Getting around in the Faroes is an important part of your overall journey. That’s why it’s a good idea to be on top of that. There are a few options to choose from:
First thing first. In the Faroe Islands nature rules, and even though you might have seen many lovely pictures of sunsets and rainbows the weather can be tricky and can change suddenly. The Faroe Islands are 18 islands connected by boats bridges and undersea tunnels. The main 6 islands are connected by tunnels and bridges. The rest of them are connected by ferries and helicopter.
Transport by Car
The smoothest way for transport would be by car. Then you can go from door to door without standing outside in the elements waiting. This is also the preferred method for transportation in the Faroes. There are roughly as many cars in the Faroes as there are people over 18 years of age according to the department of statistics in the Faroe Islands. Here is some general information about driving in the Faroe Islands. We recommend you to read these before you start driving. Follow this link for Car Rental in Vágar. Renting a car is normally an easy task if you book it early enough specially in the summer season. There are many companies that rent out cars. The price and service can vary from provider to provider, so it is a good idea to do some research before booking.
There is also the option of traveling by public transport. Buses and ferries connect almost all the villages in the Faroe Islands. This is, however, with some exceptions. On Vágar, Bøur and Gásadalur are not reached by public transport. If you want to visit theses villages sightseeing by car with local guide or taxi is your best options. Another downside with the public busses is, that the buses and departures are quite few. Hence, there might be some waiting involved. Furthermore, if you are planning to go remote villages, you might need to change buses along the way.
But the connection gets better the bigger the village. The timetables and prices for the public transport can be found on ssl.fo. They also have travel cards that cover all their network the only exception being the ferry to Mykines. You can buy the travel card with us at the information desk at the airport in Vágar or at Farstøðin, the main bus terminal in Tórshavn.
There are some brave souls out there that dare bicycle around the Faroe Islands. It is possible. On the map the Faroe Islands don’t look very big but do consider that the landscape is filled with mountains and valleys. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one from the local companies that rent out bicycles, you can find one of these here.