Kalsoy was one of the places I wanted to visit the most in the Faroe Islands, and I’m so glad that I got to go! We took a hike to the Kallur Lighthouse and the Kópakonan Statue and the views were INCREDIBLE. Plus, I got to take photos of tons of sheep along the way 🙂
Ferry to Kalsoy
The only way to get to Kalsoy is by ferry from Klaksvík, it doesn’t run very often, so I was worried and got in line for the ferry SUPER early. But it worked out because we got to park the car in line for the ferry and explore Klaksvík! You probably don’t have to get in line for the ferry as early as we did, but it is a pretty small ferry so I wouldn’t risk getting there right before it leaves. And I would recommend getting in line early for the ferry returning to Klaksvík so you don’t get stranded on Kalsoy for the night.
The ferry schedule can be a little confusing so make sure you double check the schedule!
The ferry was surprisingly only half full, but it probably fills up more during the high season
Hike to the Kallur Lighthouse
After arriving at Kalsoy, we drove to the end of the island at Trøllanes to hike to the Kallur Lighthouse! Matt and I aren’t exactly expert hikers, but we’re in decent shape so the hike wasn’t too hard. It is pretty steep and it took us about an hour to get to the top (including my stopping every 5 feet to take photos of every single sheep I saw… I have a problem).
There isn’t really a path, but you basically just have to climb towards the lighthouse (or follow people like we did!). It wasn’t hard to find our way to the top, but we did get off the “path” on the way back down and had to backtrack a bit. Again, we’re not expert hikers!
We had great weather with no rain and it hadn’t rained the week leading up to our trip, but the ground was still pretty soft and muddy in some places. If it had been raining, this hike would have been a lot harder! I was wearing athletic sneakers and was wishing I had sturdier shoes because I was sliding around a lot, so I would definitely recommend wearing boots.
I really took photos of ALL the sheep I saw 🙂
We made it to the top! The views were absolutely incredible, so I definitely recommend finishing the hike if you start it! We hung out taking in the views (and catching our breath) for about half an hour before heading back down.
We did NOT go all the way out there because I’m very clumsy and the ledge was too narrow for my comfort! A lot of adventurous people did venture out there though
The Kallur Lighthouse is so tiny!
You can just make out the tiny path to the lighthouse
Visiting the Kópakonan statue
After finishing the hike to the Kallur Lighthouse, we drove to the other famous Kalsoy sight- the Mikladalur Seal Woman statue. And the views there were incredible, too!
The Seal Woman, or Kópakonan, statue has a famous legend on the islands. It’s a long story that you should definitely read in full, but to summarize, seals could come to land once a year and shed their seal suits. A farmer hid the seal suit of a woman so she had to remain in human form, and they ended up getting married and having children. The woman eventually found her seal suit and returned to the ocean and her seal love. The farmer later went on a seal hunt and killed her seal husband and children, so the seal woman has vowed her revenge on the hunters.
After all our hikes, we made sure we were in line for the ferry at least 45 minutes early. There wasn’t as much room on the ferry back to Klaksvík since it was one of the last ferries of the day and there was a bus that took up a lot of space, so you should definitely get in line as early as possible! But even with the worry about missing ferries, Kalsoy is an amazing place to see and I highly recommend visiting 🙂