The unpredictable Faroe Islands weather

By Verified Expert

What is the weather like in the Faroe Islands? Which clothes would suit the weather in the Faroe Islands? What are the seasons like? Here is your short guide to the weather in the Faroe Islands.

Whether you visit Faroe Islands during summer or winter, you will experience ever-changing weather. A jaw-dropping cliff can be visible one moment and then the fog can hide the sight just minutes later. The Faroe Islands are unbelievable and the weather unpredictable.

With both rain and sunny spells being very common, rainbows will show up every now and then. Photo by Nagy Loránd.

The ocean dynamics are changing frequently around the islands. Due to this phenomenon, the weather often shifts at a moment’s notice. This has lead the Faroe Islanders to refer to the archipelago as “The land of maybe”.

The best advice that you will hear from the locals is that you do not wait for the right weather as you can witness several seasons in one day. When preparing for your Faroe Islands holiday get used to the phrase “If the weather is bad, wait 5 minutes”. You will learn that this is true.

​The town Klaksvík on Borðoy island. Photo by Chris Talbot known as @chris_tlbt on Instagram.

When you reach one of the sceneries that you really want to see and the weather is not like you would like it to be, then wait for a moment. Admire the ever-changing view of the landscape.

One minute you might be battling gust winds from the North and the next minute you can embrace the calmness when overlooking spiky peaks or spectacular valleys. When the conditions change so fast, you will need to be well prepared for your Faroe Islands adventure.

Stong winds leave the coastline white in surf. Photo by Pawel Zygmunt.

Even though it can be crazy to experience the changing weather, always make sure to inform yourself about the weather forecast each day. Check the current weather conditions in the Faroe Islands on Landsverk’s website before setting off for your explorations of the breathtaking landscapes.

Landsverk is the public road authority in the Faroe Islands. You can even see live webcams from several locations across the archipelago on their website.

Norðradalur valley with the island Koltur as a backdrop. Photo by Raul Gomez Fernandez known as @raulhudson1986 on Instagram.

The locals are used to rainy days. If you visit Faroe Islands in June, you will experience less rain as this is the month with least rain. December and January are the two months with most clouds and rain.

On a dark late autumn morning, you may scrape frost off the front car screen. The first half of the day may offer mist and rain. At twelve o’clock you might get a glimpse of the sun and in the afternoon you will be blown about by gusts of autumn wind.

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The classic Fossá waterfall on Streymoy island . Photo by Dominic Reardon.

The weather is almost always moody in the Faroe Islands. The atmosphere in nature will change due to changing weather.

So the wisest thing you can do when packing for your Faroe Islands travel is to bring with you good and warm clothing no matter when you visit the islands. You will feel most comfortable when moving around the Faroe Islands in layers.

​The cattle in the Faroe Islands are used to all kinds of weather. Photo by Joshua Bonifacio known as @josh.bonifacio on Instagram.

The number one dressing advice to the climate in the Faroe Islands is layering. Here are some clothes that you should definitely put in your luggage when you want to go hiking in the Faroe Islands or do other kind of day tours in the outdoors.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Warm socks
  • Lightweight woolen shirt
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Windproof trousers
  • Warm sweater – wool or fleece
  • Cap

This is essential clothing to wear in the Faroe Islands, regardless of the season. One important thing to know is that the wind will feel colder than the actual temperature. The wind will amplify the cold.

When the weather changes quickly, just take notice before you get to the Faroe Islands, that you bring appropriate clothing with you. This will do you good during your stay in the North Atlantic.

What is the temperature like in the Faroe Islands?

Summer in the Faroe Islands in the village Gjógv. Photo Kah-Wai Lin.

The temperature does not differ that much from summer to winter. Summer temperatures are between 14-18 degrees Celsius (57-64 Fahrenheit). In the winter the temperature is typically 5 °C above the freezing point. You will most likely be outside your normal weather comfort zone but you will for sure enjoy all the moments with nature.

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Even though temperatures do not vary that much from summer months from May to August and to the winter months from November to February, there is still a difference. The sheet below illustrates the temperature each month in the Faroe Islands. All temperatures are average temperatures each month.

January3 °C
February4 °C
March5 °C
April6 °C
May7 °C
June10 °C
July13 °C
August12 °C
September11 °C
October9 °C
November5 °C
December3 °C

The temperature is highest in the small villages along the coastline. When you move upwards from sea level, the temperature will decrease with higher altitude.

In the Faroe Islands the temperature will be on average 4 degrees Celsius higher in the many villages than on top of the highest summits. You can actually feel the difference when walking uphill to one of the higher mountains.

You will experience rain on most days but there can also be weeks without rain. You will see waterfalls like this throughout the year. Photo by Emma Bernhoff also known as @emmabernhoff on Instagram.

When you book tours in the Faroe Islands, remember that the weather can be extremely dramatic. You can have clear skies and then strong wind and heavy rain. You can be completely shut out by the nature and everything and the best thing you can do is to embrace the moody weather fully.

All seasons are great in their own way. Learn more about the different seasons and find out the best time to Visit Faroe Islands. Based on your own preferences, you can then make up your mind when to explore Faroe Islands.

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