What to Pack for Travel in Faroe Islands

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What are the essential things to pack and wear when exploring the Faroe Islands? Wondering which clothing to take with you on your Faroe Islands vacation? Should your travel bag reflect the different seasons? This is your guide helping you know how to pack your bag for travel in Faroe Islands.

Once you have decided to visit Faroe Islands, you might already know that the weather in the Faroe Islands is unpredictable and ever changing. Here you will get your packing list and wardrobe tips for both the summer and winter season.

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​The breathtaking view at the end of Lake Sørvágsvatn. The cliff on the left hand side is the free-standing Geituskorardrangur that elevates 116 metres above sea level. Photo by Brad Harris also know as @bharwcb on Instagram.

Most travellers will experience both wind, rain, and sunshine in the same trip. Whenever you visit the Faroe Islands, always remember to pack layers, including a raincoat and a wool or fleece sweater. It is essential to dress in layers be it in summer or winter. Skip the umbrella as sea breezes are quite common.

Wearing windproof clothing will keep you comfortable when exploring the great outdoors. One thing is for sure, you will have a wide array of available outdoor activities all ready for you to experience.

​Puffin finding shelter during rain. Photo by Kah-Wai Lin.

Here is your complete Faroe Islands packing list for what to wear in Faroe Islands. The packing list covers all the season. It will give you tips what to wear both when the wind is howling and when the islands are calm and peaceful.

As a general rule, temperatures only occasionally reach 20 °C (68 ºF) in the warmest months in July and August. The temperature in summer will usually be between 12-15 °C (54-59 ºF). While the air is cool, there are almost 24-hours of sunlight during this period.

The village Gjógv on a bright summer day. You can see the island Kalsoy in the background.

In the course of the darkest months in December, January, and February, you can expect the temperature to drop under 0 °C (32 °F). The outside temperature will be 5°C (41°F) most of the time.

Travellers are out hiking and doing other kinds of outdoor activities all year round in the utterly untouched nature. No matter what the season, always check the weather forecast the evening before your trip.

Fossá waterfall on Streymoy island. Photo by Julia Pylak also known as @letsgoto_pl on Instagram.

Rain proof clothing is always recommendable to bring with you to the Faroe Islands. Even though it might not rain for a couple of days or more, bring a rain coat or a water resistant jacket. Then you can enjoy waterfalls such as Fossá right in front of you.

If you find out that you need some extra clothing while in the Faroe Islands then try out the outdoor store Jógvan Weihe. The family run store in the outskirts of Tórshavn has everything you need when you want to get close to the nature and hike in the Faroe Islands.

Even though temperatures do not vary that much, what you put in your luggage at home before heading to all the top attractions in the unspoiled archipelago in the North Atlantic is crucial. You certainly need some particular items.

One thing is for sure, you will experience wind while you are in the Faroe Islands. So clothing that will keep you warm when it is windy is very important.

What to Pack for the Faroe Islands in Summer

​The tidy village Tjørnuvík in summer. During winter the villagers never see the sun because of steep mountains surrounding the village.

When you make your »what to pack for Faroe Islands list«, here is what you need. The list is made for people who come to experience the natural scenery and want to bring time in the rugged mountains and between turf houses in small villages. As a rule of thumb, weather is cool and there are showers most days. 

First, here is what to wear in the summer months. This is when you visit Faroe Islands between May and September.

  • Waterproof boots
  • Base layers (tights/leggings)
  • Windproof jacket
  • Wool sweater/thick fleece sweater
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hat
  • Dry bag
  • Sleep mask (almost 24h daylight in summer)

What to Pack for the Faroe Islands in Winter

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​The magical winter scenery on the northern tip of the island Kalsoy. Photo by Arjan Wilmsen known as @dedicationphotography on Instagram.

Are you coming between October and April? Here is what you need to pack for Faroe Islands when visiting in winter and early spring. Expect there to be more wind and rain in winter but still absolutely unbelievable sites when doing your Faroe Islands itinerary.

  • Gloves
  • Wool socks
  • Scarf
  • Hat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Base layers (tights/leggings)
  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Wool sweater/thick fleece sweater
  • Dry bag

​Gásadalur in winter. You will most likely see epic rainbows while you are in the Faroe Islands both during summer and winter.

Besides these clothing for your outdoor experiences, you should of course bring clothes to wear for your evenings out in Tórshavn or other smaller settlements around the islands. So even though you want to explore those must-see places in the Faroe Islands, you should definitely remember your second pair of shoes and clothes for restaurants and relaxing.

The locals are mostly in casual clothes when going out in the evening. So a good advice is to change your adventurous outdoor clothes before going out.

Feeling inspired to learn more about the Faroe Islands, the weather, nature, and how to get the untouched archipelago? Check out flights to the Faroe Islands and take the next step.

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