The Faroe Islands - divided into six areas
The Faroe Islands were created by volcanoes over 60 million years ago. This is how these 18 beautiful islands came from the sea. The islands lie close together and consist mostly of basalt.
Faroe Islands are divided into six areas, as you can see on the map above.
Mykines and Vágar
Vágar and Mykines is the westernmost islands in the Faroe Islands. Vágar is the third largest island in the Faroe Islands. The airport is on Vágar and the island is connected by a tunnel to Streymoy. The tunnel is called Vágartunnellen and was operational in 2004. At the northwestern end of Vágar is Gásadalur - you can drive there through a tunnel in under 20 minutes from the airport.
West of Vágar lies the secluded island of Mykines. There is no bridge or tunnel to Mykines, so if you need to go there you go by boat or helicopter. Mykines is famous for its rich birdlife and beautiful scenery. There is a small settlement on Mykines, home to a handful of Faroese who appreciate the quiet life on the island.
Streymoy - the largest of the Faroe Islands
Streymoy is the largest island in the Faroe Islands. In the bay to the southeast is Tórshavn, the world's smallest capital. In Tórshavn you will find a wide range of great cultural and gastronomic experiences. Discover the chain dance and party at the Olaifest in July, explore the fascinating old part of town Tinganes and eat at one of Tórshavns restaurants. The city also offers unique opportunities for those of you who are interested in art and culture in the Nordic House or the National Gallery.
Streymoy abounds like the rest of the Faroe Islands with impressive experiences of nature. From the small settlement Vestmanna you can get close to the Faroese bird life on one of the popular boat trips to Vestmannabjørgini, and in the idyllic town Saksun there is ample opportunity for beautiful hiking and fishing.
South of Streymoy lie the islands Koltur, Hestur and Nolsoy.
Read more about the different regions on the Faroe Islands here.
Eysturoy is the second largest island of the Faroes. It is connected with Streymoy by a bridge across the strait between the islands. At the north end of Eysturoy is the Faroe Islands’ highest mountain Slættaratindur (882 m), which is a good challenge for those of you who like to hike and get in reward a spectacular view of all the Faroe Islands. Not far from the mountain lies the small authentic village of Gjógv, where you can experience the fascinating natural harbor in the gulf, for which the city is named.
The island is not just about nature experiences - every summer the Faroese organize their most popular music festival G! Festival on the beach in Gøta on the east side of Eysturoy.
Norðoyggjar - the Northern Islands
The Northern Islands consist of six islands: Fugloy, Svínoy, Viðoy, Borðoy, Kunoy and Kalsoy, lying close together in the northeastern part of the Faroe Islands. There is a tunnel from Eysturoy to Borðoy where the Faroe Islands’ second largest town Klaksvik is located. The tunnel has a beautiful light installation designed by Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson. Klaksvik is the most important Faroese fishing port, and from there you can go fishing or on sailing trips to the other islands in the north.
The elongated island Kalsoy, which is the westernmost of the Northern Islands has four tunnels, making it possible to get around the island. Because of its elongated shape and many holes, the island is colloquially known as ‘the recorder’.
Sandoy, Skúvoy and Stora Dímun
These islands lie south of Streymoy, and unlike the Northern Islands the landscape here is not so hilly but flatter and more approachable. On Sandoy you can take a lovely walk in the tranquil countryside. From the village of Sandur there’s a little boat trip to Skúvoy with its beautiful bird cliffs.
In order to get to Stóra Dímun, the weather should behave. The small island is only three square kilometers and bordered by steep and inaccessible cliffs. Consequently, coming ashore is hard, but it’s a place of pure luxury for the many birds that live on the rocks.
Suduroy and Lítla Dímun
From Tórshavn you can board a ferry to Tvøroyri on Suduroy. As the name suggests, the island is the southernmost island in the Faroe Islands. The island is somewhat remote, and in the Faroe Islands it is said that the people from Suduroy are a bit more temperamental and open than other Faroese. Whether that is true, you can find out for yourself if you go and visit this beautiful green island.
Lítla Dímun is a tiny island located just north of Suduroy, and the only uninhabited island in the Faroe Islands. The island is surrounded by vertical cliffs and completely unapproachable. But just as unapproachable as it is, equally fascinating it is to behold - like a gigantic sculpture set on the sea.
Transportation between the islands
Infrastructure and roads are good in the Faroe Islands and it is much easier to get around than it was just 15 years ago. That was before the islands were connected by some of the latest tunnels. Sailing routes allow you to combine a beautiful boat ride with the experience of some of the more remote islands. Helicopter routes are also an option, and they are cheap because of support from the state. Going by boat or helicopter, be advised that weather can delay your departure. More on our map of the Faroe Islands.