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Hike to Trælanípa and “the Lake Above the Ocean”

The hike along Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn out to Trælanípa and Bøsdalafossur waterfall is a favorite among visitors from abroad and locals – mostly because of the optical illusion that awaits at the end of the hike. The view of the lake hanging over the ocean is one of the most photographed images from the Faroe Islands.

The hike, which takes about 45 minutes to walk one way, is relatively easy and is located only a 5-minute drive from the country’s only airport.

Hiking Guidelines/Restrictions

As you might know, 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. The path to Trælanípa is not one of these 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.

Therefore, as of summer 2019 the owners of the land around the lake decided to make restrictions to the travelers on their lands. Travelers have two options in regards of hiking to Trælanípa:

First option is to go with a guide, please book the hike in advance on: tralanipan.foslodstories.com, guidetofaroeislands.com or other local providers.

The other option is to go by yourself and pay a hiking fee of 200kr/person. This fee you pay at the gates.

To read more about hiking in the Faroe Islands, please visit our site about Hiking in the Faroe Islands and the guide to safe hiking

If you have additional questions about the hike to Trælanípa please contact the owners of the lands on: tralanipan@gmail.com or +298289285

 

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