Bicycling in the Faroe Islands

Exploring on two wheels is a fantastic way to travel.

We dare say that travelling by bike is the best way to experience the stunning beauty of the Faroe Islands. The slower pace allows you to inhale all the impressions of the roads, mountains, and valleys you pass by.

The infrastructure in the Faroe Islands is excellent for biking. All islands are accessible by subsea tunnels, bridges, or ferries. Low-volume traffic on many roads makes bicycling in the Faroe Islands a pleasurable experience, and you can easily access all the top highlights, such as Saksun, Tjørnuvík, Bøur, Gásadalur, by bike. Still, you can also go to lesser-known places and experience the essence of silence.

Keep in mind

  • Bike paths are uncommon in urban and rural areas, so cyclists often have to share the road with motor-driven vehicles. Additionally, there are numerous tunnels in the Faroe Islands, and some of them can be pretty dark.
  • It's good to be aware that some roads are not paved, so you may have to ride on gravel roads in some places.
  • Also, the distance between urban areas can be pretty long. Hence, it is crucial to bring the necessary equipment for essential repairs, such as extra tubes, tyres, maps, GPS, and communication equipment.


The weather can be unpredictable and change quickly, so it is essential to remember some things before setting off on your adventure.

The islands are far from flat, and many gradients can be thought of, but the Island of Sandoy is known to be the flattest island in the country and is excellent for a day trip or even two.

  • Always stay on the path to avoid damaging the terrain, and be mindful of the environment. Dress appropriately for the weather with warm and water-resistant clothing. Wearing gloves is also a good idea since temperatures can fluctuate suddenly.
  • Lastly, it's always a good idea to share your travel itinerary with someone in case of an emergency.

Essential bicycling equipment

Your bike must have a bell, a white reflector visible from the front, yellow reflectors on the pedals and wheels, and a red reflector at the back. Ensure your bike is fitted with these before bringing it to the Faroe Islands. This is especially important because cyclists often encounter tunnels in the Faroe Islands.

When bicycling in the dark, you must have a working white light at the front and a red at the back. These can be bought at bike shops across the country.

Bike trailers must have two white reflectors on the front and two red on the back, with two yellow reflectors on each side. After dark, you must make sure your trailer has a red light either fitted at the back or the left-hand side.

Taking children on your bicycle

If you are over 15 years of age, you can transport two children under eight years old on your bicycle, provided you have the necessary cycle seats. If you have a bike trailer, you can take two children of any age. Children on bike seats and in trailers must permanently be fastened in.

Faroese traffic regulations

You must continuously cycle on the right-hand side of the road, and if there’s a bicycling path, you should use this. If you turn left and cross over the road, you will join the traffic on the right-hand side so that you will be waiting with the traffic. Then go with the traffic when the light is green. Bicyclists must use their arms to signal that they are slowing down, turning, or stopping.


You are not legally required to wear a helmet. But it is a great idea to use one anyway!

Bicycling Routes

Embark on an unforgettable biking adventure with these inspiring trip ideas! Find guidance in the booklet provided or scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Rent a bike

Wander around and explore the sights on two wheels.
E-bikes, Road bikes, Gravel/Hybrid bikes, and Mountain bikes can be rented from, Mountain bikes from ARA Tours. Bike shops with a bike repair workshop are at and Súkkluverkstaðið hjá Gunnari.