What to See in the Faroe Islands


Wondering what to see in the Faroe Islands? :)

 

Tired of waiting in line, seeing more than two human persons in your visible spectrum or that nagging sunny summer weather? Why not go to the wonderful Faroe Islands and experience beautiful landscape, friendly people, fast changing weather and Puffin birds (or as I like to call them - tinyflyingpenguinbirds).

 

But what should I do there, once I am done with putting on my waterproof jacket and hiking shoes? Well, worry not, my fellow human person, below you will find some (hopefully useful, but mostly just random) tips.

 

What to See in the Faroe Islands

Things to Do and See in The Faroe Islands

Sorvagur Lake

Ever wondered, what it would look like, if a lake surrounded by lovely hills and ridges would run into the vast ocean in a form of an awesome waterfall? Of course you did, which is why, when you visit the Faroe Islands, you should take a rewarding hike to the end of the Sorvagur Lake. If definitely lives up to it's reputation and if that view does not leave you speechless, then... well, I guess you just have a different taste in scenery that we do. The hike should not take you more than an hour and you can choose many alternate routes to go back.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Sorvagur lake
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Sorvagur lake

Gasadalur

Once only accessible by boat, Gasadalur is a small cute village on the island Vagar. Its most remarkable sight apart from majestic cliffs is the picturesque waterfall.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gasadalur
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gasadalur

Mykines

Mykines, the most awesomest (yes, that is / should be a word) of all the islands. Not to be confused with Mykonos, Greece. I guess, once you're there, it would be impossible to confuse the two, as the weather is likely very different. Whatever we write about this island or any picture we post, it will not do justice to this brilliant peace of grass covered rock surrounded by salty water. It is home to the famous Puffin birds and many goats as well as spectacular views and a nice little café. 

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Mykines
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Mykines

Saksun

You are welcome to read more about this bit of land here.

 

Saksun is village in the northeast part of the Streymoy island and is a real eye candy. It has a lovely church and hiking possibilities (if the weather is nice to you). Well worth a visit.

 

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Saksun
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Saksun

Funningur

One of our favourite villages in the Faroe islands is Funningur. I guess it is the location which makes it special - beautiful mountains, at the ocean side, majestic cliffs, the greenest grass I have ever seen... just lovely! Take this ascending road to reach the next cute village...see next section :)

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Funningur
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Funningur

Gjogv

One of the must see places in the Faroe Islands is definitely Gjogv. It is outstanding due to its little colourful houses and again its location at the ocean side. Ascend to the nearby mountains to enjoy the views!

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gjogv
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gjogv

Torshavn

Torshavn, with its 13,000 inhabitants is the smallest capital city in Europe. It is well worth a visit due to its old town with wooden houses and roofs covered in grass. But also the new part of the city is worth your time - mini shops and cafes.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Torshavn
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Torshavn

Kvivik

Kvivik is a small village located on the left side if looking at the photo below. While the village itself is nice, the surrounding of it is spectacular! We took a hike to the waterfall and took in the breathtaking views over the ocean and the mountains.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Kvivik
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Kvivik

Aeduvik

One of our highlights on the trip was the spot called Aeduvik. Although we visited it at 9 pm in the evening, the light was still great to enjoy the landscape (the advantages of being far North). No more words needed, just have a look at the photo below.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Aeduvik
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Aeduvik

Gota

If wondering what to see in the Faroe Islands, Gota should be one of the places to go. It offers many hiking trails to the nearby mountains but also without going hiking it is a great place to breath in and breath out. Yes, you guessed it right, it is a great spot for meditation.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gota
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Gota

Klaksvik

Klaksvik is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is located on the island Bordoy, which is one of the northernmost islands. A great chance to see how people live in the Faroe Islands.

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Klaksvik
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Klaksvik

Norddepil

Despite the bad weather, Norddepil was a fantastic stop. It has convinced us with its unspoilt nature (what else!). Walking around in this unbelievable remote landscape felt like being in a fairytale. 

What to See in the Faroe Islands - Norddepil
What to See in the Faroe Islands - Norddepil

To finish on a more serious note, let's talk about the elephant in the room. The "famous" whaling on the Faroe Islands. While the situation is certainly not perfect and the images of the act are not exactly eye candy (which is what causes the outrage), it is our opinion that it is not a valid reason to boycott visiting this otherwise fascinating place. By that logic, you could not really travel anywhere, as we don't think that there is a county on this pale blue dot, that does not mistreat our animal friends. But you are naturally entitled to your own opinion. 


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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Eran (Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:27)

    Hi,
    Great post!
    Any idea what is the real/actual name of "Gota"? I couldnt find it in google maps...

    Thanks :)

  • #2

    Sonja (Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:30)

    Hi Erin
    Thank you for reading our blog post! The closest village nearby is called Norðragøta. Hope that helps. Enjoy the lovely Faroe Islands!

  • #3

    Danielle (Sunday, 18 June 2017 10:43)

    Hi! Did you happen to find anywhere to ride Icelandic ponies or kayak? Thanks for the help!