In case you couldn’t tell from all my posts, I LOVED spending 3 days in the Faroe Islands and I highly recommend visiting! 🙂 The landscapes were amazing to photograph, and it’s the most remote place I’ve visited so far. I would have stayed for a week (or longer), but we didn’t have that much time to spare. If you’re short on time like us, this is the ultimate 3 day itinerary for the Faroe Islands to make sure you see everything from a black sand beach to the Hanging Lake, plus lots of cute sheep 🙂
3 day itinerary for the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are smaller than you think and the drives between towns are pretty short!
Day 1 in the Faroe Islands
Our first stop was Kirkjubøur! It was about an hour drive (plus a little more since we stopped on the side of the road to take photos) and it’s right outside Tórshavn. Kirkjubøur might have been my favorite place because the scenery was beautiful, they had adorable Highland cows, and it was packed with history! We saw the oldest wooden house in the world (it’s 900 years old and it’s been used by one family for 17 generations!), the ruins of a Medieval cathedral from the 1300s, and a little church built in 1111.
If you like history, you CAN’T miss Kirkjubøur!
Time spent: 1-2 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: Nothing that I can think of! It’s small so you don’t need to spend more than a couple of hours there.
Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands, and it’s such a cute city! It’s about a 15 minute drive from Kirkjubøur, so it’s easy to go back and forth between those two towns. We checked into our B&B before walking around the town. The place we stayed wasn’t in the “downtown” area but it was just a 15 minute walk to get to the main sights.
We walked to a monument to get views of the city, walked to a fort from 1580, walked along the colorful harbor, and got dinner and drinks downtown. We leisurely walked around and stopped for photos (of course), and we saw most of the city in a couple of hours before calling it a night.
Time spent: 4-5 hours including dinner and drinks, plus overnight
What I would recommend doing differently: I would have spent more time in Tórshavn! Since it’s the capital, there are museums and things to do right outside the city, so if we had more time, I would have liked to have checked those places out (plus we got there in the late afternoon and many places were closing). If you are short on time like we were, I do recommend walking around the city for a few hours!
Day 2 in the Faroe Islands
So Matt and I wanted to do the hike to the lighthouse on Kalsoy, and to get there, you have to take a ferry from Klaksvík. We wanted to make sure we got to that area in plenty of time so we wouldn’t miss the ferry since it doesn’t come that often, so since we got there really early, we had a lot of time to kill. Kunoy is right outside Klaksvík and it has one of the only forests in the country!
We explored Kunoy and did the short hike to the little forest. The hike has some beautiful views of the cliffs and the water! Since most of the islands are barren, it was pretty cool to get to see a little forest.
Time spent: 1-2 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: Since it’s such a small village, there isn’t really much you could do differently!
In Klaksvík, we got in line for the ferry to Kalsoy and still had a lot of time to kill (we were serious about not missing that ferry!). We got some coffee at a cafe and walked around the harbor. Since we didn’t want to get too far from the ferry line and our car was parked in line so we couldn’t drive around the city, we just stuck close to the harbor.
Time spent: 2 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: I would explore more of the town! It’s the second largest city in the Faroe Islands, so there’s more than just around the harbor where we were.
Kalsoy was one of my favorite places in the Faroe Islands! We did the hike to the Kallur Lighthouse and saw the famous Seal Woman statue. The sheep were adorable and the views were INCREDIBLE! If you have the time to get to Kalsoy, I definitely recommend it.
Time spent: 3.5 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: Because of the ferry schedule, we were tight on time, so I would recommend taking an earlier ferry so you don’t have to rush.
A lot of people use Tórshavn as their home base in the Faroe Islands because there aren’t many places to stay in other cities, but since we were tight on time, we wanted to stay in a place along our drive. Gjógv had a guesthouse, and it was the perfect place to stay! But the drive there is NOT for the faint of heart, and it was pretty nerve-wracking. If you’re a confident driver and not afraid of heights, Gjógv is a great place to stay and explore! The town is really pretty, and there are some hikes you can take for some beautiful views.
Time spent: 2 hours exploring plus overnight
What I would recommend doing differently: I would have liked to have spent more time there so we could have done a hike that took longer.
Day 3 in the Faroe Islands
Fossá and Saksun
After the spending the night in Gjógv, we set off for Fossá and Saksun. Fossá is the tallest waterfall in the Faroe Islands, and it’s right off the side of the road so it’s really easy to get to!Saksun is a little village with grass roof houses and a black sand beach, which I had never seen before! There are a few black sand beaches in the Faroe Islands, but Saksun’s is unique because it’s in a lagoon. If you’re up for another nerve-wracking drive, I definitely recommend Saksun!
Time spent: 2 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: Since we were tight on time, we only did the hike down to the black sand beach. There is a hike up the cliffs that takes more time, so I would have liked to have hiked it if we had the time!
The Hanging Lake
Our hike to the Hanging Lake was not an easy one. We got lost and confused, but we made it in the end and it was SO worth it! The views are amazing (even the ones we saw when we were lost!), and the hike wasn’t too hard, once we knew where to go. The lake is just a few minutes away from the airport, so it’s easy to do when you first get to the Faroe Islands or right before you leave (like we did).
Time spent: 3-4 hours
What I would recommend doing differently: Follow my guide so you don’t get lost like us! And wear hiking boots!
I LOVED everywhere we went, and I wouldn’t have skipped any of the spots we visited! 3 days in the Faroe Islands was a bit tight and we didn’t have much wiggle room in our schedule, so I think 4 days would have been easier. I also really wanted to see the puffins on Mykines but that would have been almost a whole day trip, so I’ll have to go there the next time I’m in the Faroe Islands (because I WILL be back!). One of my favorite bloggers Megan Starr also has some posts on other places in the Faroe Islands that I didn’t get to go to if you’re looking for more towns to visit! No matter what, you can’t really go wrong with any spot in the islands 🙂 I hope my 3 day itinerary for the Faroe Islands helps you plan your trip!
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