We spent 10 days on the Faroe Islands hiking to almost every popular peak, village, and cliff. Dunnesdrangar wasn’t on our initial plan – in fact, we didn’t even have a clue this stunning place existed! One night we chatted to our Airbnb flatmate and she let us in on this secret, unknown to tourists (and many locals), hiking path on Vágar island. We saw the pictures and decided to hike there the next day. What we saw was absolutely amazing and ended up being our favorite hike of the entire trip! Here is everything you need to know about the hiking path to Dunnesdrangar, as well as a few tips to help you make the most of your time at this jaw-dropping destination.
Dunnesdrangar is a name for the two 70 meter high sea stacks on Vágar island’s south coast. The area is still unknown to tourists and most locals, which makes it one of the most unique destinations on the Faroe Islands right now. The dramatic views of the sea stacks and the steep cliffs are easy to get to and the views there are absolutely stunning.
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The Dunnesdrangar hike was our absolute favorite thing to do on our 10-day trip to the Faroe Islands and I recommend you go here wholeheartedly.
The views at Dunnesdrangar are stunning, but be careful of how close to the edge you go. It’s easy to get carried away with a camera in your hand, but no photo is worth dying for. So, exercise common sense! Some of my photos were taken with a drone to get those cliff views, so do not attempt them holding a camera while too close to the edge.
Dunnesdrangar hiking route description
The hiking path to Dunnesdrangar is unmarked due to it not being yet discovered by tourists (or many locals) and is at the moment still free of charge. This is what makes the place a little harder to find, but also a fun adventure!!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: as of 2023, this hike is no longer free of charge. You now don’t need to follow my hiking trail since you will have a guided tour leading you here. You now MUST book a guided walking tour and you’ll find it here.
Dunnesdrangar is located on Vágar island, behind the airport and the town of Sørvágur. It’s a short drive from the town and the road will lead you to a gravelled parking lot which is where you will park and start your hike from. The exact location for the parking spot is here.
Shortly after you park you’ll see two light wooden logs, which is where you’ll enter to start walking. I am attaching the hiking path map to Dunnesdrangar to this article as well, but in case you get lost, just remember to follow the river south and where it splits continue along with the east one (or the one on your left if your back is turned at the airport).
You’ll be walking on an approximately 3-kilometer long path across the moor where you will cross a few fences and wet areas until you reach a vantage point. The closer you’ll get to the edge, the more visible the sea stacks will become. The hike is easy and takes about 3 hours both ways and the hiking terrain to Dunnesdrangar never exceeds 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level.
You will have to cross over a few fences and wet areas, but there are often stones on each side of them so you’ll be able to cross without a problem.
Make sure you’re wearing waterproof shoes as you will walk over a few wet areas and you don’t want to have wet feet on a hike!
Hiking path to Dunnesdrangar:
Updated hiking rules for Dunnesdrangar
Dunnesdrangar is unfortunately no longer available as a free public hike. From summer 2023 it is mandatory to be accompanied by a guide and you have to book a guided walking tour here. If you do not book the hike with the guide, it is considered trespassing and you could be fined.
The price for the hike to Dunnesdrangar is 450,00 DKK or 60 EUR per person. They have scheduled hikes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am and 4 pm. The duration of the hike is approximately 2,5 hours. You MUST book the tour in advance, find it here.
Can’t hike and want to join a boat tour instead?
Luckily there are plenty of boat tours available in the Faroe Islands and this Vagar Sea Cliffs Boat Tour includes sighting of the rocky spike Trøllkonufingur, the Trælanípa cliff, the rock wall Geituskorardrangur and the towering sea stacks of Dunnesdrangar. You can just sit back and relax and take pictures from the boat, instead of hiking to all these places!
There are so many beautiful places to see in Vágar, here are my absolute favorites:
10 Best Things to do in Vágar Island – The Ultimate Guide
Want to hike forward to Suður á Fjalli?
If you have more time to spare and want to see another spot near Dunnesdrangar, then you could continue the hike towards Suður á Fjalli as well. We went here but honestly – it wasn’t really worth it. Sure, the views are great and there are a few small lakes (including the little heart-shaped one), but it’s not that special of a place to make extra time for in my honest opinion.
If you do decide to hike forward, then be prepared for a little steeper hike. Follow the coast and then the fence up the hill to reach the top. The terrain will change a bit once you go down the peak, there are a lot more stones and on the day we hiked there it was quite wet as well. If you do decide to take this route and circle back to the parking lot, then I suggest you have a look at this map.
I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to hike to Dunnesdrangar! We hiked there in August 2021, so if anything changes after this time make sure to let me know in the comments so I can update the article!
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