Hvannhagi is a remote valley on Suðuroy Island, the southernmost island in the Faroe Islands. Its main attraction is Lake Hvannavatn, which lies in the middle of the valley surrounded by steep mountains.
It takes 1:25 hours to hike from the village of Tvøroyri to Lake Hvannavatn.
When we planned this hike, the main source of confusion was the return route. In the newest Visit Suðuroy brochures, the trail is described as an out-and-back hike. At the trailhead, the hiking info board further confirms this.
That being said, the “Hiking in the Faroe Islands” booklet by Visit Faroe Islands describes a lollipop-circuit trail. From Lake Hvannavatn, it’s possible to continue the hike to the southern part of the valley and scramble up through the Frostgjógv gorge. This path brings you to a sheep pen and then later connects to the trail from Tvøroyri.
We decided to stick with the “official” out-and-back trail, though the circuit does look more interesting.
Update | I recently reached out to Visit Suðuroy about this discrepancy and they said that the Frostgjógv gorge return route isn’t safe. There’s a lot of loose gravel and rocks, which can be challenging for hikers who are not familiar with the area and terrain.
How to Get to Hvannhagi and Lake Hvannavatn, Suðuroy Island, Faroe Islands
- Where: Suðuroy Island
- Trailhead: Tvøroyri | Google Maps
- Distance: 7.7 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 3 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 278 meters
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum Elevation: 28 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 222 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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Hvannhagi Hiking Map
Where to Start the Hvannhagi Hike
Tvøroyri Hospital, Suðuroy Island
Tvøroyri is the village on the north side of Trongisvágsfjørður fjord, just opposite the Smyril ferry terminal on Suðuroy Island.
The hike to Hvannhagi starts at the hospital in Tvøroyri. You can park along Traðarvegur road (Google Maps).
Getting to Suðuroy Island is very straightforward. From Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, take the Smyril ferry to Suðuroy. The ferry departs several times a day. The sailing time is 2 hours.
Hvannhagi Trail Description
Tvøroyri to Ovari Vegur Road (10 minutes)
Walk up Sjúkrahúsbrekkan road.
Just beyond the hospital, there’s a pedestrian path that leads left to a pocket of woods.
The path enters the gated wooded area and then angles up a slope, parallel to the fjord. Soon, the trail joins the paved Ovari Vegur road.
Ovari Vegur Road to Hvannhagi Trailhead (20 minutes)
Follow the paved road northwest. The path passes farmsteads with free-roaming chickens, geese, and sheep. Views extend to the fjord the whole time.
After 14 minutes, you’ll come to a gate with a no car/no motorcycle sign. Pass through the pedestrian gate on the right and continue following the road.
After another 6 minutes, you’ll arrive at the Hvannhagi trailhead, marked with a hiking info board bolted to a large rock.
Hvannhagi Trailhead to Lake Hvannavatn (1 hour)
Follow the orange posts.
After the gate (to the outfield), the trail veers right and ascends along the fence. After a steep start, the gradient eases. The trail continues northwest across a grassy slope sprinkled with a few rocks.
The way rises northeast to a wide pass between Skornasaklettur (286 m) and Fjallið (259 m). From here, views open up to the coast and the small uninhabited islands of Lítla Dímun and Stora Dímun.
The path gently descends towards the coast.
Off to the right, you’ll see a sheep pen, next to a stream.
After passing through the gate, the trail drops down steeply along a fence. This stretch of trail is very rugged and uneven. You’ll likely need to use your hands at times to avoid slipping.
The narrow path eventually levels out and continues in a northwest direction with the windswept coast on your right and a vertical cliff on your left.
After crossing a wooden staircase over a rockwall fence (basically a fancy stile), it’s another 8 minutes to Lake Hvannavatn.
Cross the boulder studded slope and you’ll soon see Lake Hvannavatn. The circular lake dating back to the ice age is bordered by a crescent of steep mountains.
Lake Hvannavatn to Tvøroyri (1:30 hours)
Return along the same route. If you’re interested in the circular route via Frostgjógv gorge, I would ask the Visit Suðuroy tourist office in Tvøroyri if it’s open.
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 directly 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