The Faroe Islands have good infrastructure which makes it easy to travel around and explore the islands by car. The main islands are all inter-connected by bridges, tunnels and subsea tunnels. In order to get to the smaller outer islands you need to travel by ferry or helicopter. You can experience a lot of the Faroe Islands by car since it is short distance from village to village, the roads are excellent and during summer we have daylight almost 24/7. With this 10 days self-drive tour you get to see a lot of what the islands have to offer.
Arriving at Vágar airport there will be a rental car waiting for you. Your first night will be spent at Hotel Vágar which is located 200 meters from the airport. Hotel Vágar is a breakfast hotel but there are other places around the island where you can get a quality dinner. After you have settled at the hotel, we recommend that you drive to the villages Bøur and Gásadalur where you have an extraordinary view over Tindhólmur, Dranganir and Mykines.
Today we suggest a tour to Mykines island which is the westernmost island, also known as the bird paradise. To get to Mykines you will sail from Sørvágur – during the boat tour you will see majestic sea cliffs, the islet Tindhólmur, and also the famous waterfall in Gásadalur called Múlafossur. On Mykines you will see spectacular nature like no other and you will be surrounded by puffins and gannets. This tour can be done with a local guide or on your own. A fee is charged when visiting the island.
Today your adventure continues north. You will pass the subseatunnel to Streymoy and drive north towards Eysturoy. We recommend a stop Saksun with its lagoon-like lake surrounded by mountains, Tjørnuvík with its spectacular view, and Gjógv with its charming houses and gorge. Your next two nights will be spent at Guesthouse Gjáargarður, Hotel Runavík or Hotel Klaksvík. In the evening we recommend a homevisit at Garðahús located in Søldarfjørður where you will be invited into a local farmers charming home and will be served a homemade dinner with some Faroese specialties. Also take the opportunity to enjoy their beautiful garden.
This day will be spent in the north. The northern islands are composed of six small islands: Borðoy, Kunoy, Kalsoy, Viðoy, Svínoy and Fugloy. If you are interested in churches, we recommend a stop in Christians kirkjan in Klaksvík, known to be the most beautiful church on the island. A drive to the northernmost village Viðareiði is highly recommended since the nature, mountains and surroundings are breathtaking. If you walk upwards away from the village you will have a view over the other northern islands. It is also recommended to go by ferry to Kalsoy and make a stop in the village Mikladalur; known for its legend about the seal woman and where you also see her statue. A drive through the island is an adventure since this small narrow island has five tunnels. If you are a hiker, we suggest the beautiful hike to Kallurin which must be walked with a guide.
The tour continues south to Tórshavn. You can choose to take the longer road through Eysturoy and Streymoy, or you can choose to drive through new subsea tunnel from Toftir to Tórshavn. The subsea tunnel is the only subsea tunnel in the world with a roundabout. The subsea tunnel is a toll road and has a fee. In Tórshavn you will catch the ferry that will take you to Suðuroy, the southernmost island.Arriving on Suðuroy you will drive further south and check in at the charming Guesthouse BRIM in Vágur for two nights. After check-in we recommend a drive to Beinisvørð which is a 469m high sea cliff and the highest sea cliff on Suðuroy. It is located between the villages Lopra and Sumba. The road takes you close to the cliff, but you have to walk a few meters in order to fully experience the fantastic sight.
Suðuroy truly has some beautiful sights and interesting spots to offer. Some of the highlights are visiting Akraberg, Vágseiði and Hvannhagi. Akraberg is the southernmost tip of the Faroe Islands and from here you have an outstanding panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Vágseiði is located west of the village Vágur. You can drive all the way to the cliff and enjoy the view of birdcliffs and the endless sea. Hvannhagi is one of the most beautiful and unique places on the island - The hike is simple and can surely be recommended.
Today you take the morning or early afternoon ferry to Tórshavn. Arriving in Tórshavn you will check in at Hotel Føroyar or Hotel Tórshavn for three nights. Hotel Føroyar is located on a hill with an amazing city & sea view. Hotel Tórshavn is a city hotel and is located in the heart of Tórshavn, Vágsbotnur. We suggest that you spend the rest of the day taking a stroll through the city as well as enjoying a nice dinner at one of the eminent restaurants in town.
Tórshavn, the capital, has a lot to offer and we suggest that you spend the day enjoying the city. Visit the old part of town “úti á Reyni” and the parliament “Tinganes”. Visit the wool and craft shops, and the charming cafés in the city center. The afternoon offers a drive to the historical village Kirkjubøur which is only a 20 minutes’ drive from Tórshavn. Kirkjubøur is known as the old cultural centre of the Faroe Islands. Visit the roughly 900-year-old Roykstovan, Ólav's church from AD 1111, named after King Olav the Holy. This church is the oldest church in the Faroe Islands and is still in use.
Nólsoy, the island right outside Tórshavn is a treasure that you sometimes forget. Visiting the island is like travelling centuries back in time. Take a walk through the village, see the old houses, charming streets and talk to locals.There are very few cars on the island and we recommend that you park the rental car before taking the ferry to Nólsoy. In the village you might meet some sheep or even a llama. Walking away from the village and out to the edge you will see the bird cliffs and if you’re lucky some puffins. We cannot guarantee that a café is open on the island so bring a packed lunch with you just in case. If you are interested in storytelling or a hike, we recommend a visit with a local guide.
Your experience on these small islands located in the North Atlantic has come to an end and we hope that you have enjoyed everything our beautiful islands have to offer and hope to welcome you again one day.
*Renters liability DKK 7.000,- per damage – which can be reduced to DKK 0,- when making an additional insurance (SCDW) at DKK 250,- per rental day.