The highest point on the Faroe Islands is Slættaratindur, a 880m tall mountain on the island of Eysturoy. On a clear day, you can see all 18 islands of the Faroes from its peak, and some say you can also spot Iceland in the far distance! On the summer solstice (June 21, the longest day of the year) it is local tradition climb Slættaratindur to watch the sun set and then rise again a few hours later.
On this third day of our trip, we made our way from our home base at Klaksvík to the trailhead at Eiðisskarð, stopping numerous times on the way to take pictures of our beautiful surroundings. We found it impossible to drive any length of distance without stopping for photos – the views are truly jaw-dropping. If you visit, factor that into your commute times!
Eiðisskarð is a mountain pass between Eiði and Funningur towns, and at its highest point you will find a small parking lot and the beginning of the trail to the Slættaratindur peak. Though the trail is unmarked, it is a very popular hike, so there is little chance of you getting lost. We were accompanied by many locals and visitors heading to the top, and the weather was perfect for a weekend hike.
The route starts as a long grassy slope that gradually steepens into a dirt path, skirting the side of mountain. The last section is rocky and steep, but the effort is well worth it. At the top, you are rewarded with great 360-degree views of the islands. Slættaratindur literally means “flat peak”, and true to its name the summit is a wide, flat area surrounded by dramatic drop-offs.