Faroe Islands Itinerary - A Guide to the Most Instagram Friendly Places!
So, I figured it was in its place to provide a little itinerary for the Faroe Islands. A: Because it's pretty necessary hence the very sparse info about this beautiful place! And B: Because I like making these kinds of posts that answer some of the same questions I have myself before I go to a new place.
Before you go, you need to realize that the Faroe Islands are quiet and still pretty undiscovered. You quickly learn that you have landed in a place that hasn't been prepared for this massive tourist boom the past few years and thus, it's a pretty simple life you will live there. E.g. there are not a lot of restaurants and cafes outside of the main city, Thorshavn, everything is shut on Sundays and the lack of competition among hotels and car rental companies has made everything SUPER expensive. Besides, haven't been prepared for this massive tourist boom the past few years and thus, it's a pretty simple life you will live there. E.g. there are not a lot of restaurants and cafes outside of the main city, Thorshavn, everything is shut on Sundays and the lack of competition among hotels and car rental companies has made everything SUPER expensive. Besides that, you will find yourself in one of the most scenic and peaceful spots in the world - so ENJOY! Psst! Check out my map in the bottom of the post!
Day 1 - Hike To Lake Sørvágsvatn, Bøsdalafossur, Gásadalur & Saksun
There plans to the Faroe Islands from Copenhagen, Scotland, and Bergen. We took the plane from Copenhagen and arrived early in Vágar Airport. We picked up our car (yes you kinda need a car on the Faroe Islands) and drove only 10 minutes to our first stop, Sørvágsvatn, on our long list of things we wanted to see! Sørvágsvatn is an elevated lake but you don't really notice that until you have hiked the 1,5 hours (so 3 hours all together) up to the hill side overlooking the lake. The hike is pretty easy but bring something to eat and drink as you want to spend some time enjoying the view once you've reached the summit. You can also continue a bit longer to the impressive waterfall Bøsdalafossur which is at the furthest end of Sørvágsvatn. Click here to get directions.
Afterward, we drove to another waterfall, Gásadalur, which is located in the northern part of the Island (see map below). We can in "dry season" so none of the waterfalls were running on full speed so to say, but still worth a visit! Gasaldur is right on the side of the main road so this will probably be the easiest hike you will experience - enjoy it!
After 4-5 hours of hiking and driving, we were so tired, to say the least! We, therefore, decided to drive to our Airbnb in Vestmanna to relax for a couple of hours. Because we were there in July the sun never really sets (or at least it sets around midnight), and we could spend the whole evening in Saksun, which is a 45-minute drive from Vestmanna. Saksun is known for its little black houses with grass roofs. Especially the one overlooking the fjord which you can see in my picture here.
If you haven't gotten an early plane like us, or if you arrive in the winter season then leave Saksun for another day!
Day 2 How we got to Drangarnir & Exploring Thorshavn
The Second day we got early to try and figure out how to get to Drangarnir, A cliff formation in the sea between Vágar and the Island, Mykines. We wanted to hike to the closest point to Drangarnir from the Vágar side and there was NO information about How to Get to Drangarnir online! A few comments on Instagram said it was everything from a 45 minute hike to a 3 hour hike starting "somewhere" from the village called Sørvágur. We went to Sørvágur and asked so locals. No one knew until we asked an older guy who directed us to the harbor where we should drive as far as we could, then park our car and find a little walking path made by goats. We should then hike approx 45 minutes to the summit. Post our Drangarnir I can now confirm that this hike is a +3 hour hike each way - and we didn't even hike all the way out to the furthest point. Maybe we didn't do it right. I don't know. But guys, this is a pretty though hike! Come prepared with food and water and watch where you go as you are walking on some pretty narrow trails on the sides of the mountain. That being said I think it was my FAVORITE hike ever.
If you aren't into hiking that far or the weather prevents you from going I highly recommend you to take the Ferry or helicopter to Mykines instead. We sadly didn't get to go but it should be one of the prettiest islands on the Faoroes.
After our long ass hike we drove 45-50 minutes to Thorshavn to see the main city and most importantly find somewhere to eat a proper meal. There are many good places to eat in Thorshavn. From the famous Michelin Guide restaurant, KOKS, to pizza and fish and chips places. We went for the latter.
Day 3 - Gjogv, Eiði and the picturesque roads near Funningur
On the third day, we packed our suitcases and drove from Vestmanna to our next Airbnb in Klaksvik. Klaksvik is the biggest northern city in the Faroe Islands. Even though the Faroe Islands are tiny I highly recommend you to have some days in different locations. It just makes driving to different areas easier! Klaksvik is a great base for the following days of adventure! On the way to Klaksvik drive to Funningur where there are some very photogenic roads. On a moody day, this is where you want to be ;) From Funningur you can drive to Eiði where you can see the famous cliff formations Risin & Kellingen and/or drive to Gjogv. We only did the later and it turned out to be a place where we also spent a lot of time as this village was soooo pretty! There is a little natural port in between the rocks and right next to it is a good hiking path that takes you to a spot where you can overlook the village. Gjogv was probably the most touristy place we came by. There we around 50 tourists! - This says a lot about the amount of tourists here right?! ;)
Gjogv we drove to Klaksvik where we spend the rest of the day relaxing in our little hut overlooking the fjords. I don't think I've ever been to a more tranquil place!
Day 4 - Hiking to the Kallur Lighthouse And Exploring Viðoy
On our last day, we took the ferry from Klaksvik the Island called, 'Kalsoy', where the highly photographed light house is located. In high season I advise you to come to the ferry at least 40 minutes before departure as there can be a lot of cars and the ferry only can hold around 20 cars. From Kalsoy just drive to the right on the main road (there is only 1 so you can't really be mistaken) all the way till the end. Park the car and hike the 40-45 minutes until you get to the light house. This was probably the hike that was hardest for me as it's was uphill 90% of the time but the view was totally worth it! However, we only got to see it for around 10 minutes before a heavy fogged pulled in over the island. It's apparently a very common thing, so try and check at the ferry before you go all the way.
The fog brought along a very moody weather so we were a bit limited in what we could do hiking wise. We, therefore, decided to go back to Klaksvik and drive the 20 minutes to Viðoy which is the most northern Island on the Faroes. Drive to Viðareiði where you'll find scenic nature and a photogenic little church.
On day 5 we drove back to Vágar to take the plane back home to Copenhagen. Rich on experiences but low on cash! "Until next time the Faroe Islands" - because there definitely will be a "next time"!