5 Reasons to Visit Faroe Islands

Read more about unique Faroe Islands and why You should visit

|June 14, 2021
Anhelina is a true animal lover who likes to travel off-radar and won't ever miss a chance to snap an atmospheric photo.

As a part of Kingdom of Denmark, this 18 volcanic island archipelago is still an undiscovered gem for many travelers. From colourful traditional houses - to steep rugged cliffs, Faroe Islands will leave with unforgettable memories.


A self-governing archipelago, and part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands are made up of 18 rugged and rocky volcanic islands that are situated between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. A popular destination for many travelers, if you haven’t yet added them to your list of must-visit places, get your pen and paper ready, because you’re going to want to after reading this! 

Faroe Islands | Cinematic FPV

With their steep and dramatic coastal cliffs, the islands play host to thousands of seabirds – especially puffins - and are a veritable haven for birdwatchers. The Arctic bird of prey is a bird everyone is familiar with, ornithologist or otherwise. Seeing them in the wild is an unforgettable experience. Puffins visit the Faroe Islands between May and September every year to raise and feed their single chicks. These iconic seabirds spend the rest of the year at sea. 

two puffins on a cliffside in faroe islands

As far as getting around the Faroe Islands is concerned, access between the islands is possible via a series of connecting road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Hikers, birdwatchers and anyone interested in experiencing the wilds of nature, can freely explore the mountains and valleys of the Faroe Islands.  

  

Below are just five of the many reasons why the stunning and rugged beauty of the Faroe Islands should be at the top of your travel bucket list: 

1. Mykines

colourful buildings in mykines village in faroe islands

As the westernmost island in the Faroe Islands, Mykines is known for its incredible colonies of ”sea parrots,” better known as puffins. With tens of thousands of these delightful birds making Mykines their home every year, from early May to late August you’re guaranteed to see them. You can watch as they waddle down into their burrows, carrying food in their beaks for their young to devour.  

  

Getting to this wildlife paradise involves a short ferry trip of just under an hour. During the ride, you’ll sail close to the Drangarnir sea arch and the five sharply rising peaks of the uninhabited Tindolmur Islet. Alternatively, you can take a surprisingly affordable 22-minute helicopter ride from the village of Sorvagur, close to the airport on Vagar Island. Note that visits to Mykines are only permitted from May 1 through to August 31, so be sure to check the local itinerary. Book ahead to successfully plan your trip and avoid disappointment.  

walking near mykines lighthouse cliffs in faroe islands

Once you’ve reached the island, we recommend that you take a 90-minute hike from the old village cluster – complete with its quaint, traditional turf-roofed houses – to the islet of Mykinesholmur, where you can see one of the world’s most photogenic sights, the Holmur Lighthouse. Hike alone, or as part of a guided tour, and prepare to immerse yourself in the truly rugged beauty of your surroundings – and don’t forget your camera! 

  

As the most accessible seabird colony on the Faroe Islands, Mykines deserves its acclaim. Rarely are visitors to the island disappointed. Whether you’ve come to hike and explore or specifically to observe the fascinating puffins as they go about their daily lives on this breathtakingly beautiful island, Mykines doesn’t just take your breath away, it breathes new life into you!  

2. Saksun

old turf houses in saksun area in faroe islands

Lying in the bottom of what used to be an inlet in the sea, and surrounded by high mountains, this truly magical, remote hillside village near the northern edge of Streymoy  the largest island in the Faroe Islands – is home to just a handful of inhabitants, a beautiful waterfall, a cute church, a picturesque lake and traditional, Faroese turf-roofed houses. Reached after what can only be described as a thrilling drive along a winding, single-lane road, Saksun is the stuff of fairytales. With the landscape changing with the seasons, it has something for all keen photographers and plenty to keep daydreamers busy too! From the blinding whites of winter to the flaming yellows of autumn to the soothing greens of summer, Saksun will transport you to a place you’ll return to in your mind, time and time again.

2. Nororadalur

pushing a bike up a mountain road in faroe islands

A short, 15-minute drive (or pleasant bike ride if you prefer to cycle) from the capital, Torshavn, even the road leading to Nororadalur is the stuff of great adventures. At the highest point – known as Norðradalsskarð – you’d be advised to stop and take a moment or two to appreciate the spectacular view you’re greeted with. Down in the stunning valley below, a tiny village with just 12 inhabitants is surrounded by steep, craggy mountains, and provides an iconic frame around the remote island of Koltur in the distance.  

man relaxing at a mountain top and meditating

When you reach Nororadalur, before doing anything else, simply stand still and listen to the soothing sound of the sea’s waves crashing through layered rocks that have been carved out by the wind and sea and absorb the very sounds of nature that surround you. No place for partygoers, Nororadalur is a peaceful, inspiring place that lets you be at one with yourself and nature. 

4. Drangarnir

Drangarnir & Tindholmur | Faroe Islands

The collective name for a pair of sea stacks between the islet of Tindholmur and the island of Vagar, Drangarnir is a visually stunning place that shouldn’t be missed on any trip to the Faroe Islands. While the hike to Drangarnir is anything but gentle, if you’re fit enough and able to walk there, you’ll be rewarded with a stark but achingly beautiful, natural landscape. If you prefer to view this natural wonder without having to don your walking boots, you can see the remarkable sight from the nearby village of Bour or take a relaxing but inspiring boat trip.  

5. Gjogv

aerial view of small village of gjogv in faroe islands

A serene and tranquil spot situated almost as far north as you can go on the island of Eysturoy, Gjogv has a timeless air and an unparalleled and untouched quality. Named after a 200-meter-long sea-filled gorge that runs north from the village to the sea, this intriguing old village offers plenty of opportunities to explore and immerse yourself in its sheer, natural beauty.  

  

Descend the stone steps to the roaring, sea-filled gorge or hike along the dramatic cliffs of the coastline for an hour to the valley of Amabadalur where you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views over the Bugvin Sea.  

gjogv village buildings in faroe islands

Rugged beauty and inescapable tranquility are everywhere on the Faroe Islands. Wherever you set foot, you’re guaranteed to be overwhelmed by a deep sense of peace and serenity. With so much to see and do, if you’re searching for a destination that will satisfy your desire to be at one with nature, you won’t be disappointed. With unique photographic opportunities around every corner, you can create visually stunning memories that will continue to inspire you long after you leave.  

  

So, for birds, bees, and beauty (and rugged good looks!), make a travel date with the Faroe Islands today!  

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