemlich_guter_name on Instagram
Get ready for a full day of Eysturoy island. Before you venture out to this island that is connected to Streymoy by a short bridge, make sure to read the ultimate guide to Eysturoy island.
Eysturoy is a 30 minutes ride from Tórshavn. Once you cross the bridge to Eysturoy island, head to the northernmost part of the island where you will find the village Eiði. Have a look at calm village and afterwards head up towards Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. After a kilometer or so from Eiði, you will get a really good view of the football field in the village that lies in unmatched surroundings.
After visiting Eiði, head to the tidy settlement Gjógv where you will see the famous gorge that has given the village its name. Gjógv is full of charm and is nestled in a beautiful valley. There are quite many windy days in the winter, which will give you a great opportunity to enjoy the shoreline and the surf there.
The beautiful nature surrounding the village Viðareið. Photo by Swen Stroop on Shutterstock.
On your fourth day in the Faroe Islands, you will experience three islands in the northern part of the country. Get excited as you approach the islands Borðoy, Kunoy and Viðoy. In order to reach Borðy, you will pass a subsea tunnel from the village Leirvík o Eysturoy island. The islands Kunoy and Viðoy are connected to Borðoy by embankments.
The view of Eggjarnar along the southern coastline of Suðuroy is amazing. Photo by pics721 on Shutterstock.
Today, you will take the longest ferry ride that can be taken between two islands in the Faroe Islands. Park your car in the line at the harbour in Tórshavn where you will wait to get on-board the passenger ferry Smyril to Suðuroy.
It takes two hurs to sail to Suðuroy. Along the way, you will pass the smalles of the 18 island, Lítla Dímun. When you get to Suðuroy, make sure to drive around the island, which has an excellet road system from the southernmost village Sumba to the most northernly settlement Sandvík.
The view from Norðradalsskarð towards Kotur is breathtaking. Photo by Yannik Photography on Shutterstock.
Take a last walk in the city of Tórshavn before you leave the breathtakingly beautiful islands. If you have a late outbound flight, you can go for some extra sightseeing on the Oyggjavegur road, which leads you out of the capital. This is the old mountain road with way less traffic than the main gateway to Tórshavn.
Along the Oyggjarvegur route you can stop by Norðradalsskarð mountain pass where you will have a magnificent view of Koltur island inhabited by a single person. Make sure to stop by the only prison in the Faroe Islands located far away from everything up on a hillside with gorgeous view of the Kaldbaksfjørður fjord.
Travelling to the Faroe Islands in winter will secure you scenic terrains and breathtakingly amazing landscapes. The average temperature in winter is 3,5 °C (38 °F). There is nothing like escaping the crowds and enjoying untouched nature. That is what a Faroe Islands winter vacation will secure you.