With only around 20,000 inhabitants, Tórshavn is not just one of the world’s smallest capitals, but also one of the most charming ones with an exciting mix of old and new. Explore the city on foot and see old protected buildings side-by-side with modern architectural design. We especially recommend a stroll around the little Tinganes promontory, which is the seat of government, and to the adjacent traditional neighbourhood Reyn with its quaint idyll. The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands as well as the Nordic House also merit a visit. In addition, the Faroe Islands offer exciting shopping opportunities. Local design wares can be found for example at Østrøm and Guðrun & Guðrun. You can also savour Nordic cuisine at several of the little capital’s exciting and enticing restaurants.
The historic village Kirkjubøur is a 10-minute drive from Tórshavn. Kirkjubøur was the bishop’s seat and thus the spiritual and cultural hub of the Faroe Islands. St. Olav’s Church (11th century), Magnus Cathedral (12th century) and the Kirkjubøargarður farm, which is now home to the 17th generation of the Patursson family, are all monuments that bear witness to a long history. Why not take a gentle hike from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur along the old path? The trip is 7-km-long and relatively easy. The views are superb.
Saksun & Tjørnuvík
Picturesque Saksun is a popular excursion in northwestern Streymoy. At low tide you can walk the 3 km to the Atlantic shore. The old farm Dúvugarðar dates from the 17th century and is open during the summer as a museum and café. A little further north in Streymoy you will find Tjørnuvík overlooking the bay with its vistas of the famous sea stacks The Giant and The Hag. We recommend a photo stop on the way to or from Tjørnuvík at the stunning waterfall Fossá.
Charming Gjógv is on the north coast of Eysturoy. The village is known for its natural harbour in a ravine formed by the sea. It was the village’s main artery until the road came in 1960.
Gjógv is a Faroese word for ravine. The old shop from 1883 serves as both a shop and café in summer. In addition, the Guesthouse Gjáargarður has a restaurant. There are excellent hiking opportunities in the area. Near Gjógv you will find the tallest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur. Hike up the 880-m-tall mountain, put up your feet and enjoy the magnificent panorama.
Trælanípan & Gásadalur
Trælanípa is among the most photographed locations in the Faroe Islands. From the edge of this premonitory you will stare down a 142 m vertical drop into the sea, and at the same time you see lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. From this vantage point you can also marvel at the southern tip of Streymoy as well as Hestur, Koltur, Sandoy, Skúvoy and Suðuroy. To the other side you can take in the bird cliffs Sørvágsbjørg, Mykines and Mykineshólmur.
In the village Gásadalur you will find the most famous waterfall in the Faroe Islands, Múlafossur, which tumbles straight into the Atlantic Ocean. Among the characteristic grass-thatched houses lies Gásadalsgarður, now a guesthouse with a café. Here you can take in the village idyll and savour homemade Faroese specialities.
Klaksvík is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. It is nestled in a northfacing bay, which makes a superb harbour. The city is guarded by towering mountains, including Klakkur, which the town is named after.
We recommend a hike (1,5 h) to Klakkur. In fair weather you will have magnificent views. Klaksvík also offers culture, shopping in lovely little boutiques, as well as charming cafés.
Sandur, which is one of the oldest settlements in the Faroe Islands, is the main village on Sandoy. It is known for its sprawling beach and dunes, as well as the beautiful bay Søltuvík on Sandoy’s western shore. In addition, Sandur has two museums and a cosy café. There are regular ferry crossings from Gamlarætt on Streymoy over to Skopun. Visit the Tourist Information by the ferry berth in Skopun for more tips on places to visit in Sandoy.