On the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, the climate is cold, wet, and rainy throughout the year. The influence of the ocean narrows the temperature range both between night and day and between winter and summer. The wind frequently blows, and it's moderate or strong throughout the year, however, storms are most likely from October to March.

In the capital, Torshavn, the average temperature ranges from 3.5 °C (38 °F) in February to 11 °C (52 °F) in August, which is the mildest month. Therefore, the climate is almost subpolar because of the cold summer, even though the average in winter remains above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Torshavn - Average temperatures
Min (°C)212357998532
Max (°C)6667911131312976
Min (°F)363436374145484846413736
Max (°F)434343454852555554484543

Precipitation is abundant, since it amounts to 1,300 millimeters (52 inches) per year, with a maximum in autumn and winter, from September to March, when more than 100 mm (4 in) of rain (or snow) fall per month, and a relative minimum in spring and summer. The least rainy months are May and June, when, however, precipitation is around 55/65 millimeters (2.1/2.5 inches) 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.
Torshavn - Average precipitation

On the Faroe Islands, there is not much sun. Cloudy skies are the norm, however, the sun is relatively more frequent from April to July. On the other hand, given the high latitude, the days are very long from May to July. From about May 5 to August 8, there are the white nights, when it doesn't get completely dark even at midnight. In contrast, the days are very short in winter, especially from November to January, when the weather is also usually bad, so darkness reigns supreme. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Torshavn - Sunshine

Winter is not freezing, but wind and humidity increase the feeling of cold. Rainfall is more frequent than 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; in fact, highs are around 9 °C (48 °F) on average still in May, but at least, the days in this season become very long.

Summer is very cool if not cold, with highs around 11/13 °C (52/55 °F). However, there may also be mild days. The highest recorded temperatures are around 20/22 °C (68/72 °F).

In inland areas, there are hills where the altitude makes snowfall more likely, so much so that you can see the snow even in summer. It is said that from the top of Slættaratindur, at 880 meters (2,887 feet) above sea level, you can see the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull.


The ocean is cold all year round: the sea temperature ranges from 6 °C (43 °F) in February and March to 11 °C (52 °F) in August. In winter, because of the Gulf Stream, the water temperature is relatively high, compared to the latitude.
Torshavn - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)766789101110887
Temp (°F)454343454648505250464645

Best Time

The best time to visit the Faroes is summer, from June to August, since it is the least cold and the least rainy period of the year. In September, the temperature is as cool as in June, but it rains more often and the days are shorter. In May, the temperature it's colder, but the days are long and the frequency of rainfall is similar to that of summer.

What to pack

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