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Faroe Islands

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Faroe Islands
Færøerne · Føroyar
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Country code FO
Drives on:  right
Route prefixes:  Lv (unsigned)
Traffic light sequence:  green · amber · red ·
Long distances:  kilometres
Short distances:  metres
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General data
Population:  51,540 (2018)
Area:  1,399 km²
Currency:  Faroese króna (kr)
Time zone:  GMT (summer: GMT+1)
Internet TLD code:  .fo
International dialling code:  +298
Capital City:  Tórshavn

The Faroe Islands, situated some 370 km north-west of Shetland, are a dependency of Denmark. A score of road tunnels interconnect the islands, while a further six are either currently under construction or planned.

The road network


There are no motorways on the Faroe Islands.

Other main roads

The end of Route 15 in Toftir, Eysturoy. Where possible, roads in the Faroe Islands hug the coast to avoid the mountains. Outside of the major population centres, traffic is light.

Faroese main roads are single carriageway, usually one lane in each direction and of good quality. On the main routes, for example Routes 10 and 11, the speed limit can be easily reached, with the roads having modern geometry and sight lines. Some tunnels and approaches can be quite steep, causing heavier vehicles to struggle in places. However traffic is sufficiently light that overtaking is possible in many places.

With the odd exception, all main roads have two digit numbers, with the lowest (Route 10) connecting the capital Tórshavn to the second largest town, Klaksvík via the Eysturoyartunnilin.

As of 2023, the majority of the population is connected to each other via bridges or tunnels. Some northern islands still require a ferry journey, and the large islands of Sandoy and Suðuroy in the south are yet to be connected - however Sandoy is due to be connected to the "mainland" by a new tunnel that will replace the ferry service onto Streymoy.

Selected Main Roads of the Faroe Islands
Route Length From To Island(s) Notes
10 38km Tórshavn Klaksvík Streymoy, Eysturoy, Borðoy Main road in the Faroes. Includes Eysturoytunnilin and Norðoyatunnilin
11 27km Airport Kollafjørður Vágar, Streymoy Main road to airport, includes Vágatunnilin
12 16.4km Tórshavn Sandur Streymoy, Sandoy via Sandoyartunnilin
14 17.5km Tvøroyri Vágur Suðuroy
15 18.9km Toftir Skálabotnur Streymoy Includes the two short arms of Eysturoytunnilin
16 6.4km Norðragøta Fuglafjørður Eysturoy
21 12.5km Route 11 at Stikkið Vestmanna Streymoy
22 1.1km Airport Sørvágur Vágar Continuation of Route 11 from Airport
23 10.2km Oyrarbakki Eiði Eysturoy
32 8.7km Øravík Fámjin Suðuroy
34 13.6km Tvøroyri Sandvík Suðuroy
40 9.3km Sandur Skálavík Sandoy
45 9.6km Sørvágur Gásadalur Vágar Continuation of Route 22 from Sørvágur
50 20km Tórshavn Kollafjørður Streymoy Old mountain road leading north from Tórshavn. Replaced by Kollafjørðurtunnilin route.
60 8.8km east of Orarbakki Funningur Eysturoy
63 10.4km Skálabotnur Oyndarfjørður Eysturoy
64 1.5km near Oyndarfjørður Hellurnar Eysturoy Spur off Route 63
65 11.6km Strendur Selatrað Eysturoy
70 18.7km Klaksvík Viðareiði Borðoy, Viðoy
71 9.0km Klaksvík Kunoy Borðoy, Kunoy
76 16.7km Syðradalur Trøllanes Kalsoy
550 16.1km Hvítanes Kollafjørður Streymoy Not signed on ground but shown on Open Streetmap - Old route 10 section via Kollafjørðurtunnilin

Note: Some routes may have been renumbered due to new tunnel openings and road improvements. Some route numbers may not be shown on the ground. Not all double digit roads have been shown.

Local roads

Local roads have three digit numbers (where used) and are of varying quality, some of which may be single track or unpaved.


Due to the topography of the islands, there are numerous tunnels connecting nearly all of the main islands, with several planned. Tunnels are free to use, except for the sub-sea tunnels:- Vágatunnilin (100kr by car as of 2023), Norðoyartunnilin (100kr) and Eysturoyartunnilin (175/125kr).

Subsea Tunnels of the Faroe Islands
Tunnel Opened Length (m) Route No. From To Islands Notes
Vágatunnilin 2002 4,940 11 Leynar Fútaklett Vágar, Streymoy Connects the Airport to the main islands. Fully lit, also with electric cat's eyes along the edge markings. Steepest section of tunnel is 6.9%.
Norðoyatunnilin 2006 6,186 10 Leirvík Klaksvík Eysturoy, Borðoy Connects Klaksvík and the northern island communities to the "Mainland"
Eysturoyartunnilin 2020 11,200 10/15 Tórshavn Strendur and Runavík/Toftir Streymoy, Eysturoy Has significantly reduced journey times to southern Eysturoy and improved connections to Klaksvík It now makes commuting possible from Runavík and neighbouring villages into the capital. Features include light art, and the "Jellyfish" roundabout.
Sandoyartunnilin 2013 10,785 12 Gamlarætt Traðardalur Streymoy, Sandoy Replaced the old ferry that ran Gamlarætt - Skopun - Hestur. It was projected that approximately 400 vehicles per day would use the tunnel, early 2024 figures show the traffic is double this projection.

A further tunnel, related to Sandoyartunnilin, is proposed to link Sandoy with Suðuroy, but this is only in the planning stages. This would mean that all major populated islands would be connected by road.

Selected Land Tunnels of the Faroe Islands
Tunnel Opened Length (m) Route No. From To Island(s) Notes
Árnafjarðartunnilin 1965 1,680 70 Klaksvík Árnafjørður Borðoy One of the two Borðoyartunlarnir. Single lane traffic, due to be replaced by a modern tunnel.
Hvannasundstunnilin 1967 2,120 70 Árnafjørður Hvannasund Borðoy One of the two Borðoyartunlarnir. Single lane traffic, due to be replaced by a modern tunnel.
Norðskálatunnilin 1976 2,520 ex-10 Oyrabakki Skálabotn Eysturoy Connects the two halves of Eysturoy.
Kollafjarðartunnilin 1992 2,816 10/550 Kollafjorður Kaldbaksbotnur Streymoy Bypasses a mountain road (Route 50) north of Tórshavn.
Gásadalstunnilin 2006 1,445 45 Gásadalur Sørvágur Vágar Single lane traffic. Previously the only access to Gásadalur was by foot over the mountain on the "Postal Road".


A roundabout sign in Tórshavn. The dashed edges around the route number denote that this road will lead to that route eventually.

Signage follows the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, and therefore all warning and regulatory signs will be familiar to European motorists. Unlike some Nordic countries, warning signs use a white background as opposed to the yellow backgrounds used elsewhere.

All directional signage is black text on a yellow background, with the road numbers in a white box. Distances to villages are usually shown on flag signs at junctions as opposed to dedicated route confirmatory signs.

Public Transport

There are no railways on the Faroes, however there is an adequate bus system in place. In Tórshavn, the red city buses "Bussleiðin" are free to use and run on seven routes around the municipality. Outside of the city, the blue buses (run by Strandfaraskip Landsins) offer a network of buses that connect to most villages. Bus connections can be made in several areas, with services timed to arrive at the same time - allowing passengers to jump off one bus and onboard the next - and ferries to outlying islands are timed to connect where possible.

Traffic rules

Headlights are mandatory at all times when driving.

Sheep wander around many of the rural roads. It is obligatory to inform the Police if one is hit, as then the farmer may be compensated - this is covered by an insurance scheme, and the driver typically does not pay.

Speed limits

  • 50km/h - Urban areas. There are some 40km/h zones in Tórshavn centre.
  • 80km/h - Rural areas. Some 60km/h limits exist on the edge of Tórshavn and on some lower quality sections of main road.

Vehicle registration

Vehicle registrations conform to the pattern AA 123, ie: two letters followed by three numbers. These are randomly assigned. Taxis have the special numberplate TAXI nn where "n is a number.

All vehicles have the Faroese Flag and FO country identifier on their numberplates.


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