The Faroe Islands - Travel Guide


Heading to the remote Faroe Islands? Perfect! In case you are searching for some useful information regarding the transportation, prices, what to pack and where to stay, please read the travel guide to the Faroe Islands below. Hopefully it helps.

Facts

  • Located between Iceland and the Shettland Islands (UK)
  • The Faroe Islands are not part of the EU - it is a self-governing archipelago
  • Until 1804 The Faroe Islands were a part of Norway, now they belong to Denmark
  • The population is about 49,000 
  • There are 18 major islands
  • Torshavn is the smallest capital city in the world
  • The official languages are Faroese and Danish
  • The Faroese language is more similar to Icelandic or Norwegian than to Danish
  • Their currency is Faroese krona which is 1:1 with the Danish krona
  • Fishing is a very important industry
  • Average netto salary: 1900 EUR (2016)

Want to hear more? Check out what we have learned in the Faroe Islands: What Travelling In The Faroe Islands Taught Us.

When to go

The best time to travel to the Faroe Islands are the summer months - June, July and August. If you think, the weather in summer is nice and warm, we are sorry,  but you are wrong :) Basically, these are just the months with the highest temperatures (around 14-16 C degrees). And of course, also don't expect the ability to swim in the lakes or the ocean as the water is pretty cold... Remember, you are going up North and not to a Mediterranean island.

How to access

By plane:

From Copenhagen (Atlantic Airways), Reykjavik (Icelandair) or Budapest (Wizzair)

 

We flew from Zurich to Copenhagen in the evening hours, spent the night at the airport in the transfer zone (yes, it is allowed and some calm corners can be found... also note: it gets quite cold at night) and on the next day we flew from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands with Atlantic Airways. 

 

By boat:

From Reykjavik, Iceland

What to pack

  • passport (remember, the Faroe Islands are not in the EU)
  • driving licence
  • hiking shoes
  • a small backpack
  • waterproof jacket
  • raincoat
  • umbrella
  • many socks as they get wet all the time
  • an additional pair of trousers
  • gloves
  • hat
  • scarf
  • credit card
  • GPS or an app: i.e. `Maps.me'
  • water bottle
  • waterproof bag if you go on the boat or rent a kayak
  • photo and video gear (if this is needed, then in the Faroe Islands!)

Why to go

  • untouristy destination
  • lower prices than Iceland
  • remote places
  • abundant nature
  • diversity in nature: waterfalls, lakes, ocean
  • steep coastal cliffs
  • endless hiking possibilities
  • an adventure destination (cycling, quad biking, diving, kayaking..)
  • sheep, birds encounters
  • peaceful
  • interesting local habits
  • sunlight till 10 pm during summer

What to See

This is just a short overview of what to see in the Faroe Islands. For more details check our blog post What to See in the Faroe Islands.

  • Torshavn
  • Gjogv
  • Mykines
  • Gasadalur
  • Funningur
  • Kirkjubour
  • Kvivik
  • Sorvagur
  • Vestmaana
  • Saksun
  • Klaksvik
  • Viðareiði
  • Sandoy

Driving

If you are headed to the Faroe Islands, we highly recommend to rent a car in order to be able to reach the remote spots. Driving in the Faroe islands is on the right side of the road. The majority of the roads are 2-sided with some exceptions on the islands like Bordoy and Streymoy. Some caution is needed in the tunnel i.e. between Bordoy and Vidoy due to one pass only. Other than that, the roads are well maintained and perfect for long board drivers ;). 

Other transportation options

As mentioned before, renting a car would probably the best choice to travel between the islands. However, the public transportation is quite well. See the prices and routes here. Even a travel card can be purchased, enabling lower prices of bus and ferry tickets.

Prices

Our costs...:

Flight ticket from Copenhagen: around 200 EUR

Rent a car per day: 80 - 100 EUR per day

Airbnb: 60 EUR per day

Cappuccino: 4.5 EUR

Meal in a restaurant: 10 - 14 EUR

Water in a restaurant: 2 EUR

 

The Faroe Islands can be a pain for your wallet but this shouldn't stop you from going there! To safe money, you can go camping or couchsurfing, buy food in markets and use the public transport (buses). 

Where to Stay

There are many accommodation facilities in the Faroe Islands. Most popular are probably:

Hostels: Kerlajon hostel (ca. 60 EUR per night)

Hotels: Hotel Vagar (ca. 100 EUR per night)

Airbnb: link (from ca. 35 EUR up per night)

 

First we stayed at a cute Airbnb in the village Nordragota. The facilities were great and we enjoyed talking to the locals and listen to their stories.

The last days we spent in these lovely white lodges in Midvagur - on the Vagar island. The location was convenient (close to the airport), the owner was very friendly and the lodge itself was cozy and clean. Very recommendable. 

How long to stay

Many combine Iceland and Faroe Islands when heading North. For example, they take 2 weeks for Iceland and 3-5 days approx. for exploring the Faroe Islands.

We had 4 days in total with an additional day for travelling to and from the islands. Was it enough or too short? Well, we were satisfied with the no. of days due to the bad weather. However, it was definitely to short to see all - i.e. we haven't seen the other famous islands in the South - Sandoy and Nolsoy. But apart from that we had enough time to check out the must-see places in the Faroe Islands, especially due to the fact that the sunlight during summer is until 10 am, enabling enough time to see as much as possible.

Travel itinerary

Day 1: Sorvagur (airport) - Torshavn - Gota - Rituvik - Aeduvik - Norddragota

Day 2: Klaksvik, Vidoy, Funningur, Gjogv, Saksun, Vestmanna

Day 3: Gasadalur, Mykines (from Sorvagur by boat - book in advance!!)

Day 4: Midvagur, Sorvagur, Vestmanna

Day 5: Flight back home

Possible downsides

We would lie if we said everything was great in the Faroe Islands. As downsides we see:

  • bad weather
  • high accommodation prices
  • pricey rental cars
  • high sub-sea tunnel costs (ca. 13 EUR for one way)
  • not much going on
  • not many restaurants or cafes

To conclude, for us the weather was a bit of a `party-breaker`and the high costs of accommodation and the rental car. But other than that, we found the nature in the Faroe Islands very unique, something we haven't seen so far. The whole trip can be described as extravagant and impressive, definitely a travel destination we recommend to visit.

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