Explore with us precious North Atlantic archipelago still hidden away from mainstream tourist routes. Islands stuffed with breathtaking sceneries and natural beauties. Get inspired by Faroe Islands attractions tips, best trekking routes and photography spots.
Download GPS file with Faroe island top attractions as listed in the map above to your device HERE.
Complete Faroe islands top attractions gallery
Introduction to Faroe Islands attractions
Before we take a look at Faroe Islands attractions let me introduce this amazing piece of land. Faroe islands spelled as Føroyar in Faroese language meaning sheep islands. Set of 18 major isles with the population not exceeding much over 50.000 inhabitants. Despite belonging to the Danish kingdom Faroese people are using their own language, currency. (1:1 exchange rate to Danish Korona). Islands are having a certain amount of autonomy and since 1948 are self-governing part of the Danish kingdom.
Islands are located north of Scotland and just in the middle of the North Atlantic between Norway and Iceland. There are regular flights and ferry connections from the European mainland to the capital of Tórshavn (Main airport is ca. 50kms from capital town).
Climate is a subpolar oceanic climate influenced by the Gulf stream. That means the temperatures hardly exceed freezing values in winter. Also in summer rising very rarely over 20 °C. When traveling to Faroe islands be prepared for constantly changing weather with a lot of precipitation and cloudiness. Experiencing snowing and in one hour later lovely sunshine. For more information about the weather all year round and averages visit this LINK.
Sea tunnels connect most of the main islands (100DKK one way) or standard bridges. Despite all efforts, some of the islands are still accessible only by ferry. Timetables and prices of ferries are HERE. Very specific local was of transportation are helicopters which are not so expensive and convenient way of transportation check HERE.
Fauna and Flora in Faroe islands
The Faroe Islands are exceptionally rich in natural beauties. Faroese Flora is represented by arctic-alpine plants, wildflowers, grasses, moss, and lichen. Fauna is rich especially for sea birds which are using local unreachable cliffs for nesting. Atlantic Puffin became the icon of islands and of course everywhere present sheep and small land mammals. Indisputable part of the animal kingdom are marine mammals, fish, and whales.
Diet is mostly based on sea fish and products brought from the mainland. Whaling is quite popular and the local government doesn´t regulate this phenomenon.
It is not only the place where most of the incoming travelers will first touch Faroese land but also one of the most interesting islands with very unique places to visit.
A small village located on the west side of the island. Before the year 2004 when the narrow tunnel was built the village contained only 16 people. As the access to the village over steep mountain pass was virtually impossible. Nowadays the village is still quite remote and isolated. Thanks to it You will rather than people in streets meet sheep or puffins jumping down the cliff. The village is not famous only for its great turf houses, but the main attraction is definitely Múlafossur Waterfall. The waterfall drops down, in a single drop, over 60 meters and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. For that is definitely one of the hottest Faroe Island attractions.
Also a village worth mentioning not only for the fairytale architecture but also for the view over the fjord and Tindholmur island.
Maybe one of the most interesting islands and the most photogenic place of Faroe islands. It definitely belongs to the top Faroe Islands attractions. The highest point is 262 meters is a magnet for adventure climbers as well as photographers. This place is in my eyes must-see. It´s hard to reach the island as there is no commercial boat going there. Kayak trip can turn into a dangerous struggle with strong ocean currents or bad weather. If You are searching for the best view I can recommend to follow the trail marked in the map above. Or download the GPS file to your device HERE. Please keep in mind, that you are crossing private property and without permission, you can be shot. Enjoy!
The largest lake in Faroe Islands wouldn´t be so special until you take an easy leveled trail around the south-eastern edge of the lake to the edge of the island. Your breath will stop for what you see! There are many cliffs better than this, but the lake is practically touching the ocean. The specialty is in the level difference between the lake and the sea. From the correct angle of watching the spot, you will experience a nice optical illusion. Again you will be rewarded by another waterfall falling directly to the ocean. The entire trip is about 1-2 hours and it´s nothing difficult so You can go pretty lightweight. Download the GPS file to your device HERE.
It is an imposing rock pillar rising from the sea on the coast of Vágar. The viewpoint on the outskirts of Sandavágur is easily accessible. You will be rewarded by a high steep cliff with a Troll finger looking just behind the corner. Download the GPS file to your device HERE.
Despite it´s a separate island the only connection by ferry (if we don´t consider helicopter transport) goes from Vagar island. Definitely one of the top Faroe Islands attractions. You can make a lovely half-day trip there with the guarantee of seeing Puffins! This place is the hot spot of those lovely small colorful birds who chose this island for nesting. The following map can inspire you for the trip. Download the GPS file to your device HERE.
The largest and most populated island of Faroe Islands almost half of the population lives on this island.
The capital city is located on the southern part of the island where is also the biggest port for ferries bringing people to surrounding islands as well for international ferries and cargo ships. Thanks to Faroese people who are very artistic so You can find plenty of museums and other culture as well as plenty of street art. Tinganes is an old town as well called parliament jetty with nice wooden turf houses where the parliament resides. On the other side of the bay, you can find a famous Fishmarket which runs fish auctions every weekday at 10 a.m.
The most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300.
A popular place for birdwatching for the proximity of The cliffs west of Vestmanna, Vestmannabjørgini, is very popular for excursions by boat.
The greenest village and also popular amongst Faroe Islands attractions. Really steep green mountains with waterfalls flowing down the valley, green grass, green turf houses. A popular destination to observe the church and Turf houses.
In translation “river with waterfalls”, maybe the most visited natural wonder in Streymoy.
The second-largest island of Faroes with many fjords and high peaks. Eysturoy is home to the highest peak Slættaratindur.
The highest peak of Faroe islands in height of 880m. Despite the trail up is very steep there is no need for any technical climbing skills to reach the summit. Download GPS file with the track to your device HERE.
A tiny picturesque village with a natural port and very close to a high cliff. Natural cliff is a good spot for a bird watching as well as nice trips with a great view of the landscape.
If You are searching for remoteness an island Kalsoy is just for you. Very narrow, but quite long island reachable only by ferry from the “mainland”. Definitely worth to visit as there are plenty of great places.
Not only that the island is connected to the outer world by ferry, but also there is just one narrow road. In the northernmost part of Kalsoy is a village Trøllanes, where just a few shepherds are living. To reach the Kalsoyar viti the well-known lighthouse your trail stars here. Follow easy trail till the end of the island and reach this hidden gem of islands. Download GPS file with the track to your device HERE.
Seal woman in Mikladalur
A small town with a statue of a seal woman with a very interesting legend linked to the place. One of the icons of Faroe island and definitely a good spot for photographers. An attractive place for people searching for nothing more but silence and peace.
Despite this island belongs to the smaller ones of the archipelago it has definitely so much to offer. Viðoy is also the island with the northernmost point of the entire Faroe Islands.
Northernmost Faroese village on the edge of the cliff with a nice white church on the foot of the iconic hill. Also a starting point for one of the most beautiful trek in Faroe islands.
If You decide to ascend this mountain You will experience the best of the Faroe Islands. The trek about 6km long will take You to the height of 841m.a.s.l. with breathtaking views over surrounding rugged islands. Also one of the most picturesque places of Faroe Islands, as the opposite hill Malinsfjall is the prototype of a nordic mountain. Download GPS file with the track to your device HERE.
Really the northernmost point and definitely the top of Faroe Islands attractions. Pronounced as a cliff with one of the highest promontories in the world. Also a home for plenty of aggressive nesting birds, so keep safe while enjoying.
The southernmost island of Archipelago, but definitely interesting. Despite the only access is via ferry quite a few people are living here. The island is also a home for one of the most breathtaking cliffs.
The top place of this island for sure as well as the most dangerous place of the island. You just can get off the car, walk on the nice grass with sheep when suddenly you reach the edge. Then vertigo will start to twist your stomach and birds will just swoosh around your head. Don´t surprise, you are just standing on the edge of 200 meters high cliff.
Pleasant trek to the small lake in the narrow stony valley. One of the most remote places in the Faroe Islands only discovered by very few people. You will have an undisturbed view of Lítla Dímun which is the smallest of the island. Download GPS file with the track to your device HERE.
Southernmost point and Popular destigmatization for tourists to the white lighthouse or Arkaberg. You can loof far south to the Atlantic. For instance to Scotland or to observe unpredictable streams of the ocean.
Faroe islands attractions conclusion
There are definitely many more attractions than I could describe in this article, but I think I´ve pointed out the most interesting places. You can easily spend in Faroe islands one, two or more weeks and you will still discover new Faroe islands attractions.