Sheer, jagged cliffs which rise straight from the ocean and beautiful waterfalls that appear out of nowhere. Colourful villages that dot the island’s shores and deep valleys absent of trees. This is Faroe for you.
Faroe Islands is a group of 18 volcanic islands which are part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands are located between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic. Not many people have heard the name Faroe, but due to social media these islands have gained massive popularity recently.
These islands are the best place for those seeking offbeat locations where the crowd has not reached yet. The islands are sparsely populated; in fact sheep outnumber humans here. You could spend days here and still would marvel the beauty around you. The place is like a postcard and it’s hard to pick out favourites. Still, these are few places you should definitely check out in Faroe Islands.
Puffin Colony in Mykines Island
Puffins are one of the cutest and most adorable birds on the planet. Also known as “parrots of the sea”, they are found extensively in Mykines Island. During summer, the western-most section of the island is covered with Puffin burrows where these beautiful birds can be found chilling, their red and orange beaks adding colour to the surroundings. You can also see different species of migratory birds as they fly to Mykins in summer months.
Mykines is a small island with a population of only 14 people. The island is speedy boat ride from mainland Faroes. There is a lighthouse on the northern end of the island which makes for a beautiful hike. The route is hilly and steep at few places, but the views are stunning from the top.
The largest lake in Faroe Islands, Lake Sørvágsvatn seems to be held hundreds of feet above sea level thanks to an optical illusion. The same illusion makes the lake looks like it is tilted towards the ocean when viewed from afar. The lake however is around 90 feet above sea level and sits in a deep depression.
The lake is located on the island of Vágar and is a 1-1.5 hour’s hike each way from the village of Sandavágur. You will also see Bøsdalafossur waterfall right on the edge of the lake which drops straight into the sea below. On few days, when the sea is at its most ferocious, it’s an absolutely incredible sight to see as huge waves pummel the cliffs and the waterfall blows back into the lake.
Múlafossur waterfall is one of the most instagrammed places in the Faroes. This beautiful waterfall is located in the village of Gásadalur, which was pretty isolated from the world till 2006. Then a tunnel was constructed which boosted the tourism in this part of the island. The waterfall flows into the North Atlantic with a backdrop of Árnafjall, the highest mountain on Vágar.
The village of Gásadalur is a beauty in itself with small, grass-covered homes and a distinctly remote feel. Before the construction of the tunnel, it was accessible only via hike or helicopter.
Kallur lighthouse is located on the island of Kalsoy in the northern part of the Faroe Islands archipelago. The island has a rugged and harsh landscape. The lighthouse is located at the edge of the cliff and can be reached by hiking. The hike takes around 1 hour and is a must do when you are in the area. You will have fuzzy sheep as your hiking partners as you cross several sheep huts and a few small streams. The views from the lighthouse are some of the most incredible on the Island with sheer cliffs surrounding you from almost all sides. The iconic photos of the lighthouse are all over internet and people try to get the best shot here.
On the way you should also stop in the town of Mikladalur to visit the Seal Woman statue. It was believed that seals could turn into humans and there is an interesting folklore about a seal who cursed the men of the island.
The picturesque village of Saksun is just an hour drive from Tørshavn, capital of Faroe Islands. Tucked between lush fields and soaring peaks, the village is one of the most isolated settlements on the island. The village is on a unique location placed above a beautiful lagoon on Streymoy Island. The cute village has only 14 inhabitants, and the population is dropping quickly with people migrating to bigger towns.
A day trip to Saksun village is highly recommended. While driving into the village, you will pass countless sheep, waterfalls, and beautiful vistas. There is a turf-roofed old church here among few village houses. You can take one of many hiking trails and get lost in nature. This place is perfect for people who are seeking calm and silence.
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