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Ásmundarstakkur Sea Stack Viewpoint, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

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.

Ásmundarstakkur, Northwest coast of Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

Ásmundarstakkur Hiking Map

Where to Start the Ásmundarstakkur Viewpoint Hike

Heiðavegur Road, Sandvík

Sandvik, Suduroy Island, Faroe Islands

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) 

 Heiðavegur Road Parking in Sandvík, Ásmundarstakkur Trailhead, Faroe Islands

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. 

Ásmundarstakkur Hike, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

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. 

Ásmundarstakkur Trail, Faroe Islands

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)

Ásmundarstakkur coastal hike to bridge, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

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.

Ásmundarstakkur viewpoint to Rituskor, Faroe Islands

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. 

Trail around cleft, Ásmundarstakkur viewpoint, Faroe Islands

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. 

Rituskor rock cleft footbridge, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

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)

Ásmundarstakkur, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

Retrace your steps along the fence back down to the road. 

Follow the road all the way back to the car park.

Oyggjarvegurin road to Sandvík, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

Where to Stay on Suðuroy Island

Ásmundarstakkur Sea Stack Hike, Suðuroy, Faroe Islands

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

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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.

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You can also book a complete self drive vacation package, which includes accommodation, car rental, and various guided day tours:

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