Guide to RV Camping in the Faroe Islands

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Is it possible to go RV camping in the Faroe Islands? Are you looking for a RV camping vacation in the Faroe Islands? Is it safe to camp in the Faroe Islands? Can you rent a camper in the Faroe Islands? This is your guide to the most unspoiled, unusual and remote islands to explore in a RV camper.

The cluster of eighteen volcanic islands located between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean is a great camping destination. It is easy and stress-free to jump in a camper in the Faroe Islands. Off you go on your own into the untouched nature.

If you like to avoid the masses and to explore wide open spaces independently, the van life in the Faroe Islands for a week or two is a great option. This is your guide to camping in the Faroe Islands before you go. The guide will assist you in finding the best camping locations on every island and top things to explore.

Why camp in the Faroe Islands

When living the camping life in the Faroe Islands, you will immediately find out that this is one of the coolest ways to stay in the Faroe Islands and explore the nature with maximum privacy. It provides you both transport and sleeping and a highly personalised experience in this lonely place in the North Atlantic Ocean.

No worries when finding yourself short of a camper. The Faroe Islands are quite remote after all. You can rent your camper and start looking forward to an awesome RV road trip. Driving in the Faroe Islands independently is a unparalleled experience.

Campers in the Faroe Islands are 100% hygienic and are always cleaned after every rental. High cleanliness standards are a signature feature for the Faroe Islands.

If you like the great outdoors and a personal touch to your vacation then a road trip is the best way to experience the Faroe Islands. Travelling in a RV gives you freedom and mobility.

When renting a camper van you will benefit from having everything you need onboard with you at all times. These are the advantages of camping the Faroe Islands:

  • Your vehicle is your home
  • You will avoid hotel rooms
  • No need to find a place to eat several times a day
  • No day is like the other
  • All days are in your hand
The road network in the Faroe Islands is more than 600 kilometres. You can easily drive around and explore the nature for two weeks and enjoy every second of your stay. Photo by @minipensioen on Instagram.

Travellers are loving the experience of exploring the Faroe Islands in their van. Peer & Sharon have their own vehicle and they enjoyed every minute of their stay in the Faroe Islands. They had a lot of freedom to discover (almost) all of the islands. This is what they liked the most:

  • The nature
  • The quality of roads
  • The local people they met
  • The opportunity to park the vehicle for free
  • The sheep!

The locals are happy to talk to exciting travellers. You will be impressed by how good the Faroe Islanders are at talking English. A great place to get in contact with the locals is actually at campsites. The locals are frequent users of various campgrounds in in the archipelago.

When to go Camping in the Faroe Islands

You can experience snow when camping in the Faroe Islands from October to April. Photo by @minipensioen on Instagram.

Traveling around the extraordinary nature with almost no limitations is a thrilling and liberating experience. A camping tour around the Faroe Islands will secure you wonder after wonder.

No matter what time of the year you decide to visit the Faroe Islands, you will get a wonderful experience and an adventure of a lifetime. As long as you respect the uniqueness of the nature and take all necessary precautions, you will enjoy every moment of your trip. It is a true relaxation for the soul.

What more to wish for? The epic road from the farm in Norðradalur valley up to the mountain pass Norðradalsskarð.

Most campsites are only open during the summer months. That is why most campers choose the summer season for their Faroe Islands vacation on wheels. Giljanes Camping on Vágar island and Æðuvík on Eysturoy island are two exceptions. They are open all year round.

Campsites are generally never crowded as tourism is still quite small. You will always find rest and relaxation whenever you visit. You will see all the jaw-dropping sceneries during day time and listen to the unwinding sound of nature as you fall asleep.

Campsites in the Faroe Islands

There are sixteen campsites in the Faroe Islands that you can reach with a RV camper. The best campsite is Vestmanna Camping located on the main island Streymoy half an hour from the airport and also half an hour from the capital Tórshavn. Vestmanna Camping is a full hookup campsite and even has free Wi-Fi. It is open from April to October.

Some campsites are really, really small. You will find campsites limited to only 3-4 camping vans. 

The good thing is that campgrounds are located near almost all the top attractions in the Faroe Islands. Giljanes Camping is a great option when you want to be near the mesmerising sights on Vágar island such as Múlafossur waterfall and the lake Sørvágsvatn.

Gjógv on Eysturoy island is the perfect place when you want to be next to breathtaking locations such as the village Funningur (which is really fun to drive to) and the sea-stacks Risin & Kellingin. Another campsite in stunning surroundings is Eiði camping also on Eysturoy island.

Morning view from a RV in the capital, Tórshavn? Waking up at a campsite in the Faroe Islands with gorgeous sea view.

Due to the mountainous landscape, some roads zigzag through the grassy fields. So remember to check that your belongings are secure so that they will not end up on the floor when you turn the first corner.

These are the RV campsite in the Faroe Islands. Campsites for your RV are located on six out of the eighteen islands.

  • Vestmanna
  • Mikladalur
  • Gjógv
  • Fuglafjørður
  • Elduvík
  • Æðuvík
  • Selatrað
  • Eiði
  • Tórshavn
  • Vík
  • Giljanes
  • Sandur
  • Dalur
  • Vágur
  • Fámjin
  • Sumba

The amenities available at the different campsites vary quiet a lot. Some campsites have a full range of services like Vestmanna Camping and Giljanes Camping. Here you have both showers and bathrooms as well as electricity. There are also shops nearby.

Other campsites are more primitive. They do typically not have water or electricity hookups available at the site. Read more about the different campsites in the Faroe Islands here.

There are many vehicle services that provide assistance if your RV should break down. In the event of breakdown services in Tórshavn and beyond will help you get back up and running.

Wild Camping in Faroe Islands

Gásadalur is a tiny village. Before the villagers got a tunnel in 2006, they had to walk for hours in order to get to the nearest town. Photo by Sharan Anumolu.

Wild camping is forbidden in the Faroe Islands. You can at no time pull over to the side of a road and sleep. You always have to retire and check in at a campsite each night no matter where you are in the archipelago.

There are no limits to where you can drive a RV (as long as you are on a road!). All off-road driving is forbidden at all time. Otherwise you can go wherever your heart desires.

​Another good thing is that there are no unpaved logging roads in the Faroe Islands. This ads a true sense of adventure and still tranquillity to your trip.

Exploring the archipelago in a camper is a great way to travel off the beaten track and discover secret spots. Literally nothing stands in the way of your true Nordic adventure. You will find yourself in unbelievable fjords and on dramatic mountains.

One thing is for sure, you will become one with nature from the moment you set your foot on Faroese soil. You are right in it! Just make sure always to camp within designated campsites.

What to pack for a camping trip in the Faroe Islands

Most campsites are closed during winter but the nature is just as impressive as in summer. Photo by @minipensioen on Instagram.

There are some essential items you want to have in the camper for comfort and convenience. If you are renting a RV, you should check if they are already included before you start packing them. Most things are already taken care of when you rent a RV. Remember to ask prior to your arrival in the Faroe Islands if these things are included:

  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Adapter plugs
  • Lantern and headlamp
  • Towels (and dish towels)
  • Coffee mugs and drinking glasses
  • Laundry bag

As you will for sure explore the nature, packing warm and wind proof clothes is essential. You want to dress in layers when you are outdoor in the Faroe Islands.

The Ultimate Camping Experience

Early signs of spring in the Faroe Islands. Photo by @minipensioen on Instagram.

It is quick and easy to pick up your camper if you want to lend one. Here are some camper van options in the Faroe Islands to choose from right away. You will pick up your vehicle at the airport on Vágar island. Alternatively, you can also pick it up in the capital Tórshavn.

It is easy as a pie to drive and manoeuvre a RV in the Faroe Islands. Operating a regular vehicle and driving a RV is pretty much the same.

​Roads in the Faroe Islands are good and you will always feel safe when heading from one location to another. So you will feel comfortable when you hit the road. Just remember to watch out for sheep. The sheep are everywhere and can even be found on roads.

Camping in the Faroe Islands is an amazing way to leave your worries behind and enjoy the great outdoors with as much flexibility as you can imagine.

You will for sure unwind and relax. It is the perfect way to feel free and alive. There are so many photos to take along the way and exciting sights to enjoy.

Sceneries such as the serene village Saksun and the seaside in Viðareiði will make up memories that will last a lifetime. When exploring the Faroe Islands in a RV, you can be spontaneous and go wherever the curvy roads lead you.

Are you feeling inspired to experience the Faroe Islands in a portable home on wheels? Find out how to get to the Faroe Islands and take the next step.

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