The biggest advantage of renting a car in the Faroe Islands is the freedom to explore the beautiful islands. The archipelago has various scenic routes, known as "Buttercup routes," which are indicated by a small green sign with a yellow flower. As there are no highways on the islands, you will find yourself driving on winding mountain roads that cross from island to island via bridges and tunnels under the sea.
The Faroe Islands have laws for children traveling in child seats. Any child under the age of four years is required to sit in a child safety seat. No child under the age of 12 is allowed to sit in the front of a vehicle, but must sit in the rear seats. You must endeavour to bring your own child car seat or rent one from your car hire agency, as you are required to have one for your child on car trips from the airport.
You will find that traffic is much heavier around Torshavn and bigger towns, but generally the other islands have quieter roads. Only in Torshavn will you find traffic lights in operation. You should also watch out for sheep in the roads and grazing on the sides of roads; drive slowly in rural areas.
As public transportation is limited, the best way to discover the Faroe Islands is to rent a car. There are hundreds of miles of well-maintained roads, highways, and tunnels, as well as ferries, bridges, and sub-sea tunnels that connect the 18 islands. On a single road trip, you will be able to drive from one end of one individual island to the opposite end in a matter of hours.
Book your car hire in Faroe Islands at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact car hires in Faroe Islands are around 27% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in the Faroe Islands
Compact (Ford Focus Wagon or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the Faroe Islands.
When you rent a car on the Faroe Islands, you will need to remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road. You must keep your headlights on at all times, and seatbelts are obligatory. If you drive through a sub-sea tunnel, you will be required to pay a toll fee of around 99 Kr. ($15), which can be paid at local petrol stations. You should also be aware that there are lanes reserved for cyclists and public transport.
If you plan to rent a car in the Faroe Islands, the minimum age for drivers is 18 years old, although this may vary depending on the car category. You should also have a license issued more than one year before and carry it at all times when driving in the Faroe Islands.
When you rent a car in the Faroe Islands, you will find that the average price of petrol in the Faroe Islands is considerably higher than the United States, at 9.05 Kr. ($1.37) per liter and 37.54 Kr ($5.64.) per gallon. There are petrol stations on most of the islands, but it is wise to fill up your tank before any long trips.
As there are no highways on the Faroe Islands, the national speed limits are simple to remember. You will either drive in "town areas" or "non-town areas." In well-developed or town areas, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph), while on the non-town roads you may travel at speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph). There are often mobile speed cameras on the islands, so be on the lookout.
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