Experience the beautiful nature of the Faroe Islands
The raw and unpredictable climate, the rich bird life, and the dramatic cliffs overlooking the roaring Atlantic help to make the Faroe Islands a favorite destination for travelers with a love of unique nature experiences.
Let your next visit be inspired by these experiences of nature, which must rank among the most beautiful of the Faroe Islands.
Gásadalur was for many years one of the most isolated settlements on the Faroe Islands. The village is still only home to fewer than 20 people today, but they live right by one of the most beautiful and dramatic waterfalls on the Faroe Islands, which cascades from the steep cliffs down into the raging Atlantic Ocean.
The old mail route to Gásadalur
For many years, the only way to reach Gásadalur was to walk all the way from the village of Bøur on the other side of the mountain. The old mail route is a long and arduous hike of over two hours each way, but which offers some incredibly breathtaking views along the way. In 2004, a tunnel was blasted through the mountain, which opened up Gásadalur to the outside world.
Puffins on Mykinesholmur
Mykinesholmur is one of the largest breeding areas for puffins and other sea birds on the Faroe Islands. An ideal spot for bird-lovers, who can reach the islet by crossing the 35m-long footbridge that connects it with the island of Mykines.
The highest mountain on the Faroe Islands
Slættaratindur is the highest mountain on the Faroe Islands, standing at 880m. It is on Eysturoy, which is the second largest of the Faroe Islands. The view from the top is breathtaking of course, and in clear weather you can see all the way to Vatnajökull in Iceland, a good 550km away.
Saksun is a small village with characteristic black tarred houses with grass roofs, which is located in a position with majestic views of a silted fjord. One of the most peaceful and photogenic spots on the Faroe Islands. The hike from Saksun to the neighboring village of Tjørnuvík takes 2–3 hours and ranks among the islands’ best.
Boat trip to the Vestmanna islands
Discover the rich bird life of the Vestmanna islands on a boat trip that sails you through deep ravines and narrow straits with views of the towering cliffs, which are the breeding ground for thousands of sea birds.
Text: Lars Roest-Madsen
Published: March 13, 2017