Hiking the Faroe Islands

Journey to Europe’s Best-Kept Secret

Overview

Set in the North Atlantic halfway between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands are remote and absolutely breathtaking. This otherworldly landscape has mountaintops wreathed in clouds, soaring cliffs plunging over 2,000 feet into the ocean, and emerald moorlands rising from valleys painted with bright-colored villages and ringed by black-sand beaches. On this cultural and hiking adventure, we pair wonderful hikes with the welcoming Faroese people for an unforgettable journey in the “Land of Maybe.”

On Mykines and the Vestmanna sea cliffs, we’ll witness the unforgettable sight of thousands of nesting seabirds, including puffins, soaring along the edge of cliffs. Our hikes bring us across wild, grassy hillsides alongside the hardy sheep that outnumber the human residents 2:1, and we’ll walk in the footsteps of postmen who had to cross rolling these mountains to deliver the mail. We’ll hike the high pastures of Ambadalur above the charming village of Gjógv, visit turf-roofed houses on our hike from Saksun to Tjørnuvík, and savor tasty traditional waffles when we arrive in this charming village. Our meals include outrageously fresh fish, and we'll have the chance to sample lots of traditional Faroese cuisine and drink beer from the island’s oldest brewery. In Tórshavn, Europe’s smallest capital (and with a great food scene), we’ll wander past the colorful wooden buildings of Old Town and explore the lively marina where local fishermen sell their day’s catch.

Our overnight bases between hikes are in cozy hotels and a charming guesthouse where we’ll get to experience traditional Faroese singing and unique chain dancing. Along the way, you’ll be entertained with island legends and Viking history, and spend time with knitters, cooks, beer makers, artists, and farmers—all of whom have a story to share in this delightful archipelago.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Vágar Island / Mykines Island

On Vágar, we hike to the stupendous cliffs at Traelnipa to view Sørvágsvatn, a breathtaking clifftop lake. From our vantage point high on these sea cliffs, the lake seems suspended in the sky between the turquoise ocean and the cliffs. Our descent is next to the thundering Bøsdalafossur waterfall. We cruise below Faroese rock formations to Mykines Island for a walk through its turf-roofed village and a hike to a teeming puffin colony.

Hotel VĂ¡gar
Sørvágur, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-4
Vestmanna Cliffs / Eysturoy Island

The thousand-foot high Vestmanna cliffs are sculpted into craggy arches and grottos that are home to thousands of seabirds including guillemots and razorbills—and daring sheep that graze on the edges of the near-vertical cliffs. We’ll boat below these cliffs, and on Eysturoy, meet a local artist at her studio, then hike right from our charming lodge to a sweeping panorama across the Faroes’ dramatic sea stacks.

Gjáargarður Guesthouse
Gjógv, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Days 3 to 5 (3 nights)
Days 5-6
Bordoy and Vidoy Islands / Faroese

Dancing On Bordoy, we sample the wares at the oldest brewery in the Faroes, and on Vidoy, our hike brings epic views of the northernmost edges of the Faroes and the wild Norwegian Sea stretching toward the Arctic. One evening, we’ll have a dinner complete with Faroese dance and song.

Gjáargarður Guesthouse
Gjógv, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Days 3 to 5 (3 nights)
Hotel Hafnia
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 7-8
Tórshavn

We explore Tórshavn’s Old Town, with its turf-roofed buildings, and enjoy dinner in a family home with ingredients fresh from the farm—and of course, local Faroese schnapps. Depart on Day 8 via Sørvágur.

Hotel Hafnia
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Discover the Faroes’ most stunning coastal and mountain hikes and rich seafaring heritage
Sample Faroese cuisine, including superb fresh-caught fish
Sip beer at the oldest brewery on the islands
Meet artisans, enjoy dinner with a local family
Welcoming hotels and guesthouses, with many hikes right out the front door!

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Depart: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and guesthouses
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

6 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 2-4 hours most days