The Faroe Islands is an archipelago of astounding beauty, where the weather can change in a heartbeat and no one is a stranger.

While scrolling in and out of Google maps it’s easy to think these islands are teeny tiny, but once you set out on foot you will find places that are not yet touched by humans; where there is no sound but the whistle of the wind and feet on damp grass, with an ever-changing landscape of green and white as fog blurs the lines between sea and land.

It’s easy to think you’ve seen it all just by driving from one end-of-the-road village to the next, but then you realise that the expansive cliff lines, waterfalls and mountains that lie between them mean there is always so much more left to explore.

Things To Do In The Faroe Islands

We did drive down almost every road and tried to get out on foot as much as possible. We watched sunrises and sunsets and stayed up all night waiting for the northern lights that never came. We were utterly enchanted by the Faroe Islands and we think you will be too.

We have created this beginner’s guide, along with our other articles (here and here), to help fellow travellers prepare for their trip to this little-visited island nation and discover all those unmissable places along the way.

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What and Where are the Faroe Islands

Never heard of this tiny island group before? You’re not alone. In fact, it was only a year ago that we saw a photo of the waterfall of Gásadalur and realised these amazing islands in the middle of the Atlantic even existed.

With its dramatic sea cliffs, sweeping fjords and charming little grass-roofed villages, this group of untouched islands has become somewhat of a photographers playground, although it is only just being discovered by tourists. It is so little explored that we just happened to meet the first ever tourist to cycle around Suðuroy, the southernmost island where very few tourists venture.

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The Faroes are made up of 18 islands and situated between Iceland, Scotland and Norway.

Sheep, which the islands are named after, can be found alongside (or in the middle of) every road and on the most precarious cliff edges, to the point that you will wonder how the hell they got down there in the first place. It also becomes the home to thousands of migrating puffins during the summer months.

The Best Time To Visit The Faroe Islands

As with many places in northern Europe, summer (May to August) is the best time to visit the Faroe Islands.

Not only is the weather warmer, but all the services available for tourists, such as buses, ferries and cafes, are in full operation.

Outside of these times, it’s still beautiful to visit the islands but be aware some amenities operate on reduced schedules or may shut down altogether.

Whenever you choose to visit, be aware that weather in the Faroe Islands is a fickle beast at any time of year so come prepared for all eventualities.

Where To Stay In The Faroe Islands

From basic seaside camping grounds to cosy guesthouses and luxury hotels, the Faroe Islands have accommodation options to suit any budget.

Most of the accommodation is concentrated around Tórshavn, but there are a few options around Klaksvík giving you a gateway to the Northern Isles.

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Budget

Camping is the most budget-friendly accommodation option for visiting the Faroe Islands. Wild camping is not legal, but there are plenty of official camping grounds scattered around, although these are often for tents only, not campervans. See the full list of camping grounds here. As the weather tends to be a little more raging torrents than soothing sunshine, you may want to seriously consider what a camping trip here will involve.

Hostels are another great budget choice. There are just two hostels available in the Faroe Islands, each offering dormitories, private rooms and a much-needed guest kitchen.

Located in Sandavágur, Giljanes Hostel is basic and a little run down these days but it’s a firm favourite for those on a tight budget and offers a spacious living area, huge communal kitchen and beautiful views over the bay and Koltur. Camping on the grounds in tents or campervans with use of the facilities is also permitted and a bus stop is conveniently located just outside for those not renting a car. Check rates and availability here.

Bládýpi Guesthouse is another affordable option nestled right in the heart of Tórshavn. Facilities include a guest kitchen, shared and private rooms and free parking nearby the property. Check rates and availability here.

Airbnb is another excellent option for budget-conscious travellers and provides far better value than hostels, particularly if you’re travelling as a pair. New to Airbnb? Sign up here and receive $30 off when you make your first booking.

Mid-Range

Perfectly located in the heart of Tórshavn’s old town, Hotel Hafnia is a great mid-range choice with harbour and city views, an excellent buffet breakfast and attached restaurant. Check rates and availability here.

Perched above the city, Hotel Føroyar with its traditional grass roof boasts spectacular views over Tórshavn and Nolsoy, particularly from the breakfast room where a sumptuous buffet is served each morning. Rooms, many of which have similarly delightful views, are modern, spacious and well laid out. Check rates and availability here.

On the island of Vagar, Bed & Breakfast Sandavágur is a homey option with a charming location overlooking the town and is perfect for exploring the best sights of the island. Both guest rooms have a shared bathroom and living area, parking is available on site as is a fuss-free car rental. Check rates and availability here.

For accommodation option further afield, you can check rates and availability in your specific destination here.

Where to Go and What to See In The Faroe Islands

From expansive cliff lines and iridescent green fjords to flocks of puffins waddling into their burrows and nonchalantly munching sheep, if you’re a traveller who loves the outdoors and getting up close with nature, then the Faroe Islands will not disappoint.

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There are some truly magical places to explore, such as the waterfall at Gásadalur that inspired us to visit in the first place, or the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy that feels like you’ve stumbled upon the end of the world.

Give yourself enough time to explore the islands thoroughly, because once you’re there you’ll want to climb every mountain and fjord you come across, but bear in mind that the weather may have other plans for you and your itinerary.

How To Get To The Faroe Islands

There are two ways to get to the Faroe Islands – by air or sea.

By Air

Flights to the Faroe Islands operate from select hubs in Europe on particular weekdays (except Copenhagen which has daily flights). Many routes are only operational on a seasonal basis.

Atlantic Airways (the national carrier) offers direct flights from Vagar in the Faroe Islands to:

  • Denmark (Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg)
  • Norway (Bergen)
  • Iceland (Reykjavik)
  • UK (Edinburgh)
  • Spain (Barcelona)
  • Portugal (Lisbon)

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) also operates a daily flight out of Copenhagen.

Search for the best flights on Skyscanner now or download the Skyscanner App for up-to-date flight deals at your fingertips.

By Sea 

Smyril Line runs a weekly ferry service to the Faroe Islands for passengers and vehicles, originating in Denmark (Hirtshals) and ending its voyage in Iceland (Seyðisfjørður). The trip takes around 35 hours from Denmark and less than 20 hours to Iceland.

If you’re not in any hurry, travelling during the shoulder season can sometimes work out about the same price as flying.

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Transport In The Faroe Islands

Once you’re actually there, the best way to get around is with your own wheels. We had a great experience renting a vehicle with Unicar who have just opened a new office at the airport.

Otherwise, there is an extensive bus network interlinking most of the islands and several ferry routes connecting the more distant few.

You can read more of our transport tips in this post.

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11 Comments

  1. Hey, Thank you very much for writing this blog. I am planning to visit the Faroe Islands in Summer of 2018 and this will definitely help me in planning for the trip. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Hi !
    My boyfriend and I are planning on visiting the Faroe islands next year during summer. Do you have any idea how many days we have to take to explore the islands? And what the budget is for it when renting a car with a tent on top?
    Thanks !

    • Hey Lisa, that really depends on how much time you’ve got. Our first visit we had 2 weeks and saw plenty, while the next trip we had 7 days and managed to see all new places. The islands are small but jam-packed with things to see, especially if you enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I’d say 7 days is a good timeframe to start with, if you have more, there’ll certainly be enough to fill them. As for the car, as far as I know, there aren’t cars available with tents on top. If you plan to camp I’d suggest bringing your own tent and camping gear and just renting a small car.
      Happy travels!

  3. Hello!
    I am planning to visit Faroes with my man this summer – probably the first and last chance, and we are planning to stay 10 days, don’t know if it’s enough? But most urgent question I have 🙂 – I’ve read that it’s “not permitted to spend nights in camping cars along roads, at rest stops, laybys or view areas.” But we will borrow some common car, sedan or combi, like wolksvagen touran or skoda rapid – so not a big camping car. And we wanted to spend all nights in the car just at some rest stops and so, but now I don’t know, if it’s possible even with normal car 🙁
    I’ll appreciate any advice, as we want to do it as low-cost as possible for sleeping. Thanks! 🙂

    • Sounds like you’re in for a fantastic summer, Maria! In ten days you’ll be able to cover plenty.

      As for sleeping in the car, I think the main concern is the lack of facilities outside of the camping areas and I’m sure they’re just trying to avoid some of the unfortunate incidents that have been happening in Iceland over the past few years. I’d really recommend you to use one of the many camping facilities available, they’re actually quite affordable and go a long way to keeping the environment clean and locals happy with the growing number of tourists.
      Camping.fo (https://camping.fo/locations) has all the sites listed and I believe there is a discount if you become a member 🙂

  4. Hello Freya

    Thank you for this very helpful information. I read that you recommend staying for at least 7 full days on the Faroe Islands and hire a car.

    Is it better to stay in the same hotel for the whole trip or should we book a couple of hotels in different parts of the islands?

    If so, can you recommend two nice options for hotels please?

    Kind regards,

    Peter

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