Kallur Lighthouse and the 4 Best Faroe Islands Lighthouses
Which lighthouses in the Faroe Islands should you visit? How do you get to these lighthouses? Here is your guide to four beautiful and perfectly located lighthouses in the Faroe Islands that will stay in your heart forever.
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As an archipelago completely surrounded by the vast ocean, the Faroe Islands has more than its fair share of stunning lighthouses. One of the most fascinating thing about lighthouses in the Faroe Islands is their locations.
These coastal towers are nestled in the most incredible locations surrounded by wide-open spaces. You will find them along the coast on top of rocky cliffs and immense mountainsides. Lighthouses in the Faroe Islands are perfect attractions when seeking an outdoor retreat in untamed nature.
People in the Faroe Islands have been dependent on the sea since the first Vikings settled here more than a thousand years ago. Lighthouses have been key for guiding sailors safely back home.
Now travellers are starting to notice the iconic locations of lighthouses in the Faroe Islands. If you are into photography or want to explore stunning sights, we recommend you to see these lighthouses.
Our list contains these four must-see lighthouses:
- Kallur Lighthouse
- Akraberg Lighthouse
- Mykines Lighthouse
- Nólsoy Lighthouse
All these lighthouses are remote, so you need to plan a trip to the Faroe Islands for four days or more in order to see them all. One lighthouse a day would be perfect. You will then have the opportunity to delve into other beautiful sights on the islands where these outstanding lighthouses are located. If you fancy lighthouses in spectacular nature, then strap on your best hiking boots and start exploring.
1. Kallur Lighthouse
Situated on the northern tip on Kalsoy island, Kallur Lighthouse is an absolute must-see. This exhilarating, unique and picturesque walk is certainly one worth bragging about.
When standing at Kallur Lighthouse, you will find yourself in the middle of beautiful surroundings, craggy cliffs and a rich birdlife. Truly a sight to remember.
You will take a small ferry from Klaksvík in order to get to Kalsoy island. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes. When you get to Kalsoy, you will drive as far north as you can get. After driving through four tunnels, you will reach the village Trøllanes. This is where your hike to the lighthouse starts.
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If you want the famous photo with the lighthouse and the cliff Kallur in the background, then you need to walk 100 metres from the cliff-top and continue along the edge. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Actually this short walk can be quiet terrifying, especially if you are scared of heights. So you might just settle with the beautiful view and a photo of Kallurin.
Location: Kalsoy island
2. Akraberg Lighthouse
If you want to go south in the Faroe Islands, this is as far south as you get. Marking the most southerly point in the Faroe Islands, the lighthouse at Akrabyrgi, also known as Akraberg Lighthouse, is situated on the southern tip of the Faroe Islands. Take the ferry Smyril to the island Suðuroy from Tórshavn. The boat ride will take 2 hours.
When in Suðuroy, just head south to the southernmost village of Sumba. In Sumba, you will drive a couple of miles to Arabyrgi, an inhabited place with one of the world´s most fascinating locations for a lighthouse.
Akrabyrgi Lighthouse is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and introverts alike due to its remoteness and distance from urban life. Add to this the fact that the island Suðuroy is the most underrated place in the Faroe Islands.
Location: Suðuroy island
3. Mykines Lighthouse
Travellers primarily visit Mykines during the summer from early May to late August when thousands of puffins inhabit this westernmost island. If you want to visit Mykines off-season, you can go all year round by helicopter. It can be tricky to reach Mykines, nevertheless, as you can only start booking the helicopter to Mykines 7 days prior to take-off. Also, bear in mind that the helicopter only flies to Mykines a couple of times during the week so you have to sleep at the local guesthouse.
There are no puffins from September until April. Nevertheless, the famous lighthouse is precariously perched on the very edge facing the North Atlantic Ocean. This spot offers magnificent photo opportunities in both summer and winter. Mykines Lighthouse is truly a unique experience and the archipelago’s most westerly lighthouse.
Location: Mykines island
4. Nólsoy Lighthouse
This tall white building is the oldest lighthouse in the Faroe Islands. It offers hikers with an aerial view of the vast ocean and an almost eternal horizon. In order to get to the lighthouse you will take the ferry to Nólsoy. The ferry departs only a few minutes away from Tórshavn city centre.
The island Nólsoy is located opposite the capital Tórshavn. The boat trip only takes 20 minutes. The hike from the village in Nólsoy to the lighthouse is moderately difficult and will take you 2,5 hours each way. Nólsoy Lighthouse is a fascinating place to visit all year around.
Location: Nólsoy island
So there you have it – the four most remarkable located lighthouses in the Faroe Islands. There are other lighthouses too as you will find them dotted all around Faroe Islands’s unspoiled coastline. Want to discover these beautiful located lighthouses for yourself? Start out by checking out flights to the Faroe Islands.