The Faroe islands are a gorgeous set of volcanic islands belonging to Denmark that seem to come directly out of a fantasy novel (or perhaps the masterpiece of a surrealist painter.) With its gorgeous moss-covered slopes and completely treeless landscape, these islands are truly a destination unlike any other. Here are some must-see locations within the Faroe islands:

Lake Sørvágsvatn
This lake is a nature-made optical illusion. When viewed from afar, the lake appears to be right next to the ocean, but somehow miraculously elevated hundreds of feet above sea level. In actuality, however, the lake is only about a fraction of that height–approximately 30 feet above sea level. It flows into the ocean through a waterfall on one side. Regardless of what altitude it appears to be at, however, this lake is absolutely gorgeous and certainly worth a visit or two.

Múlafossur Waterfall
Near the tiny town of Gásadalur, this waterfall seems to emerge from the nearby grass-covered cliff and cascade down to the turquoise waters below. Look out for puffins on this lovely trek–they often can be spotted resting on the cliffs or diving into the water for food.

This mountain is the tallest in all the Faroe islands. Climb the peak and you’ll be rewarded with a scenic view of everything below. The path itself is gorgeous and (depending on the season) mostly lined with green grass. This is a great path for anyone who enjoys scaling mountains and breathing in the fresh, crisp air.

Tindhólmur is an islet off the southern coast of the island Sørvágsfjørður. It is uninhabited and named after the five peaks that seem to rise dramatically out of the land. This is a beautiful place to see some of the most gorgeous sheer cliffs and mountains that the Faroe islands have to offer.

Magnus Cathedral
The Magnus Cathedral is the largest of the medieval ruins present on the Faroe islands. This site is great for anyone looking to learn a bit of history. Nearby is also the restored house of a Viking, giving visitors insight into two different epochs on this island. The historical sites are both located in an area of natural splendor.