Faroe Islands

A Guide to One Day on Kalsoy

Visiting Kalsoy in on nearly every tourist in the Faroe Islands bucket list. A remote, yet easily reachable island, with a single one lane, two way road, and narrow tunnels. It also boats one of the most picturesque hikes in the Faroes.  Somehow, Emily and I were blessed with one of our nicest days in terms of weather in the Faroe Islands. Here is a brief guide to everything on the island:

The Ferry

There are only two or three ferries going to Kalsoy in the morning: 6AM, 8:30AM, and 10:30AM. We couldn’t book ahead of time.  The Ferry only fits about 10-12 cars, so you MUST get there early to guarantee a spot. I believe we showed up to the 8:30AM ferry at 8AM, and were the second in line.


The ferry back in trickier.There is  one mid afternoon ferry around 3:30PM and the next isn’t until maybe 5. The problem is everyone who took the 8:30AM and 10:30AM ferry all try to get on the 3:30PM back. We arrived back to the ferry port very early (pretty much just went back after we fully finished the hike). We had to wait a while but it was worth it because we didn’t have to wait tof the late ferry.

The Drive

Kalsoy has one road that stretches the entire island. However, it is one lane, with cars driving both directions.  Per usual in the Faroe Islands, like most one lane roads there are pull offs periodically so that one car can pull over to let another pass.  I saw a lot of blogs saying the Kalsoy tunnels were really scary to drive in for this reason, but in my opinion, it wasn’t too much worse than the other one lane tunnels around the islands. They are maybe slightly more narrow, with no overhead lighting, so you just need to drive really slowly, especially if you aren’t in the right of way.


The Seal Woman

The Statue of the seal woman is in the village of Mikladalur, which you will hit on your way to the Kalsoy Lighthouse hike. The statue itself, is kind of underwhelming, but the surrounding scenery, and the legend, makes it worth stopping at. The legend is creepy, yet fascinating. You can read the legend here.


The Kalsoy Lighthouse Hike

I saw a lot of blogs saying that this hike was challenging or confusing.  I will start by saying, I think this is actually one of the easiest hikes in the Faroe Islands, and while the trail is not marked, it is relatively straight forward. There were also lots of people on the trail, making it even harder to get lost.  The hike to the light house, you simply go through a red gate at the northernmost part of town, and hike up and to the right, over a hill (not up the big mountain). You will see old sheep shelters along the way, which will indicate you are going in the right direction. Once you come up over the hill you will be able to see the lighthouse, and the path the rest of the way. I estimate it took us maybe 40 minutes to reach the end of the hike.

The view are of course incredible! There is a reason why this is on all Faroe Island’s postcards!


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