As you explore the Faroe Islands, driving is essential. Nothing is very far, but a car makes it possible. I’ve driven through many beautiful places around the world, but the Faroe Islands was unmatched in beauty.
A Guide To Driving On The Faroe Islands
I already outlined the process of renting a car. When you do rent a car, ensure that your agreement includes a toll package (most cars are equipped with a toll chip). The beauty of driving is that we did not run into a single traffic jam over our three days on the island, though the entrance to tunnels between cities can get a bit crowded during rush hour.
One thing that amazed me about the Faroe Islands is that despite being a relatively remote Atlantic archipelago, the infrastructure was amazingly modern. In every nook and cranny of the island I enjoyed strong mobile phone coverage. Roads were perfectly paved. But perhaps most impressive was the network of underground tunnels that linked the islands.
One tunnel was so long that it even included a roundabout in the middle! That particular tunnel is 6.9 miles long and links the capital city of Torshavn with Eysturoy. It is called Eysturoyartunnil and opened in late 2020 and includes the world’s first underwater roundabout. This tunnel has cut travel time between Streymoy (the most populated island) and Eysturoy (the second most populated island) from one hour to 15 minutes.
I will not get into the technical details of the tunnel (you can read more here if you are interested), but Eysturoyartunnil is a stunning architectural and engineering marvel.
As you drive through the 18 islands which make up the Faroe Islands, you’ll encounter 20 tunnels, with more under construction. But the true beauty comes driving on the surface, where just about every mile is picturesque. Take a look:
I loved that traffic was so light anytime you wanted a picture you could just pull over and take one.
We only ran into one road closure, with an exemption made for “local sheep farmers.”
Yes, you do have to share the road:
As an FYI, the speed limit is 50 km/hour in urban/populated areas and 80 km/hour in rural areas. I did not notice any police cars or speed cameras, but I strongly recommend you respect the boundaries…it also makes for very pleasant driving.
Finally, you may encounter very dense, thick fog, as we did each morning. In fact, I don’t think I have ever driven in fog so thick. There, we were just inching along.
The beauty of driving on the Faroe Islands is that you can simply hop in your car and go any direction to enjoy matchless natural beauty. A car is a necessity when visiting, but with the construction of advanced tunnels, driving is also a pleasure.
Gorgeous/stunning/all of the above. Are you using stabilizer for your phone or camera to not have any shakiness in the video?
I think YouTube stabilizes video when I upload it.
Interesting, thanks. Both recent videos seemed very smooth so didn’t know if you were using a handheld like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BHCC3BV
When I visited in 2018, that new tunnel wasn’t built yet and the driving time from Torshavn to Klaksvik was much longer. I second the comment about the fog–often the flights cannot even land at Vagar.
Did you drive through any of those long mountain tunnels that are only one lane? If there was more traffic, they would be kind of scary, but I rarely encountered anyone.
I love how you can head out from Torshavn to explore the islands and be back in a day. As long as you pick a direction, there’s no “long” ride in the Faroe Islands (Unless you need to get on a ferry boat).
Absolutely gorgeous photos. You’ve inspired me to visit. Reminds me of driving around Iceland … years ago before it became overrun with travelers like me 🙂
Did you get to try the helicopter taxi while you were there? I only found out about it a couple days before I left, and then the weather was too foggy so my flight was cancelled. If I recall it’s only about $30 one way to their furthest stop.
I had no idea this existed!