3 day itinerary in the Faroe Islands
Where should you go, if you have 3 days to spend in the Faroe Islands? What should you definitely prioritise Here are the best places to visit when you have 3 days to spend in the Faroe Islands. Using this itinerary will make your dream trip a reality!
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The Faroe Islands is a must-visit destination at least once in your lifetime. Exploring the Faroe Islands for three days will let you see quite a lot of unbelievable sights.
This itinerary is for those who want to tick boxes when visiting the Faroe Islands for 3 days. You want different scenery, from sea stacks, waterfalls to impressive mountains: check! You want a taste of North Atlantic city life in the capital: check! And you want to sail beneath sheer basalt cliffs in a comfortable boat: check!
This 3 day itinerary will make sure that you visit these attractions in the Faroe Islands. All attractions mentioned here can be reached by car within one hour from the capital.
- Múlafossur Waterfall
- Fossá Waterfall
Day 1: Tórshavn and Vestmanna
This part of Tórshavn takes you hundreds of years back in time. Tórshavn has a great number of living reminders of the past that bring a unique energy to the city. You can feel the historical flash backs in the city centre where new and old stories are nestled side by side.
You will stand on stones that Vikings used to walk on a thousand years ago. While you are in Tórshavn go visit the old bookstore at Vaglið, where you will find the best souvenirs and you can enjoy a fresh roasted coffee in Panamé in the same building as the bookstore.
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Besides serving great coffee in cosy surroundings, you will also find a selection of locally brewed beers in Panamé. From inside the café you will have a good view of Tingið which is the Parliament in the Faroe Islands.
And remember to drop by the legendary clothing brand Guðrun & Guðrun in Niels Finsens gøta where you can find your very own hand knitted jumper. Guðrun & Guðrun is a popular brand among people in the Faroe Islands.
The clothing brand was established by two women named Guðrun. Both founders still run the business which flagship store lies in Tórshavn. Their aim is to use primarily woolen yarn in their products. This is that makes Guðrun & Guðrun such a quintessential part of Faroe Islands’ design.
The Faroe Islands are known for their organic sheepskin. The wool is unique and has been adapted to the harsh climate in the Faroe Islands. You can order a sheepskin from the Faroe Islands right away if you want a true sense of the Faroe Islands for a future visit.
Tórshavn is a great place to relax. As the capital in the Faroe Islands this is where most visitors stay during their visit in the Faroe Islands.
It takes 40 minutes to get from the only airport in the Faroe Islands to Tórshavn. You can either rent a car at the airport, take the public bus from there, or you can go for a taxi transfer from Vagar Airport to Tórshavn.
Everything in the Faroe Islands is easy to reach, so find yourself a good hotel in Tórshavn and enjoy your stay in this remote country with a base in Tórshavn.
Use the latter half of the day in Vestmanna a 30 minutes’ drive from Tórshavn. Here you can go for a boat trip to the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs with the latest departure at 16.20 in the afternoon. The one and a half hour boat trip starts from the harbour in Vestmanna.
The sea cliffs lies along the coastline north of the village. Weather permitting, you will sail into caves and see the spectacular birdlife along the route.
Day 2: Vágar
The island of Vágar has loads of attractions. One of the must-do activities in the Faroe Islands is to hike to the famous floating lake. The view towards the lake from Trælanípa is an optical-illusion that can be difficult to believe exists before you see it with your own eyes.
The lake has two different names, Sørvágsvatn and Leitisvatn, and this natural wonder is definitely worth a visit. The lake looks like it is elevated far above sea level. However, the lake is no more than 90 feet or 27 metre above the ocean.
It is said that the name originates from the Viking age when slaves were pushed off the craggy cliff and straight into the cold North Atlantic waves. Those things belong to the past. Today, standing at Trælanípa will bring you stunning vistas in every direction.
Enjoy the majestic scenery of Trælanípa. The steep cliff in front of the lake together with the right camera angel makes the lake look as if it is sitting way above sea level.
When you are at Trælanípa, make sure to walk along the coastline in a northern direction. After only a short hike, you will get to the waterfall Bøsdalafossur.
Bøsdalafossur empties directly into the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a great place to soak in the raw nature. If you hike in waterproof boots and the river that becomes Bøsdalafossur is not too large then walk even further to the rock wall Geituskorardrangur. It is a really short walk from the waterfall.
Head to the famous waterfall Múlafossur in the charming village of Gásadalur. This is an iconic spot and a stunning place to visit.
When you drive through the tunnel leading to Gásadalur, a valley is waiting for you with the most spectacular view over the small village nestled between high mountains. The tunnel to Gásadalur is narrow but really good.
Another way to get to this amazing attraction is by hiking from the nearby village of Bøur to Gásadalur. In Bøur you will also see the stunning Tindhólmur. It is an absolutely beautiful three hour hiking trip which takes you through valleys, up mountain slopes and to incredible streams. The hike is demanding.
The visual impact is immense. The valley ends at a precipitous brink more than 300 feet or 100 metre above the sea; in crossing this brink the river Dalsá becomes the magnificent Múlafossur waterfall.
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When in Gásadalur, follow the tail to the spot where you will get an amazing view of Múlafossur. This unique waterfall looks great in all kinds of weather. If it is raining or the fog is thick, this is a must-see place in the Faroe Islands.
Trøllkonufingur or the Troll Woman’s Finger is a beautiful rock formation located only 2 kilometres from the village of Sørvágur. Drive into the village and follow the sign to Trøllkonufingur.
You will only need to walk the last couple of hundred metres before you get a nice view of the 1026-feet-high or 313 metre needle by the island of Vágar. When enjoying the view of Trøllkonufingur, you will also see sheer rock cliffs behind this attraction and also on the nearby island Streymoy in the background.
Day 3: North Streymoy and North Eysturoy
Streymoy is the largest of the Faroe Islands. Due to its central position it is also the principal island. As the channels separating Streymoy from Vágar and Eysturoy are narrow, these three islands often appear as a continuous land mass.
This is the mainland. With the bridge across Sundini connecting Streymoy with Eysturoy and the subsea tunnel under Vestmannasund to Vágar, this is the main area in the Faroe Islands.
There are good roads all over the country also along the old road leading from Tórshavn to the villages up north. Take the old road known as Oyggjarvegur as this is a beautiful passage to the rest of the country.
There can be dense fog during the summer and this can make driving difficult. So take care! Also during winter there can be some challenges with an icy road.
The Oyggjavegur passes through Mjørkadalur – the foggy valley – with high mountainsides. A turfed roof large enough to provide grazing for a cow or two helps the only jail in the Faroe Islands blend with the scenery. For prisoners this is quite a satisfying place to be. The turf-roofed jail is a pleasing sight and shows how well the traditional style suits large buildings as well.
Head from Oyggjavegur towards Hvalvík where a road branches off to the north-west through the long Saksunardalur. It is surrounded by high mountains with several waterfalls.
The small village of Saksun is a romantic place drawing people from everywhere. It is shut in by towering mountains peaks that give to Saksun a certain mystery, a feeling of untouched remoteness.
The entrance to Saksun is very narrow. Through the narrow inlet called Ósin you reach the round pool known as Pollur, which is so shallow that, when the tide is out, it is possible to walk dry-shod across it in places.
From Saksun head back to Hvalvík and further north. You are now heading towards the isolated village Tjøruvík. However, before reaching Tjørnuvík, you want to stop by the largest waterfall in the Faroe Islands the impressive Fossá Waterfall. It so happens that the waterfall is just beside the road to Tjørnuvík and you will iterally cross the the bridge over Fossá Waterfall.
There is a rank just beside the bridge. Stop for a moment and enjoy this extraordinary waterfall with its two levels. Fossá Waterfall is one of the biggest attractions in the Faroe Islands.
Fossá Waterfall is one of the most popular Faroe Islands tour to do. This attraction is highly recommended.
Now let the road take you to Tjørnuvík. This is one of the favourite places to visit. Enjoy the scenic view of Risin og Kellingin – the Giant and his Wife. Soak in the scenery and the chilled environment in this northernmost village on the island of Streymoy.
Until the coming of the modern road, Tjørnuvík was a world apart. Surrounded by high mountains and facing the Atlantic, the sound of the surf drown any other sound.
Continue your journey to the island of Eysturoy. A wide valley slopes down to the village of Gjógv. Here you can see the famous gorge, which can be seen from both the village and also from the higher location nearby after a short trek on a great path.