Hiking guidelines / restrictions
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.
The conditions for each location varies, so please read carefully about each location and take action accordingly.
TRÆLANÍPA / BØSDALAFOSSUR
The hike along Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn out to Trælanípa and Bøsdalafossur waterfall is a favourite among visitors from abroad and locals – mostly because of the optical illusion that awaits at the end of the hike. The view of the lake hanging over the ocean is one of the most photographed images from the Faroe Islands.
The hike, which takes about 45 minutes to walk one way, is relatively easy and is located only a 5-minute drive from the country’s only airport.
Starting 2 April 2019, visitors from abroad are required to pay DKK450 per adult. Children aged seven to fourteen pay DKK150 and children aged six and younger can hike for free.
The fee includes a tour guide and an info brochure. A packed lunch can be ordered for an additional DKK100.
The start of the hike includes a small shed where visitors can purchase hot drinks, sweets and traditional Faroese food. Toilet facilities are on site.
There are three guided hikes per day, starting at 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00, respectively.
If you wish to hike without a guide, the fee is DKK200 per person.
For more information and to book a hike, visit www.tralanipan.fo.
Villingardalsfjall / Enniberg
The hike up Villingardalsfjall from Viðareiði village costs DKK200 per person, excluding a guide. This including the hike to Enniberg, which should only be done with a local guide.
The money can be placed in the mailbox by the gate leading to the trail.
DRANGARNIR – SEA STACKS
One of the most unique sights in the Faroe Islands is “Drangarnir”. Drangarnir is two sea stacks between Vágar and the islet Tindhólmur. The distinct names of Drangarnir are ‘Stóri Drangur’ and ‘Lítli Drangur’, which can be translated into Large and Small sea stacks.
There are guided tours to the sea stacks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 from 1 April to 1 October.
The hike costs DKK550 per person and can only be done with a guide.
For more information and to book, visit www.hiking.fo.
The island of Mykines is one of the most beautiful places in the whole country. Its rich birdlife (hundreds of puffins!) and awe-inspiring beauty have made it into one of the most popular destinations for travelers.
Between 1 May and 31 August, each person traveling to Mykines must pay DKK 100 if they wish to travel beyond the small village area (this includes the hike out to the lighthouse at the end of the island, Mykineshólmur, that passes through the puffin colony). The money collected is earmarked for maintenance of the birdlife and nature on the island. The fee can be paid by visiting mykines.fo.
Please book in advance
It is recommended that you book a local guide. We recommend that you contact one of these incoming agencies or local guides for more information if you plan on visiting Mykines:
To book a ferry to Mykines and/or to pay for access to the hike through the puffin colony out to Mykineshólmur, visit mykines.fo.
The hike through the puffin colony which leads to Mykineshólmur is sensitive to weather conditions.
To protect the environment and birdlife in the area, this part of the hike might be closed if weather conditions are not suitable. In any case, you will be able to hike a section of the path, at least to an area that looks over the puffin colony. So don’t worry, you’ll see puffins either way!
Decisions regarding hiking on this part of the trip will be made each morning. For more information, contact [email protected].
Safe Travel leaflet
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.