The wild nature and the incredible landscapes of the Faroe Islands invite you to stroll. Climbing hills, approaching lakes, visiting lighthouses, greeting the sheep … hiking in the Faroe Islands is almost mandatory. But do not spread panic. We don’t talk about hiking trails for days and a lot of difficulties. Well, we do not talk, because we are not going to do these kinds of routes, but there are also – although you will have to collect several if you want to be more than one day. We were looking for the most spectacular landscapes, within a non-professional level.
Get ready to stop the car on any shoulder and start walking in search of the best panoramic view of fjords, waterfalls, cliffs … The archipelago is very prepared and, even if you don’t find more people on your route, you will always be surrounded by sheep.
HIKING TRAILS IN FAROE ISLANDS
Almost wild nature, low vegetation – you won’t find many closed forests in the archipelago – and few cars are the perfect ingredients for walking to be almost the national sport. There is nothing less than 23 marked hiking trails in the Faroe Islands! You will find routes of all levels – by difficulty and length. If you go with children, do not worry, there are also suitable for them.
We are not experts and do not travel to the archipelago with the sole intention of hiking. Even so, on our week-long trip through the Faroe Islands we had the intention of doing three or four routes … And the trekking is a must. Of course, from thinking to walking is a stretch. These were the routes we had chosen.
THE ROUTE TO SØRVÁGSVATN LAKE AND THE BØSDALAFOSSUR WATERFALL
We had to verify that one of the best-known landscapes in the Faroe Islands was real: a lake above the sea. The Bøsdalafossur lake overlooking the ocean is an image at the height of an optical illusion of Escher … but really!
The route begins in the town of Miðvágur, where you can leave the car. There are two accesses. The main one – indicated on Google Maps – is reached by walking from the town. The other, which is usually the route’s exit, is on the same road, almost on the shore of Lake Sørvágsvatn. The lake, the largest in the entire archipelago, is also known as Vatnið and Leitisvatn, in case you have to ask some Faroese.
We, including the walk through the town and the road, traveled a little over 9.5 km, with a gain of 500 m and a loss of 525 – we arrived at another point. Several stops and many photos, we returned to the car almost four hours after leaving.
It is a very simple route that only gets a bit steep at the end when you reach Trælanípan, the point from which to take the photo to the lake. After finding yourself face to face with that “illusion”, you have to keep walking to see the Bøsdalafossur waterfall. Because yes, the lake is above the ocean, in fact, it ends in a waterfall. There we found the ruins of some buildings built by the British army during World War II.
The return, if you have begun by the main access, is done by the shore of the lake, without slope. We tell you more in our article Sørvágsvatn: the incredible lake overlooking cliffs in the Faroe Islands.
THE ROUTE THROUGH THE ISLAND OF MYKINES
Starting from the base that there are no cars on the island of Mykines, it is clear that, if you want to travel it, it has to be walking. And you should want, it is not a place to get lost in the Faroe Islands: it is the paradise of birds, puffins included.