Kallur Lighthouse – Kalsoy, Faroe Islands - Atlas Obscura

Kallur Lighthouse

This isolated structure beckons adventurers with sublime views of the Faroe Islands. 


The scenery surrounding the simple lighthouse at Kallur is dramatic: Craggy cliffs clad in layers of green grass spike toward a sky so blue it seems to merge with the sea. Wind-whipped clouds billow above while waves lash the land below. On a wet, stormy day (and there are many of those), stray wisps of sunlight mingle with the mist to create the occasional rainbow.

The rustic, red and white lighthouse tops the northern tip of the island of Kalsoy. The isolated structure helps guide ships around the cluster of lands that crops up from the Atlantic Ocean to form the Faroe Islands. The picturesque scene around the lighthouse invites visitors to bask in the island’s beauty. 

Reaching this sublime spot requires a bit of effort, however. Visitors must follow an unmarked trail through stretches of vivid, verdant fields. Expect to encounter sheep along the way, and keep an eye out for their stone shelters—they’re a sign you’re on the right path.

Though the island and its signature lighthouse are remote, they’re worth the trek. In addition to offering gorgeous views, the northern parts of Kalsoy are also an important birding area. The cliffs are a critical breeding place for seabirds like Atlantic puffins, European storm petrels, and black guillemots.

The island of Kalsoy is sparsely populated. Only around 150 people call it home. A network of roads and tunnels connects the four settlements that are scattered around the flute-shaped landmass.

Know Before You Go

Hiking this path can be rough and muddy during most of the year.  Fog can also engulf the area and make the hike a bit more of a challenge. Once you reach the lighthouse, you will need to go a bit further along a steep path to get the epic view. This path does not have rails or anything to protect one from the harsh inclines on both sides so go at your own risk.

You can reach the island via a ferry from Klaksvik (get there early as they fill up) or by helicopter. It is recommended to read about weather conditions and driving conditions in the Faroe Islands before heading to Kalsoy. The tunnels are all one lane and can be frightening for those who have never driven in such.

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