Hiking Faroe Islands is a great way to experience the beautiful nature. You’ll find that once you get into the nature on foot, the mountains and valleys will open for you in marvellous and unexpected ways.
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!
Guided hikes are a great way to experience local knowledge and storytelling. On this site you can find some guided hikes that we offer, the most popular once being Drangarnir, Leitisvatn Lake and others. Furthermore, we list some local providers that offer classic tours and/or tailor made upon your wish, Slóð is an example of this.
If the tour is cancelled from our side, for example due to bad weather, the full amount will be refunded. Be aware that this can happen up to the very last moment, as we cannot predict or control the unsteady weather on the islands.
Hiking on your own
You can also choose to hike by yourself. This however, does require thorough planning and consideration in advance. First of all, we highly recommend you to thoroughly read the guide to safe hiking, and to follow this guide carefully.
You should be aware off, that there are no public wildernesses or common areas in the Faroes. This means that by Faroese legislation, you are not allowed to wander wherever you like in the wilderness of the Faroe Islands. Hence, you are only allowed hike on the old village paths.
A care for the nature and the sheep and wildlife that lives on the uncultivated area is essential. These areas are first and foremost the feeding and breeding fields for sheep, other animals and wildlife in general. It is therefore very important that traveling on this area is on the paths and organized to minimize the disturbing of sheep, wildlife and nature as much as possible.
The Hiking Guide
We always recommend going with a guide, both to be safe and know where you walk, and also for the local knowledge and storytelling. If you, however, prefer to hike by yourself Visit Faroe Islands have made a hiking guide. Hikes nr. 2,4-7,9-11,14,16,17,19 and 22 are hikes that you can take legally in the Faroese nature, without asking for permission first. Hike nr 16 is the one to Slættanes, the remote and abandoned village of Vágar. It is very important that you follow the guide and walk exactly as described, as the trails can be difficult to find and follow. By walking on the paths, you can enjoy the beautiful nature, and do so responsibly and sustainably; meaning that you disturb the nature, wildlife and sheep as little as possible, and that later generations of locals and travellers have the same opportunity to enjoy the wonderful nature as you – that is a good goal, is it not?
Furthermore, we recommend you not to do any other hiking by yourself, as it is very important to know where you walk to be safe and to limit the negative impact on nature, wildlife and sheep.