5 Reasons to Visit Faroe Islands

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Is a trip to the Faroe Islands worth it? What are the best reasons to start planning a journey to the uncrowded archipelago with unbelievable nature sceneries? Continue reading and get five good reasons to visit the Faroe Islands.

The geographical remoteness of the Faroe Islands has kept alive an authentic world of astonishing natural wonders and cultural traditions. Travellers say the Faroe Islands is the paradise of the Arctic North.

You will find the mountainous archipelago on a map dotted in between Iceland and Scotland. A visit to the Faroe Islands will leave you with exhilarating experiences in wide-open spaces. 

The Faroe Islands is all about verdant slopes, jagged coastlines, windswept mountains, mind-blowing viewpoints, crashing waves, and steep cliffs. It is about waterfalls and quaint villages with colourful timber houses many of them covered in carpets of thick sod roof.

If nature is close to your heart, the Faroe Islands is your choice. Here are five of the most wonderful nature sites that are totally worth a visit. These attractions leave travellers in awe with the unbelievable glory of nature. Tick them off your bucket list while in the Faroe Islands.

1. Mykines

Mykines puffin - Guide to Faroe Islands
The Atlantic Puffin can be found on several islands. Most puffins are gathered on the westernmost island Mykines. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Mykines is the westernmost island in the Faroe Islands and one of the top wildlife destinations in the world. Visiting this island is a truly special experience. Book the Mykines Shuttle Boat here.

After sailing to the island, we recommend you to hike from the old village with turf-roofed houses to the islet of Mykineshólmur. This trek certainly demonstrates the stunning beauty of nature. You can either do the hike on your own or join a guided Mykines tour in order to reach the spectacular scenery on Mykineshólmur. 

Wildlife lovers will be delighted to spy out puffins stepping into their burrows where the young ones are waiting for fresh food carried by parents in their beak. From early May to late August you will with certainty see puffins on your Mykines tour.

Travellers are forever in awe of the stunning nature wherever you roam on Mykines island. This is the westernmost point on the islet Mykineshómur. A footbridge connects Mykines to Mykineshólmur.

There are tens of thousands puffins on Mykines. This bird can beat its wings up to 400 times per minute.

You will be surrounded by majestic views and cute puffins. The hike from the tidy village in Mykines to the lighthouse takes one and a half hour. Mykines is the most accessible seabird colony in the Faroe Islands.

The scenic beauty on Mykines and the islet Mykineshólmur leaves travellers speechless. There are plenty of great photo opportunities when hiking from the village to the lighthouse. You can do the tour to Mykines between 1 May until 31 August.

The easiest way to get to the puffin island is to take the Mykines ferry departing from Sørvágur. Along the boat ride from Sørvágur to Mykines, you will sail close to the Drangarnir sea arch and the spiky Tindhólmur islet.

Location: Mykines island

2. Saksun

Saksun - Guide to Faroe Islands
​An excursion to Saksun is one of the best things to do in the Faroe islands. Enjoy the tranquility in this remote village. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

After a thrilling drive on a winding one-lane road, you will arrive at this truly magical place. The isolated turf-roofed house down by the seaside looking over the small round bay crowned by majestic mountains with waterfalls tumbling down sheer cliffs is a sight taken out of a fairy tale.

The setting changes with the seasons. From the snowy whites of winter to the fiery yellow grass of autumn and intense green in summer.

Remember to go for a walk by the shore out to sea when the tide is low. The shore of this beautiful bay takes you for a scenic walk by day and stargazing at night. Saksun is a must-see place in the Faroe Islands. You can experience Saksun on several guided day tours departing from Tórshavn. This top rated tour will get you to the heart of Saksun.

Location: Streymoy island

3. Norðradalur

​The winding path leading to the village Norðradalur. The lonely island out there is called Koltur. Photo by Raul Gomez Fernandez know as @raulhudson1986 on Instagram.

The road leading to Norðradalur is made for adventures. Before taking the tour down the hillside, stop at the highest point Norðradalsskarð. Take a minute and simply enjoy the spectacular view.

Below in the stunning valley lies the little village surrounded by steep mountains that create the iconic frame around the lonely island of Koltur in the horizon. There are only 12 people living in the small village.

When in Norðradalur, you will hear the waves push through layered rocks carved by the wind and salty sea. Try closing your eyes for a moment and benefit from the stillness of nature.

Norðradalur is only 15 minutes’ drive from the capital Tórshavn. Biking to Norðradalur is also a great way to enjoy the beauty of this place.

Location: Streymoy island

4. Drangarnir

Drangarnir sea stacks - Guide to Faroe Islands
​Drangarnir Sea Arch seen from Vagar island. The best way to experience Drangarnir is by joining a boat tour to the attraction. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Any nature lover is going to appreciate the brilliance of these fantastic sea stacks. Drangarnir is one of the most well-known places in the Faroe Islands.

The hike to Drangarnir is not for the faint-hearted, but those who do push through will be rewarded with a stark landscape rich in natural beauty. You can also see Drangarnir from the nearby village Bøur.

The absolute best way to experience Drangarnir is by going on a boat tour to this natural wonder. Boats to Drangarnir depart from the nearby village Sørvágur.

Location: Vágar island

5. Gjógv

Gjógv gorge - Guide to Faroe Islands
​You can walk down to the gorge in Gjógv by following the stairs. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Almost as far north as you can get on the island Eysturoy, you will find Gjógv. This is a peaceful place with a timeless and untouched quality.

Gjógv offers many opportunities for nature lovers to explore an old village. It is effortless to go for an easy hike in the beautiful surroundings. The postcard-worthy village is located less than an hour’s drive from the capital, Tórshavn.

Go down the stone steps to the sea-filled gorge that leads from the village into the ocean. Here you will feel the otherwordly sense of remoteness that the Faroe Islands are known for.

When in Gjógv, you can also go for a longer hike to the stunning valley Ambadalur. This tour offers spectacular sceneries with soaring cliffs and grassy slopes. You will also experience the outstanding sea-stack Búgvin.

Location: Eysturoy island

No matter where you go in the Faroe Islands, you will be overwhelmed by stunning beauty. For nature lovers, there’s a whole heap of spots to add to your personal bucket list. Sights that will create unique memories for life.

One of the best ways to explore the Faroe Islands is by car accompanied by one of our knowledgeable local guide. Book a guided tour in the Faroe Islands right away.

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