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The Best Time of Year to Rent a Car in the Faroe Islands



By Poul / 22 Apr, 2024 / Share This Post

Summer, autumn, winter or spring? When is the best time to rent a car in the Faroe Islands? We reveal when you should visit and what you can expect.

Planning a trip to the Faroe Islands?

The last thing you want to do is spend a fortune on a rental car. While it’s the best way to get around the main islands, you probably want to spend your hard-earned cash on enchanting accommodations and exciting tours of the area.

The good news is that visiting at the right time of year can save you a Krone or two.

So, should you visit during the sunny summers or swing by in the picturesque autumns?

Allow us to inform you of when’s the best time to rent a car in the Faroe Islands.

When Should You Rent a Car in the Faroe Islands?

The cheapest time of year to rent a car in the Faroe Islands is February, which is in the winter.

While the weather can be unpredictable, witnessing the snowy mountains and the crashes of the waves on the ocean is a stunning sight. February averages approximately 43 millimeters of snow, and it makes for beautiful imagery as it gently dusts rooftops and trees.

If you’re a seasoned driver on snowy roads, you’ll have no trouble cruising along the streets of the Faroe Islands. It’s also much easier to find excellent accommodation and gain greater access to tourist attractions.

The Best Time to Visit the Faroe Islands

Ok, so maybe you don’t love the cold weather. So when should you travel to the Faroe Islands?

  • March to May: The spring season offers longer days and blooming wildflowers in every direction. The local animals also love to venture around the islands during this time of year. The weather ranges from glorious sunny days to isolated snowfall. So you’ll need to pack a wide range of clothing options.

  • June to August: Summer is a popular time of year to visit the Faroe Islands. Temperatures reach a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for activities such as hiking and kayaking. You’ll also get to meet the puffins hanging out on Mykines Island.

  • September to November: There’s a chance you might see the Northern Lights in Autumn, but it’s not guaranteed. But you will get shorter days and cooler winds. Several attractions are closed in late September, but there is still plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy during your visit.

  • December and January: The winter weather can be a little wild. But it’s the best time of year to see the Northern Lights. Just note that you’ll only experience around five hours of daylight in December. If you’re a night owl, this might be the perfect time to visit the Faroe Islands.

 

How to Get Around the Faroe Islands

No matter what time of year you decide to visit the Faroe Islands, PHD Car Rent can get you on the road.

We make reservations painless and don’t bother you with security deposits. You won’t even get charged a cancellation fee if it’s outside of 24 hours before your pick-up time. We want your money to go towards a fantastic Faroe Islands vacation.

It’s just one of the reasons why we have over 100 5-star Google reviews.

Book now and tick “book rental car” off your holiday to-do list.


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What to know about car rentals in the Faroe Islands

1: Book Early

The first big thing to know about renting a car here is that there is a relative scarcity of rental cars (around 1,400 rental cars only across all the islands!), which means that prices will get steep, especially during the peak of summer holidays. If you’re planning your visit to the Faroe Islands sometime within the year, do your best to always book in advance. Winter is a good time to snatch up deals—and if you’re smart about which car rental company you choose, you can do so without any worry about cancellation fees.

2: Not just from big companies

Google “car rentals in Faroe Islands” and you'll likely find listings for the big car rental companies (Sixt, Kayak, etc). But that’s not all there is. With some locals being too aware of how high car rental prices put off some travelers from visiting their homeland, they’ve set up shop to offer more affordable prices (i.e. our mission in a nutshell!). But it’s not just a matter of pricing. With a local, small team you can expect much more personal support and all the attention that small businesses are known for: ensuring you’re satisfied and sharing with you recommendations.

3: Find out *all* fees

If you haven’t been lucky enough to nab a car rental winter deal, this is a must-do. Because for many car rental companies (especially the big ones), apart from the rental price of your vehicle, other costs can include cancellation fees and security deposits. The latter can be especially annoying when they charge your credit card immediately for a high deposit, before releasing it with the cost of your bank’s currency exchange fee. Our favorite alternative? Go with a car rental company that doesn’t charge you for cancellations & security deposits.

4: Confirm *all* logistics

Thought the rocky Faroe Islands would require 4-wheel drives? Not all. Off-road driving is actually banned from the islands, and thanks to a fantastic road network, just a standard car type would do you well for your adventures (even in winter!)

5: No need for a special car type

If you haven’t been lucky enough to nab a car rental winter deal, this is a must-do. Because for many car rental companies (especially the big ones), apart from the rental price of your vehicle, other costs can include cancellation fees and security deposits. The latter can be especially annoying when they charge your credit card immediately for a high deposit, before releasing it with the cost of your bank’s currency exchange fee. Our favorite alternative? Go with a car rental company that doesn’t charge you for cancellations & security deposits.

What to know about car rentals in the Faroe Islands

1. Sea Tunnels

One of the unique things you’ll quickly find out about the Faroe Islands is its many tunnels connecting you all across the archipelago. There are around 20 of them—and they can go either under the seabed itself (sub-sea tunnels) or right through a mighty mountain.

2. Parking fees

Whether it’s because of the sparsity of the population or the immensity of space around, the Faroe Islands have no parking fees whatsoever…with one exception. If you’re planning to park at the airport, you can expect to pay a fee there—otherwise, park as long as you want, free of charge.

3. No off-road driving

Perhaps a little disappointing to the 4-wheeler adventurers: the Faroe Islands doesn’t permit any off-road driving (officially: it’s prohibited by law). This is to protect the pristine nature all around, much of which is actually private property. So do enjoy your road trips—but on the ample roads, bridges, and tunnels.

4. Sheep on the road

Quintessentially Faroese, when you’re driving around here you’ll very soon be greeted with our most common habitant: wooly sheep. You’ll see them across fields and by roadsides, but just be mindful that some can galavant across the roads (often when in a panic). So when sheep are around, do slow down.

5. Speed limits (and other rules)

For a quick runthrough of local driving rules: if you’re in town areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph)—otherwise, it’s 80 km/h (50 mph). You drive on the right-hand side. It’s illegal to hold a mobile device (or drink alcohol) while driving. And while the legal driving age in the Faroe Islands is 18, most car rental companies will require you to be at least 20-21 years of age.

What Car Rental options do you have?

We’re keeping this part short—only because we’ll be breaking things down for you fully in a separate blog. But the quick sum of it is: if you’re looking to rent a car for your adventures in the Faroe Islands, you can either rent from the regular big companies or opt for a local car rental company.

Why we’re biased for the latter? Because, well, that’s what we do—but in our PHD Car Rent way. We make reservations a breeze, never tie up your money in security deposits, don’t charge cancellation fees (unless you cancel 24 hours before your pick-up time), and make sure your money goes the furthest for you.

Our mission has always been to provide the best value car rentals that you can rely on for quality and friendly, local service. But don’t take our word for it—check out our 134, 5-star Google reviews!