Slættaratindur is a must in the Faroe Islands. As the country’s highest mountain, it has an alluring effect on both old and young, Faroese and visitors.
You start your trip at Eiðisskarð, which is the pass between Eiði and Funningur. Go over the fence at the parking lot where Eiðisskarð is highest. At this first leg, there is no path as such up to Slættaratindur, but when you go up, stay in a straight line from the parking lot. The fence is on your right-hand side.
When you get to about 670 metres’ altitude, or after about a 30-40 minutes’ walk, you will come to the path that leads to the top. The path is inclined uphill to the left. Here, you are already so high that you have a view of, e.g. Haldórsvík, with the eight-sided church and a string of mountains that encircle the villages in the north. Throughout the hike, you will be accompanied by sheep that graze at the top of the Faroe Islands.
Follow the path one kilometre uphill. You then come to a point about 30 vertical metres from the top where the path turns a bend and goes to the right again v. There are several trails of the path up here, but it is recommended that you ascend up on the back of the mountain where you turn the corner to the right. After a few metres, you are on the path again where you proceed uphill, keeping the top to your right. Be careful here, as it is gravelly and there may be loose stones. The last few metres up to the top are like a staircase made of rocks. Here, you also need to be careful because it is steep on your lefthand side.
Feel that sense of butterflies in your stomach when you’ve reached the top. The view is nothing less than spectacular; especially, if you are lucky with the weather. On a clear, sunny day, the view covers practically all of the Faroe Islands. It is often said that if the weather is very clear and dry, you can see right across to Vatnajøkull in Iceland. The distance is 550 kilometres. Experts are, however, in some doubt as to whether this is possible and point to the possibility of this being a mirage.
There is a tradition in the Faroe Islands to climb Slættaratindur on 21 June, the longest day of the year. At the top of the mountain, people can experience the sunset and then, a few hours later, watch the sun rise again. Time spent waiting for the sun to rise is used for traditional chain dancing and singing, and packed lunches typically consist of skerpikjøt (wind-dried mutton), dried fish and whale meat, along with a strong cup of coffee to help with staying awake.
Go down the same road as you walked up. Since it can be difficult to pinpoint where you came up on top, it can be a good idea to put a backpack, a colourful scarf or sweater by the “stairs” so you can find the spot to descent again. Be careful on the way down because the gravel can be slippery on a dry day, just as the rocks can be slippery in the wet.