If you love exploring nature, you'll really love visiting the Faroe Islands!
These are our recommended must-visit destinations on the Faroe Islands. Check out the downloadable Google Map at the end of the post to see where each is located on the Islands!
Each destination is magical in its own way. Take the time to really soak in all these places have to offer!
Check out our comprehensive Faroe Islands Travel Guide for information on getting to and around the Faroe Islands, gear recommendations, and more!
Gasadalur is one of the most photographed sights on the Faroe Islands, and for good reason. Its close proximity to the airport (about a ten minute drive away) makes it accessible for those who have just arrived, and the scenery is stunning.
The massive waterfall is created by the mountain runoff leading through the town of Gasadalur, and the famous bird-nesting island of Mykines can be seen in the distance.
As soon as you come out of the north side of the Gasadalur tunnel, you'll wind downhill until you see gravel pull-offs on the sides of the street. Park here and walk down the grass pathway toward the ocean to the viewpoint! If time permits, head up into town to the Cafe Fjorooy for a coffee, then continue on the marked mowed grass pathway behind the cafe to the sunset viewpoint.
Interested in seeing birds up close? Then a trip to Mykines should be at the top of your list. In summertime, nesting birds in the tens of thousands call the island home.
From Sørvágur, a small ferry boat travels to Mykines twice a day, weather depending. You must book your ferry trip directly with the ferry company well ahead of time (i.e., over a month ahead) to ensure yourself a spot. The ferry only runs from 1 May to 31 August, outside of which you must arrange for a helicopter transfer. Don't forget the Dramamine if you're prone to sea sickness!
Beginning May 2019, visitors will be required to pay an additional tourist fee prior to their visit. There is also a mandatory guide requirement in the "restricted area" outside of the hours of 11:00 to 17:00 - we highly recommend you book a guide anyway, as this greatly enhances your experience and keeps you safe in inclement weather.
The "restricted area" is reached after climbing a steep, grassy hill, then descending a set of steep, rock steps. Some more twists and turns, and you are brought to a cliff-side field to descend even further toward the ocean. Here, you'll already spot Gannets on rock outcrops, Puffins zipping in and out of burrows, Arctic Terns gliding down to steal fish from Puffins, and more. Once you're nearly to the ocean, you walk over an extension bridge that allows you to cross a large ravine - thousands of Kittiwakes, Guillemots, and other sea birdsnest only meters away. Continue up, up, up to the Mykines Hólmur Lighthouse.
We also highly recommend you stay on the island for at least one night! Just be sure you arrange accommodation far in advance.
An easy 20-minute ferry ride from Tórshavn brings visitors to the small village of Nólsoy. Colorful buildings greet you as you come into the harbor, and sweet cafes and gift shops, and a handful of nice hiking trails, make visiting even more enjoyable. Bird lovers will want to extend their day trip to the island and plan to stay overnight, as nighttime is when some of the most incredible bird action happens.
Nólsoy is home to the largest Storm Petrel colony in the North Atlantic, and the sensory experience of seeing and hearing them is one-of-a-kind.
Contact Jakubina directly at the Kaffistovan í Nólsoy in town to arrange for accommodation and Storm Petrel tours. You'll spot colorful directional signs leading you to the Kaffistovan, and Jakubina will be awaiting you there. Plan to have a delicious dinner and breakfast provided by Jakubina's cooking talents, and head out with your guide to hike into the hills to the bird cliffs around 21:00. Patience is key as you spot other nesting birds along the way, until the call of Storm Petrels in their burrows fills the air around you just before their emergence around midnight!
In the morning, after you've gotten a bit of sleep, take the road Í Stong on the west side of town as it loops around the western cliffs of Nólsoy. Follow it up about ten minutes to see the island's Arctic Tern colony in full action!
Named after the stunning sea bird, Skúvoy is home to thousands of Skua in summertime, whereby the birds take refuge and nest on the Island until taking to the seas once again in the autumn. It's also one of the best places to see nesting Puffins.
You have two options for visiting the remote island - either take the journey on your own for a day trip, or book a tour.
From the Gamlarætt Ferry Port, about 15 minutes from downtown Tórshavn, take the boat to the island of Sandoy. Another 15 minutes overland brings you to the Sandur ferry port, where you'll take a 30 minute ferry to Skúvoy. There are no cars on Skúvoy and no accommodations, so you'll only be able to go for the day, but the hiking vistas and bird life you'll spot along the way make this hidden gem worth a visit. You can stay on the more quiet island of Sandoy after your day trip to enjoy more hiking, cafes, and art museums.
Bøsdalafossur is a waterfall that originates from the overflowing Sørvágsvatn Lake, just a few minutes' drive up the road from Vágar Airport. The waterfall rushes down the rocky cliffs straight into the roiling ocean, making it a fantastic sight. The nearby Trælanípan overlook is also a stunning sight.
A nice trail hike is the only way to access the waterfall. Park at the Miðvágurt trail head (Coordinates 62.042041, -7.199477) and begin hiking toward the lake. Anticipate for it to take about 45 minutes or so to reach the waterfall from the trail head. This whole area is absolutely beautiful!
Exercise extreme caution if it's a windy day - the cliffs are treacherous, as they're exposed to the sea with no barriers.
Tórshavn is the largest town in the Faroe Islands, and there's plenty to see and do directly from town. This is the major jumping off point for most of the ferries and ships (other than Mykines) to get to other more remote islands, such as Skúvoy, Nólsoy, and Suduroy.
Art museums, gift shops, cafes, a melange of restaurants, concert venues, and more can be enjoyed, and there are plenty of places to stay directly in town.
We highly recommend the Paname Cafe - their food, pastries, and coffees are exactly what you would want on a chilly Faroese day! Head up the road toward the harbor to walk around the Tinganes, the original Parliament buildings for political and commerce discussions among the early Faroese people. Dating back as early as the 9th Century, you'll walk through the narrow, cobblestone passageways and grass-hewn roofs out toward the water's edge.
The Vestmanna bird cliffs is one of the best places to see bird life, aside from Mykines and Nólsoy, on the Faroe Islands.
If you have the right gear and are in proper physical shape, it's possible to hike toward the cliffs of Vestmanna from the main town; however, be wary of the weather. Fog, wind, and rain can make any cliff-side life-threatening in the Faroes.
Look into booking a boat tour to view the cliffs from the ocean. Sure, you'll have to endure potentially rough seas, but this is the best way to get up close to where the birds will be nesting and soaring over the water before plummeting to gather fish. Keep in mind that boat trips are seasonal and depend on the weather being optimal - boats won't get close to the cliffs if the waves are too high, for your safety!
Saksun is one of the most visited villages on the Faroe Islands because of its iconic gross-roofed houses set in a remote location overlooking beautiful fjords. The drive alone to Saksun makes the visit worth it - meander along a narrow road with various vehicle pull-off locations, looking out to cascading glacial streams. Oystercatchers are easy to spot along the streams as well, especially during their summer breeding season.
Upon arriving to Saksun, you'll reach a fork in the road. Up to the right you'll be able to visit the local museum called Dúvugarðar as well as get a fantastic view of the scenery around. From here, you can hike up to the top of the fjord, walking past massive waterfalls along the way, for a wonderful view up top. If you plan ahead, you can also hike all the way from Saksun to Tjornuvik in a couple hours - just be sure to plan for bad weather conditions while high on the hills and arrange to take a chartered bus back to your car in Saksun.
Taking a left at the fork leads you to a parking area, where you can walk down to the sandy shores that make up the inlet below Saksun. Watch the tide carefully and do not attempt to hike too far out toward the ocean if the tide is scheduled to move back in. This gives visitors another perspective of Saksun's beauty!
Follow along green hills and cascading streams into the valley that leads to Gjogv and the water's edge, looking out to the island of Kalsoy. This beautiful town is right next to mountain trails just waiting to be explored. Stop along the road heading down to Gjogv to spot some small, yet beautiful, waterfalls.
The Gjaargardur guesthouse offers cozy rooms and tasty food options as a great place for visitors to base themselves on the center part of the Islands. Enjoy a coffee or beer with a view at Gjáarkaffi, and take a walk over to the hill that overlooks the boat inlet - you'll spot Puffins nesting on the cliffs and diving for fish close by!
While the road leading to Tjornuvik can be daunting, the end destination is worth the trip. This beautiful inlet is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and carrot cake at the Sand Cafe right on the beach's edge. In summertime, you can spot people lounging on the beach or playing frisbee, even if the weather is chilly and windy.
It is from this location that the legendary sea stacks can be seen. The story goes that these sea stacks were once beings named Risin and Kellingin (Giant and Witch), that tried to move the Faroe Islands back toward Iceland. With the rising of the sun, they were turned to stone, thus forever entombed in rock to stay on the Faroes forever.
It is possible to hike up the steep hills for an even better vantage point of the valley. This trail connects all the way to Saksun on the other side of the peninsula.
Kalsoy is most famous for two things - it is considered an Important Bird Area for the tens of thousands of birds that nest on its cliffs in summertime, and its dramatic landscape and local legend make it a top site for many visitors.
Visitors can catch the ferry from Klaksvik (after enjoying a tasty breakfast at the Fríða Kaffihús) to the Island - make sure to arrive to the ferry port at least an hour before the first ferry is scheduled to leave, especially in the height of summer. No reservations can be made to secure a spot on the ferry ahead of time, so arrive early to ensure yourself a spot!
A bus can take you through the tunnels that lead to each of the Island's four small villages. In Mikladalur, see the Selkie statue and read about her long-told and tragic history. Continuing on to Trøllanes, hike to the Kallur Lighthouse and take in the natural surroundings!
The northernmost island in the Faroe Islands won't disappoint those interested in hiking and bird watching. Vidareidi, the main village on the island, looks out to the peninsulas of the neighboring islands, creating a stunning sight, even if the weather turns especially blustery.
Continue up the road from the Hotel Nord and park your vehicle on the widened road pull-off. From here you can hike up into the hills, until you reach the mountain's peak. Beautiful views abound all around you - keep your eyes and ears alert for birds as you walk through the meadows. It is possible to reach the bird cliffs from this path, but we recommend going with a guide, especially if weather has the possibility to turn inclement.
Warm up afterwards with a nice coffee and cake at the Hotel Nord.
Will you be putting any of these places on your bucket list?
Christa and Nathan