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Climate - Faroe Islands

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go, what to pack

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In the Faroe Islands, autonomous Danish territory, the climate is cold, wet, windy and rainy throughout the year. The influence of the ocean reduces the temperature range between night and day, and between winter and summer as well.

In the main city, Torshavn, the average temperature goes from 37.5 °F in January, to 52 °F in August, which is the mildest month. Therefore, the climate is almost subpolar, given the cold summer, even though in winter the averages remain above freezing.

Rainfall is abundant, amounting to 52 inches per year, with a maximum in autumn and winter, when more than 4 inches per month fall from September to March, and a relative minimum in spring and summer. The least rainy months are May and June, when, however, 2.2/2.5 inches of rain fall per month; in the least rainy period, from May to August, it still rains for 12/13 days per month on average.
Here is the average precipitation in Torshavn.
Average precipitation Torshavn
Torshavn J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (in) 6.2 4.5 5.2 3.5 2.5 2.2 2.9 3.8 4.7 5.8 5.5 5.3 52.2
Days 22 17 21 16 13 12 13 13 18 22 21 22 210

The sunshine amount is never good: cloudy skies are the norm, however, spring is the relatively sunniest season. On the other hand, given the high latitude, the days are very long from May to July. In winter, the days are very short, especially from November to January, and the weather is usually bad, so that darkness reigns.
Here are the average temperatures.
Torshavn average temperatures
Torshavn J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°F) 34 36 36 37 41 45 46 48 45 41 37 36
Max (°F) 41 43 43 45 48 52 55 55 52 48 45 43

Winter is not icy, but wind and moisture increase the feeling of cold. Rain is more frequent that snow even in winter, on the other hand, snowfalls and frosts, usually not intense, are possible for a long period, ie from October to April.
Spring is cold, and the temperature rises very slowly, so that still in May highs are 48 °F on average, but at least the days are by now very long.
Summer is cold or very cool, with highs around 52/55 °F. The highest recorded temperatures are around 68/72 °F.

In inland areas, there are hills where the altitude makes snowfall more likely, so that you can see the snow even in summer. It is said that from the top of Slættaratindur, at 2,900 feet above sea level, you can see the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull.

The wind blows strong or moderate throughout the year, but the storms are most likely from October to March.


The ocean is cold all year round: the sea temperature goes from 43 °F in February and March, to 52 °F in August. In winter, the water temperature is relatively high, given the latitude, due to the Gulf Stream.
Sea temperature Torshavn
Torshavn J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°F) 45 43 43 45 46 48 50 52 50 46 46 45

When to go

The best time to visit the Faroes is summer, from June to August, being the least cold and the least rainy. September is as cool as June, but it is more rainy and has shorter days. In May it's colder, but the days are long and the rainfall amount is similar to that of summer.

What to pack

In winter: warm clothes, fleece, down jacket, hat, gloves, waterproof wind jacket.
In summer: shirt, sweater, jacket, boots, raincoat or umbrella.

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