10 Days in Faroe islands
Many people on my Facebook page and my Instagram account ask me to give advice on how to explore the Faroe Islands. So with this short article I'm going to explain how I would explore the Faroe Islands.
If you are coming to the Faroe islands for the first time or the second time then this article is for you. Maybe you will see some winter picture in this article but I do suggest you to come between half May and half September. That’s because the days are much longer and you manage to see more places in one day.
When hiking in the Faroe islands, make you have good hiking shoes, waterproof and warm clothes, food and water.
Exploring Vágar island
So lets get in to it. You land on the island of Vágar (Airport island) you should stay at least 2 nights there. First things first, before you get out from the airport just rent a car from there. drive yourself to the place where you are staying.
Lets assume that you arrive in the evening and probably you are tired from traveling to get here and you don't want to hike for hours. So my first destination would be Gásadalur to see the famous waterfall called (Múlafossur). It takes only a few minutes to arrive there. on the way to Gásadalur you should stop to the small village called Bøur. Just look at the beautiful grass roof top houses with the beautiful view of Tindhólmur and Drangarnir islands in the distance. Driving to Gásadslur you need to go trough a tunnel, you'll see signs where the waterfall is. Park the car and walk for about 300 meters. Important that you close the gate when you go in so that the sheep don't go out. After that you can enjoy the view and take as much pictures as you like :)
Visiting Mykines island - Bird island & Trøllkonufingur - Witch’s finger
It is very important to book the ticket with the boat to Mykines island at least 2 weeks before you go to the island.
The ferry to Mykines leaves from The village called Sørvagur. When arriving to Mykines you need to go up the stairs, before you arrive to the small village you will find an information map with the spots to see. Make sure you follow the map. When reaching the puffins you need to be careful to not scare them away! Just walk normally and don't go too close. Be careful also where you step, puffin nests are every where. Keep on walking and you'll find a bridge, walk trough it and you will arrive on Mykineshólmur. Keep on following the path until you reach the lighthouse. Many people when reaching the lighthouse they stop to rest for a while before the go back to the village.
Be sure to arrive back to the village at least 1 hour before the ferry goes back. There are 2 coffee shops where you can buy something to eat, drink and of course rest. On the ride back to Sørvagur, take a look at the cliffs and the surrounding islands. It is so mesmerizing to watch. Now that you're back to Sørvagur, drive to Sandavagur to see the Trøllkonufingur cliff.
Trøllkonufingur — Witch’s finger
Near Sandavágur village, on Vágar island, there is an outlook from which you can see Trøllkonufingur, the Witch’s Finger. It is a free standing rock, although it is hard to see from the outlook that the rock is separate from the rest of the cliff. There is a path that you can walk so you can see this cliff better. Take a screen shot of google maps zoomed in the village and you'll find the path. It is not a long hike just a couple of minutes.
Sørvagsvatn (Leitisvatn) & Drangarnir, Tindhólmur island.
Drangarnir and Tindhólmur island is quite a long hike but it should be an easy one, because you just have to walk by the sea shore almost all the way!
Before reaching the lighthouse, there is a cliff, you need to walk up and away from the cliff. After climbing the hill you should see the lighthouse. When you reach the lighthouse you will see Drangarnir and Tindhólmur island in the distance. From there the path is more visible to reach the destination.
This hike takes about 5 hours in all. Important that you take food and water with you. Important that you go in good weather conditions if you are going for the first time. Or hire a guide that knows the place.
There are 2 ways to hike this beautiful location. If you are driving from Sørvagur to Midvagur, there is a side road just before you reach the roundabout to the village Midvagur. Park the car there and start walking next to the lake. The second option is easier I think. You need to take a left when reaching the church of the village Midvagur if you are coming from the village Sandavagur. Drive up and turn right on the second road you find. I prefer the second option because they just made the path to Trælanípa. This hike takes about 1 hour to arrive to the edge (Trælanípa). Important, Always be careful were you step and enjoy the view. This cliff is 300 meter high.
Kirkjubour, Velbaðstaður, Nordadalur, Sornfelli, Saksun.
Time to move to the Capital city of the Faroe islands called Tórshavn. From here you can see most of the other islands by car. Driving to Tórshavn takes about 40 minutes from Vagar island. Check in to the hotel early morning around 9 - 10am, and go to the small village called Kirjubøur. It takes only 10 minutes drive from Tórshavn. In this small village you'll find an old house full of historic items and how they use to live back in the day. One thing you will notice in this village is the houses, they are almost all painted black with red windows.
Before you go back to Tórshavn, go to the small village of Velbaðstaður, take a look at the houses and the view that this village has to offer. There are two islands infront of this village called Hestur and Koltur.
When you arrive to Tórshavn, you have to go to the next location Norðadalur. You do this by taking the mountain road called Oyygjarvegur. When arriving to the road of Norðadalur you should find a clear spot where you can park you're car. This place is iconic to the Faroe islands because of the winding road and Koltur islands in the background.
Next up is Sornfelli. The road to sornfelli is a one lane road. You're basicly are driving up a mountain. So be careful how you drive in the u-turns. (In winter if you see snow or the road is frozen, don't try to drive, because you will get stuck) when reaching the parking area take a look at the amazing view of Vágar island. Tip - try to go up here at sunset as well. Maybe you will get lucky with an amazing red sky :)
Sunset from mount Sornfelli.