These 5 hiking trails in the Faroe Islands are impressive all year round.
The landscape of the Faroes can best be described as rocky, treeless and steep. Most hikes have vast views of the surroundings, and you’re almost always in view of the ocean or fjords. Hikes can be muddy due to the lack of tree cover and daily rain showers, so bring water resistant hiking boots to the island. Running shoes really don’t cut it out here!
Most of the below hiking statistics are from real hikes done by myself and recorded with my Garmin watch. Only the moving time was recorded. On average, the hikes were 1-2 hours longer than the moving time to account for breaks and photos.
I have above average fitness and hiking speed, but think these times fit most hikers due to the moderate level of difficulty of the hikes. Most people can assume a similar pace as me for this list!
Viewpoints to note: Lake Sørvágsvatn, Trælanípa, Bøsdalafossur Waterfall
Elevation gain: 236km
Type: out and back
Time: 2.5 hrs
Starting location: Open the parking lot coordinate in Google Maps here
Tips: Go at sunrise, otherwise this hike becomes crowded throughout the day due to location near airport and it’s easy access. Since I went before sunrise for this hike, no one was there to take payment. If you go this early, you may also be able to avoid the fee.
Elevation gain: 213 m
Type: out and back
Time: 1 hour
Starting location: Open parking lot coordinates in Google Maps here
Viewpoints to note: James Bond’s Gravestone
Elevation gain: 300m
Type: loop trail
Time: 1h 45
Starting location: Trøllanes, open the trail head coordinates here
Fee: DKK 200 for the ferry
Tips: this hike is short, but requires logistics to arrive at.
Everyone starts this hike around the same time due to the ferry transfers. If you can, take the first ferry of the day and GET THERE EARLY. There is only room for 12 cars on the ferry, so if you want to drive, you need to get there at least an hour early, park your car in line and go explore the town. Otherwise, leave your car parked in Klaksvik and board the ferry on foot. Take the bus to the trailhead at Trollanes. The hike is muddy, and awkwardly angled, so have good hiking boots. Don’t do this trail in trainers. The wind alone will blow you sideways. Finally, make sure you keep an eye on the time so you make the last ferry back, otherwise, you’re stranded!
Viewpoints to note: the lighthouse at the end, if the trail is open again in 2023
Elevation gain: 189m
Type: loop hike
Time: 1.5 Hours
Starting location: once you get off the ferry, you will walk toward town and be met by someone taking payments to hike left up the cliff and toward the lighthouse. Don’t worry, they find you!
Fee: DKK 200 per person
Tips: stop at the “Locals” cafe for coffee and cake before you go. Watch out for the roosters though – they will shamelessly steal your food if you sit outside. The trail to the lighthouse lookout closed in 2022 due to a washout and may remain closed through 2023. Check the trail conditions before getting a ferry to the island. If it’s Puffin season, watch where you step close to the cliff edges; they burrow underground and you might be standing above a nest without knowing.
Elevation gain: 83m
Starting location: Open up the Google Map coordinates for the free parking area here
Fee: DKK 75 per person, credit card only
Tips: check the tide before you go! Go during low tide. If you go too close to high tide, you will need to wade through sections. Always keep your eye on the ocean as well; waves can come quickly and get you wet.
The Faroe Islands are still mostly untouched by mass tourism and pollution. Let’s keep it that way. When on the islands, act responsible while hiking by following the Leave No Trace Principles.
These 5 easy hiking trails on the Faroe islands are a privilege to experience. Please pack out all trash created on hikes, including toilet paper.
Check out my travel schedule and see if we’re in the area at the same time! For 2023, I’ll be in the area from August 17th-28th.