Surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean with undulating mountains, narrow fjords, wild coastlines and tiny villages, the Faroe Islands feel entire worlds away from anywhere else on earth. With its remote and isolated location, it's fair to say the weather gets pretty wild up here, but when exactly is the best time to plan your trip? Visiting during certain seasons will give you a very different experience, so it's important to know what the weather is like throughout the year.

When is the best time of year to visit the Faroe Islands?

In terms of the weather, the best time to visit the Faroe Islands is during the summer months (June-August) as this is when the weather should be more pleasant (although it's never guaranteed in the Faroes!). The days are also long – especially in June around the summer solstice – which is great for making the most of your time on the islands. In the summer you'll benefit from all the islands' main tourist attractions being open, many of which close during the low season, and you'll be able to explore some of the more remote islands and attractions which aren't accessible during the colder months. Although it never feels super busy, summer is high season so it might not be the quietest or most peaceful experience if that's what you're looking for. No matter what time of year you visit the Faroes, make sure you bring plenty of warm layers and a windproof/rainproof jacket as the weather is reliably unpredictable throughout the year.

Faroe Islands weather

The Faroe Islands experience a Maritime Subarctic climate with mild summers and winters. Summers average 13°C, and while sunshine is never guaranteed, the islands see just under 20 hours of daylight on the summer solstice thanks to the northern latitude location. Winter temperatures average a cool 3°C but the days can be as short as five hours on the shortest day of the year. The weather is reliably unpredictable throughout the year and you'll probably experience four seasons in one day. You might even hear locals saying, "If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”.

Average temperatures in the Faroe Islands

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH (°C)  

AVERAGE LOW (°C)  

January 

2

6

February

1

6

March

2

6

April

3

7

May 5 9
June  7 11
July 9 13
August  9 13
September 8 12
October  5 9
November  3 7
December  2 6

 

Spring (March-May)

Best for: longer days, wildflowers, wildlife, fewer tourists 

It starts getting warmer in March and April (only by a few degrees) but it still feels cold with average highs of 3°C. Expect a mixed bag of weather ranging from snow to hail to sunshine, especially at the beginning of the season. Sping also brings more daylight and by March there's over 13 hours which is great for long days spent exploring the great outdoors. Spring is drier than winter, but it's still fairly wet so make sure you pack your waterproof gear. However, the rain does wonders for the islands' abundant nature and you'll see plenty of daffodils and wildflowers adding bright pops of colour to the green landscapes. Migrant birds also start appearing along the coast towards the end of the season so keep your eyes peeled when you're out walking. 

Summer (June-August)

Best for: hiking, puffins, long days 

Summer is the driest time of year by Faroese standards, but it's cool and wet compared to other parts of Europe like Denmark. It's never scorching hot in the summer – average highs sit at 13°C and the highest temperature ever recorded in Torshavn is 22° – but you should experience a fair number of sunny spells. One of the best things about visiting in the summer is that you'll get to see puffins on Mykines Island. Every year over 125,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins flock to Mykines to breed and nest in cosy burrows along the clifftops. Popular activities like day tours to Mykines can book up well in advance so you'll have to plan early to avoid missing out. Summer is generally the best time to go hiking along the coast, kayaking in the fjords and exploring the many quaint villages dotted around the islands.

Autumn (September-November)

Best for: fewer tourists, photography

As the seasons change, the weather shifts and the days start drawing in early. Daytime highs linger from 3-8°C but it often feels considerably cooler with the wind chill and more frequent rainfall. Some attractions start closing come late September to gear up for the colder months, but it's usually easier to book accommodation as the summer influx of tourists heads home. Towards the end of the season, you might also be able to see the northern lights, but if this is something you want to experience you have a better chance during winter. Autumn also brings a gorgeous natural light, so if you're into photography now's the best chance to capture the islands' natural beauty. 

Winter (December-February)

Best for: seeing the northern lights, very few tourists, dramatic weather

If you're willing to rug up and embrace everchanging weather, winter can be a fantastic time to see the islands in all their unpredictable glory. There's something about the cold weather, snow-covered mountains, thrashing waves and moody skies that make the scenery even more dramatic. There are hardly any tourists in winter so you'll get to experience the Faroes like a local. It's the best time of year to watch the magical northern lights as daylight is a mere five hours around the winter solstice in December. Snow falls from December through March, with February being the snowiest month with an average of 43 millimetres. Seeing the mountains, cliffs and turf-roofed houses dusted with snow is like something from a fairytale. As it's so quiet in winter it's usually very easy to secure cheaper prices for accommodation and car rentals, but some tourist attractions and restaurants close during the low season so just bear this in mind if there are certain activities you'd like to do.

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