Top Hikes of the Faroe Islands – Part II.

This second article engages in some more of the trails, which are popular with tourists visiting the Faroe Islands. Our bucket list covers at least half of them, as we haven’t had a chance to visit, while travelling around this beautiful piece of land. However, I still believe that our future holds them for us.

6. Mykineshólmur (Mykines)

The Isle of Birds is a favourite harbour of various kinds of flying beauties. Observing them is what most people actually come for, when they visit it. (Plus a hike towards the lighthouse). Puffins, black and white birds with orange beaks are no.1 attraction for every tourist. These funny little creatures also became a symbol of this island. Puffin breasts belong to a favourite delicacy of local people.

The hike towards the lighthouse is on a medium level of difficulty. Those 8 kilometres (there and back) will take you about 3 hours to walk. If you dread heights, that might actually be a problem. The lighthouse, built in 1909, stands on the westernmost point of the Faroe Archipelago. The starting point of your hike is the village of Mykines, where you can get to by a helicopter or a ferry. Helicopter rides are provided by the local Atlantic Airways co. and they are a very common way of transport here. They are offered at a reasonable price and on a regular basis. Helicopters give you an option to reach far flung, remote parts of the islands. They fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Routes and timetables are on this website: https://www.atlantic.fo/en/book-and-plan/helicopter/timetable/ . Thanks to helicopters you get to learn about the islands, you get to see so much of them, and on top of it, it is an awesome experience. One ride, depending on distance, will cost you from 85DKK to 360DKK. To fly to the Mykines Island, you’ll pay 145 DKK in this season. Which is a trifling sum of money really, if you compare it to a helicopter ride in some other destination. But careful! As the helicopters are aimed mainly for the locals, it is not possible to buy a return ticket for the same day. That is the reason why you will have to combine your ride with a ferry. Ferry no. 36 operates only from May 1 till the last day of August. You can get on the ferry in Sørvágur, in case you have bought your ticket in advance (120DKK). Now, it is probably very clear and understood that Mykines Island is accessible for you only in the summer season.

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7. Saksun – Tjørnuvík (Streymoy)

Saksun is one of the most frequently visited places of the Faroe Islands. However, the reason of its popularity is not its hiking possibilities. What became the centre of attention here are: an iconic white church, the bay, and Dúvugarðar – a 200 year old farm which serves as a museum in summer. Your hike to Tjørnuvík starts not far from this historical building, where a waterfall will please your eyes. You walk nearby, towards a gate, where from you’ll see trail blazed markings. Quite a steep rise uphill is what comes next. Follow the pegs in the ground and don’t leave the given route. The road here is pretty stony, rocky, wet and unstable. Many parts of it are criss-crossed here and there by smaller and bigger creeks or streams. What we went for, was the spot where the Gellingará River flows down into the valley, forming a waterfall.  That is precisely that waterfall which is so well known and recognized in each picture of Saksun. The vistas offered from this spot are really something to sooth your soul. We had to go back at this point, as we had left our car behind in Saksun. If you decide to keep going, you will reach Tjørnuvíksskard, where from you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Eysturoy Island. The whole route to Tjørnuvík village is 7 kilometres long and you can make it in 3 hours tops.

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8. Slaettarantindur (Eysturoy)

The tallest peak of the Faroe Islands used to have the height of 882 m.a.s.l. Yes, used to. As it turned out, in fact it is 2 metres shorter than the kids were being taught at schools. Nobody knows where those 2 metres vanished, and how come, but now its height is set – 880 metres it is!

There is a nice tradition intertwined with this place. Young people meet up on the peak on the longest day of year – June 21. Together they watch the sunset only to see the sunrise in couple of hours together again.

Your hike’s starting point is at the Eidisskard parking lot. Eidisskard is a mountain pass situated between the Eidi and Funningur villages. The first section of your hike has no visible or clear path at all. Having crossed the fence, go up in a perpendicular line from the parking lot behind you. In about 40 minutes you’ll find yourself on the roof of the Faroe Islands. It is said that when the weather is favourable and dry, you can spot the Icelandic Vatnajökull glacier from the peak, which is 550 kilometres away from it. However, experts are a bit sceptical about this. The climb up to the peak is pretty exacting. To get there and back will take you about 3 hours.

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9. Gásadalur (Vágar)

In the immediate vicinity of the Vágar airport, there you will find the village of Gásadalur. It has become one of the most favoured and visited places of the Faroe Islands. This wasn’t always the case though. Because of its location, it was one of the most isolated and secluded places of the islands. Its ill fame remained until the year of 2004. There was no road system, no road at all, to lead towards a village surrounded by mounting range and ocean water only. If you wanted to get in, you had to take a helicopter, ship, or so called Postman’s route, which was an exacting hike. Nowadays, this route which postmen had to take 3 times a week has become a popular trail for tourists. It starts near the Bour village, about 1km from the tunnel entrance. The mountain range above the village is 400 metres tall, and that is exactly how far up you will have to walk for about 3 hours (one way). This hike is to be considered as an exacting one. Unfortunately, we did not experience it, but from what we’ve heard, the vistas from the highest point and the view of Gásadalur village down below are totally worth the effort. Thanks to the epic landscape, unbelievable and spectacular sceneries, and the Múlafossur waterfall, Gásadalur has become one of the top attractions for all the eager and seeking tourists.

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As a bonus I’ve decided to pinpoint some hikes which are not from the regular common ones. My choosing criteria were the route length, level of difficulty, and accessibility. I hope you will find your inspiration among these.

10. Suduroy Island

North to south: from Sandvík to Sumbau. 42 kilometres. It takes about 16 hours. Difficulty – medium, or high. Altitude of the highest point: 430m.a.s.l.

11. Vágar Island

30-40 kilometres. Difficult. Guide recommended.

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12. Kunoy Island

20-30 kilometres. Difficulty very high. With a guide only.

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