Driving in the Faroe Islands should be as stress-free as possible so you can enjoy the natural beauty. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the rules and regulations, speed limits, and other information you should know before getting behind the wheel in the Faroe Islands.
Rules and Regulations
- Drive on the right-hand side
- Don’t drink and drive. The permitted blood alcohol level limit is 0.05%.
- The use of seat belts is compulsory for all occupants of the vehicle.
- A child safety seat is required for children under 4 years old.
- Children under 12 years must sit in the rear seats.
- Headlights must be used at all times.
- Modern tunnels have two lanes, but old ones have only one lane. There are turnouts in the old tunnels every 110 yards. Turnouts are on the right-hand side of the tunnels, and a driver who is on the right has to give way to oncoming traffic. In the case of meeting a truck in a one-lane tunnel, a car has to drive into the turnout whether it is on your right or left.
- A car driving down a hill must pull into a turnout and give way to the car going up the hill.
These are the standard speed limits for the Faroe Islands. Any variations will be signposted.
|Town areas||50 km/h (31 mph)|
|Non-town areas||80 km/h (50 mph)|
- Drivers should always pay attention to the heights and widths of the old tunnels.
- Please watch out for sheep on the road as this is quite common.
- Using studded tires is only allowed between October 15th and May 1st
- A sub-sea tunnel connects the island of Vágar with Streymoy and Borðoy to Eysturoy. There is a toll to use this tunnel.
- Roads are generally in good condition and are well signposted.
- Parking in the towns of Klaksvík, Tórshavn, Runavík and the Airport is restricted. Parking discs must be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the front windshield.
- SIXT has branches in the Faroe Islands in Sörvagur at Vágar Airport and in the capital city of Torshavn.