25 Best Things To Do in the Faroe Islands
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With its cluster of 18 craggy islands that crops up from the North Atlantic Ocean, the mountainous Faroe Islands are unlike anywhere else in the world. The landscape is raw, rocky, and rugged and travellers are surrounded by incredibly fresh air.
So whether you have already booked your trip or still planning, let us guide you through the top 25 things to do in one of the world’s most unique destinations. From epic vantage points to amazingly fresh produce sourced locally and served at great restaurants.
1. Walk the Historic Streets of Tinganes
Allow yourself some time to wander around the historic part of Tórshavn among the small grass roofed houses and cozy small streets. The history of Tinganes goes back hundreds of years to Viking times.
Tinganes used to be the place for the annual gathering of the local Viking chiefs. Today the area houses the Faroese Prime minister’s office and other parts of the government.
This unique part of the Faroe Islands also houses some of the best restaurants in the country. Among the top restaurants here are Barbara Fish House, Áarstova and Katrina Christiansen.
These restaurants will let you taste delicious dishes from Faroe Island’s fresh ingredients. We recommend you to book a table at least one week in advance. If you step into the restaurant without a reservation, you will most likely be told that there are no tables available.
The Tinganes area is small so you can make it around easily in half an hour on your own. You can read more up on the history and old tales from this historic part of the capital in our Guide to Tórshavn.
2. Go hiking and see the fjords
All the islands in the Nordic archipelago are small and narrow, so the ocean is never far away. Go hiking in the mountains and you will see how the ocean calmly flows into beautiful fjords and gorges surrounded by the rugged Faroese mountains.
There are breathtaking vistas on all islands. These views have inspired artists and travellers for a hundred years and are guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Drive and do the short hike to one of the easily accessible fjords such as Saksun.
3. Visit Kirkjubøur
Walk along the historic route across the mountain from Torshavn or take the 10 minute drive to the most important historic site in the Faroe Islands, Kirkjubøur. Here you will find the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral, the Saint Olav’s Church (Olavskirkjan).
You will also see the old 11th century farmhouse that still houses the local farmer and his family. You can even step inside the house and the legendary wooden living room for a small entrance fee.
4. Explore Faroese art
Make sure to also check out the abstractionist Ingálvur av Reyni and the modern pop art of Edvard Fuglø, all of which are well represented in the Faroese Art Museum, Listasavn Føroya. The museum is located in Gundadalur, which is also the sports area in the capital.
5. Soak in the beauty of Múlafossur Waterfall
Standing in front of Múlafossur waterfall is likely to be one of the prettiest things that you will be nearby ever. Many travellers see Múlafossur waterfall as the absolute highlight of a trip to the Faroe Islands.
The captivating waterfall is perched at the cliff’s edge and drops into the North Atlantic Ocean. Behind Múlafossur waterfall lies the tiny village Gásadalur with its steep mountains in all directions.
6. Enjoy lunch at Vágsbotnur Marina
Sit down at one of the cafe’s and restaurants located in the beautiful and harmonic former warehouses in Vágsbotnur. On a sunny day you can enjoy the all-day sun and the ocean breeze while watching the world go slowly by in front of you.
Local fisherman sell their catch of the day on the small but popular fish market, and the small Faroese leisure boats lay moored side by side with the larger visiting sailboats that have braved the North Atlantic Ocean to now lay tranquilly at Vágsbotnur Marina. In Vágsbotnur you can join Norðlýsið for a 3 hours sailing trip in the easily recognisable blue boat.
7. Hike to the amazing Lake of Sørvágsvatn
One thing is for sure; you will be amazed by the scenery at Sørvágsvatn. Located in Vágar island just a stone’s throw from the only airport in the Faroe Islands, the jaw-dropping lake looks like it hangs above the sea below.
The hike to the famous viewpoint takes an hour. Here you will have the most breathtaking view of the lake and the optical illusion that it creates. If you want to ramp up your lake experience, you can also go for a kayaking tour on the freshwater lake.
8. Take a stroll in Klaksvík
Situated on the island Borðoy in the northern part of the archipelago, Klaksvík is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is the fishing hub of the Faroe Islands with lots of trawlers and other vessels moored at the quayside.
Take a stroll in the town. You could also drop by one of the cafés in town preferable Fríða Kaffihús.
9. Dine at KOKS Restaurant
The two Michelin starred restaurant is acclaimed word wide for its food perfection. The food is locally produced and sources from local farmers on land and at sea. Food here is art and it tastes like nothing else. KOKS in the Faroe Islands is closed for the seasons 2022 and 2023.
An evening at KOKS starts in a small turfed cabin next to Lake Leynavatn. Here you will be served a food appetiser as well as some crispy fish snack. You will now be driven in a Land Rover along the lake to an old wooden house surrounded by the grassy interior.
When you get to the house, the friendly staff will welcome you and take you inside. This is where the innovative Nordic gastronomy unfolds in unspoiled settings.
Dining at KOKS is a luxury experience. It lets you taste the uppermost Nordic cuisine first-hand.
10. Hop aboard a boat tour
Joining a boat tour is a magnificent way to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Faroe Islands. Captains on boat tours across the islands are keen to tell you about local landmarks, history and the natural environment.
Your safety at sea is always in good hands as you cruise past amazing rock formations and towering basalt cliffs. There are several boat tours that will let you witness incredible sights. From the classic boat tour to Drangarnir sea-stacks to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs.
11. Stand in a Queue at Breyðvirkið Bakery
With a population on merely 53,500 people, the Faroe Islanders are not used to queues. The bakery Breyðvirkið in the capital Tórshavn is an exception. Breyðvirkið sells a great selection of organic sourdough bread and pastries fresh from the oven.
The bakery was founded by two young female entrepreneurs Fríða and Randi. You are likely to meet them behind the desk as they prepare baking for happy returning customers. The bakery is located on Jónas Broncks gøta 44 in Tórshavn.
12. Head to Viðareiði
Visiting the village Viðareiði on Viðoy island is something special. After you arrive in this northernmost village on the Faroe Islands, it can take some time to really get to grips with the beauty of the place.
As you get to the village, be sure to have your camera ready and capture the highlights such as the mountain Malinsfjall and the church that sits next to the captivating coastline.
13. Chill out in Tjørnuvík
Tjørnuvík on the northernly tip of Streymoy island is easily one of the most unique locations in the entire archipelago. It sits in a narrow bay with no other villages in sight. The drive to Tjørnuvík is mesmerising in its own right.
If you want something extraordinary while in Tjørnuvík, then you can go for a hike. Taking the 2 hour hike to the unspoiled and uninhabited Sjeyndir north of Tjørnuvík is a sight you will never forget.
14. Sip a Cop of Coffee at Brell Café
In the city centre in the capital Tórshavn, you will find a coffee roastery worth visiting. Here you will find creative people grabbing a cup of coffee to go between coffee beans from all over the world.
Brell Café is known for its quality and for sustainability. The baristas are meticulously trained in all tasting notes. They know the beans’ character and make an honour in finding your perfect cup of coffee.
15. Check out Fossá Waterfall
After a heavy rainfall, this waterfall looks like something taken out of a fairy-tail. Fossá waterfall stands 140-metre high and drops in two levels. This is the tallest waterfall in the Faroe Islands and one of the absolute best one to admire.
Fossá waterfall turns out to be one of the most memorable stops on their Faroe Islands holiday. You can actually walk up to the first floor of the waterfall. Be careful, as always when moving around in the utterly beautiful nature.
16. Sail to Kalsoy island
Kalsoy island offers gorgeous views. The Faroe Islands are sparsely populated and the island Kalsoy is even more so. In order to reach Kalsoy island, you will take the ferry from Kalskvík to Syðradalur on Kalsoy island. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes.
There is a single highway that goes from one end of the island to the other. Four tunnels link the four different villages on the island together. All tunnels are one lane but totally safe.
The main attraction on the island is the mesmerising scenery at Kallur Lighthouse. It requires a bit of a hiking effort to get to Kallur Lighthouse. The panoramic view here is so picturesque and unbelievable that it is worth all the effort.
That said, visiting Kalsoy island is a great experience also when you skip the hike. There are so many other beautiful spots that will keep you hooked all day. From the statue Kópakonan in Mikladalur to the zig-zagging road to Trøllanes.
Kalsoy island was featured prominently in the James Bond movie No Time To Die. You can follow in the secret spy’s footsteps on the island when joining the local farmer on his Official James Bond Faroe Islands Tour.
17. Attend a Football Match
Football is by all measures the national sports of the Faroe Islands. The first football team was established in 1892. The sports has grown in popularity ever since.
There are 10 teams in the Premier Division in the Faroe Islands. The first matches of the season are played in early March and the winner is found in late October when the season ends. Attending a local match between for example the revivals HB from Tórshavn and KÍ from Klaksvík is a great way to experience something quite different. Matches are never sold out.
18. Follow the fence to Hvíthamar
One of the most easy to reach vantage points in the Faroe Islands is Hvíthamar. From the moment you step out of your vehicle and untill you stand in front of the most amazingly beautiful view, will take you only 15 minutes or so.
This easy hiking trail in the Faroe Islands is easy to do throughout the year. Whether its summer or winter, this short hike is rewarding and breathtaking. You will see the Funningsfjørður fjord from this viewpoint. In order to get to Hvíthamar, you will follow a fence from the Gjáarskarð mountain pass.
19. Set Your Foot in Gjógv
Gjógv is a peaceful little village on Eysturoy island. You will do a winding drive in the northern part of Eysturoy island in order to reach the destination. The last part of the drive is especially epic as you enter the village at the end of a deep valley.
During the summer period from early May to late August, you can get a glimpse of the cute puffins as they nest here. Take the narrow path to the left of the gorge in the village, and you will have the best view of both the quiet settlement and puffins.
20. Drive through the Eysturoy Tunnel
Eysturoyartunnilin is the most remarkable piece of construction in the Faroe Islands. The 11,2km long tunnel connects the two most populous islands Streymoy and Eysturoy.
What makes the tunnel network unique is the world’s first undersea roundabout. The underwater traffic circle makes it possible to drive to two different locations on Eysturoy island, the western and eastern arm of the Skálafjørður fjord.
21. Watch Highland Cattle
The Highland Cattle in the Faroe Islands are an attraction in their own right. The ginger-red colour coat of these adorable animals can be spotted several places and always near villages. Two great places to get close to the distinctive-looking cattle are in Kirkjubøur and in Gásadalur.
The tick and shaggy coat keeps them warm during harsh weather. The best time to watch the cattle is throughout the summer season when they provide the perfect backdrop in the unimaginable nature on the islands. You can even go on a guided tour with a shepherd. Chances are good that you will see Highland cattle as you amble.
22. Talk to the locals
While you may travel to the Faroe Islands to explore the untouched nature, talking to the locals is a great way to get into the true vibes and culture of these enchanting islands. The good news is that the people in the Faroe Islands like to talk to travellers.
One of the good things to know before your first visit to the Faroe Islands is that everyone speaks English and understands it even better. Chatting to the Faroe Islanders will make your visit here even more memorable.
A great way to get to know the locals is by joining a day tour with a tour guide. It can be anything from biking tours to kayaking tours. Ask the guide to recommend a couple of places worth experiencing from where to eat or where to hang out in the evening. This will kickstart a conversation and you are well on your way to get an authentic look into the Faroese way of living.
23. Ride a Horse in Havnardalur
Havnardalur is a cosy place to go horseback riding in the grassy mounds outside the capital Tórshavn. The horses are friendly and easy to ride.
Regardless of the weather, this is a great experience. An epic trek through the peaceful interior. Also if you have never ridden a horse before. You can do a guided horse riding tour in Havnardalur all year round.
24. Fill your eyes from Norðradalsskarð
Norðradalsskarð is a mountain pass elevated some 270 metres from sealevel. When travellers step on the soil here, they understand why they love travelling and wander.
25. Roam the countryside
Simply driving from island to island and from one village to another is a super activity in its own right. Most villages are connected by tunnels, sub-sea tunnels, embankments and there is also a single bridge.
The quality of the infrastructure is what enables this pastime activity. From driving on Vágar island in the western part of the archipelago to driving on Kunoy island up north.