Ásmundarstakkur is a 109 meter-high sea stack along the northwest coast of Suðuroy, the southernmost Island in the Faroe Islands.
Ásmundarstakkur and the surrounding sea cliffs are a spellbinding sight to behold. Birds nest in the vertical cliffs and sail the gusty winds with extraordinary finesse.
This dramatic coastline owes its allure to the steady eroding force of the North Atlantic Ocean.
To reach the Ásmundarstakkur viewpoint and the nearby famous footbridge, drive to the village of Sandvík in Northern Suðuroy.
For the most memorable experience, visit during golden hour. The coastline is painted in a warm palette of coral and honey.
If you’d like to visit this arresting area with a guide, check out this 4-hour Ásmundarstakkur and Rituskor Tour starting in Tvøroyri.
How to Get to the Ásmundarstakkur Sea Stack Viewpoint on Suðuroy Island
- Where: Suðuroy Island
- Trailhead: Heiðavegur road, Sandvík | Google Maps
- Distance: 5 km circuit
- Time Needed: 1:30 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 225 meters
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum Elevation: 34 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 272 meters
- Hiking Fee: None
- Where to Stay in Vágur: BRIM B&B or Lovely Holiday Home in Vágur
- Where to Stay in Tvøroyri: Nice one-story house in Suduroy
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Ásmundarstakkur Hiking Map
Where to Start the Ásmundarstakkur Viewpoint Hike
Heiðavegur Road, Sandvík
Drive to Sandvík, a small settlement located on the east coast of Northern Suðuroy.
After driving through the Sandvíkartunnilin tunnel, the road slithers down to Sandvík village.
Turn left on Heiðavegur road, following the sign to Ásmundarstakkur.
Follow this road for 1.5 km. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road, just before an isolated house and the Sandvíksá stream. Park here.
Exact Location: Google Maps
Ásmundarstakkur Hike Description
Heiðavegur Road Parking to Ásmundarstakkur Viewpoint (20 minutes)
Cross the stream, pass the house, and follow the gravel road west.
Soon, you’ll come to a gate. You can pass through – just make sure to close it behind you.
After walking along the road for about 6 minutes, you’ll arrive at a signed trail junction.
Here, you have the option to either continue left on the gravel road (signed Oyggjarvegurin) or bear right onto a grassy footpath (signed Ásmundarstakkur). Both ways lead to the coast.
If conditions are clear, bear right following the wooden posts. If visibility is an issue, we don’t recommend this trail, because it’s not well-trodden and thus easy to lose. Also, some of the posts have sunk into the ground.
This undulating path crosses boggy fields and rivulets, passing a number of large ponds along the way.
Throughout the hike, you’ll see shaggy sheep and oystercatchers, the national bird of the Faroe Islands. These are the black and white birds with red bills.
The trail ends abruptly at a vertical cliff edge. There are no ropes or railings, so please exercise caution.
Looking north, Ásmundarstakkur is the free-standing pillar, which stands at a short distance away from the coast.
Ásmundarstakkur Viewpoint to Rituskor Footbridge (30 minutes)
With your back towards Ásmundarstakkur and the sheer sea cliffs, ascend the grassy clifftop, maintaining a southern direction.
As you move away from the cliffs, the views get better and better.
When you rejoin the gravel road, locate a fence further up the hill. A faint trail leads from the bend in the road (where the road turns away from the western coast) up to the cable fence.
Follow the cable fence around a cleft in the cliff to the infamous wooden footbridge.
This precarious bridge spans a chasm between Suðuroy mainland and the Rituskor rock cleft.
It’s a dizzy undertaking. From the bridge, it feels like you’re hovering over an abyss.
If the bridge is open (post-repairs), cross it at your own risk, one person at a time.
If the bridge is closed, it’s not really a problem. The views are outstanding leading up to the bridge.
Rituskor Footbridge to Heiðavegur Road Parking (30 minutes)
Retrace your steps along the fence back down to the road.
Follow the road all the way back to the car park.
Where to Stay on Suðuroy Island
It only takes 45 minutes to drive the full length of the island from Sumba in the south to Sandvík in the north. So, wherever you stay on the Island, you’re within easy driving distance to other villages and attractions.
We stayed in BRIM B&B, which is a darling bed and breakfast in Vágur. Another option in Vágur is Lovely Holiday Home in Vágur with Hot Tub and Sauna.
You can also stay in Tvøroyri at this Nice one-story house in Suduroy (2 nights minimum stay).
Faroe Islands Travel Essentials
Faroe Islands Rental Car
The most practical way to travel between destinations in the Faroe Islands is with your own car. Plan your trip with our Faroe Islands road trip itinerary.
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in the Faroe Islands. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
You can also book a complete self drive vacation package, which includes accommodation, car rental, and various guided day tours:
- Epic 8 Day Summer Self Drive Tour of Faroe Islands
- Unforgettable 10 Day Self Drive Tour of Faroe Islands with Top Attractions
Adventurous Faroe Islands Tours
- Panoramic 6 Hour Tour to Mount Slættaratindur: hike to the summit of Mount Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroes. This guided tour starts in Tórshavn.
- Wild 8 hour Hike to Cape Enniberg: hike to Mount Villingardalsfjall and onwards to Cape Enniberg (only possible with a guide), one of the highest promontories in the world, on Viðoy Island. This guided excursion starts in Tórshavn.
- Kayaking to Drangarnir: 2:30 hour kayak tour of the Drangarnir sea arch starting in the village of Bøur on Vágar Island.
- Exclusive 3 Hour Tindhólmur Tour: 3 hour boat trip and tour of the uninhabited islet of Tindhólmur, starting in Sørvágur harbor on Vágar Island.
- Exciting 2 Hour Combined Boat Tour and Hike to Drangarnir Sea Arch: 2 hour tour starting in Sørvágur harbor on Vágar Island.
- Hike from Mikladalur to Trøllanes: 8 hour guided hike on Kalsoy Island starting in Klaksvík, Borðoy Island.
Faroe Islands Guided Day Trips
Here are some popular guided day trips starting and ending in Tórshavn.
- The Northern Islands and Tjørnuvík: 9 hour guided tour of the Northern Isles.
- Up Close 10 Hour Puffin Tour to Mykinnes: 10 hour guided tour of Mykines Island.
- Popular 7.5 Hour Vestmanna Bird Cliffs & Múlafossur Waterfall Tour: 7:30 hour guided tour including a boat tour of Vestmanna cliffs.
- Fantastic 8 hour Sakusn, Tjørnuvík, and Gjógv Tour: 8 hour guided tour of Northern Streymoy and Northern Esyturoy.
- Incredible 8 hour Guided Tour to Kalsoy & Kallur Lighthouse: 8 hour guided tour of Kallur Island.
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Faroe Islands Travel Guides
Read Best Hikes in the Faroe Islands for a summary of the top hiking trails across the archipelago. Our favorite Faroe Islands hiking trails (north to south):
- Villingardalsfjall Hike, Viðoy Island
- Árnafjørður – Toftaskarð – Katlarnir Circuit Trail, Borðoy Island
- Klakkur Hike, Borðoy Island
- Kallur Lighthouse Hike, Kalsoy Island
- Hvíthamar Viewpoint Hike, Eysturoy Island
- Saksun to Tjørnuvík Hike, Streymoy Island
- Múlafossur Waterfall and Gásadalur Hike, Vágar Island
- Lake Sørvágsvatn and Trælanípa Cliff Hike (Floating Lake Viewpoint), Vágar Island
- Ásmundarstakkur Hike, Suðuroy Island
- Hvannhagi and Lake Hvannavatn, Suðuroy Island