7 Days in the Faroe Islands Itinerary
This visual guide will help you navigate the many hikes, villages, cliffs, and culinary experiences this untouched country has to offer.
This September, I was lucky enough to have 7 days in the Faroe Islands. I am so glad we chose to stay for so long, and I really feel like I got a good sense of the country in that week. The beauty of the islands is that there are only a few items you have to plan in advance, your accommodation, and everything else can be impromptu. But, if you’re looking to maximize your time outdoors, and minimize your time in the car, this guide of how best to spend 7 days in the Faroe Islands will help you. If you’re still deciding if this is the right trip for you, I recommend reading my more general post, about why you should visit the Faroes. (Then, if I convince you, you can return here for the itinerary!)
The proximity of the islands and sights to each other means that you can base yourself anywhere on the three main islands (Vagar, Streymoy, or Eysturoy) and reach most of the highlights as a day trip. I am going to outline some recommended accommodations below, but if a specific Airbnb catches your eye, or if you’re someone who likes to unpack and get settled in their accommodation for the whole trip, it’s completely possible to have a single home base in the Faroes.
7 Days in the Faroe Islands – Itinerary Summary:
Day 1: Arrive | Gasaladur Waterfall | Lake Sørvágsvatn Hike | Sleep Vagar
Day 2: Mykines | Sleep Vagar
Day 3: Tindhólmur and Drangarnir | Dinner at KOKS | Sleep Streymoy
Day 4: Boat Tour | Saksun | Heimbldini Dinner | Sleep Klaksvik
Day 5: Kalsoy | Lunch Café Frida | Vidareidi Hike | Foroja Bjor | Sleep Klaksvik
Day 6: Slaettindur Mountain | Gogvj | Tjornuvik | Sleep Torshavn
Day 7: Rib Boat Tour | Kirkjobur | Hike | Nolsoy | Dinner Raest | Sleep Torshavn
Day 1: Arrive | Gasaladur Waterfall | Lake Sørvágsvatn Hike | Sleep Vagar
If you have a choice of seats, choose one on the left side of the plane, because the landing at the Vágar airport is an unforgettable experience in itself. (I am not positive all flights land with the island to their left, but ours did.) The good news is at least on the last stretch, there are views out of both windows. The cliffs are so high that the plane is next to the land for the last 5 minute before landing. It was a bumpy ride, but the views of waterfalls and rolling hills were 100% worth it.
If you’re hungry when you land, I highly recommend driving 15 minutes north to Gasaladur for a traditional lunch at Cafe Fjorooy. I had the best smoked salmon I’ve ever tasted, I can still remember the smoky flavor after 15 hours of travel. After a leisurely lunch, admire the grass roofed buildings, watch the ducks quack around, then head down to Gasadalur waterfall.
This view was the photo I had seen most often while doing my research. The waterfall drops majestically into the crashing ocean waves below it, and it truly is a sight to see. I’d say this is the most picturesque Faroese view you can see during your 7 days in the Faroe Islands that requires zero hiking. There are stairs going down to the water, and since it was stop one of our trip, we obeyed the signs, and did not explore, but I talked to other travelers who took them down to get a different vantage point. It was so windy the day we visited that the waterfall kept blowing vertically into the air, it was incredible!
Your activity for the day is one of the most rewarding hikes on the island, if you look at an effort to view ratio. It’s a 2 hour round trip hike to the Trælanípan cliffs, and the view of the “floating” lake Sørvágsvatn. There are two options to start the trail, one a 5 minute, and one a 10 minute drive east of the airport. The one marked Option 1 on my map, was the official route when we were there in 2017. There is a small carpark, and a gate marking the start of the path with a box asking for donations. The walk is flat, and crosses many small waterfalls which kept it interesting.
Trailhead Option 2 on the map was not technically open when we visited, but we decided to check it out anyways. You park where I indicate on the map, and walk along the road for a minute or two east until you see the gate marking the closed trail. It’s hard to judge the two hikes since we did Option 1 on a rainy, foggy, windy day, and Option 2 on a beautifully sunny afternoon, returning to one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. So needless to say, we preferred option 2. If you have a bit more time, I’d recommend hiking out one trail, and back on the other. You will have a 2 km (~25 minute) walk to get back to your car along the road. I think it would be worth it to see the different scenery on each trail. (We did see a handful of hitchhikers around the island if you were so inclined!)
Even though this hike is only 2 hours round trip, leave yourself an hour to admire the cliffs and lake. There is also a waterfall to the west of the cliffs, that we forgot to visit both times we went there! Argh! If you weren’t hungry when you landed, you could grab a sandwich at a restaurant in Sandavágur and enjoy a picnic lunch at the vantage point. If you didn’t head to Café Fjorooy before, celebrate post-hike with a late lunch or dinner there, it’s open until 8. Make sure to admire Gasadalur before or after.
I recommend staying in an Airbnb on Vágar to base yourself for your first two nights. To “do it right” I’d budget $200 per night for a couple. This will enable you to stay in grass roofed homes, boat houses, rooms with a view, and a nice hotel in Torshavn. You could get away with $100/night if you don’t need a luxurious Airbnb or a view. A lot of the unique Airbnbs have more than one bedroom, so if you were traveling with a group, you could stay in awesome spots more affordably.
Day 2: Mykines | Sleep Vágar
I’d recommend your first full day of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands should be spent visiting Mykines. This elusive island is accessible only by ferry or helicopter, and the ferries only run in June, July, and August (and the third week in October during the “autumn holiday”). The reason you want to go early on in your trip, is because weather conditions can prevent you from docking the ferry, or taking off in the helicopter. So, if that happens, you’ll have plenty of days left to move your itinerary around to make it work.
If you visit the Faroes when the ferry is not running, I unfortunately recommend skipping Mykines. We planned to visit, booked the helicopter both ways, but our flight there was cancelled due to fog and wind. While it was disappointing, we were horrified to realize that if it were our flight back that were cancelled, we would have been stuck on the island and missed our entire vacation.
The helicopters only fly every other day, and book up almost immediately (they go on sale a week in advance) so it could be days or weeks before you are able to get back to the main islands. We spoke to a local who had a friend get stuck on Mykines for 2 weeks! Another visitor I met on Instagram was stuck for only 1 day, but since he visited Mykines at the end of his trip, it meant he missed his flight from the Faroes back to Europe, and he had to buy a very expensive last minute flight.
The good news about visiting during the summer is that you can make Mykines a day trip. (There are one or two Airbnbs if you really wanted to soak in the remote location.) In 2018, the ferries to Mykines left Vagr at 10:20 and 4:20pm, and returned at 11:05 and 5:05pm. (Check the schedule here.) So, I’d recommend going in the morning and returning that afternoon. Since we didn’t make it to Mykines this is all I can tell you, but I recommend checking out Visit Vágar for info on the Puffin filled hike out to the Mykines lighthouse that looks incredible. I did hear the lighthouse hike is closed occasionally due to conditions of the trail. We definitely plan to return to the Faroes in the summer to visit Mykines and the Southern Islands someday.
For night 2 of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands, you will return to your Vagar Airbnb for the evening. There are some restaurants in Sandavágur along with a picturesque red church with geometric patterns.
Day 3: Tindhólmur and Drangarnir | Dinner at KOKS | Sleep Streymoy
On your second full day of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands, you can take my favorite hike of the trip, along the bay of Sørvágsfjørður to a vista of Tindhólmur Island and the Drangarnir rock arch. While it was my favorite, it was also the most intense. It’s about 5 hours round trip (which gives you ~45 minutes to spend on the point.) The hike follows the coast around two black sand bays and over countless waterfalls, so the journey is just as enjoyable as the end destination!
Officially you need to take a guided hike, which leaves Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays at noon, between April 1st and October 1st. It costs $84 (550dkk) per person. While the second option is not allowed, and involves risking a fine, we did it on our own.
To start the hike, you park next to the Effo Petrol station, cross the Hidden Fjord offices and parking lot, and find the entrance to the trail on the back right side of the lot in the back, where Hidden Fjord stores extra fishing equipment.
I felt it was a pretty dangerous hike, mostly for the first 15 minutes or so while you’re on a steep cliff, walking on a narrow, muddy sheep path. We were lucky we didn’t have much rain while we were on the hike, because we felt we could have come back to much more dangerous conditions if the ground was muddier, and the small waterfalls were wider.
I recommend checking out these blog posts for more details on how to do these hikes safely:
I highly recommend bringing a packed lunch so you can enjoy the vista at your leisure! We didn’t bring a meal and downed probably 3 granola bars each; it’s a strenuous hike! That said, it’s always a risk to linger too long at a vista, since the weather can change at any moment, and it’s a long hike back.
After the hike, you can head to your accommodation. If you plan to eat at Koks, which all foodies should, I recommend staying in Leynar, Vestmanna, or Kvivik. There are many Airbnbs available, we stayed at the stunning Leisure Pearl, located on a black sand bay, and equipped with a hot tub! Staying at these spots will allow you to avoid the 30-40 minute taxi from Torshavn to Koks, and continue your exploration of the Faroes the next day on Streymoy.
Reservations need to be made at Koks far in advance, we didn’t even book our flights until we were able to secure a reservation! Check out the captions of my 3 Instagram posts below to hear more about our experience at Koks. Since someone will be driving back to your accommodation if you go this route, I recommend sharing a wine pairing between the two of you, and either accompanying with a juice pairing, or drinks by the glass. For night 3 of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands, I recommend sleeping on Streymoy within a quick drive of Koks.
Day 4: Boat Tour | Saksun | Heimbldini Dinner | Sleep Klaksvik
Day four of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands will be a rest day when it comes to hiking. I think it will be nice to have this about halfway through, especially since this day is your heaviest driving day, with a total of 2 hours. (No one leg is more than 45 minutes, though.) Your day will start out on the water, either with a tour of the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs, or Fishing with Blastein.
The Vestmanna Bird Cliffs are on the western shore of Streymoy, and you can take a two hour tour of the cliffs for $45 (295dkk). There are generally 3 tours a day, but since you’ll want to do the first one that morning, I recommend booking in advance. The tours leave from the Vestmanna Tourist Centre, a great spot to pick up a Faroese wool sweater. (It will run you around $150.) We did not take this tour, because we opted for the second option.
If you want to try fishing in the Faroes, I can’t imagine a better experience than the one we had Fishing with Blastein. Captain Magni takes his boat, Blastein, out to sail every single day between May 1st and October 1st, and allows about 8 visitors to join him as he scouts out the best fishing spots in the ocean straight between Streymoy and Vagar. Depending on where the fishing are biting, you could end up seeing the Vestmanna bird cliffs, but we did not. To be fair, Magni said we had a good day, but I think Joe and I each caught 10-15 fish during 2-2.5 hours. The halfday tour is four hours long, because the start and the end are spent navigating to a good spot where the fish are biting. In this itinerary you would take the 9:30 tour, but it’s also run at 2:30pm. The tour is a great deal at $61 (400dkk) which includes keeping your catch! There are also full day tours for 850dkk, as well as options to rent out the whole boat.
I highly recommend asking for a late checkout at your Airbnb, and returning to cook your fish after the tour. Catching your own food always makes it more delicious, and with how expensive food is in the Faroes, one “free” meal during your 7 days in the Faroe Islands is a great perk!
After your fish lunch, you will head north to Saksun, which truly exceeded my expectations. I assumed I would come, stare at some grass roofed houses in an equally green valley, walk down to the picturesque church, and head out. We actually spent hours here, exploring a waterfall, and walking out onto the black sand beach, which continues alongside the bay to the ocean. The header photo on the top of this post is the view from the top of the waterfall! So, I’d give yourself 2-3 hours to spend here.
Note that there is a longer hike option here – one connecting Saksun to the city of Tjørnuvík. Apparently the hike is only 2.5-3 hours, but I don’t think it’s very common because of the transport logistics, or having to make it double in length to return to where you started. I found out that some adventurous hikers hitchhike to the opposite city (a 35 minute drive) and then hike to return to their car or accommodation! Definitely do it this way, rather than risking getting to the other side, and not being able to find a ride out!
I am recommending spending tonight in Klaksvik. Since there are minimal dining options there, tonight is the perfect night for a Heimablídni dinner. Heimablídni translates to “Home Hospitality” and allows you to see a slice of everyday Faroese life. There are a list of places that provide it on the Visit Faroe Islands website, but we had a wonderful experience at Hanusarstova! Some of the places have minimums of 4-10 people, but luckily Hanusarstova’s minimum is just 2 for dinner.
Harriet and John’s home is located in southern Esturoy, a beautiful town on the ocean. We had fermented lamb ribs, which John said was one of his special favorite meals which they only have a few times a year – we felt so lucky to get to join them for such a special dish! It was absolutely delicious – you used a knife to slice of pieces of the fried meat and was complemented perfectly by herbed potatoes and bread with homemade butter.
Harriet and John recently took over the sheep farming business from her parents, and started hosting Heimablídni not just because they love welcoming travelers, but also to provide a source of steady income. Farming is completely unpredictable, you don’t know until the end of the year if it will be a great year or if you will lose money. (It was great to do this in the middle of our trip when we had a whole bank of questions about everything we’d seen so far – they were happy to answer.) The amazing photographers and videographers who shot our engagement video made a stunning video of their experience if you want to see more.
It is a 30 minute drive back to Klaksvik after dinner, and while arriving to a spot in the dark is not ideal, it helps maximize your time and avoid the limited dining options in Klaksvik. (If you wanted to check-in to your accommodation first, it would add about 40 minutes to the drive from Saksun, and cost you another tunnel toll, $15 (100dkk).
We stayed in two different boathouses on the water which were perfect. They both had full kitchens and decks above the ocean with incredible views.
Day 5: Kalsoy | Lunch Café Frida | Vidareidi Hike | Foroja Bjor | Sleep Klaksvik
Day five of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands is spend exploring the Northern Islands. First up: Kalsoy. Our morning on Kalsoy was one of the absolute highlights of the trip. The first ferry is very early, 6:50 in 2018, and I highly recommend taking that (and that means a lot coming from someone who rarely wakes up early.) They say to arrive 15 minutes early, which I assumed was because it can fill up in advance in high season, but no, it really can leave any time after that 15-minute-before mark. We were SO lucky to make it as the gate to the boat went up immediately after we drove on.
There are two sights on Kalsoy – the Kallur lighthouse hike, and the picturesque town of Mikkaladur, home to the famous seal woman statue. I recommend heading straight to Trollanes to start the hike. You pretty much take the road as far as it goes, and park in the parking lot where there is a public bathroom. Head down the gravel path to your left, and you will see the gate at the entrance to the path. (Anytime you come across a gate, on any hike, make sure to close it behind you so you don’t let a farmer’s sheep escape!)
The hike is incredibly stunning, and having a sunrise to your right is indescribably beautiful. It feels like you’re on the edge of the world, and while the path is not as steep as many others, you do kind of have the feeling if you were to fall and roll for a few minutes you’d fly right off the mountain. The hike is very easy (I remember because Joe had his travel coffee mug in his hand for half of it – ha!) and very rewarding. While it’s not strenuous, it does get very steep and scary at the end. I even crawled a portion of it on my hands and knees!
As you approach, you’ll see a long ridge, with a hill to the far right, a lighthouse in the middle, and the cliff to the left. Definitely walk all the way to the hill on the right, for a stunning view of the lighthouse and cliff (assuming it’s not too windy, because it could be dangerous.) The picturesque photo of the lighthouse with the cliff looming in the background is only accessible from a smaller ridge off the back of the lighthouse. We did not feel comfortable hiking out there because the path had a huge dropoff on both sides. I was bummed I didn’t get the shot but no photo is worth risking your life.
The unfortunate part of Kalsoy only being accessible via ferry is that you are beholden to the ferry schedule. We chose to hurry a bit so we could make the 10:30 ferry, and this is why I recommend doing the hike first. If we had, we wouldn’t have dilly dallied in Mikkaladur, resulting in us having to rush at the end of the hike.
If you have more time, Trollanes is supposed to be a nice town with a café and a blacksmith shop that occasionally is open for demonstrations. If the hike took us longer and we weren’t able to make the first ferry back, we would have spent time here.
After Trollanes, visit Mikkaladur and climb down the stairs to admire the sealwomen statue. At the point in the stairs where they turn to the right and face the ocean, look to your left for a plaque explaning the fascinating story behind the statue (or read my abbreviated version here.) If you decided to spend more time in the Northern islands, there is a house for rent with an incredible view perched right next to the stairs. It would be awesome to stay overnight on Kalsoy and be able to do the whole Kallur lighthouse hike alone! (Not that it was very crowded for us, we ran into two other people the whole 2 hours…)
After your return ferry journey, it’s time for an (early) lunch. If you’ve packed your lunch you could head on to Kunoy or Vidoy for a picnic, but if you prefer to eat out, I recommend Café Frida in Klaksvik. Despite the fact I’m still a little bitter they charged me $5 for a plain croissant (the Faroes are so expensive….) it was a lovely café. They have outdoor waterside seats if you get lucky with a nice day, or cozy indoor seating with counter order food. My smoked salmon dish was delicious as was all seafood we ate on the islands.
After lunch, cross Bordoy, and head to the furthest north island, VIdoy. It’s also the furthest east island that’s accessible by car. (Further east is Kirkja, only accessible by helicopter, second is Svinoy, accessible by helicopter or ferry.) Head north through a tunnel and along a scenic road, to the town of Vidareidi. Here you have a decision whether to embark on the most strenuous hike in this itinerary, to the Enniberg sea stacks, estimated 6-7 hours round trip. While we were there, they were advising that the trail was not safe for tourists, so we did not attempt it. The next option is to hike to the top of the bowl shaped mountain, Villingardalsfjall, which is estimated at 3-4 hours round trip. From the top you can have an incredible view of many of the surrounding islands, as well as of Malinsfjall, the unique cone-shaped mountain south of Vidareidi. Your third option is the lazy route, the one we opted for. I was pretty tired after the early wakeup, and many days of hiking, so we decided to hike up as far as we felt like, admire the view, and turn around. Even if you only want to spend 15 minutes I recommend walking up as you still get a great view of the town and cone shaped mountain. We followed the neon poles for about 30 minutes until it started raining, then head back.
Time for a beer and some time to relax at your Airbnb. Fjora Bjor is the oldest Faroe Island brewery, starting in 1888. You can arrange a tour in advance via Facebook message, or at least pop in to their store, which can be done from 10-5 M-Th, 10-5:30 Friday, or 10-1 on Saturday (closed Sunday.) I highly recommend grabbing some beer to go to drink during what’s remaining of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands!
If you don’t want to cook, Jacqson is a spot for dinner, that would be worth it if they were having live music that night. We went there for lunch, it was fine, but nothing memorable. We choose to cook our dinner from the huge Bónus grocery store across from the boathouses. We didn’t whip up anything impressive, but it was very nice to relax with a beautiful view of the ocean out our windows.[Alternate itinerary suggestion: If you are an advanced hiker who plans to do the longer hike to the Enniberg sea stacks, you could do it first thing the morning of Day 5. Then the morning of Day 6, you can head to Kalsoy for the Kallur lighthouse hike. Since the ferries run so early, you’ll still have time to hike Slaettindur midday.]
Day 6: Slaettindur Mountain | Gogvj | Tjornuvik | Sleep Torshavn
Day six of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands. Today you are headed to explore the largest island of Eysturoy. Start your morning with a 25 minute drive to breakfast at Café Cibo. We stopped here for lunch and I really loved it, the woman behind the counter was lovely and welcoming, they had a huge balcony, wifi, and delicious food and pie. We had the fish & chips and… wait for it.. a SALAD! Leafy greens are a very rare find, so we were excited to mix up our diet a bit!
From Café Cibo to the base of Slaettindur is a 30 minute drive. Slættaratindur is the highest peak in the Faroes at 2,887 feet. I’ve gotten a few questions on how difficult the hike was, but it’s hard to give an answer because it’s completely dependent on weather. We were lucky to have a dry and clear day, and it was tiring cardio-wise, but not difficult tactically. We had to take a lot of breaks on the way up since the first 2/3 or so is basically climbing stairs etched out of the mountain. Once you get to the top of that portion, it’s a flattish walk west to the peak. We had no problem finishing, it took about 90 minutes to get to the top. That said, we talked to very fit looking people who attempted it on a wetter day, and they had to turn back. The foot holds are all dirt, so I can only imagine in rain they become slick and impossible! The hike portion of Slættartindur is not that exciting, it’s the view at the top that is the reward, so I wouldn’t even bother doing it on a foggy day, because you won’t get the view of the far islands like you can see here. Make sure you make it all the way to the top – there’s a plateau when you’re 95% of the way there that is misleading but is not the peak! If you see more mountain, keep going.
The other thing that makes the weather important is that the pinnacle of the hike allows you to see a stunning panorama of 4 or 5 surrounding islands in all directions. If it was cloudy and this view was blocked, I don’t think the hike would be worth it, as the trail was pretty boring compared to other trails on the island.[Alternate itinerary – if the weather is bad on Day 6, head straight to Torshavn in the morning and swap Day 6 and 7’s itineraries. You can return to Eysturoy the next day and hopefully have a chance to do the hike and see the view from the top.] After you finish the steep part of the hike, you traverse the ridge of the mountain to the left, to reach the higher peak. Make sure to go all the way up to the top. There is a misleading viewpoint looking West over Eid. It’s beautiful but not the summit! Look north and continue through the rocks up the path.
The Slaettindur hike took us 3-4 hours including ~30 minutes at the peak admiring the views, and some breaks on the way up to catch our breath. After this physical accomplishment, the rest of your day will be spent admiring quaint towns, you earned it!
Head north to Gjogv for a relaxing lunch at Gjaargardur Guesthouse, a 10 minute drive. Take your time exploring the gorge (Gjogv in Faroese) and walking around the colorful small town.
Next, drive about 20 minutes to the viewpoint above Eiði, making sure to stop along the way for a beautiful view of Lake Eiðisvatn and a grass roofed sheep shelter. (Both vistas marked on the map above.)
Then you will cross the ocean from the island of Eysturoy to the island of Streymoy, which will be your base for the remainder of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands. Head straight up to the northernmost part of the island. Tjørnuvík. This small village on the northernmost point of Eysturoy, had a black sand beach and was perfectly nestled in this horseshoe bay. The view of the rock features is why I had Tjørnuvík on our list, and that ended up being insignificant compared to how much we loved the village!
Next drive down the eastern coast, stopping in the town of Haldarsvik to see the adorable round church. You will then pass Fossa Waterfall, one of the largest in the Faroe Islands, but not as exciting since it’s directly off the highway. Your sightseeing for the day is done, and you have a 45 minute drive to get to Torshavn. Check in to your hotel or Airbnb, where you can spend your last two nights. Torshavn is almost the only spot in the island where you can stay in a hotel!
Dinner options in Torshavn:
Raest – A must-eat for foodies. It’s the most involved dinner experience, with the only option being a set 5 course menu, with optional alcohol pairings. (With a mix of wine and liquor, they will get you drunk!) The restaurant is in one of the oldest houses in Torshavn, with five or six tables scattered among the various rooms. (Since they seat so few a night and there are no meal options, the kitchen buys an exact amount of food, so a reservation is necessary unless you get lucky.) The waters are very involved and informative, describing both the food and pairings, and answering miscellaneous questions that had arisen during our first day. The food is very traditional and local, from whale blubber, to lamb’s liver, to fermented cod. While they weren’t all my absolute favorite taste, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything. Head here for reservations.
Barbara’s Fish House – We ate here our last night and had a great experience in the half-underground restaurant. There are two levels, so even though it’s bigger than Raest, each of the three seating areas only seats 8-10 people. The seafood stew was our favorite dish, and the selection is great if you aren’t quite enough of an adventurous eater for Raest. They also had a nice wine by the glass selection which we used to make our own pairings. We walked in with no reservations, but in high season in the summer, couldn’t hurt to book in advance.
Aarstova – we did not have the chance to dine here but heard great things, and it would’ve been our choice if we had one more night. Head here for reservations.
Either before or after dinner, a stop at Mikkeler Torshavn is a must. Mikkeller has been a special place to Joe and I ever since we discovered it three years ago in Copenhagen on our first international trip together. Founded in Copenhagen, the breweries have spread across Europe, Asia, and the US. Despite their popularity, I was still shocked to see one in a town where there are only 42 food establishments and 7 hotels! The cozy taproom was our home base during our 3 nights in Torshavn, always bustling with people, giving off a welcoming, warm vibe.
We also had a nice beer at Café Natúr, where there was live music when we were there on a Saturday night. Sirkus Bar contained multiple floors of quirky décor, and is a hot spot among locals later in the evening (~midnight or 1am.)
Day 7: Rib Boat Tour | Kirkjubøur | Hike | Nolsoy | Sleep Torshavn
Your last full day of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands is all about exploring Southern Streymoy, the area around Torshavn. Adventurous travelers who don’t mind getting a bit wet should start out the day with a Rib boat tour around Hestur. The port is only a 15 minute drive from Torshavn. The ride took about an hour, and was a fascinating mix of caves (one even hosts concerts in the summer) bird cliffs, and high-speed cruising, where you will get splashed on even the calmest of days! Don’t worry, they outfit you in an amazing onesie jacket and pantsuit, which may smell a bit mildew-y, but will keep you warm.
The port is on the west side of the peninsula which houses Torshavn, just north of the historic town of Kirkjubøur. Give yourself about half an hour to explore the islands’ most significant historic site. It’s full of traditional grass-roofed buildings, one understood to be the oldest wooden building that is still in use today, built 900 years ago. The Parish church, Ólavskirkja is also still in use, and was built in 1111. Behind the church are the ruins of Magnus Cathedral, built in the 1300s, a previous seat of power in the islands.
If you can’t bear a single day with no hiking, you can take a taxi out to the Rib Boat (or to Kirkjubøur) and hike back! We didn’t do this hike but it’s supposed to be beautiful and only takes 2-3 hours. (Or of course you could hike both ways, but I think that involves repeating the same path.)
Depending how early you start Day 7, you will likely return to Torshavn early afternoon. You could have a sushi lunch at Etika, or check out some of the other restaurant options I mention above. (There are tons of options.) Etika had good food but I wouldn’t recommend it for dinner as the ambiance is lacking and it was completely empty when we ate there. (It seemed to be a place a lot of locals get takeout.)
Your afternoon could be spent wandering around Torshavn, or taking the quick ferry ride to Nolsoy. We didn’t really have time to do either of these, but heard Nolsoy is a quick halfday trip, with a beautiful view of Torshavn. There are also Heimablídni dinner options on the island.
For dinner and drinks, reference the suggestions at the end of Day 6, or wander around and find a new spot! There are tons of restaurants in the adorable town.
If you happen to visit Torshavn on a weekend and want to end your night partying with the locals, check out Luux nightclub. (Not Luke’s which is what we kept hearing when locals told us about it; we were perplexed why it wasn’t showing up on Google maps – ha!) If you go before 11pm (double check this with a local) you will be rewarded by not paying cover, but it will be empty! It got more crowded around 12:30/1am and goes from there. Since alcohol is so expensive on the islands, pre-gaming is huge, and most locals show up to their evening plans already tipsy from a house party. If this is your last night of your 7 days in the Faroe Islands, a little farewell celebration is in order!
Day 8+: Flight Home (and ideas to extend your trip!)
Hopefully you have time for one more Faroese meal, with a breakfast at your hotel or in town. It’s a 45 minute drive from Torshavn back to the airport on Vagar. That ends my 7 days in the Faroe Islands itinerary – I hope you enjoyed it!
You could certainly spend more than 2 nights in Torshavn, but if you’re going all the way to the Faroe Islands, you’re interested in nature. That’s why I focused my itinerary on the outdoors, with a route that minimizes driving between sights. The Vágar or Leynar nights I recommended can easily be swapped out for Torshavn if you prefer more city time, and would choose fine dining over small cafes or home cooking. We stayed our first 2 nights and last night in Torshavn.
If you are able to stay an 8th night (or more!) you could add another night in Torshavn, with whichever activities you couldn’t do from this 7 days in the Faroe Islands itinerary. Another option is to head south to Sandur on the 45 minute car ferry, or Suduroy on the 2 hour car ferry, which we didn’t have time to do in our week long trip. Both have overnight options, or you could make it a day trip and return to Torshavn.
Another conservative idea would be to leave the 8th day with zero plans, because undoubtedly some of the plans above will be altered because of the weather. Hopefully you will be able to swap activities like I mentioned above (because weather can be awful on one part of the island, and perfect on another) but it won’t always work out geographically. As a meticulous planner, it would make me feel better to re-attempt an activity without having to cut out another, so adding an extra day would definitely reduce some stress from worrying about the uncontrollable weather!
I hope this 7 Days in the Faroe Islands itinerary was helpful, and if you are planning a trip, please leave a comment below or reach out on Instagram so I can follow your journey and hopefully see some of my tips in action!
If you enjoyed this, make sure to check out my other post: Why Visit the Faroe Islands.
The only media discount I received on this trip was a dinner for two at Etika. Etika is a sushi restaurant in downtown Torshavn owned by the Gist & Vist restaurant group, which also owns many other restaurants we visited and paid full price at: Koks, Raest, and Barbara Fish House.
This was a VERY expensive trip, the highest cost per night of any trip I’ve ever taken ($843, so $421 per person, including flights and the 2 days in Iceland at the end of the trip.) The fact that the Faroe Islands are in Scandinavia, a very expensive region, combined with the fact they are an island, is killer. I have outlined our major costs below.
RT Flight from Chicago to Reykjavik: $465 per person
RT Flight from Reykjavik to Faroe Islands: $304 per person
Rental Car for 7 days: $864
Torshavn hotel per night: $187
Boathouse Airbnb: $150-200/night depending on size
Leynar 2 bedroom house Airbnb: $250/night
Meal at KOKS per person: $344
Meal at Raest per person: $172
I wish I had seperated my expenses for Iceland and the Faroe Islands, but total over the 9 nights (7 Faroe, 2 Iceland) we spent $7,589 between the two of us. Iceland is much more expensive for meals that the Faroes, so the average price per day for Faroes alone would be less. There are many ways to lower this, by eating more meals at home, or by staying at an Airbnb without a view. But, budget options are very limited with it being an island and very little availability given that tourism is just starting to boom in the area. I would love to answer any questions if you leave a comment below or on Instagram!