Solo Travel in the Faroe Islands
Type of Girl about the Globes – Nature GatG, Hiking GatG
The Faroe Islands are incredibly safe for solo females. Not only do they have a very low crime rate but the Faroese are known for their relaxed attitude, warmth and hospitality. Due to their remoteness it can be hard to meet others here so you need to be comfortable with your own company but if you love the outdoors and old traditions then travelling solo in the Faroe Islands is for you.
Below is our guide to how to travel solo in the Faroe Islands as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airport and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.
- Things To Do in the Faroe Islands
- Where To Stay in the Faroe Islands
- Faroe Islands Tours
- Travel in the Faroe Islands
- Faroe Islands Itinerary
- Best Time to Visit the Faroe Islands
- Travel Insurance For the Faroe Islands
- Faroe Islands Airport
- Travelling Onwards
- Facts About the Faroe Islands
- Faroe Islands Map
- Plan a Trip to the Faroe Islands
- Related Posts
Things To Do in the Faroe Islands
They have been dubbed the world’s favourite unspoiled island destination by National Geographic Traveler, and the New York Times thinks they “maybe the most curious place left on Earth” but what’s their appeal to solo travellers? Well, if you’re looking for traditional, modest living with more greenery than you could ever imagine, sheer cliff walls and twice as many sheep as inhabitants then the remoteness of the Faroe Islands will definitely appeal.
These 18 mysterious islands are situated between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. Due to their geographical spot the weather can be very changeable marking the best time to visit these islands during the tourist season; between May to September.
The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and are made up of 18 islands with 16 of them inhabited. Wooden houses dot the green pastures and many of them are hard to spot with grass roofs that you may be lucky enough to see a local mowing.
The islanders are however not Danish and this is the worse insult you could say to a Faroese. They have their own identity and their own traditions such as old folk tales and the Faroese chain dance. The locals live off the sea and the islands are one of the last places where whaling still takes place. Although extremely controversial, this tradition has stayed symbolic within their culture and is under much pressure to be stopped. Read more here…
Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands. It is one of the smallest capitals in the world and is the city where the action is. You’ll often find rowers in the harbour or people in the cafes drinking the rhubarb beer or Rinkusteinur; a beer brewed with volcanic rocks. This is where you’ll find the Historical and Natural Museum (although not actually in the centre), and SMS: the largest shopping centre on the islands as well as a 200 year old cathedral. For some traditional Faroese food, Áarstova is one of the best Torshavn restaurants.
Within the capital is Tinganes, a tiny peninsula which was the original site of the Viking parliament. There’s not that much to see here except the harbour, colourful buildings and quaint shops but it is the hub of the Faroes.
Vagar / Mykines Faroe Islands
Travel to the Faroe Islands by plane and the first port of call is Vagar, an island with the largest lakes in the Faroes. There are a few sights to see on Vagar but bear in mind that the attractions are modest and traditional and represent the island’s culture. Mykines is a seabirds paradise with hundreds of puffins, gannets and other species who flock here during the summer. Hike to the islet Mykineshólmur known as Puffin Island to see the rich birdlife on the beautiful island they choose to call home.
The islands are steeped in legends and ask any local about the “seal woman” of Kalsoy, a finger-shaped island nicknamed “the flute” and they’ll tell you that a seal woman was captured here and forced to marry a farmer’s son. She then later found her seal skin and returned to the sea!
Faroe Islands Culture
Visit Roykstovan for the world’s oldest (continually) inhabited house, home to seventeen generations of Faroese sheep farmers or Duvugardar for the Saksun Folk Museum, a house turned museum with the rooms preserved as they've been for centuries in a pretty location.
You can trace the Viking’s footsteps at the Saga museum at Vestmanna but prepare for some gory historic scenes. The ‘friendly occupation’ by the British in World War II is documented at the museum in Miovagur. The Faroese are proud of their traditions but a visit to the smithy at Trollanes is only for those who enjoy watching a nail being created.
The Faroe Islands have more than 260 species of birds and the Vestmanna bird cliffs are the place to spot puffins, gulls and other species. Even if you’re not a bird lover, the boat takes you through colourful caverns (weather depending) and if you’re lucky enough you may even spot a seal! From the boat you get a glimpse of an old ghost town which was abandoned after WW2.
The natural harbour at Gjogv in the Dalsa Valley is definitely worth seeing. Its tall moss-covered cliffs are breathtaking and you can choose to hike to the top or just stare out to sea. A stream runs through the village and there’s a quaint church with a gift of silver from the British government but you may have to get the key from the village to enter it. Gjogv is part of the ‘Golden Circle‘ along with the villages of Saksun, and Tjornuvik. These are some of the most frequented spots in the Faroe Islands and are home to the islands' largest waterfall with stunning views.
Beyond the village is Europe’s second highest vertical sea cliff where the land ends at Cape Enniberg standing 882 meters sheer. This is a place for serious hiking but if you prefer somewhere on the lower ground then the walk to the lighthouse at Kollur is less challenging. Walking trails are very rustic so expect to be walking amongst sheep or the Huldufólk, another Faroese myth of the hidden people who live within the giant boulders.
For those more into the spiritual side of travelling, Kirkjubour is the spiritual heart of the Faroes and on a clear day you can see across to the islands of Hestur and Koltur. The remains of St Magnus Cathedral is a great place to contemplate the meaning of life.
For the adventurous and those who aren’t afraid of cold water, you can choose from dry suit swimming, sea kayaking or jump aboard a historic schooner for some sea fishing. If you prefer to be on land, try rappelling, zip wiring or just ride a Faroese or Icelandic horse across the fells. You can take a boat ride and go back in time to Nolsoy, one of the islands only accessible by boat with a very quiet existence.
For festival GatGs, visit the Faroe Islands in the summer and you can join the locals at the music festival in Klaksvik. See G Festival for more details.
If you’re looking for a sunbathing holiday then this isn’t really the place to come. Travel to the Faroe Islands to learn about traditions, don your walking boots and windproof jacket and just explore…
If you’re outside the EU you can take advantage of the tax free shopping and get 15% back when you leave the Faroe Islands.
The pilot whale season is between July – August so look at avoiding if you don’t want to see any whales harmed.
The weather is very changeable so ensure you take a fleece and a rainjacket and check the weather if you’re going to hike as the mist can soon come in. Take a mobile phone, compass and a map to be on the safe side.
Where To Stay in the Faroe Islands
You’ll find a few hotels in the Faroe Islands with the majority in the capital, as well as an apartment in Miovagur. Camping is an option for accommodation here but you may prefer to stay in a local guesthouse or B&B for a more personal touch.
To meet locals consider Airbnb which connects you to unique travel experiences and isn’t just limited to staying in a local’s spare room. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link. If the hotels are out of your price range, you could try Couchsurfing instead.
All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
Surrounded by nature on Eysturoy, the second biggest islands in the Faroe Islands, the Gjaargardur Guesthouse is an ideal choice for those solos searching for somewhere beautiful to hike. The guesthouse is eco-friendly and offers a cosy stay. The rooms are clean, the staff are helpful and breakfast is served in a room with a lovely view.
You can also enjoy a typical Faroese dinner at the guesthouse too (for an additional cost). Rooms come with heating, WiFi, and private bathrooms. Choose from a standard double or twin room, or upgrade for a mountain view.
- Prices from £112 per night for a standard twin room
- To book, check prices or availability for Gjaargardur Guesthouse
Guljanes Hostel appears to be the only Faroe Islands hostel (at time of writing). Situated in Sandavagur, this sociable hostel is an ideal place to stay if you are planning to visit Trollkonufingur, Sorvagsvatn, and Mulafossur. Because it is such a popular place to stay you’re guaranteed to meet others especially in the common area.
The accommodation is great value for money and can also arrange your airport transfer. Choose from a bed in a 6-bed mixed dormitory room, a 4-bed female-only dorm, or a small double room with a shared bathroom. You may even find yourself sleeping in the renovated bus!
- Prices start from £24 for a bed in a 6-bed dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for Giljanes Hostel
If you are looking for a four star hotel in Torshavn, Hotel Foroyar is a friendly hotel in the capital offering great views over the harbour. In traditional Faroese style with a grass roof, this hotel has all the quiet time you need for a relaxing holiday.
The hotel is located in an ideal spot for a nature walk with a panoramic view of the fjord, but be prepared to hike back uphill if you venture into town. The rooms are super quiet and comfy and are named ‘Clinton Room,’ and ‘Prime Minister Room.’ You get an excellent breakfast included too.
- Prices start from £130 for an annex room
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Foroyar
Another of the four star hotels in Torshavn, Hotel Hafnia is close to the town centre and shops and restaurants. If you prefer to dine in the hotel they offer international cuisine as well as local dishes. It’s an ideal place to stay if you are travelling to or from the airport as an airport shuttle stops right outside.
Plus it has a sauna, and a roof terrace with amazing views of the city and harbour. Choose from a single room, double room or comfort or superior room. All come with a private bathroom and breakfast included.
- Prices from £95 per night for a single room
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Hafnia
Faroe Islands Tours
As the island draws a quieter type of traveller you wont find tour companies such as G Adventures or Intrepid Travel in the Faroe Islands. If you hire a car it is easy to do your own tour around the island, then just hop on a boat tour to explore more of the islands.
Here is our list of recommended Faroe Islands travel companies for package tours and also day tours for women visiting the islands alone.
- GreenGate Incoming – Arrange sustainable tours to the Faroe Islands.
- Tora Tourist Traffic – Offers day tours to the Northern Islands, as well as ferry trips to Sandoy and other places.
- Puffin.fo – Arranges day tours to the famous Birdcliffs of Vestmanna.
- Nordlysid – Experience the Faroe Islands by sea on a sailing trip.
Travel in the Faroe Islands
Getting between the islands has been made incredibly easy with bridges and tunnels connecting the majority of the islands. Local bus services are good and free buses operate in Torshavn (with WiFi) click here for bus timetables.
Ferries will take you to the more remote islands only accessible by helicopter or ferry, click here for buses, ferries and helicopters. Travel all over the islands by bus and boat with a 4 or 7 day travel card which is available from the airport. If you choose to hire a car, you'll be driving through the Faroe Islands tunnels. These sub-sea tunnels have a road toll which you can pay at a service station.
For car rental for the Faroe Islands we recommend pre-booking car hire with Avis so you can collect your car when you arrive at the airport.
Faroe Islands Itinerary
Three days is plenty to see the main islands but you may want to stay longer to experience the real outdoors and laid back lifestyle. Below is a suggestion of a week’s itinerary for the Faroe Islands.
- Vagar (2 nights), Bøur, Miðvágur to visit the museum,
- Tórshavn (2 nights),
- Walk to Kirkjubøur then overnight in Gjógv (1 night),
- Klaksvík for a ferry to Kalsoy, Kollur for the lighthouse,
- Back to Torshavn (1 night),
- Boat ride to the island of Nólsoy, then boat trip to Vestmanna to see the bird cliffs,
- Return to Torshavn (1 night).
Best Time to Visit the Faroe Islands
The temperature in the Faroe Islands isn’t the warmest so don’t expect to sunbathe if you visit this region. The maximum temperature it reaches is approximately 12 degrees Celsius so visit in the summer months between July and September if you want to experience these islands in the warmest months. It can still feel cold in the evenings though so if you are planning on hiking the Faroe Islands wrap up very warm.
If you want to experience the “midnight sun” visit in the months of June or July when the evenings are so light that it will confuse your body clock. The Faroe Islands are also a great location to see the Northern Lights between the months of November to February (although it’s never guaranteed).
The below chart shows the Faroe Islands weather from January to December (in Torshavn).
Travel Insurance For the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are really safe to explore but travel insurance is always recommended to cover you for any travel delays, medical assistance and activities.
I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.
Faroe Islands Airport
If you are wondering how to get to the Faroe Islands, the best way is to fly. All flights to the Faroe Islands fly into Vagar airport. Atlantic Airways is the Faroese national airline.
Vagar – An airport shuttle runs from hotels in Torshavn at 0630 and 1300 each day and takes 45 minutes or pre-book an airport taxi the night before. Rent a car from the airport or if you’re feeling really flush take a helicopter to one of the other islands. Contact Atlantic Airways for details.
Travelling Onwards (check visas before you travel)
To Iceland – If you are planning on travelling from Iceland to the Faroe Islands there is a car ferry to the Faroe Islands from Seyoisfjordur which departs twice a week and takes 16 hours. Check Smyril Line for timetables.
To Denmark – Only accessible by plane.
To England – Only accessible by plane.
Where can I go from here?
Denmark 2 hrs 15 mins
London 2 hrs 15 mins
Facts About the Faroe Islands
- Can I drink the water? Yes.
- Is tipping expected? It is becoming more widespread but only if you feel it is good service.
- Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
- Any ATMs? In the capital yes.
- Which side of the road do they drive? Right.
- Good for vegetarians? The main dishes are lamb and seafood so there are a lack of vegetarian restaurants. You can buy vegetables in supermarkets which is an option for creating your own meals.
- Any seven wonders of the world? No.
Faroe Islands Map
Plan a Trip to the Faroe Islands
If you are ready to plan a trip to the Faroe Islands, here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, which vaccinations you need and eco accommodation.
Budget – £110 a day
Capital of the Faroe Islands – Tórshavn
Population – 49,500
Language spoken – Faroese and Danish. Other Nordic languages and English are spoken in some areas.
Faroe Islands' Currency – Faroese krona
Did you know? Irish monks settled here for hundreds of years until the Vikings came.
If you don't mind being really remote, stay in a Geodesic igloo in Kivik. Contact Vist Faroe Islands for details.
Volunteer on a sheep farm with Workaway and help out with various tasks whilst experiencing life on the Faroe Islands.
From ancient hymns to the ultimate schooner experience there are several unique cultural experiences on the islands. Find out more…
The Faroese have a long-standing tradition off living of the sea. Their whaling culture has been symbolic of their tradition. Nowadays this tradition is causing much controversy and the annual pilot whale killings in the Danish waters an ongoing debate. Read more about the whaling culture
Mind Body & Soul
Health and wellness doesn't seem to be that big in the Faroe Islands. There are a lack of yoga and meditation centres. To pamper yourself head to Sabai Thai Massage at Sverrisgøta 7, Tórshavn or call them for prices on +298 596000.