Gásadalur village and Múlafossur waterfall, Vágar, Faroe Islands

Best places to photograph in Faroe Islands

22 March 2019, by Oana Badiu

Faroe Islands are one of Europe's last wild places with endless photography opportunities. Here are a few of the best places to photograph in Faroe Islands!

The valley of Saksun, Streymoy, Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands is every photographer's dream come true! With just a few people living here and amazing landscapes created by the volcanic nature of the Faroe Islands, this is the best place to be if you love landscape and wildlife photography!

Here are a few of the best places to photograph in Faroe Islands!

1. Gásadalur and Múlafossur Waterfall, Vágar

Probably this is the photograph you will see in all magazines when they talk about Faroe Islands! This spot on Vágar island is absolutely incredible and it has everything that a landscape photographer would hope: a big mountain, cliffs, the ocean, a small isolated village and a beautiful waterfall! Gásadalur and Múlafossur Waterfall is probably the most popular place among photographers in Faroe Islands.

Sunset at Gásadalur and Múlafossur Waterfall, Vágar, Faroe Islands

On the way to Gásadalur you'll notice also Tindhólmur, an unusual shaped island, with 5 peaks, on the southside of Sørvágsfjørður. Before sunset, on your way to Gásadalur, before a tunnel, you can park your car and take some shots of this gorgeous island!

Tindhólmur, Faroe Islands

2. Nólsoy

Nólsoy is a really small village on an island with the same name located about 10 min away by ferry from Tórshavn with great photo opportunities! There is a walk to the the lighthouse on the other side of the island, which takes around 2 hours. Somehow I managed to spend 10 hours on this island and left with the last ferry around 10 PM. I had the most amazing sunset!

Beautiful sunset in Nólsoy, Faroe Islands

On the way to the lighthouse you will hike across Eggjarklettur hill, which is very photogenic from the ferry!

Eggjarklettur hill on Nólsoy, Faroe Islands

3. The valley of Saksun, Streymoy

This place is very famous for its small little houses that have grass on the roof, surrounded by mountains, with a view to a great valley! It's also one of the most famous places to photograph in Faroe Islands!

A bit further from the small houses there is another house, with a road leading to it. This house is on private property and there are people living there, which I am sure don't like to have intruders on their land! There is plenty to photograph and see without bothering the people living there, so please respect the "private property" sign and don't trespass!

Cute small houses in Saksun Valley, Faroe Islands

4. Vestmanna Cliffs, Streymoy

These are steep cliffs, located north of Vestmanna town and they are the breeding grounds of thousands of birds like puffins, fulmars and guillemots. They are only accessible by boat and they really look spectacular! The boat leaves from Vestmanna town harbor and you can book the tour online (like everything else in Faroe Islands). Prepare for a bumpy ride and I sure hope your lens has image stabilization!

Vestmanna Cliffs, Faroe Islands

5. Mykines

Besides stunning landscapes, Mykines has one of the biggest population of puffins in Europe! You will probably end up taking thousands of pictures on this trip, especially of the puffins! Everyone loves them! Read more in detail about Mykines in "One evening with the puffins, Mykines, Faroe Islands"

The village of Mykines, Faroe Islands

Puffin colony, Mykines, Faroe Islands

If you are interested in aerial photography and you don't have a drone, you can book a helicopter ride to Mykines (or from Mykines) with only 50 euros! Faroe Islands looks awesome also from above, so you're in for a real treat!

Mykines view from helicopter, Faroe Islands

6. Lake Sørvágsvatn, Vágar

This is the famous "floating" lake and there is about 1,5 h hike to the point where you can see the cliffs. You'll also have to get quite close to the edge of the cliffs to snap a picture where it looks like a "floating" lake. It's also really important to have a wide angle view lens with you (16 mm focal length on a full frame body is ideal). Thanks to my lens I managed to get a picture of the lake and the see in the same shot!

Lake Sørvágsvatn wide angle view, Faroe Islands

7. Oyggjarvegur road to Tórshavn

Instead of taking the fastest road that goes mostly through tunnels, try taking Oyggjarvegur road that goes through the clouds and offers spectacular views.

Oyggjarvegur road to Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

8. Tórshavn, the capital of Faroe Islands

Maybe this is not the place for landscape photography, however the colorful harbor may give you the chance to get some really great photographs! Also it's definitely worth visiting the capital of Faroe Islands!

Tórshavn harbor, Faroe Islands

9. Kalsoy

Probably this is a really awesome place, but I missed my ferry by 2 minutes and I didn't get to enjoy it. The people's choice from National Geographic photography contest 2017 is a picture taken from Kalsoy and it is stunning! You can admire it on National Geographic's website.

10. Funningsfjørður and Gjógv on Eysturoy island

Probably one of the most beautiful road I have ever drove on is the road that leads to Gjógv, with stunning views of Funningsfjørður. This is great for landscape photography and travel photography! I am happy that I managed to see Kalsoy from here :)

View from Funningsfjørður road towards Funningur village, Faroe Islands

View towards Kalsoy from Gjogv village, Faroe Islands

For more detailed story about my stay in Faroe Islands and more pictures check out "Visit Faroe Islands - One Week Photography Trip".

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