Hiking in Our Area
Hiking 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!
Hiking on your own
We always recommend going with a guide, both to be safe and know where you walk, and also for the local knowledge and storytelling, but 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 that there are no public wildernesses or common areas in the Faroe Islands. 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.
Furthermore there are a few areas where there are restrictions, such as a mandatory fee and/or mandatory guide to access the areas. This is the case in Vágar with with Drangarnir, Trælanípa, Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn, Dunnesdrangar and for the island of Mykines. Please follow the respective links below for more information.
If you prefer to hike by yourself you can read online or download a hiking guide with various routes here.
There is also a list of selected hiking routes in Vágar to be found here showing villagepaths including GPX maps for downloads. These cover the routes:
By walking and staying 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. You also ensure that future generations of locals and travellers have the same opportunity to enjoy the wonderful nature as you did – that is a good goal, is it not?
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