Hiking in the Faroe Islands
You’ll find that once you get off the beaten path on foot, the mountains and valleys will open up for you in marvellous and unexpected ways.
A short hike into the mountains affords numerous vantage points that overlook awe-inspiring peaks in one direction and the dishevelled surface of the ocean in another. One of the many special features of the Faroe Islands is that you don’t have to go far to experience magnificent and untouched nature. Look around you. Take a few steps. Take a deep breath and listen. It’s all right there!
Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless
We have hiked all over the Faroe Islands, seeking out the most beautiful trails and sightseeing spots. Each step you take on while hiking, we will have been there before you. Please be sure you are fully prepared by reading the hiking guide, which includes 23 hiking routes and important practical information.
Take nothing but pictures
Kill nothing but time
Leave nothing but footprints
Make nothing but memories
Read also our guide to safe hiking.
We have produced a ‘safe travel’ leaflet that provides important information about how to travel in the Faroe Islands. On the back page, you can fill out the information about where you plan on hiking and when you expect to return. Leave the leaflet under the windshield of your car or at your place of accommodation. That way someone can notify relevant authorities should you not have returned by the time you have stated. The leaflet can be downloaded or picked up at regional information centres, car hires, on the Smyril Line ferry, at Vágar Airport, among other places.
A few hiking routes in the Faroe Islands have implemented restrictions regarding access to the area and now require payment for walking in that location. Please check if the route you are planning on hiking requires you too book a local guide or to pay a fee. An overview of these locations can be found here.
Use hiking.fo for inspiration for hikes and guidance while hiking. The website lets you filter hikes according to location, difficulty, length and up-to-date wind direction.
Please note that the hare-hunting season runs annually from 2 Nov to 31 December. Most people choose to hunt hares on Saturdays, but it is their right to hunt all days except Sunday. Hunting takes places in the mountains all across the country.
For your own safety, we advise not to hike during this season. In any case, please contact the landowner if you wish to go hiking. These contacts can be found by getting in touch with the regional information centre in the respected area.