Heading to the Faroe Islands and not sure what to do? I’ve got you covered! After spending a week in the Faroe Islands in October, I’ve put together this handy 7-day itinerary so you can make the most of your time in this remote and beautiful country.
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Iceland. Despite being so remote, the Faroe Islands are incredibly easy to get to with regular flights from Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Reykjavik, and London. You can find out more about how to get to the Faroe Islands in this blog post.
Once you’re there, you’ll be blown away by the stunning landscapes, endless hiking trails and some of the wildest weather you can ever come across (in mostly a good way!). A destination that is easy to land on is overrated, ey?
There are so many things to do in the Faroe Islands (enough to write a whole other blog post about the best things to do in the Faroe Islands), and I could quickly build a 10-day or 14-day trip itinerary the Faroe Islands. Still, I’ve put together the best of the best in this 7-day trip itinerary.
From the best hikes to the most iconic viewpoints and where to eat and drink in the Faroe Islands – this guide has everything you need to know for an incredible 7-day itinerary in the Faroe Islands.
Information about the Faroe Islands
If you want more information on how to get to the Faroe Islands, where to stay and when is best to visit, just head over to this blog post to get all the details you need before booking your trip.
It’s also worth stating now that this itinerary was made for those who opt to hire a car. The bus system in the Faroe Islands is pretty good, but to make the most of your time and see as much as possible, I recommend hiring a car. It’s the best way to travel as bus timings do not restrict you, and you can explore at your own pace.
A note on car hire: The cost for a weekly hire starts at £400 per week for the lower tier cars and can jump up to £800 per week for larger vehicles. As car hire costs go, this is fairly expensive, but if you’re travelling in a group, it works out great. Oh, and make sure your car hire booking includes all the tunnel costs! Those can rack up quite a bit when exploring the island and push the cost up if missed.
So without further ado, let’s jump into the 7-day trip itinerary for the Faroe Islands!
A 7 day itinerary for the Faroe Islands
Day 1: Arrival and dinner at Tórshavn
Take the first day of this 7-day itinerary to the Faroe Islands to arrive, pick up your car rental and settle into your accommodation.
All car rental companies are located at the airport, so you can pick up your car once you’ve grabbed your luggage. The car rental desks are in a separate building next to arrivals (a literal 3min walk to your left).
After picking up your ride, it’s a 1hr drive to the capital city of Tórshavn. This itinerary assumes you’ll be staying in the capital city of Tórshavn. This is the largest city on the island and the best place to stay in the Faroe Islands, as it has everything you need: restaurants, grocery stores, and cafes).
Once you’re unpacked and ready for dinner, head into town (or the nearest grocery store!) to have your first dinner in the Faroe Islands.
If you choose to head out into town, I’d recommend heading to Katrina Christiansen or Barbara Fishhouse to get a taste of Faroese cuisine! (If you’re vegan, options are slim, but Suppugarudurin has some great vegan options).
Tórshavn is the biggest city in the Faroe Islands and is where you’ll find 80% of the restaurants on the islands, so here’s a list of where you can eat throughout the itinerary:
Day 2: Exploring Streymore: Fossá Waterfall, Saksun and Norðradalur
As the Faroe Islands are made up of different islands, it’s quite easy to explore a different island per day. For the second day of this 7 day itinerary to the Faroe Islands, you’ll be exploring the island of Streymore.
Your day will begin with a drive to the north side of Streymore to see the Fossá Waterfall. The best time to see this waterfall is early in the morning before the mist has burned off. You can either have this stop as a bit of a stop & see the point, or you can park up and take a short but fairly steep hike to get a closer look.
The hike won’t take you more than a 1 hour to complete there and back, but be prepared to scale up some rocks! I definitely wouldn’t advise taking this hike if there’s been recent heavy rainfall.
Next on your list should be the village of Saksun, which is located in a stunning fjord surrounded by mountains. This is one of the most picturesque villages in the Faroe Islands. With such a prestigious title, it’s attracted a lot of tourists and photographers. While Saksun deserves to be appreciated, it has also led to a lot of trespassing into private land to “get the shot”. The tourism board actively advises travellers to respect private property in the area and stick to the designated paths and trails.
Take the rest of the morning and early afternoon to explore the surrounding area of Saksun; there are countless viewpoints and even a black beach from which you can admire the town.
Either head back home for lunch, or you could make a little pit stop at a supermarket to grab a quick lunch.
Depending on how jam-packed your day was, you might want to take the afternoon to rest and relax in your accommodation and head into town for dinner. But if you’ve got a bit of energy left in you and want to catch an awesome sunset, head over to Norðradalur to drive down one of the coolest roads in the Faroe Islands and catch the last of the sun’s rays. My friends decided to have a little skate!
PS. This location is also beautiful for sunrise, so if you want to squeeze an early start at some point in this itinerary to go back to this location, I’d recommend it!
Day 3: Day trip to Kalsoy
It’s time to take your first ferry ride to one of the ‘detached’ islands in the Faroe Islands: Kalsoy.
Kalsoy is one of the northern islands and offers gorgeous views of the islands (so make sure you pick a day with good visibility, so this day trip doesn’t go to waste!).
Kalsoy is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Kalskvík, but that doesn’t take into consideration the fact that you’ll probably need to arrive 1hr – 1.5hrs early to queue to board the ferry if you’re travelling across with a car. We learned this the hard way! The first day we tried to head over to Kalsoy, we took a wrong turn on our way to the ferry queue and got there 45mins before, and the queue was already full! You’ve been warned. To make sure you don’t miss the ferry, you can find the ferry times here.
The main attraction on this island is the hike to the top of the highest mountain on the island, where you’ll be rewarded with incredible views and where you’ll find Kallur Lighthouse. This is one of the most popular lighthouses in the Faroe Islands, thanks to its unique location on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The hike to Kallur Lighthouse is fairly easy and will take around 1-2 hours, depending on your fitness levels. Like all hikes in the Faroe Islands, it’s basically uphill and around a mountain, so be prepared to work those legs!
Fun fact: Another reason Kalsoy has become so popular amongst tourists recently, especially Kallur Lighthouse, is because an iconic moment in the James Bond saga was filmed there. In a spot just a little bit further up the hill from the lighthouse, you’ll find James bond’s grave. This was the very spot the latest James Bond met his fate in “No Time to Die”. So if you’re a fan of the movies, you can check out the filming location for yourself and take a selfie with his grave. Sadly it was WAY too windy for us to walk up to the ridge to take the iconic selfie. On the next trip, hopefully!
Once you’ve had your fill of Kalsoy and are ready to head back to the main island, make sure you time it right so you don’t miss the afternoon ferry! As you took the morning ferry in, there should be enough space on the ferry back but get there early just to be safe as travellers can stay on the island overnight.
For lunch, I recommend heading to Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the Faroe Islands. After lunch, have a walk through the town to digest and take pictures of a Tórshavn.
You have quite a few options as to how you can spend this afternoon:
- Head back to Tórshavan and relax in your accommodation
- If you’re feeling fancy, you could book a spa treatment at Hotel Føroyar. Here’s a list of the treatments they offer.
- If you’re feeling adventurous (and travelling in the summer months), you can take a 1.5hr kayak tour.
I’d definitely opt for the last option if visiting in the summer months!
Getting the opportunity to Kayak in the Faroe Islands is such a unique experience and is by far one of the best things to do in the Faroe Islands. You can read about more kayaking tour options in this blog post.
Day 4: Gjogv, Funningur & Eidi
After a day off the main islands, it’s time to explore more of Eysturoy Island.
And what better way to start the day than with a hike? Take the morning hike up to the Hvithamar trailhead, where you’ll find one of the best views on the island. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Sandoy and beyond.
The Hvithamar hike takes around 2-3 hours to return, depending on your fitness levels, so make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the hike before heading back down to the car and driving off to your next destination.
The next stop is the village of Gjogv (pronounced “yoke”), which is one of my favourite villages in the Faroe Islands. This place is so picturesque — it’s like something out of a movie (especially when it isn’t a super moody day like below).
The last stop of the day is an eccentric location: an abandoned football field that’s been converted into a motorhome camping site. Now that’s something you’d never thought you’d read, right? This one-of-a-kind site can be found in the village of Eiði. The once known Á Mølini Football Field can now be found as Eiði Camping.
Who would have thought that one of the best things to do in the Faroe Islands would be a football field?!
Just drive to the end of the road, park up on the layby and walk across the lake to access the field. As I visited just after the summer season, this campsite wasn’t in use, so we had the opportunity to have a little kickabout!
Day 5: Exploring Vagar: Bøur, Múlafossur Waterfall and Trælanípan Lake
Vagar is the second most frequented island by travellers and is primarily known for its airport; being the only island with a runway long enough to land commercial aircraft. However, there is far more to this island than just its airport! Vagar is home to some of the best places to visit in the Faroe Islands, like the lake of Sørvágsvatn, Trælanípan the highest point in the Faroe Islands — Mulafossur Waterfall and Bøur — a picturesque village with traditional turf-roofed houses.
On your fifth day in this 7-day itinerary, start your day by driving to Bøur. This village is located on the west coast of Vagar. It is best known for its picturesque setting with colourful houses and a rocky coastline with a view of the iconic Drangarnir sea stacks and Tindhólmur island (i.e. dragon back island). The view from Bøur and the main road driving along that coast is incredible as is, but for those who wish to get even closer, there’s an option to take a boat to the island. You can read all about it in this blog post.
Next up is Múlafossur Waterfall, which can be found further up the coast, near (or rather under) the village of Gasadallur. This waterfall is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Faroe Islands and one of the best things to do in the Faroe Islands.
To get to the waterfall, park your car in the layby and follow the signposted path down to the beach. The walk takes around 15 minutes each way and is an easy one. Although it is a short walk, I recommend taking your time as there are some incredible views to take in along the way! You can also walk up to Gallasdur village to have a little stroll.
After a morning of hitting up some of the best places to visit in the Faroe islands, it’s time to end the day with one of the most iconic hikes in the Faroe Islands: Sørvágsvatn. Sørvágsvatn, known as “the lake above the ocean“, is the biggest lake in the Faroe Islands and is also one of the deepest. The best part about this hike is that it takes you right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and, from certain angles, creates an optical illusion where it appears the lake is above the ocean when the opposite is true. The Faroe Islands really do deliver some crazy views!
There’s only one trail, so there’s no way to get lost, but how do you know you’re reaching the famous viewpoint? When the trail starts to get very steep and suddenly you’re hiking on top of a mountain ridge. The official viewpoint is called Trælanípan, and you can find it here.
After taking in, and taking pictures of this incredible view, keep walking up to the top of the hiking trail so your eyes can be met with the rugged coastline that edges lake Sørvágsvatn. You’ll notice the lake actually does meet the ocean via Bøsdalafossur waterfall and the height difference is almost non-existent!
If the day is sunny and visibility is good, I’d really recommend staying out till sunset! Once you’re done exploring the area, make your way back down to Miðvágur and head back to your Tórshavn (as always) for dinner.
Day 6: Day trip to Mykines to see the puffins
Mykines is a small island located to the far west of the archipelago and is best known for its large population of Atlantic puffins. These adorable birds mate and nest here between May and August, making it one of the best times to visit Mykines. Even if you’re not a bird lover, the views from this island are definitely worth the visit!
To get to Mykines, you need to take a ferry from Sørvágur. The ferry runs twice daily, but the one you need to be on is the morning one that leaves at 10:45 am. As this is a very popular island amongst travellers, I’d recommend booking the ferry well in advance to secure your spot. Ferry tickets cost DKK 60 per person. The 45-minute ferry can be quite bumpy, so if you’re prone to seasickness, take some anti-nausea tablets with you!
The crossing itself is a tour, as you’ll be able to see some of the most iconic spots in the Faroe Islands from the boat! You’ll sail along Drangarnir sea stacks and Tindhólmur island.
Once on the island, your first stop should be the Mykineshólmur viewpoint. This is where you’ll find the famous Mykines lighthouse. The hike takes 3-4 hours both ways, but I guarantee you won’t be watching the time as you’ll be watching out for puffins! These little birds are absolutely everywhere and are so used to humans that they won’t even budge when you try to take a picture with them.
After taking in the incredible views, make your way back down to the village and refuel with a packed lunch. If you’ve got time before queueing for the ferry back, have a little stroll around town.
The ferry sets sail back to Vagar at 5 pm, so be sure to be there 30mins beforehand and make your way back to the mainland.
Day 7: Explore Tórshavn and fly home
Today is your last day in the Faroe Islands. I hope you’ve had an incredible time and have fallen in love with this place as much as I have!
Assuming your flight is in the afternoon, you’ll have some time to explore Tórshavn before heading to the airport. I recommend checking out the harbour of the Faroe Islands and getting lost in the picturesque streets.
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