Weather in the Faroe Islands

When you visit the Faroe Islands, you will find that the weather up there is not like what you are accustomed to. More unpredictable, more rough and more magical. A weather constituted by the islands' location in the North Atlantic, in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Of the islands' formation and the steep, high cliffs. This means that it doesn’t really get cold in the winter, and that it doesn’t really get hot in the summer.

Be prepared for a bit of everything

It is said that in the Faroe Islands you can experience all seasons in one day. The weather often changes, and it is amazing to see how calmly the locals take it. If you drive through heavy winds and rain, you are very likely to hear a Faroese say: The sun probably shines on the other side of the mountain.

It is important when you travel to the Faroe Islands that you prepare for a bit of everything. It's a good idea to bring:

-       A wind and waterproof jacket. There is a high probability you will experience both.  

-       A warm jumper or sweater. Or you can buy a Faroese woolen sweater - they wear them for a reason.

-       A good pair of boots or wellies, so you do not get wet or cold feet

-       A hat for when you go sailing and bird watching

-       Sunglasses, when the sun shines or breaks through the clouds

-       Binoculars, if you are a nature lover and want all the details.

-       Sunscreen for summer, when the sun is up almost around the clock.

Winter in the Faroe Islands

In several villages in the Faroe Islands, the sun is hiding behind the mountains for up to three months during the winter, and the Faroese traditionally celebrate its re-appearance in the sky with ‘solkaffe’ - a village event of sun, fun and coffee. In return, the sun is very present in the summer with almost 24 hours of daylight.

Summer in the Faroe Islands

Like most other places, summertime is weather at its best. This is where the Faroese really have the opportunity to get out and enjoy life at sea, in nature and in the villages. There will be tables set up in the port of Tórshavn, the G-festival is on the beach in Gøta and it’s very lively on the water and islands.

Fog in the Faroe Islands

The weather in the Faroe Islands is moody and snow, storm and fog can help dictate whether something is possible or not. The Faroese have adapted, and it's part of their culture. If it's too foggy you cannot drive or the helicopter cannot fly, and that’s just the way it is.  

Especially the fog can hit hard and lay like a heavy, thick blanket over the countryside and if there’s no wind, it settles. If you are out hiking in the mountains and the fog descends completely on you, it is very important that you be careful and move cautiously. If you have no visibility, the best thing to do is wait for the fog to clear and you can safely move on.


Fresh air

The air in the Faroe Islands is remarkably fresh. It is carried into the islands from the Atlantic Ocean, and is filled with salt from the sea. The Faroese take advantage of this air to dry their fish and mutton. They do this in small outbuildings that have little spaces between the wall boards, allowing the wind to blow through. These small outbuildings are found throughout the islands. They are called hjallur (pronounced: Tjadlur)

You can follow the weather in the Faroe Islands here.