Faroe Islands Travel Guide

Located in the Atlantic Ocean halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are a still-somewhat-undiscovered destination. Known for sweeping landscapes and sometimes-harsh weather, these islands definitely deserve a spot on your bucket list.

Faroe Islands quick facts

  • Population: 50,000
  • Language: Faroese (English and other Scandinavian languages are also widely spoken)
  • Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)
  • Capital city: Tórshavn
  • Country size: 18 islands
  • High season: Summer

Top 10 things to do in the Faroe Islands

  1. See the famous Mulafossur Waterfall in Gasadalur
  2. See puffins on Mykines Island
  3. Hike to Trælanípa to see the Sørvágsvatn, the “floating lake”
  4. Hike to the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy
  5. Go sea kayaking
  6. Attend a music festival (I loved the G! Festival)
  7. Drive out to the town of Gjógv
  8. Have a home-cooked dinner with locals
  9. See Saksun Church and the surrounding scenery
  10. Explore the capital city of Torshavn

Getting around

Renting a car and driving is the best way to fully experience the Faroe Islands. Public transport does exist, but buses don't run to most places very frequently. You can pick up rental cars when you arrive at the airport on Vagar, but it is recommended that you book your car ahead of time, especially during the summer. (Search for rental cars here.)

Roads in the Faroe Islands are paved and well-maintained, but they can be very narrow and twisty.

Where to stay

Thanks to the roads, bridges, and tunnels, nothing is very far away in the Faroe Islands. You can get from Tórshavn to Tjørnuvík or Gjógv in just over an hour – meaning you could easily base yourself in Tórshavn for your whole trip if you wanted.

You'll find the largest selection of hotels and restaurants in Tórshavn anyway, which makes it an ideal base. Hotels to check out in Tórshavn include:

If you do feel like staying outside of the capital for a night or two, consider making Gjógv your second base:

  • This is the only accommodation available in Gjógv, but it's lovely. A nice guesthouse and restaurant sitting on a hill overlooking the village. (Read reviews on TripAdvisor | Book here)

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