Lake Leitisvatn
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Iris
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We drove to Miđvágur on the island of Vagar, where you can do a hiking trail to Trælanipa, the lake above the ocean and the waterfall Bøsdalafossur. You can walk on beautiful cliffs here with stunning views. It cost 200 DKK to be allowed to walk on the land, which we paid at the gate (no need to book in advance). It took us about 40 min to walk there and 40 min back, but it takes time to walk around in the area. The trail is easy for the most part but rocky close to the waterfall. We spent about 3 hours on the trip in total.
Written August 16, 2022
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Páll Jökull P
Selfoss, Iceland39 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The 3,5 kilometers hike to this location is a good experience in itself, the view over lake Leitsvatn and the town of Sørvágur. The hike starts near the town and the path is on a private land and therefore you are charged 200 danish kronur for the hike. When you reach the end of the trail you come to Trælanípa cliffs, magnificent sea cliffs rising from the ocean. A bit further you will find the Bøsadalsfoss waterfall where it drops off the edge of the cliff into the Atlantic. A landscape photographers paradise!
Written April 22, 2022
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC979 contributions
Jul 2020
Everywhere in the Faroes is stunningly beautiful landscape, and this lake and the view at the point on the ocean are no exception. It's about 3km out to the point. I definitely recommend going all the way to the end and up to the top, so you can look back and see that view that can give an illusion to what you're looking at. (Be careful - it's windy, steep, and those with a fear of heights or vertigo may not like it.)

The path is well maintained and there was some construction items here and there, for which I assume the money paid to access the trail supports. Which brings me to my next point - the rather expensive entry fee. While I understand charging a fee to help maintain the trail is the right thing to do, I don't agree with the high price. Other reviewers crush what can be seen as an excessive fee, though I personally don't go that far. Should it be less? Yes. Are the views worth it at the end? Well, that's only something each individual person must determine. Kind of a catch-22, I suppose.

FYI, there are two public toilets outside the entrance of the trail and a large parking lot, both free.
Written August 12, 2020
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Lise-Marie L
8 contributions
Jul 2022
We did this trek from the parking area to Trælanipa (the cliffs) walking past the lake above the ocean and then to the waterfall Bøsdalafossur. It cost 200 DKK per person to be allowed to walk on the land, which we paid at the parking area. When you pay, you can use the same ticket to come back other days if you want to walk it agian.

We walked once and were happy with that. We did not mind paying, and found it worth the trip. Its an easy hike with a nice path. The walking to and from took about 1.5 hour but it takes some time to explore the area. Wonderful views as well, just wow! T
Written September 25, 2022
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sophisar
314 contributions
Aug 2019
A great spot to see the waterfall, with a well marked trail leading to the rocky edges where you can venture further out to get a good vantage point. I’m glad they didn’t extend the trail right to the edge and left the coastline natural. The day I went it was very windy and I dared not get close to the cliffs!
Written March 2, 2020
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Miroslav
Ruzomberok, Slovakia1 contribution
May 2019 • Friends
If you try to start the hike from the gate next to the main road, as most people did before, you will find the gate closed with a new sign telling you that the trail is closed for the nature to "recover". The sign will direct you to another gate behind the city.

There, you will have to pay 200DKK ( which is cca 27€ or 30$ ) PER PERSON to start the hike. The payment goest to a private person who owns the property that you must pass.

They will tell you that they have to do it to "protect the nature" - I have three things to say :

1. I come from a village surrounded by beautiful nature with many more tourists visiting per day than Lake Leitisvatn and I can tell you this - if the tourists stick to the trail and behave, there is absolutely no harm to the nature.

They will tell you that one gate is closed and they need you to pay at the second one to "protect the nature" - just a blatant lie.

They closed the first gate only to make it easy to charge people at the second one.

2. Asking this amount of money is simply robbery. Period. At Grand Canyon you pay the same amount - for one car of 5 people and valid for 7 days !

3. I respect private property - and I admit that this is a matter of opinion - but does a private person have the right to own access to the beauty of nature, and earn money on it? I totally respect if the state asks for money on touristic hotspots for various reasons, but a private person? I am expressing just my personal opinion here - but for me, no way !!

If there is a private property in a way to a unique natural phenomenon, the state should force the owner to allow tourists access and compensate the owner for that. This is how it should work in my PERSONAL opnion.

I am rating this attraction as poor - because the admission fee is unbelievable, the land owner is arrogant and they are telling you lies to justify charges for accessing this otherwise very nice place.
Written June 17, 2019
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LittleFeetLondon
London42 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Having heard that there is a charge to visit this lake and the cliffs, we tried to find out how much it would cost. We read one review from a local guide who was charged 100 krone the first day and then 150 krone 2 days later. Having gone there today, the man at the entrance hesitated a bit before quoting us 200 krone per person. And he then said it was 150 krone for children when I told him about what I'd read. I think charging to help with preservation is absolutely fine, ripping people off is not. It's a shame really, as this kind of attitude may put people off coming to the islands altogether. The view is great, but there are equally great views elsewhere without the extortionate, and potentially fake, charge.
Written April 20, 2019
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David K
Prague, Czech Republic17 contributions
Aug 2019
This was our first close encounter of the third kind – we’ve never seen anything like this anywhere in the world. A disease spread around the whole islands.
Do you want to set foot on my piece of land where you’ll find nothing except sheep excrements? No problem! Just give me 200 DKK per a pair of feet and I’ll let you in. I’ll even give you a hot beverage as an extra. And yes, you have to pay even when it’s raining cats and dogs and because of the fog even the sheep products and fish skeletons on the ground are not to be seen. ‘Cause since April I’m not doing anything on the farm, just sitting in the booth by the entrance to my field and robbing the tourist-filth of all their gold. And no, you cannot take the path by the lake, that is not part of the bargain. Because there you would take the risk of seeing something interesting and I would have to charge double. Oh, wait! I’ll charge double next year! Or.. There is no need to wait for so long! Let’s beat the crap out of the foreigners right now, they’ll give me anything, even their grandma’s golden teeth, to see that hyped view of a lake above the ocean! I’ll be rich and famous! Muhehehehee!!
But seriously, this is really pathetic. 200 DKK for a three-kilometre hike? Maybe not that much for everybody, but e.g. a tourist from the Czech Republic can get a good dinner for two back home for such a price. And the worse thing is that more and more „landowners“ are following this example.
The Faroe Islands are really the most tourist-hostile country we’ve ever visited, unfortunately.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many things to see there and also very kind and hospitable people, but from what we experienced, the ratio is 50-50. On the one hand, there are these very nice people like the owner of the apartment we stayed in, the crew of the ferry to Kalsoy, people from the car rental company or the elder man serving waffles and coffee in the middle of the village of Tjørnuvík. On the other hand, there are people charging absurd fees for walks, threatening tourists by calling the police, cashiers throwing disdainful looks..
We left Faroe Island with a feeling, that they would love to close the airport and sink all the ferries (which are already leaking anyway).
Note: We haven’t seen any misbehaving tourists during our journeys around the islands. But I know that people behave like pigs, especially when they think that nobody sees them. But I still believe that this is not the right path and the Faroese should try a different way of treating outlanders. Or just close to the outer world.
Written August 24, 2019
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Nomizt
Tarragona, Spain23 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was a big disappointment for us in our trip to the Faroe Islands. We got to the starting point but we didn't make it to the path. While they pretend to promote sustainable tourism and "closed" the islands in May to have volunteers from all around the world working for free to maintain and prepare the paths for the touristic season, this path is not free anymore (as of April, 1) and it is not possible to do the circle route and walk by the lake, only to walk up to the Traelanipa cliffs and return through the same path.

In case you want to visit the area on your own, the land owners have stated that it is mandatory to pay 200 DDK (around 27 €) per hiker for a 45 minutes walk in order to preserve the area. Otherwise you can hire a guided tour and pay 450 DDK per person (!).

The area is completely fenced and they have hired staff to ensure you don't walk away without paying. Obviously they only pretend to make a way of living with this while pretending to care for the nature. In case they wanted to prevent the area to be too crowded (this would be reasonable and of course advisable) they would ask for an online register with time slots to ensure that only a maximum of people at certain time are in the area, like in many other and well known touristic places. But of course that would mean they really care for the environment and not for their bank accounts. The money is not controlled by the government to ensure a proper investment in environmental care and paths maintenance, but directly to the land owners, so you just hand your money and have no clue how it will be spent.

As of this year, not only you need to pay to hike in Mykines but also in Leitisvatn and in Vidareidi. As you can see it's only a matter of greed and squeezing as much as possible the tourists that find the place crowded with other tourists that agreed to pay (we didn't). Unfortunately you leave the Faroes thinking that it is a nice place to be but never to come back again, since I'm afraid soon you will have to pay for every single hike in a place where that is the only thing that you can do.
Written July 11, 2019
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Meander339081
1 contribution
May 2019 • Couples
My wife and I went today. Man demanded 200kr per person. He printed off a piece of paper stating this and taped it to his booth.

For double the cost he offered a guide (totally not needed, easiest hike ever).

This is turning into a scam and should be reported by a local to the authorities.
Written May 11, 2019
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