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Getting around

By vehicle

Exploring the Faroe Islands’ beautiful landscapes by car, campervan or motorcycle is a popular way to get around. It’s easy, flexible and you can decide your own pace – just like a true Faroese!

Most islands are connected by an excellent infrastructure of roads, bridges and subsea tunnels, making it effortless to get around.

For example, you can take in the majestic view of Múlafossur waterfall in Gásadalur, explore the breathtaking lagoon in Saksun and hike out to the Kallurin lighthouse on Kalsoy all in one day – and even make it back in time for a lamb roast dinner in Tórshavn! (This is, of course, dependent on how many photos you plan on taking at each location – which is usually quite a lot!).

Please read before driving in the Faroe Islands

All major highways are paved, but some roads, especially to the smaller villages, are still gravel roads. Make sure to navigate these roads with care, as loose gravel can make driving difficult. Many roads and tunnels leading to villages can be very narrow, so please choose a safe speed according to the conditions. Always be mindful of other vehicles.

The general speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, and 80 km/h on asphalt roads and gravel roads in rural areas. Road maps are a good help so make sure you bring one along before you start your journey. These can be picked up at regional information centres across the country or viewed online here.

Motorists are obliged by law to use headlights at all times, day and night. Passengers in the front and back seats of an automobile are required by law to use safety belts. Talking on a mobile phone and driving under the influence of alcohol are strongly prohibited.

Guide to driving in the Faroe Islands:

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Off-road driving

Off-road driving in the Faroe Islands is prohibited by law. Please respect the nature and stay on paved roads.

Parking

Parking in Klaksvík, Tórshavn, Runavík and at Vágar Airport is restricted. Parking discs must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of the front windscreen, showing the time you parked your car. These display discs are available at no charge from banks and regional tourist centres across the country. Parking violations will incur a fine of DKK 200.

Filling stations

Filling stations are located on most islands. Distances between filing stations may vary so make sure you have enough fuel to reach the next one.

Sub-sea tunnels

There are two sub-sea tunnels in the Faroe Islands, both of which charge a toll payment of DKK 100,- (approximately €13) for a return trip.

One sub-sea tunnel (Vágatunnilin) connects the western island of Vágar (Airport) to the island of Streymoy (capital Tórshavn). The other sub-sea tunnel (Norðoyatunnilin) connects the northern island of Borðoy (Klaksvík) to the island of Eysturoy (Leirvík).  You are only charged when driving from Vágar in Vágatunnilin, and driving from Klaksvík in Norðoyatunnilin.

There are no pay station at the tunnels. Drive through the tunnel without stopping and pay at one of these petrol stations:

Effo – Kollafjørður
Effo – Gundadalur
Effo – Klaksvík
Magn – Klaksvík
Magn – Gøtudalur
Effo – Leirvík
Magn – Miðvágur

Payment must be made within three days. If payment is not made, the bill will be sent by post to the owner of the car.

Visit tunnil.fo for more information.

Video guide to driving in the Faroe Islands

Safe travel

Although the Faroe Islands is one of the safest countries in the world, travelling in the Faroe Islands might be different to what you are used to. It is important you are well aware of things like weather extremes, narrow, windy roads, and different road rules before you begin your journey.

Transportation

Bus & Ferry

Public transport around the islands is efficient and wallet-friendly as ferries are government-subsidized and can cost as little as DKK 15. If you purchase multi-day transport passes (DKK 500), they can be used on all buses and ferries, with the exception of the one to Mykines. Additionally, you can catch a free bus that travels around Tórshavn, including to the historic village of Kirjubøur. If you have the time to travel according to the pace of the timetables, you won’t even need to rent a car.

Bicycle

Rent a bike from Visit Tórshavn and wander around the capital, Tórshavn. Travelling on two wheels is a great way of exploring!

Helicopter

If taking a helicopter ride is on your must-do list, the Faroe Islands might be the best place to finally cross it off. Not only are the views wonderful, but helicopter travel is subsidized by the government so that locals can live on some of the archipelago’s more remote islands. For tourists, this means you can take a helicopter trip between islands for around DKK 125. The helicopter subsidy is a community initiative, so it is expected that tourists will only take advantage of it for a one-way trip (and return using a ferry).

Shuttle to & from the airport

Make sure to book transport from the airport to your place of accommodation in advance. Take the bus or order a taxi from one of these taxi services.

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