og overnatting på Comfort
Hotel Bergen Airport
Middagen: fish and
Rommet vårt i Bergen
|Mandag 21. mai 2018
Bergen - Færøyene med Atlantic
Vi fikk nøkkelen til leiebilen,
kjørte til hotel
Der sjekket vi inn før vi begynte å utforske Færøyene.
Located in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroe Islands
comprise 18 small
islands, characterised by steep cliffs, tall
mountains, narrow fjords – and
a population of 50,000.
The Faroese language derives from Old
Norse, which was spoken by the
Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago.
Through the centuries, the Faroese have defied the
harsh nature and living
conditions. Enduring today is a nation in which the
living standard is one
of the highest in the world. A highly industrial
economy mainly based on
fisheries and aquaculture continues to flourish, while
a Nordic welfare
model ensures everyone the opportunity to explore his
or her own potential.
Faroese maritime expertise is widely renowned
and the Faroe Islands
export seafood to all six continents.
is the first port of call for most foreigners
travelling to the Faroe Islands,
as it is home to the islands’ only airport, Vágar
An airfield was built there during World War
II by the British, who occupied
the Faroe Islands with the islanders' consent. After
the war it lay unused for
about 20 years, but was then put back into service and
as required. It handles about 290,000 passengers a
year (2016). Such large
numbers by Faroese standards put a considerable strain
on transport facilities,
with the result that a road tunnel (Vágatunnilin)
measuring 5 km (3 mi) in
length and running under the sea now connects Vágar
with the two largest
islands in the Faroes and thus the
|Vágar (Danish: Vågø)
is one of the 18 islands in the archipelago
of the Faroe Islands and the most westerly of
the large islands.
With a size of 178 square kilometres (69 square
miles), it ranks
number three, behind Streymoy and Eysturoy.
Vágar region also
comprises the island of Mykines.
The Vagar island shape is very distinct, since it
Sørvágsfjørður is the mouth
and Fjallavatn is the eye.
Tur til Sørvágur,
Bøur og Gásadalur
med kort vei til flyplassen.
Mykines (Danish: Myggenæs)
is the westernmost of the 18 main islands of the
On the northern side of the island is the valley
Korkadalur, where there are
great columns of basalt, called the Stone-wood. To
the west of Mykines is the
1 km long islet Mykineshólmur, with
several sea stacks clustered at its western
end, where a lighthouse was built in 1909. A
40 m long footbridge connects its
eastern end with Mykines.
Mykines belongs to the
oldest part of the Faroe Islands and was
formed about 60 million years ago. The Faroese basalt is
divided into three
phases of eruption, the lower and oldest, the middle,
and the upper and
youngest; the lowest formed by the eruption of
low-viscosity lava through
long fissures, forming flat volcanoes. In the sound
between Mykines and Mykineshólmur, Holmgjogv, one can
see one of the most copious such flows on
the Faroes, with a depth of about 50 m. The
interspersed layers of softer
volcanic tuff between the layers of basalt are
differentially eroded, so forming,
especially on the steep northern side of the islet, some
of the richest bird
cliffs in the world.
Mykines til høyre i
Leiebilen vår på Færøyene.
I bakgrunnen tettstedet Sørvágur
The name Sørvágur
translates to "The Bay of Sør". While the second half
the name makes sense given the fact that the village
is located at a bay,
the first half is more mysterious. Legend has it that
the first man to settle
at this place was called 'Sørli' and hence the village
was named in honour of
him. Another explanation on the origin of 'Sør'
comes from the old-Norse
'Seyr' which is a word for sand (seyr is also a word
for foggy rain).
Sørvágur has quite a large sandbeach in comparison
Faroese villages and towns, and therefore it was
speculated that the
original name of Sørvágur was Seyrvágur, and
during the course of
time, Seyrvágur became Sørvágur. During the first half
20th century local people in Sørvágur tried to correct
injustice and used the name Seyrvágur instead of
this trend died out again. One reason may be that
there is no proof in
the Faroese historical records that justifies the name
As of today (2005) nobody has come up with at
reasonable explanation to
the origin of the name Sørvágur.
Sørvágur is considered to be one of the oldest
villages in the Faroe Islands.
Population (january 1, 2017) 1032
(right and above) is
an islet west of Vágar.
The view of the small island is
spectacular and rare.
scape of the island is unique
due to the five peaks.These are
named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði,
Bogdi which can be translated
into: Farthest, Eagle, Small,
Broad and Bent. The islet is
uninhabited and has an area of
650,000 square meters.
The highest point of Tindhólmur
is 262 meters.
A definite must see while
visiting the Faroes.
EAGLE OF TINDHÓLMUR ISLET
Tindhólmur has a very gloomy legend
attached to it:
Tindhólmur is now un inhabited, there
is a reason for this.
Legend has it that a local farmer named Rasmus used to
live on the islet.
Rasmus was originally from Sørvágur,
but he had so many disagreements
with his fellow villagers, that they offered him their
part of the land on
Tindhómlur islet to get rid of him and make him move
Rasmus had a rich life on the islet. He
had a lot of sheep, the outfield on
the islet was overgrown, and there were a lot of birds
and fish at his
disposal on the islet.
one day everything changed. A huge eagle came and took
two-year-old child and flew with it on the highest
peak on the islet.
The mother of the child hurried up on the peak but by
then it was too late.
The young of the eagle had already eaten the eyes of
This peak is called Ørnatindur that can be translated
“the peak of the Eagle”.
After that, Rasmus and his family moved away from
Tindhólmur islet –
and it has been uninhabited ever since.
On Tindhólmur islet it is still possible to see the
remains of Rasmus’
residence and boathouse.
Bøur (Danish: Bø)
is a village in the Sørvágur Municipality of
the Faroe Islands,
4 km west of Sørvágur, with a population of 75
Bøur is an ancient settlement and is mentioned in the
so-called Dog Letter dating
from 1350 AD, but it is probably older. The village is
also mentioned as having a
church in a document dated 1710, but it is not known
when the first village
church was built.
Bøur og Tindholmur
There is a story that the village was
named after a woman called Gæsa,
who came from Kirkjubøur.
|She had eaten meat during the
Lent fast, and for this
unholy deed all her property
was confiscated. She fled to
the valley on Vágar, which
was named after her. Most
other village stories are
about spirits and elves.
A more likely explanation is
that Gásadalur (Goose Valley)
is named after the wild geese,
which from ancient times have
travelled to the valley.
Gásadalur (Danish: Gåsedal)
is a village located on the west side of Vágar,
Faroe Islands, and enjoys a panoramic view over to the
island of Mykines.
Gásadalur is located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður,
surrounded by the
highest mountains on Vágar. Árnafjall towers
to a height of 722 metres to
the north, and Eysturtindur to the east is
715 metres high. Here too, the
to Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur is
The landing site is very poor, because it is located
somewhat higher than
the seashore. So if the residents wanted to fish they
were obliged to keep
their boats near Bøur. In 1940, during
the British occupation of the Faroe
Islands, a stairway was built from the beach up to the
In order to reach any of the other villages, they had
to take the strenuous
route over mountains more than 400 metres high. This
explains why the
village population has become smaller and smaller. In
2002 there were
only sixteen people living in Gásadalur, and several
of the houses stand
empty today. It had a population of 18 in 2012.
Karl Martin på en fin
tursti fra landsbyen Gásadalur
In 2004 a tunnel was blasted through the
rock, and it is possible to drive
through by car. The residents hope this will mean that
population will increase again. There are good
opportunities for farming,
and the same number of fields as in Bøur, but here
only a few are royal
estate. Most of them are freehold land.
Grete på tur i
Tindhólmur sett fra Gásadalur
a gorgeous waterfall named after a small
on the Island Vágar/Faeröer.
Gásadalur is fed by a small river that runs from
north to south and ha a
descent of 600 meters.
The waterfall Gásadalur drops down, in a single
drop, over 60 meters and
ends in the Atlantic Ocean.
When driving on road 45 to Gásadalur there is a
left turn (just before the
village) going to the perfect viewpoint on the
Mulafossur og landsbyen Gásadalur
en liten kafe (2018) som
er verd et besøk
The name Faroe
Island originally means Sheep Island. And you can
why. Over 70,000 sheep live here. That is more sheep
than the entire population
of the country. Our old coat of arms from the 15th
century even pictures a sheep.
So as you can see, sheep is an important part of our
culture and history.
They have always been a symbol of the Faroe Islands.
At 3.4 square
kilometres, Lake Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn (name
kjørte vi til Midtvágur. Der gikk vi
tur langs stien til Trælanipa
depending on who you ask) is the largest lake in the
The lake has also been dubbed “the lake over the
ocean” as the view from
a particular angle functions as an optical illusion,
appearing to look as
though the lake is hovering directly above the ocean.
At the end of the lake
is the impressive Bøsdalafossur waterfall.
The hike out to Bøsdalafossur is easy and takes about
Please follow the gravel path out to the end of the
lake. On the main road,
turn onto the road by the church in Miðvágur. From
there, follow the signs
to “Trælanípa/Bøsdalafossur” until you reach a parting
spot. Go through
the gate and walk along the gravel path. The path
stops in some places but
if you continue walking along the lake, you shouldn’t
have any problems
finding the path again. Please remember to read
our guide to
before you head off.
Bratte fjell og myke vidder
Fuglefotografer i arbeid
Grete tar også bilder, men ikke av
Karl Martin fikk et brukbart bilde
Trælanípa (Slave Cliff) is a
perpendicular rock wall, which juts 142 meters
upwards out of the sea. Supposedly, it has gotten its
name from the Viking
Age when slaves were pushed off the mountain. Be
careful not to get too
close to the edge as it is steep!
From here, you can see the southernmost part of
Koltur, Sandoy, Skúvoy and Suðuroy.
Karl Martin synes det er langt ned til
sjøen, selv om han ikke er på toppen
Ikke gå for langt ut!
Grete går mot Bøsdalafossur.
This is the view
of Bøsdalafossur waterfall – where
lake actually meets the Atlantic Ocean. As you can see
levels aren’t so different after all!
steinbygning ved Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn
Tettstedet er Miðvágur
Miðvágur (IPA: [ˈmiːvɔavuɹ], dansk: Midvåg)
er et tettsted på Færøyene, sør på
øya Vágar. Miðvágur var administrasjonssentrum
i Miðvágs kommuna frem til
1. januar 2009, da fikk tilsvarende funksjon i
nye Vága kommuna. 1. januar 2009 hadde Miðvágur 1
062 innbyggere, en liten økning
fra 1980- og 1990-tallet.
Dette gjør Miðvágur til et av Færøyenes største
med kirken fra 1952
godt fortøyd, selv i hagen.
Antageligvis var Miðvágur,
fra vikingtiden, et av Færøyenes opprinnelige
tingsteder. Miðvágur er imidlertid første gang nevnt
i Hundebrevet fra
slutten av 1300-tallet, men ting tyder altså på at
stedet er eldre. I 1899
gjorde Færøyene sin
største grindfangst noensinne, med 1 300
Et kjennetegn på dialekten i Miðvágur er at
«i» og «ið» i slutten av ord
uttales som /i/, og ikke som /e/ slik som
i øvrige færøyske dialekter.
|Tirsdag 22. mai 2018
Vestmanna (dansk: Vestmanhavn)
er en bygd og
et sogn på Færøyenes største
øy, Streymoy. Vestmanna ligger i en bukt
ved Vestmannasund, som skiller
rundt på Færøyene.
Dagens etappe: Vestmanna,
Eidi, Slættaratindur, Gjøgv.
Overnatting på Gjåargardur
Streymoy fra Vágar.
Den 1. januar 2015 hadde Vestmanna 1 214
innbyggere, noe som gjør bygden
til den største bebyggelsen
Vestmanna er en av Færøyenes beste, naturlige
havner. Fiskeri, havbruk og
maritim industri har avløst landbruket som
næringsveier. Halvparten av Færøyenes vannkraft
Vestmanna, hvor SEV også har hovedkontor.
Vestmanna var et viktig fergested frem til åpningen av
Vágatunnilin i 2002. Mange turister kommer til
bygden for å beskue
fuglefjellene på nordvestkysten, Vestmannabjørgini.
Karl Martin ser ut over Vestmanna.
Vi reiste innom Vestmanna for å undersøke tider for
turistbåten som går derfra.
Den hadde akkurat gått ut. Neste tur skulle være om et
Vi valgte å reise til Slættaratindur i steden. Det var
nydelig vær for en topptur.
Havna i Vestmanna
Byen Eiði på Eysturoy
Eysturoy is part of the Faroe
Islands in the North Atlantic. Eysturoy, meaning
East island (pronounced ['estroi], is the
second-largest island in the Faroe
Islands, both in size (286.3 km²) and population
(10,586). The population is
spread over 38 towns and villages. It is separated by
a narrow sound from the
main island of Streymoy. Eysturoy is extremely rugged,
with some 66 separate mountain peaks, including
Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago.
Important towns on Eysturoy are Fuglafjørður in the
north and the densely
populated area of the municipalities of Runavík and
Nes in the south.
is in the far north-west of Eysturoy and the road goes
left just after the 'bridge across the Atlantic.
There is also a superb mountain road linking Eiði with
Eiði [ˈaiːjɪ] ( listen) (Northern
Faroese [ˈɔiːjɪ]; Danish: Ejde) is a
village located on the north-west tip
of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.
means isthmus in the Faroese language.
The town has a
population of 669 inhabitants. Eiði was settled by
Vikings in the
9th century AD. In the center of the village there is
a large stone
church from 1881.
Eiði kirke fra
Litt mat må man ha før en
translated as “flat summit”, is the highest mountain in
Faroe Islands, towering at 880 metres. On a clear day,
all 18 islands of the
Faroe Islands can be viewed from the top (some claim
Vatnajökull mountain can also be seen!).
On June 21, the longest day of the year, it is tradition
to climb Slættaratindur
and watch the sun set and rise again.
There are two points from which to start climbing to
reach the summit; the
first, from Gjógv, takes about four hours of hiking; the
Eiðisskarð, takes under an hour.
As the country’s highest mountain, the mountain 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.
Første hinder på vei til toppen
var et sauegjerde.
Det er bratt, Grete må ta en
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.
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 left-hand 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
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
Experts are, however, in some doubt as to whether this
is possible and
point to the possibility of this being a mirage.
den andre siden
Risin and Kellingin (bilde til
Once upon a time, an Icelandic chief
witch sent a giant and his wife, a witch,
to the Faroe Islands to steal the islands and
bring them back to Iceland.
Off they went in the dusk and arrived in the
north-westernmost part of the
They decided to tie a rope around a mountain
called Eiðiskollur, and pull the
Faroe Islands towards Iceland.
They struggled and worked hard to get the rope
in place. Their first attempt
was unsuccessful because part of the mountain
split. However, they were
determined and worked all night to make it
Risin og Kellingin
Like all creatures
of the night, the giant and the witch knew they had to
hide before the sun came up, for fear of being turned
This particular night, they were so pre-occupied with
their task that they
failed to notice the first beams of sunlight appearing
on the dark horizon.
Inevitably, they were turned into stone.
Ever since, the giant and the witch have stood,
staring westward, longing
for their home country.
These stone stacks are located close to Eiði. Another
good place to view
them is from Tjørnuvík on the island of Streymoy.
Grete går den siste meteren til topps.
Den flate toppen på Slættaratindur.
Medbragt kvikk-lunsj nytes på toppen.
En liten hvil på vei ned igjen også.
Vannet er Eiðisvatn
Eiði (Faroese: Eiðisvatn) is a lake on the
island of Eysturoy in the
Lake Eiði is located between the villages
of Eiði and Ljósá. It is the
natural lake in the Faroe Islands, with a natural size
of 47 hectares (120 acres)
that has been increased to 1.14 square kilometers
(0.44 sq mi). The size of the
lake was increased by walls 22 and 13 m high,
constructed by the SEV company
in connection with the Eiði power plant, which
uses the lake as a reservoir.
Electricity production was started in 1987. Two
tunnels redirect water from
adjacent valleys to Eiði.
SO LANGT BURTUR,
OG TÓ SO NÆR
Langt burtur frá dagliga
sjagginum, umgirdur av vakrari náttúru,
liggur Gjáargarður – eitt tað hugnaligasta
gistingarhúsið í Føroyum.
producerer hovedsagelig til Færøerne, men der
Bjór er navnet
på et bryggeri på
Færøerne og betyder
Bryggeriet ligger i
Klaksvík og er landets
eneste siden 2007, hvor
Restorffs Bryggjarí lukkede.
Gjógv is the most northern village on the
island of Eysturoy, named after a
200-metre long sea-filled gorge that runs from
the village into the ocean.
Nominated by the Nordic Council for the Nature
& Environmental Award in 2014,
this beautiful quiet and well-preserved
village is idyllically located, closed in by
mountains to all sides.
With less than 50 inhabitants, all living
in old timber-walled and turf-roofed
cottages, Gjógv has an abundance of
charm and appeal.
Add to this some great hiking and
walking trails that offer spectacular
views of the North Atlantic and the surrounding
islands and you won’t
want to miss out on this special
The village includes a charming
teashop, a guesthouse (Gjáargarður)
and a campsite, and is located
approximately a one-hour drive from Tórshavn.
øl flere steder i Danmark, mest
i København, men også i byer så
som Vejle, Aalborg og Århus.
Navnet er lidt ejendommeligt: Øl hedder almindeligvis
også øl på færøsk,
mens bjór er sjældent. Og bogstavet ö
i Føroya (genitiv af Føroyar –
bruges sædvanligvis kun i festlig, gammeldags stil.
Denne stil understreges
også ved, at bryggeriet selv skriver Klakksvík
med kk – den ældre form.
Bryggeriet blev grundlagt i 1888 af Símun í
Dermed er Föroya Bjór en af de ældste virksomheder på
Bebyggelse i Gjógv
The village church dates from 1929. It was the
first one to be consecrated in
the village and the first one to feature services in
Before that, the villagers walked to
Funningur for church and burial services.
The church in
Gjógv has a history of its own. It was built in
1929 and was
the first church to be inaugurated in Faroese. Its
altarpiece is of a particular
interest; it shows Jesus walking on water – not the
of Genesareth, but “í Djúpunum” which is the name for
the waters off Gjógv.
Vi kom i prat med en mann fra Gjógv. Han fortalte litt om
stedet og om kirken.
Den var plassert nord-syd og
ikke øst-vest som andre kirker på Færøyene.
Sånn var den mer synlig når båtene kom inn fra havet.
the opposite side of the road
(from the church) a sculpture
stands as a memorial
to fishermen lost at sea, bearing
the names and ages of men from
the late nineteenth to the mid
The sculpture of a mother and two
children looking out to sea was
created by Janus Kamban.
Til høyre: bebyggelsen i Gjógv og elva som
renner gjennom byen.
En fin hage i Gjógv
fine hagen er nærmeste nabo
til hotellet på stedet, Gjáargarður.
|Onsdag 23. mai 2018
Dette var den eneste dagen på
turen med "dårlig vær".
Det var overskya og blåste kraftig.
Men det regna heldigvis ikke.
Vi skulle være i Gjógv hele dagen.
The flag of the Faroe Islands is
an offset cross, representing Christianity.
It is similar in design to other Nordic
flags – a tradition set by the
Dannebrog of Denmark, of which the Faroe
Islands are an autonomous
The flag is called Merkið, which means "the
banner" or "the mark".
It resembles the flags of
neighbouring Norway and Iceland.
Grete utenfor Gjáargarður. Det ser ut som
men det er vel heller litt mye vind for en østlending.
er godt festa her også, selv
De er vant med litt vind på
If you take a walk along the bank of the gorge, you
will get a first-hand look
at puffins in and around the cliffs. A bench has been
erected at the tip to
which the trail along the bank will lead you in memory
of Crown Prince
Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s visit in Gjógv in
2005. The bench is
named “Mary’s bænk” – in English Mary’s Bench after
Crown Princess Mary.
Gjogv, walks and
gikk først en tur ut til
Kronprinsesse Marys Benk.
En fin spaservei fører dit ut.
Grete ved Kronprinsesse Marys Benk.
Etterpå gikk vi opp i høyden over
Her er et bilde av Gjógv tatt like etter vi startet
Kløfta som har gitt byen navn.
Bratt er det overalt.
Sauene er fornøyd bare
de har nok gress.
If you really want
to get the Faroese nature under your skin, you should
Vi må over et sauegjerde igjen.
a walk in the mountains surrounding Gjógv. The
mountain walk opportunities
around Gjógv are endless!
You can take a walk along the bank of the
gorge, out to “Ovara Nasa”, then
uphill along the coastline until you reach a sheep
house at the top.
From here you have a spectacular view of the bird
cliffs before and below you
so close that you can almost reach out and touch the
fulmars nesting there.
This walk only takes about 45 minutes and will boost
your blood circulation.
Gjogv, walks and adventures
Stien vi gikk. Det er gjerde mot stupet,
men vi holdt oss mye enda
litt lenger inn på land på grunn av den sterke vinden.
Ned i kløfta. Karl Martin snakker med en
som er nede for å se til båten sin.
Kløfta og trappa ned.
Grete begynner på trappene opp igjen.
which is one of the main attractions of Gjógv, is in
part of the village.
A flight of steps enables you to walk down to the
landing place for boats.
walks and adventures, (22.8.2019)
Etter lunsj gikk vi en tur i motsatt
Her ser vi Gjógv og høyden vi gikk opp til om
Vi var også innom kafeen i Gjógv, Gjåarkaffi
Reiseruta var: Elduvik, Glyvrar/Runavik, Søldarfjordur,
En fotopause langs veien. Herfra ser vi
ned til bygda Funningur og
Veikryss. Herfra ser vi over til Kalsoy.
located in the Funningsfjørður-inlet
on Eysturoy's northeast side.
The village which has a population of 23 is split into
two parts by a small
river. The church in Elduvík dates from 1952.
Visible from Elduvík is the nearby island
After about three
kilometres, the lovely village of Elduvík appears ahead.
Elduvík is an ancient settlement. It is not known
exactly how old it is,
but according to historical documents it dates back to
no later than
1350 -1400, but it may well be older. Elduvík has
retained much of its old,
charming characteristics. In the old days, there was no
church in the
village, and therefore all important religious
ceremonies, including funerals,
had to take place in Oyndarfjørður.
Vi gikk først en tur ut til Elduvíksgjógv.
Det var en fin turvei ut dit.
ENJOY HIKING ALONG THE OLD
VILLAGE PATH FROM
OYNDARFJØRÐUR TO THE CHARMING VILLAGE OF ELDUVÍK
Vi gikk denne stien i motsatt retning, og
ikke helt fram til Oyndarfjørður.
Once you have walked about one
kilometre you will come to Elduvíkslíð,
the grassy sloping hillside between the two villages.
To the left, you will
see the mountains Middagsfjall and Tyril, and to the
right, you have a
fine view to the north of Kalsoy. Note specifically
the two characteristic
peaks, the jagged Nestindur and the somewhat flat
a wonderful harmony together.
The Faroese national flower is
the buttercup – in Faroese called
Caltha palustris, known as
It was in the
area below Nestindur that Páll Fangi hid from
authorities in the
1600s because he was
wanted for murder.
Páll was a farmer’s son in
Mikladalur. A maid on the farm was in love with
him, but the feelings
weren’t mutual. The jilted maid took revenge by
insinuating that Páll had
murdered his father because the father had
given the farm to his
brother. Páll was convicted of murder and imprisoned
in Tórshavn, but he
managed to escape from prison three times.
On one of the occasions,
he hid for a whole year in a cave in the rugged area
The terrain in Elduvíkslíð
is rather steep, but the path is good.
Further on, you have a view of the small village of
Funningur that lies
wedged between the high mountains on the other side of
One of them is Slættaratindur, which – with its 880
metres – is
the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands.
After about three kilometres, the lovely village of
Elduvík appears ahead.
Her går det rett i havet.
Sauene klarer seg bra i bratt.
Vi kom helskinna
tilbake til Elduvik
|When you arrive in the village,
you see a flat rock on the right
side of the road. It is called
Líksteinur (Corpse Stone).
This is where the people of
Elduvík said farewell to their
loved ones before their coffin
was carried to Oyndarfjørður.
Vi skulle på hjemmebesøk klokka 15 00, og hadde litt god
tid til det.
Vi fant ut at litt sør for der vi skulle få kaffe og
kaker skulle det være en kafe.
Vi kjørte dit og spiste hamburger med pommes frites,
masse pommes frites.
Etterpå rusla vi litt rundt i området ved kafeen.
Vi fant blant annet Vinmonoposter, eller Rusdrekkasøla
ser ut til å være slutt på
Tåka legger seg over toppene.
Heldigvis var det bare
Her fikk vi god kaffe og god kake.
Huset var koselig og hagen flott,
men vertinnen hadde dessverre litt liten tid til å prate
Vi var der en snau halvtime, så fortsatte vi mot
Klaksvik på Bordoy.
The first settlement
at Klaksvík dates back to Viking times, but it
until the 20th century that the district merged to
form a large, modern
Faroese town that became a cultural and commercial
centre for the
Northern Isles and the Faroe Islands as a whole.
Klaksvík is located between two inlets lying
back to back. It has an
important harbour with fishing industry and a modern
Originally, four farms were located where Klaksvík is
In time, they grew into four villages: Vágur,
Myrkjanoyri, Gerðar and
Uppsalir; which finally merged to form the town of
Klaksvík in 1938.
Borðoy (Danish: Bordø) is an island in
the north-east of the Faroe Islands.
Its name means 'headland island'. There are eight
(the second largest town in the
Faroes), Norðoyri, Ánir, Árnafjørður, Strond, Norðtoftir, Depil and Norðdepil.
There are also three abandoned settlements:
Skálatoftir, Múli and Fossá,
all in the north. Múli was one of the remotest
settlements in the Faroes –
there was no road link until 1989, before which goods
had to be brought
in via helicopter or boat. The last people left in
triggered the development of the town was the
establishment of a
centralized store for all the northern islands on the
The brewery Föroya Bjór in Klaksvík
is a Faroese family brewery, founded in
1888. The ram has been the symbol of the brewery since
the early beginning.
Since August 2007, when Restorffs
Bryggjarí went out of business, Föroya
Bjór has been the only producer of beer and soft
drinks in the Faroe Islands.
With the opening of the Leirvík sub sea
tunnel, the Norðoyatunnilin in April
Klaksvík gained a physical link with the mainland of
the Faroe Islands and
can now be considered one of its key ports. Several
developments are under
way to exploit this symbiosis, including a new
industrial park located by the
tunnel entrance. Klaksvík is home
|Fipan Fagra by
Hans Pauli Olsen
our way into the town.
It is made of
bronze and granite and was erected to
celebrate the centenary of the
founding of the
It is an unusual
piece with a naked man
wedged sideways between two
pieces of rock.
|Fredag 25. mai 2018
Vi skulle forlate Klaksvik,
men førstmåtte vi se
Vi lot bilen stå ved hotellet
og spaserte ned til kirken.
Bildet er fra huset på bildet
Koselig hus og hage i Klaksvik
Christianskirkjan, the Lutheran
church in Klaksvík, was consecrated on
7 July 1963, and is dedicated to the memory of the
Faroese sailors who
lost their lives during World War Two.
Christianskirkjan is the first large church in the
Northern countries, which is constructed with
inspiration from the old Viking halls and the common
in old Faroese homes.
The roof construction appears to be very well suited
for churches –
Chirstiankirkjan’s acoustics are said to be better
than in other Faroese
churches of the same size.
originally hung in Viborg Cathedral, Denmark but was later
moved to the Danish National Museum of Art before it
finally was installed
in the church in Klaksvík, where it is still to be found.
The altarpiece was restored in 2012. Conservators from all
over the world
came to restore this extraordinary altarpiece. In this
period, other parts of
the church were refurbished as well. The restoration was
completed for the
50th anniversary of the church in 2013, which was marked
a grand celebration.
For the churches 50th anniversary, the artist Edward Fuglø
and the artisan
Sjúrður Sólstein made an impressive work of art for the
church called “Jesus
from Nazareth.” It consists of ten pieces, each piece
depicting a story from
the life of Jesus.
Christianskirkjan is open to visitors Monday to Saturday
from 15 May to 15 Aug.
Farvel til Klaksvik
With six mountains higher than 800 meters, Kunoy
is the highest island
in the Faroes. The landscape is rough, may appear
unfriendly, but it is
fascinating. It makes one feel small, standing below
Klaksvik skulle vi til Torshavn,
men først tok vi en tur ut til Kunoy.
På bildet: Kunoy-tunnelen.
The northern end of Kunoy, the cliff Nakkur,
rises 819 meters straight up
from the rough North Atlantic Ocean. The cliff is
widely known for its
birdlife, which includes puffins, guillemots and
Today there are two villages on Kunoy, the village of
Kunoy on the western
side and Haraldsund, named after the narrow waters
between Kunoy and
Borðoy, on the eastern side. The island is reachable
from Borðoy by a
bridge over Haraldsund, the strait separating the two
islands. The village of
Kunoy is reachable by a tunnel from Haraldssund.
The third village, Skarð, located at the northern end
of Haraldssund, was
abandoned in the winter of 1919 in the wake of a great
occurred right before Christmas in 1913. All the grown
men in the village
were lost at sea, and the only survivors where the
women and children,
a 14 year old youth and an old man.
is the oldest of the villages on Kunoy and is a
popular recreational place.
Kunoy is a cosy village with a stunning view of the
neighbouring island of Kalsoy.
There is an old park, where the local youth often
barbeque and hang out in the
gentle summer evenings, maybe challenging each other
to climb the large rock
in the centre of the park.
2006 it had a
population of 64.
Kunoy med utsikt mot Kalsoy
På en klippeafsats mod Kalsoyarfjøður, ligger Kunoy
Den afløse en tidligere kirke af den kendte færøske
type med græstag. K
oret og midtergangen havde trægulv, mens resten af
gulvet var af trampet
jord. Kirken er indviet d. 1/12-1867, opført af Símun
i Haraldssundi og er
bygget af bræddeklædt tømmer på en sokkel af sten.
Den er bygget som et langhus, med en tagrytter (står
med siderne flugtende
med selve kirkebygningen) imod vest, som ender i et
Øverst en smedet fløjstang.
kirken blev indviet, var taget af skiffer, men dette
er senere udskiftet til
På hver side har kirken grønmalede vinduer.
Indgangsdøren sidder på
vestgavlen, der vender ud mod sundet. Kirken er
allerede kort efter
opførelsen, blev malet indvendigt, hvilket er lidt
Det meste af inventaret stammer fra kirkens opførelse.
Altertavlen forestiller "den korsfæstede" af Vilh. B.
Kirkesølvet fra 1830'erne er overført fra den
I tårnet hænger en klokke omstøbt fra den tidligere
Fjellene på Kunoy
Terrasser på Kunoy
Hus i Kunoy
Elva gjennom landsbyen
og broa over elva
Kirken sett fra fjøra
og trappene ned til fjøra.
Fra Kunoy kjørte vi direkte til Torshavn
og sjekket inn på Torshavn
capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands is located
in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy.
means ‘Thor's Harbor’, named after the god of
lightning in Norse mythology. Founded in the 10th
century, it is considered
to be one of the oldest capitals in Northern Europe.
The city of Torshavn has fish-processing plants, a
shipyard, and produces
woolen products that add to the economy and of the
mostly for the Vikings, Torshavn is surrounded with
Húsareyn to its north at a height of about 1,140 ft
and Kirkjubøreyn to
the southwest at 1,100 ft height. Fishing, fish
construction and handicrafts are the major
activities of the Faroese people.
The Faroese government situated in the remarkable
of Torshavn town was initially located on Tinganes.
Since 1856, it has
been located on the town square, Vaglið where the
city was temporarily
occupied during World War II by few dynasties.
early days of Viking settlement at Torshavn
begins more than thousand
years ago where it’s administrative and
political centre and the Faroese
Government offices positioned in the old listed
buildings add to the historic
glory of the town.
Torshavn looks like a modern town owing to modern
communication and infrastructure. It is not much
isolated as it used
to be in the past centuries. It has even retained
its unique character,
mesmerizing charm that sets its different from any
other capital in the
city witness a budding number of people who come
to it to
enjoy its harbors,
striking and dramatic scenery, countryside sea,
age-old history, culture and the old fortress built
in 1630 to protect
the market from pirates. This has remarkably
increased its population.
En fin dag for utepils på Torshavn
Det lå en norsk seilbåt i havn.
Flagget på Tinganes
is the historical core of the country’s capital.
Dividing two harbours,
this flat rocky outcrop is dominated by delightfully
structures that, quite unassumingly, are home to the
Faroese Home Rule
government (Føroya Landssýri).
Tinganes is said to be one of the oldest, if not
the oldest, parliamentary
meeting places in the world, along with Tynwald Hill
in the Isle of Man
and Þingvellir in Iceland.
It was here, in around year 900, that the Viking
parliament first began
meeting every summer to discuss matters of national
No armed security guards
here, visitors are free to wander at will – who
knows, you might even catch the Prime Minister on his
way to lunch!
Guides can explain the history of each structure, but
random strolling is
enough for most visitors.
domkirke (færøysk:Havnar kirkja [ˈhaunaɹ
Dómkirkjan er den nest eldste bevarte kirken på
Den er en luthersk domkirke og menighetskirke i
Kirken ligger i byens eldre del, og ble oppført i
Bare Olavkirkjan i Kirkjubøur er eldre.
Tórshavn domkirke er hvitkalket med skifertak.
Domkirken ligger i den nordlige enden av halvøya
og er en av Tórshavns hovedattraksjoner.
Den har vært sete for Færøyenes biskop siden
Trange gater og koseligehus.
Nólsoyar Páll (originally,
Poul Poulsen Nolsøe)
(11 October 1766, Nólsoy – 1808
or 1809, near Sumba) is a
Faroese national hero.
He was a seaman, trader, poet,
farmer and boat builder who
tried to develop direct trade
between the Faroes and the
rest of Europe and introduced
vaccination to the islands.
He went missing in the winter
of 1808/09 sailing home
statue by Hans Pauli Olsen
|Lørdag 26. mai 2018
Tur til Kirkjubøur
Located only half an
hour from the capital is Kirkjubøur, the
significant historical site. In medieval times, this
small village was the
cultural and episcopal centre of the Faroe Islands.
Today, it effectively
consists of three main elements; firstly, the 900
farmhouse/museum Roykstovan, which is thought to be
the oldest wooden
house still in use today (the Patursson family have
lived there for
17 generations); secondly, the present Parish church,
in 1111 and used as the main church in the Faroe
Islands for centuries;
and thirdly, the medieval Magnus Cathedral, built in
the 1300s and the
effective seat of power over several centuries.
Veien til Kirkjubøur
|Kirkjubøargarður (Faroese for Yard
of Kirkjubøur, also known as
King's Farm) is one of the oldest still inhabited
wooden houses of the
world, if not the oldest.
The farm itself has always been the largest
in the Faroe Islands.
The old farmhouse of Kirkjubøur dates back
to the 11th century.
It was the episcopal residence and seminary of
the Diocese of the
Faroe Islands, from about 1100.
The legend says, that the wood for the block houses
came as driftwood
from Norway and was accurately bundled and
numbered, just for being s
et up. Note, that there is no forest in the Faroes
with the exception of a wood
in northern Tórshavn, and wood is a very valuable
material. Many such wood
legends are thus to be found in Faroese history.
The oldest part is a
so-called roykstova (reek parlour, or smoke
Perhaps it was moved one day, because it does not fit
to its foundation.
Another ancient room is the loftstovan (loft
room). It is supposed that Bishop
Erlendur wrote the 'Sheep Letter' here in 1298.
This is the earliest document
of the Faroes we know today. It is the statute
concerning sheep breeding on
the Faroes. Today the room is the farm's library.
|The stórastovan (large
room) is from a much later date,
being built in 1772.
Though the farmhouse is a museum, the
17th generation of the
Patursson Family, which has occupied it since 1550, is
still living here.
Shortly after the Reformation in the Faroe
Islands in 1538,
all the real estate of the Catholic Church was seized
King of Denmark. This was about half of the land in
and since then called King's Land ('kongsjørð').
The largest piece
of King's Land was the farm in Kirkjubøur due to the
above-mentioned episcopal residence.
This land is today owned by the Faroese government,
and the Paturssons are tenants from
generation to generation.
It is always the oldest son, who becomes King's
and in contrast to the privately-owned land, the
is never divided between the sons.
Bilder fra Kongsgården
Saint Olav's Church is
a medieval church in the village
of Kirkjubøur in
Modell av Magnuskatedralen
Streymoy, Faroe Islands. It was built before 1200, which
makes it the
oldest church of the Faroe Islands. Until
the Reformation, it served as
the seat of the Catholic bishop.
The pew ends from the church were transferred in 1875,
after the church
was restored, to the National Museum of
Denmark in Copenhagen and were
returned to Faroe Islands and exhibited at
the National Museum of
the Faroe Islands in 2002.
There are 14 pew ends, 11 depicting the Apostles, and
the three remaining
ones depicting other Biblical figures. They were on
featured on postal stamps — in 1980 (4 stamps), in 1984
(4 stamps), and
in 2001 (4 stamps).
A runestone, the Kirkjubøur stone, was found in
1832 in the church.
Today it is in the National Museum of the Faroe Islands.
Glasskunsten ved inngangen
til kirken er utført av Tróndur Patursson.
Olavskirken og kirkegården
Olavskirken og kirkegården
Kongsgården, Magnuskatedralen og litt av
Olavskirken og Magnuskatedralen
Bilder fra Magnuskatedralen
Cathedral (Danish: Magnuskatedralen) is
a ruined cathedral
in the village of Kirkjubøur on the island
of Streymoy in the Faroe Islands.
The ruins are the largest medieval building in the Faroe
Bishop Erlendur (1269–1308) started construction in
about the year 1300.
However, the building was never completed, because it
was never roofed.
The cathedral remains in
an unfinished state to this day.
The only known relic of St. Thorlak of
Iceland is contained with other
saints' relics in a lead box in the sanctuary's end wall
("The Golden Locker").
Conservation work on
the Cathedral started in 1997, as it became clear
that the ruin was deteriorating at a rapid pace, with
more and more
mortar falling away due to the elements, mostly from
rain, but also salty
sea air and sea water. During 2002-2004, a wooden shed
around most of the ruin, giving it enough shelter to
dry out, before work
could begin on preservation. The shed drew
because of its looks.
museum, Nordens Hus, Vestur-kikjan, Torshavn Skanse o.a
Utenfor Nordens Hus
House (Faroese: Norðurlandahúsið) Coordinates: 62.022039°N
6.784631°Wis a cultural institution in the Faroe
Islands. Its aim is to support
promote Nordic and Faroese culture,
locally and in the Nordic region.
Erlendur Patursson (1913-1986), Faroese
member of the Nordic Council,
brought forward the idea of a Nordic cultural house in
the Faroe Islands.
A Nordic competition for architects was held in 1977,
where 158 architects participated. Winners
Steen from Norway and Kollbrún
Ragnarsdóttir from Iceland. By staying true
to folklore the architects built
the Nordic House to resemble an
enchanting hill of elves. The building
considered to be one of the most beautiful
in Scandinavia. The house opened
in Tórshavn in 1983.
The Nordic House is organized as a cultural
organization under the Nordic
Council of Ministers. The Nordic House is run by a
steering committee of 8,
of which 3 are Faroese and 5 from the outside Nordic
countries. Also there is
a local advisory body of 15 members, representing the
organizations. For a 4-year period, the steering
committee appoints a
director of the house.
Bilde fra Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn
The National Museum
of the Faroe Islands has exhibitions in the
building on Brekkutún 6 in Tórshavn. The
galleries tell the natural and
cultural history of the Faroe Islands. This goes back
to the origin of the
landmass dating back 65 mya, through the
pre-settlement era and the
culture etc. from the Viking Ages and the Middle Ages.
rocks and minerals, birds, plants and fish, as well as
items from the
farming live and the maritime live in the Faroe
Islands. The famous
Kikjubøstólarnir, which are parts of the original
benches from the
Ólavskirkjan (St. Olav's Church) of Kirkjubøur are
amongst the most
valued cultural items of the National Museum on
Brekkutún 6. These were
in Denmark for many years but have now returned to the
Bilder Fra Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn
Spekkhogger på Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn
Kirkestol fra Olavskirken på
Olav den Hellige over
Jomfru Maria med barnet.
Denne sto i også i Olavskirken på
til kirken ble ombygget i 1874
Trappa nedenfor Havnar kirke i Torshavn.
Et populært sted å slappe av på fine dager.
er en kirke i Tórshavn på Færøerne. Den stilrene og
kirke med kobbertaget blev indviet i 1975.
Vesturkirkjan er blevet et af
Tórshavns vartegn, og dens form ligner et skib med
sejl. Det 42 meter høje
tårn er formet som en lodret halveret spids pyramide.
Den ligger i den
vestlige del af byen, på hjørnet mellem Jóannes
Patursonargøta og Frælsið,
og fungerer som sognekirke for vestbyen, mens Tórshavn
betjener den østlige del.
med 800 siddepladser står med sine hvide murstensmure
kontrast til de sorte stengulvfliser. Kirkens orgel er
et Frobenius orgel fra
1973 med 16 stemmer.
Alterkorset er lavet af den danske guldsmed og
billedkunstner Bent Exner (1932-2006).
Den 5. juni 2006 blev der foran kirken indviet et
mindesmærke lavet af
billedhuggeren Hans Pauli Olsen for Sigmundur
Brestisson, som ifølge F
æringesagaen i år 999 førte kristendommen til
Utsikt fra Vestukirkjan
Streymoy (Danish: Strømø)
is the largest and most populated island of the
Faroe Islands. The capital, Tórshavn, is located
on its southeast coast.
The name means "island of currents". It also refers to
the largest region of
the country that also includes the islands
of Hestur, Koltur and Nólsoy.
island is oblong in shape and stretches roughly in
direction with a length of 47 kilometres (29 miles)
and a width
of around 10 kilometres (6 miles). There are two
deeply-indented fjords in
the southeast: Kollafjørður and
Kaldbaksfjørður. The island is
mountainous, especially in the northwest, with the
being Kopsenni (789 metres (2,589 ft)). That area
is dominated by
over 500-metre-high (1,640 ft) cliffs.
The area is known as Vestmannabjørgini, which means
Cliffs of Vestmanna.
Like the rest of the Faroe Islands there are
numerous short streams and
minor lakes. The main vegetation is grass, with no
trees. Some of the villages
have planted trees inside or just outside the village.
These parks need to have
fences around them in order to keep sheep out.
Streymoy is separated from the
nearby Eysturoy to the east, the
second-largest island of the Faroe Islands, by
the narrow sound of Sundini.
To the west lies the island of Vágar, and to the
south the island of Sandoy.
Three additional smaller islands are situated around
the southern tip of
Streymoy: Koltur, Hestur and Nólsoy.
There are about 23,693 inhabitants on the island
(7-2017), which represents
more than 45% of the whole population of
the Faroe Islands. The majority of
them reside in the capital Tórshavn which
has a population of about 21,000 in
the municipality, of which 13,089 live in Tórshavn,
3,956 in Hoyvík and 2,110
in Argir, Hoyvík and Argir are suburbs of
Tórshavn, but they have grown
together. Around 1,202 people live in Vestmanna,
789 in Kollafjørður.
Besides being the seat of the
government Tórshavn is also the chief port,
seat of the university and the commercial centre of
|Søndag 26. mai 2018
Først en tur til Skansen i
så kjørte vi tilbake til Vestmanna for å ta båtturen der.
Utsikt fra hotellrommet vårt. Pyramiden er
Også utsikt fra hotellrommet. Litt tåke på
toppen denne morgenen.
Skansen og fyret
In 1580, the great
Faroese adventurer Magnus Heinason ordered the
construction of a fort to protect the trading centre
of Tórshavn from a
steadily increasing number of seaborne attacks across
Atlantic – in many cases from pirate raids.
The original fortification only lasted until 1677,
when French pirates
destroyed the fort after their final demand for 100
oxen, 200 sheep,
500 pairs of gloves, 1,200 pairs of stockings and 60
wasn’t met by the people of Tórshavn within the
Skansin lighthouse og
de gamle kanonene
|The fort served as a British
Navy headquarters during the Second
The two guns which face out to sea
from behind the fort were used to
defend the islands against German
Skansin also includes four older
brass cannons from the time of the
Danish Trade Monopoly and a
Although not much remains of the
fort today, skansin still offers quite
exceptional views out over the sea
to neighbouring island Nólsoy.
The grass lawn is a great spot
for a packed picnic.
Skansin og Skansin Lighthouse
Pauli Olsen, a modern
sculpture, at Torshavn,
Skansin, Fríða og Grete
Torshavn sett fra Skansin. Det er kø til
Smyril Line går ut. Fortsatt ligger det
tåke på toppene.
Tørrfisk utenfor restaurant i den
One of the most popular tourist
attractions in the Faroe Islands is the
boat tour to the Vestmanna Birdcliffs and Grottos. You
sail into grottos,
through narrow sounds, and close to the almost
2.000 feet high vertical cliffs,
where birds such as puffins, guillemots, fulmars and
kittewakes nest each
summer. The trip will last about 2 hours.
Vestmanna turistsenter og båten Freyur
Vær forsiktig når du går fjelltur på
Den fraflyttede byen Slettanes
Sikkerhetstau, brukes under utsetting og
innsamling av sauer
Det er trangt inne
Sauene klarer seg godt i det bratte
Blomster mellom steinene
Vi er tilbake i Vestmanna. Noen gutter
skal vise seg for oss.
Leynar (Danish: Lejnum)
is a village in the Faroe Islands,
a self-governing overseas administrative division
The village is on the western coast of the island
of Streymoy in the
municipality of Kvívíkar. The 2005 population was 120.
Leynar is the birthplace of Faroese
actor Sverri Egholm (1930–2001).
Leynar (IPA: [ˈlɛiːnaɹ], dansk:
Lejnum) er en bygd på Færøyene.
Den ligger i Kvívíkar
kommuna på Streymoys vestkyst.
Bebyggelsen ligger spredt i åsene
ovenfor stranden Leynasandur,
som er et populært badested
og rekreasjonsområde om
I dalen like ved Leynar ligger
innsjøen Leynavatn, hvor det
er populært å fiske.
Fra Leynar går Vágatunnilin over
Leynar er første gang nevnt i
1. januar 2009 hadde Leynar
113 innbyggere, mot 70 i 1985
Grete skal bade
Karl Martin nøyer seg med å vasse.
Karl Martin på Leynar strand.
Noe av bebyggelsen i Leynar.
|Så var det
egentlig slutt på ferien på Færøyene.
Den siste natta bodde vi flyplasshotellet Vágar hotel,
for vi skulle ha en tidlig avgang til Bergen.
Derfra med Norwegian til Oslo og tog og båt hjem.
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