What to do in the Faroe Islands? Is anything else besides the views and hiking trails worth experiencing firsthand? Here are 10 of our suggestions for making the Faroe Islands forever in your memory, such a slightly different TOP 10 :)
There’s no denying that the Faroe Islands are one of the more expensive destinations. Although the trip was quite expensive (especially in terms of on-site costs), we absolutely do not regret going there. It is a unique place, shrouded in a fog of mystery and uncertainty, but once there is a glimpse of sunshine the delight is endless. That’s what the Faroe Islands are like – you have to be a little lucky to see them in their full glory, because the conditions on the ground are not spoiling and you have to be prepared for that.
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TOP 10 things to do in the Faroe Islands
Below we have prepared for you a list of 10 things to do that will make the trip worth every penny spent. And yes, part of it is the viewpoints, as they were, however, the core of this trip, but fortunately not only. Here we go! :)
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10. climb the highest peak in the Faroe Islands
And it is Slættaratindur on the island of Eysturoy. Let’s just hope you were luckier with the weather than we were, because this one unfortunately did not allow us to climb to the top. Although it was still interesting :)
9. get a deeper understanding of grindatrap
This is a rather controversial and heavy topic, so where if not at the source is the best place to find out details about the grindworm hunt and get the perspective of locals that may surprise you. Even if you don’t manage to talk to anyone directly about it, learning about the history, community and culture will help you understand how important it is for Faroese people to cultivate traditions – we’ve written quite a bit about it here.
8. feel peace and tranquility
In the Faroe Islands you will easily find yourself in a place where there is not a living soul as far as the eye can see. Walking even to the most popular viewpoint, we could calculate on the fingers of two hands how many people we met along the way. Many times the only sounds accompanying us were the bleating of sheep or the sounds of waterfalls and streams.
We felt especially lonely on the short route from Vestmanna (more here).
7. take a ride through the dark tunnels :)
And it’s best to find the longest one-way tunnel right away, as the Faroe Islands are also famous for their tunnels. And such a most interesting ride for us was definitely the journey through the Kunoy Island tunnel. We wrote more about the tunnels themselves here.
6. visit an abandoned village
We, being in such a village, did not even know that it was abandoned. We found out about it after the fact, and it was
5. see the Giant and the Witch
We can see the Giant and the Witch from the village of Tjørnuvík. The Giant and the Witch are nothing more than two rocks protruding from the water (Risin and Kellingin), with which there is an interesting legend, which we wrote about here. But it’s not for the views of the rocks alone that it’s worth going here – it’s a typical small Faroese village, at the end of the road in a beautiful cove, where the locals are waiting for you with a makeshift cafe (more here) :-)
4. look at Kalsoy from afar
It’s worth the drive to the viewpoint on Kalsoy, and on the other side to the northern part of Eysturoy. With favorable winds (or lack thereof), it’s also the perfect place for a picnic!
3. take a ride on scenic routes
The podium opens with an obligatory ride on scenic roads, of which there are quite a few in Faroe, and one such route is the road to the settlement of Saksun. It’s here that you’ll find one of the more distinctive views from the Faroe Islands – a lagoon, a church overgrown with grass, and a waterfall in the background. The route itself leads through a valley, along the river – with good weather conditions, beautiful views guaranteed.
2. see Mulafossur waterfall
You must also see the Mulafossur waterfall on the island of Vágar – it is, in our opinion, the most beautifully located waterfall on Faroe. Also the village of Gásadalur itself, at which this waterfall is located, deserves a moment’s attention. It’s worth squatting here and giving up the real atmosphere of the peaceful Faroe Islands :)
1. climb the cliff
At the top of our ranking was probably the most beautiful scenic route we’ve had the opportunity to walk so far. Or rather, climb ;) because it’s all about the approach to the Trælanípan cliff, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful view in the Faroe Islands.
Specifically, the view of the cliffs and the Sørvágsvatn Lake at the edge of the land, along with a waterfall that falls directly into the ocean! We wrote about it, among other things, here.
Map of TOP 10 attractions in the Faroe Islands
Below you will find a map of the Faroe Islands with all the above-described points marked:
We could, of course, describe much more than the TOP 10 mentioned above, but we wanted to draw out for you the most interesting points :) For more, of course, we invite you to visit all our posts about the Faroe Islands:)
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What is your TOP 10 of the Faroe Islands? Let us know in the comments! :-)