Færøyene (Faroe Islands) mai 2018


Vågar Gåsadalur,  Vågar Trælanipa og Bøsdalafossur
Streymoy Vestmanna, Eysturoy Eidi og Slættaratindur, Eysteroy Gjøgv
Eysteroy Elduvik, Bordoy Klaksvik, Kunoy, Streymoy Torshavn,
Streymoy Kirkjubøar, Streymoy Torshavn Skanse o-a, Streymoy Vestmanna med båttur
Streymoy Leynar

Grete Emblemsvåg
Endringer 25. oktober 2023

tilbake til 1. side
Søndag 20. mai 2018

Med Norwegian til Bergen
og overnatting på Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport

Rommet vårt i Bergen
Middagen: fish and chips
Mandag 21. mai 2018
Bergen - Færøyene med Atlantic Airways

Vi fikk nøkkelen til leiebilen og
kjørte til hotel Vågar.

Der sjekket vi inn før vi begynte å utforske Færøyene.

Faroe Islands
Located in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroe Islands comprise 18 small islands, characterised by steep cliffs, tall mountains, narrow fjords – and a population of
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.

Vágar is the first port of call for most foreigners travelling to the Faroe Islands,
as it is home to the islands’ only airport, Vágar Airport.
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 expanded/modernised
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 capital Tórshavn.
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 resembles a
Sørvágsfjørður is the mouth and Fjallavatn is the eye.

Tur til Sørv
águr, Bøur og Gásadalur

Hotel V
ágar med kort vei til flyplassen.

Mykines (Danish: Myggenæs) is the westernmost of the 18 main islands of the
Faroe Archipelago.

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 bildet under

Leiebilen vår på Færøyene.
I bakgrunnen tettstedet Sørv

The name Sørvágur translates to "The Bay of Sør". While the second half of 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 settleat 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 with other 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 of the 20th century local people in Sørvágur
tried to correct this historical injustice and used the name Seyrvágur instead
of Sørvágur. However, this trend died out again. One reason may be that there
is no proof in the Faroese historical records that justifies the name Seyrvágur.
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



Tindhólmur is a stunning islet located next
to Vagar island in the Faroe Islands.
The unpopulated craggy islet is known for its
spiky shape.

The islet holds extreme contrasts.
One side of the islet is pure green hillside all the way to the top. The southern face of Tindhólmur is
sheer basalt cliff.

There are merely sheep on the uninhabited islet. A great spot to
see Tindhólmur is from the village Bøur.
(25. oktober 2023)
Tindhólmur | Guide to Faroe Islands :
Guide to Faroe Islands


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 there.

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 isle

But one day everything changed. A huge eagle came and took Rasmus’
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 the child. This peak
is called Ørnatindur that can be translated into “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.

(25. oktober 2023)
  Places - Places (visitfaroeislands.com)
These are named of the peaks: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, Bogdi which can be translated into: Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad and Bent.


Bøur (Danish: Bø) is a village in the Sørvágur Municipality of the Faroe Islands,
4 km west of Sørvágur, with a population of 75 (2012). 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 view south to Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur is quite magnificent.
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 village.
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 the village
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 Gásadalur


ólmur sett fra Gásadalur


Gásadalur is a gorgeous waterfall named after a small village
Gásadalur, 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
waterfall Gásadalur.

Mulafossur og landsbyen Gásadalur
Gásadalur har en liten kafe (2018)
som er verd et besøk
In Faroese, the name appears as Føroyar. Oyar represents the plural of oy, older Faroese for 'island'. Due to sound changes, the modern Faroese word for island is oyggj. The first element, før, may reflect an Old Norse word fær ('sheep'), although this analysis is sometimes disputed because Faroese now uses the word seyður (from Old Norse sauðr) to mean 'sheep'. Another possibility is that the Irish monks, who settled the island around 625, had already given the islands a name related to the Gaelic word fearann, meaning 'land' or 'estate'. This name could then have been passed on to the Norwegian settlers, who then added oyar (islands). The name thus translates as either 'Islands of Sheep' or 'Land Islands'   (23. januar 2023)
Faroe Islands - Wikipedia

Fra Gásadalur kjørte vi til Midtvágur. Der gikk vi
tur langs stien til Trælanipa og Bøsdalafossur

Lake Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn

Sørvágsvatn is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the island of Vágar between the municipalities of Sørvágur and Vágar. Its area is 3.4 km2,
more than three times the size of Fjallavatn, the second largest lake, also located
on Vágar.
Among the locals, there is disagreement regarding the name of the lake. The inhabitants of Sørvágur to the west prefer Sørvágsvatn, which means "the lake by Sørvágur". The inhabitants of Miðvágur and Sandavágur to the east prefer
Leitisvatn, which means "the lake by Leiti", referring to the territory on the east
side of it.
The lake is located very close to the ocean, but its surface is about 40 meters above
the level of the sea. It is surrounded by a higher cliff which prevents it from
emptying fully into the ocean, the waterfall Bøsdalafossur being the outlet. The greater height of the cliffs on either side of Bøsdalafossur can give the illusion from certain perspectives that the lake is higher above sea level than it is.


During World War II, the British army built an airfield (now Vágar Airport) to the
west of the lake. They also built a station to support seaplanes. The first aircraft to
land on the lake was a Catalina from RAF Coastal Command, in 1941.
Sørvágsvatn - Wikipedia     (23. januar 2023)


Bratte fjell og myke vidder

Fuglefotografer i arbeid

Grete tar også bilder, men ikke av fuglene.
Karl Martin fikk et brukbart
bilde av måkene.


is a perpendicular cliff on Vágar Island in the unexplored
Faroe Islands. The cliff treats travellers to one of the most renowned
nature attractions in the Faroe Islands.
From Trælanípa, in English the Slave Cliff, you can see the freshwater
Lake Leitisvatn. Standing at this viewpoint will make the lake look as if
it floats above the salty North Atlantic ocean.
Trælanípa • Lake Above the Ocean | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands   
(23. januar 2023)

Karl Martin synes det er langt ned til sjøen,
selv om han ikke er på toppen av klippen.


Ikke gå for langt ut!
Grete går mot Bøsdalafossur.
This is the view of Bøsdalafossur waterfall – where the Sørvágsvatn
lake actually meets the Atlantic Ocean. As you can see the water
levels aren’t so different after all!



Rund steinbygning ved Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn

Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvat. 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 tettsteder.
Miðvágur med kirken fra 1952

Båten er 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 individer
i Miðvágur.
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
Vi begynner bilturen
rundt på Færøyene.

Dagens etappe: Vestmanna,
Eidi, Slættaratindur, Gjøgv.

Overnatting på Gjåargardur

Vestmanna (dansk: Vestmanhavn) er en bygd og et sogn på Færøyenes største øy, Streymoy. Vestmanna ligger i en bukt ved Vestmannasund, som skiller
Streymoy fra Vágar.

Den 1. januar 2015 hadde Vestmanna 1 214 innbyggere, noe som gjør bygden
til den
største bebyggelsen på Norðstreymoy.
Vestmanna er en av Færøyenes beste, naturlige havner. Fiskeri, havbruk og
maritim industri
har avløst landbruket som bygdens viktigste
næringsveier. Halvparten av Færøyenes
vannkraft produseres i
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 par timer.
Vi valgte å reise til Slættaratindur i steden. Det var nydelig vær for en topptur.

Havna i Vestmanna
Eiði på 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.

Eiði 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 Gjogv.


Eiði [ˈaiːjɪ]  (Northern Faroese [ˈɔiːjɪ]; Danish: Ejde) is a
village located on the north-west tip of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands.

Its name 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 1881
Litt mat må man ha før en

Slættaratindur is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands located on Eysturoy Island. It translates directly into the ‘Plain Mountain Peak’ due to the summit’s flat surface. The mountain elevates 880 meters (2887 feet) above sea level.
Slættur means flat and indeed the summit is smooth enough for Faroese dancing
and for photo opportunities in all directions. The flat area on the very top of Slættaratindur is roughly 1000 square meters.
Slættaratindur is accessible throughout the year. The hike to Slættaratindur is
popular among locals and travellers alike. You should watch out for icy surfaces during winter from November to April. The path is not visible in snow so it is not recommendable to venture up the mountain on your own during the winter season.
Første hinder på vei til toppen var et sauegjerde.
Det er bratt, Grete må ta en pustepause.

The easiest route to the top is from Eiðisskarð mountain pass west of Funningur
and east of Eiði. Both villages sit at the foot of the mountain. Park your car at Eiðisskarð. Parking here will cut the climb to the top by half. You will hike 500
meters uphill. The hike will take 2 hours or less.

Particularly in clear weather, you will see the entire archipelago from this location.
You will have a great view of the sea stacks, Risin & Kellingin when standing on the northern part of the summit.
Slættaratindur • Highest Mountain | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands    
(23. januar 2023)



Haldórsvík på den andre siden

Nesten oppe

Risin and Kellingin (bilde til høyre og under)

Risin & Kellingin is a pair of sea-stacks in the wild Faroe Islands. These basalt
rock formations lie off the coast of Eysturoy island far away from the crowds.

Experiencing these striking offshore monoliths is always worth it. Risin &
Kellingin translates to “the Giant and his Wife”. A must-see when in the Faroe Islands.

Risin & Kellingin | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands     (23. januar 2023)

A legend tells how, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and
decided that they wanted the Faroes. So the giant and the witch (his wife in some versions of the story) were sent down to the Faroe Islands to bring them back.
A legend tells how, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and decided that they wanted the Faroes. So the giant and the witch (his wife in some versions of the story) were sent down to the Faroe Islands to bring them back.

Risin og Kellingin

They reached the north-westernmost mountain Eiðiskollur (see map), and the
giant stayed in the sea while the witch climbed up the mountain with a heavy
rope to tie the islands together so that she could push them onto the giant's back. However, when she attached the rope to the mountain and pulled, the northern
part of the mountain split. Further attempts were also unsuccessful, and they
struggled through the night, but the base of the mountain was firm and they
could not move it.
If the sun shines on a giant or witch, it turns to stone. So it was that as they
continued to struggle they didn't notice time passing, and as dawn broke a shaft
of sunlight put a stop to their efforts by turning them to stone on the spot. They
have stood there ever since, staring longingly across the ocean towards Iceland.
Risin og Kellingin - Wikipedia      (23. januar 2023)


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
Lake Eiði (Faroese: Eiðisvatn) is a lake on the island of Eysturoy in the
Faroe Islands. Lake Eiði is located between the villages of Eiði and Ljósá.
It is the fifth-largest 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.




Langt burtur frá dagliga sjagginum, umgirdur av vakrari náttúru,
liggur Gjáargarður – eitt tað hugnaligasta gistingarhúsið í Føroyum.

Vælkomin á Gjáargarður


Föroya Bjór er navnet på et bryggeri
på Færøerne og betyder
Færøernes øl.
Bryggeriet ligger i
og er landets eneste siden
hvor Restorffs Bryggjarí lukkede.

Gjógv is the northernmost village on Eysturoy Island in the unbelievable
Faroe Islands. The settlement is located
at the end of a deep valley with no other villages in sight.
The village bears its name from a
beautiful 200-meter-long gorge. The
sea-filled gorge in the village has been used as a natural harbour. For centuries the villagers used the natural ravine as their landing ground for boats. There
are stairs all the way down to the gorge. Visitors can stand here and enjoy the sound of the sea.
There are no more than 100 houses in the settlement. You will also find the
guesthouse Gjáargarður in this remote village. It takes less than an hour to drive from the capital, Tórshavn, to
Gjógv • Village on Eysturoy Island | Guide to
Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands
(23. januar 2023)

 Föroya Bjór producerer hovedsagelig til Færøerne, men der sælges dog
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 – Færøerne)
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 Vági (1863-1935).
Dermed er Föroya Bjór en af de ældste virksomheder på Færøerne.

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 Faroese.
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 lake
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.

On 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
twentieth century.
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




Denne 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 hun fryser,
men det er vel heller litt mye vind for en østlending


Båten er godt festa her
også, selv på land.
De er vant med litt vind på
disse kanter.

Mary’s benk
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 adventures   (22.8.2019)

Vi 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 landsbyen.
Her er et bilde av Gjógv tatt like etter vi startet oppstigningen.

Kløfta som har gitt byen navn.

Bratt er det overalt.

Sauene er fornøyd bare de har nok gress.
Vi må over et sauegjerde igjen.
If you really want to get the Faroese nature under your skin, you should take
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   (22.8.2019)

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 lokal mann
som er nede for å se til båten sin.

Kløfta og trappa ned.

Grete begynner på trappene opp igjen.

The gorge, which is one of the main attractions of Gjógv, is in the northern
part of the village.
A flight of steps enables you to walk down to the landing place for boats.

Gjogv, walks and adventures,   (22.8.2019)

Etter lunsj gikk vi en tur i motsatt retning.
Her ser vi Gjógv og høyden vi gikk opp til om formiddagen.


Vi var også innom kafeen i
Gjógv, Gjåarkaffi

Torsdag 24. mai 2018
Vi forlot Gjógv etter frokost.
Reiseruta var: Elduvik, Glyvrar/Runavik, Søldarfjordur, Klaksvik
En fotopause langs veien. Herfra ser vi ned til bygda Funningur og

Veikryss. Herfra ser vi over til Kalsoy.

Elduvík is 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 of Kalsoy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elduv%C3%ADk   (22.8.2019)

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.
When you arrive in the village, you see a flat rock onthe 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.
The first church in Elduvík was established in 1951.
At the western end of the village, there is a magnificent gorge called
Elduvíksgjógv, which is worth a visit.
Oyndarfjørður - Elduvík - Visit Runavík (visitrunavik.fo)   (27. februar 2022)


Vi gikk først en tur ut til Elduvíksgjógv. Det var en fin turvei ut dit.

At the western end of
the village, there is a
magnificent gorge called
Elduvíksgjógv, which is
worth a visit.
27. februar 2022)
Oyndarfjørður - Elduvík -
Visit Runavík (visitrunavik.fo)





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 Borgarin, creating
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 under Nestindur.

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 the fjord. 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.
Oyndarfjørður - Elduvík - Visit Runavík (visitrunavik.fo)     (27. februar 2022)

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.

Oyndarfjørður - Elduvík -
Visit Runavík (visitrunavik.fo)  
(27. februar 2022)


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 Vinmonopolet, eller Rusdrekkasøla på færøyisk.

Det ser ut til å være slutt på
finværet igjen.
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 med oss.

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 was not
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 fishing fleet.
Originally, four farms were located where Klaksvík is now.

In time, they grew into four villages: Vágur, Myrkjanoyri, Gerðar and
Uppsalir; which finally merged to form the town of Klaksvík in 1938.

 (Danish: Bordø) is an island in the north-east of the Faroe Islands.
Its name means 'headland island'. There are eight settlements: Klaksvík
(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 1994.


What triggered the development of the town was the establishment of a
centralized store for all the northern islands on the location.
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 to Summarfestivalurin.

Klaksvik havn




Fipan Fagra by Hans Pauli Olsen
accidentally on our way into the town. It
is made of bronze and granite and was erected to celebrate
the centenary of the
founding of the
municipality in 2008.
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 først måtte vi se

Vi lot bilen stå ved hotellet
(Klaksvik hotel)
og spaserte ned til kirken.

Bildet av mannen er fra
huset på bildet
til høyre.

Koselig hus og hage i Klaksvik

Christianskirkjan, Christianskirkjan (Christian's Church) is a modern church building in Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the Faroe Islands. It was
consecrated in 1963. The architect was Peter Koch, a Dane. Aesthetically,
it is one of the islands’ most notable modern buildings in the country.
Christian's Church of Klaksvík, which is designed without any integral towers, is reminiscent of a Faroese wooden church, classical Viking buildings, or Faroese farms. The outer walls are made of basalt blocks, and the long sides of the roof frame have five unbroken gables. The large window frontage is made in one frame. The bell tower stands somewhat apart from the church building.
The nave is centred around the imposing altarpiece of the Great Banquet, which is seven metres high. The painting had existed long before the church was built. Peter Koch is said to have made the painting his focal point in designing the church. It was created by the Danish church artist Joakim Skovgaard in 1901 as a fresco for the cathedral church in the Danish city of Viborg. Due to the moisture of the walls of the cathedral church, there was the risk that the piece could be destroyed. It was therefore put on canvas in 1910 and placed in the National Museum of Denmark so that it could later be made available to Koch for Christian's Church.


The stained glass in the rose window was created by Danish artist Ulrikke Marseen.
The design depicts Christ as the one who bears the weight of the world. This Gothic piece hearkens to the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral in the Faroese
village of Kirkjubøur. The baptismal font is made of granite and is also Danish.
It is about 4,000 years old and was originally a pagan offering vessel. It comes
from a ruin of a church in North Zealand in Denmark, and was gifted to the church
by the National Museum of Denmark.
The organ has 29 stops and was built in 1974 by Jensen & Thomsen in Hillerød, Denmark. From the roof beams hangs a Färöboot, an eight-person áttamannafar
(a boat specific only to the Faroe Islands). This was the last boat to be built for the rectory in Viðareiði. The boat was sold to Fugloy in 1912 and was one of the boats which was out at sea on the day before Christmas in 1913 for fishing – on the calamitous day on which several boats went missing, including boats from Skarð.
All adult men from that village perished that night.
Two memorial plaques hang in the church. One bears witness that the church was
built in commemoration of the Farese fishermen and sailors who, sailing as
civilians, lost their lives at the time of the British occupation of the Faroe Islands
in World War II. The other plaque reports that the church was built in memory of
the Danish King, Christian X, after whom the church is named, as Christian's Church.
Christianskirkjan - Wikipedia   (27. februar 2022)


In the Spring of 2013, Edward Fuglø created ten, mixed-media wood and
acrylic ornamental reliefs for Christianskirkjan, Christian’s
Church, in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands.
The reliefs depict scenes from the life
of Jesus. The medium wood is quite appropriate when we think of the
iour as the foster son of Joseph,
the carpenter. 

2016 (edwardfuglo.com)    (25. oktober 2023)

Farvel til Klaksvik

Fra Klaksvik skulle vi til Torshavn,
men først tok vi en tur ut til Kunoy.

På bildet: Kunoy-tunnelen.

Kunoy is one of the island in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. The island is
long and narrow. Due to its steep mountains with kilometres of rock face, there
are only two villages on the island: Kunoy and Haraldssund.
There is road connection all the way from Tórshavn to this island. When getting to Kunoy from the capital, you drive through tunnels, a bridge, an undersea tunnel
and finally crossing an embankment to reach Haraldssund on Kunoy island.
From Haraldssund there is a tunnel that leads to the village Kunoy. The tunnel
through the mountain has one lane only and is very narrow.
The name of the highest peak on Kunoy island is Kúvingafjall (830 m). Kunoy
translates directly to Woman island.
When in the village Kunoy on the west side of Kunoy island, you will have a
great view of Kalsoy island. You will see the Kalsoyarfjørður fjord, where aerial
filming of Kalsoy island were captured in the James Bond movie No Time To Die.
Kunoy | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands    (27 . februar 2022)

Kunoy er en bygd på Færøyene. Den ligger på vestkysten av øya Kunoy, som
den har sitt navn fra, og er administrasjonssentrum i Kunoyar kommuna. 1. januar 2009 hadde Kunoy 84 innbyggere, mot 49 i 1985
Bygda Kunoy er første gang nevnt i Hundebrevet. Et sagn fra bygda forteller at
det høyt oppe på øya Kunoy ligger en planke fra Noas ark. Det vokser muslinger og små konkylier på den. Folk som har gått seg ville i tåken har sett planken, men
ingen som har lett etter den har noensinne funnet den.

Kunoy (bygd) – Wikipedia   (24. januar 2023)

Kunoy med utsikt mot Kalsoy

Kunoy kirke
I 1867 ble Kunoyar kirkja reist. For å kunne finansiere kjøpet av altertavle og lysekrone ble man enige om at hver båt skulle gi én fisk til kirken etter hver
fisketur. Nabobygda Haraldssund på østkysten er sannsynligvis eldre enn Kunoy, mens Skarð i dag er avfolket. Tidligere var postbåten fra Klaksvík den eneste forbindelsen til omverdenen. Det ble først veiforbindelse mellom Kunoy og Haraldssund i 1988, da en tunnel ble sprengt ut gjennom fjellene, og videre en veidemning over fra Haraldssund til Borðoy. Dette la grunnlaget for at de fleste av Kunoys innbyggere i dag kan arbeide i Klaksvík.
Kunoy (bygd) – Wikipedia          (24. januar 2023)
Da Kunoy kirken blev indviet, var taget af skiffer, men dette er senere
udskiftet til rødt bølgeblik.
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 usædvanligt.
Det meste af inventaret stammer fra kirkens opførelse.
Altertavlen forestiller "den korsfæstede" af Vilh. B.
Kirkesølvet fra 1830'erne er overført fra den tidligere kirke.
I tårnet hænger en klokke omstøbt fra den tidligere kirke.


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 hotel

Torshavn, the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands is located
in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy.

Torshavn means ‘Thor's Harbor’, named after the god of thunder and
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 town.

Known mostly for the Vikings, Torshavn is surrounded with mountain
Húsareyn to its north at a height of about 1,140 ft and Kirkjubøreyn to
the southwest at 1,100 ft height. Fishing, fish processing, shipbuilding,
construction and handicrafts are the major activities of the Faroese people.

The Faroese government situated in the remarkable Tinganes peninsula
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.

The 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.


Today, 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 world.
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 Waterside.

Det lå en norsk seilbåt i havn.
Flagget på Tinganes

Tinganes is the oldest part of the capital in the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn. Among its grass roofed houses you will find the Prime Minister’s Office and other government buildings.
‘Ting’ translates to Parliament and the small peninsula has been the centre of power
in the Faroe Islands since the Viking Age. This rocky ground made up the settings for the annual parliamentary assembly.

The first settlers gathered here each summer to discuss the state of the island group. They came from all the different islands in the archipelago to solve twists and assign different tasks.
These cobblestone streets are open to the public. Walk around the red houses and you will see signs such as ‘Ministry of Finance’ and ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ on the doors
All the ministers in the government of the Faroe Islands have weekly meetings in Tinganes. Buildings here date back to the 17th and 18th century.
Walk to the tip of the bedrock and you will see the harbour area in Tórshavn. Turn towards the foremost building on the peninsula. This is the Prime Minister’s Office.
 A flagpole with the Faroese flag sits next to the building.
(23. janiar 2023)
Tinganes | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands

Tórshavn domkirke (færøysk:Havnar kirkja
 [ˈhaunaɹ ʧɪɹʧa],
eller Dómkirkjan er den nest eldste bevarte kirken på Færøyene.
Den er en luthersk domkirke og menighetskirke i Torshavn.
Kirken ligger i byens eldre del, og ble oppført i 1788.
Bare Olavkirkjan i Kirkjubøur er eldre.
Tórshavn domkirke er hvitkalket med skifertak.
Domkirken ligger i den nordlige enden av halvøya Tinganes,
og er en av Tórshavns hovedattraksjoner.
Den har vært sete for Færøyenes biskop siden 1990. 




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
from England.


Nólsoyar Páll statue by Hans Pauli Olsen

Lørdag 26. mai 2018

Tur til Kirkjubøur

Kirkjubøur (Danish: Kirkebø) is the southernmost village on Streymoy, Faroe
Islands. The village is located on the south-west coast of Streymoy and has a
view towards the islands of Hestur and Koltur towards the west, and to Sandoy towards the south. It lies south of the new ferry port of Gamlarætt,
which opened in 1993.
The village is the Faroes' most important historical site, with the ruins of the
Magnus Cathedral from around 1300, Saint Olav's Church (Olavskirkjan), from
the 12th century and the old farmhouse of Kirkjubøargarður from the 11th
century. In 1832, a runestone was found near the Magnus Cathedral in
Kirkjubøur. The stone which is referred to as the Kirkjubøur stone dates back
to the Viking Age.

Kirkjubøur - Wikipedia    (24.1.2023)

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 room).
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 by the
King of Denmark. This was about half of the land in the Faroes,
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 Farmer,
and in contrast to the privately-owned land, the King's Land
is never divided between the sons.

Bilder fra Kongsgården

Modell av Magnuskatedralen
Saint Olav's Church is a medieval church in the village of Kirkjubøur in 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 several occasions 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


Olavskirken og Magnuskatedralen
Bilder fra Magnuskatedralen
Bilder fra Magnuskatedralen

St. Magnus 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 Islands.

Bishop Erlendur (1269–1308) started construction in about the year 1300.
However, the building was never completed, because it was never roofed.

Bilder fra Magnuskatedralen
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 was erected
around most of the ruin, giving it enough shelter to dry out, before work
could begin on preservation. The shed drew considerable criticism
because of its looks.


Ved Kirkjubøur
Torshavn museum, Nordens Hus, Vestur-kikjan, Torshavn Skanse o.a
Utenfor Nordens Hus
The Nordic House (Faroese: Norðurlandahúsið) Coordinates: 62.022039°N 6.784631°Wis a cultural institution in the Faroe Islands. Its aim is to support
and 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 were Ola 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 is
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 Faroese cultural
organizations. For a 4-year period, the steering committee appoints a
director of the house.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_House_in_the_Faroe_Islands    (22.8.2019)

Bilde fra Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn

The National Museum of the Faroe Islands has exhibitions in the museum
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. Displays include
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 Faroe Islands.


Bilder Fra Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn


Spekkhogger på Nasjonalmuseet i Torshavn
Kirkestol fra Olavskirken på
Olav den Hellige over
abbedhelgenen Brendanus

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.



Vesturkirkjan (Vestkirken) er en kirke i Tórshavn på Færøerne. Den stilrene og moderne 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.
Kirken ligger i den vestlige del af byen, på hjørnet mellem Jóannes Patursonargøta
og Frælsið, og fungerer som sognekirke for vestbyen, mens Tórshavn Domkirke betjener den østlige del.
Kirkerummet med 800 siddepladser står med sine hvide murstensmure i 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.
Den 5. juni 2006 blev der foran kirken indviet et mindesmærke lavet af billedhuggeren Hans Pauli Olsen for Sigmundur Brestisson, som ifølge
Færingesagaen i år 999 førte kristendommen til Færøerne.
Vesturkirkjan er om sommeren åbent fra mandag til fredag kl. 15-17.
Overfor kirken ligger parken Viðarlundin úti í Grið
Vesturkirkjan - Wikipedia, den frie encyklopædi        (24. januar 2023)

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.
The island is oblong in shape and stretches roughly in northwest-southeast
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 highest peak
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 the islands.


Søndag 26. mai 2018

Først en tur til Skansen i Torshavn,
så kjørte vi tilbake til Vestmanna for å ta båtturen de

Utsikt fra hotellrommet vårt. Pyramiden er Vesterkirkjan.

Også utsikt fra hotellrommet. Litt tåke på toppen denne morgenen.
Torshavn Skansin
Skansen og fyret


Skansin is a historic fortress in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Skansin is located on a hill beside the port of Tórshavn. The fort was built in
1580 by Magnus Heinason to protect against pirate raids of the town, after he
himself was nearly caught up in one such raid. The fort was expanded
considerably in 1780 and went through a series of rebuilds for many years
During the Second World War the fort served Britain as a military base.
Two 5.5 inch guns date from the British occupation, standing along with many
older Danish cannons.


One of the Faroese lighthouses, the
Skansin Lighthouse (Skansin
international lighthouse), towers
over the fortress, pointing the way
to the capital.
The strategic location of the fort offers
views of Tórshavn port, surrounding
landscape and views
out towards Nólsoy island
Skansin - Wikipedia      (23. januar 2023)
Skansin lighthouse og de gamle kanonene

Skansin og Skansin Lighthouse


Fríða (Frida) by Hans
Pauli Olsen, a modern
sculpture, at Torshavn,
Faroe Islands

Fríða og Grete

Torshavn sett fra Skansin. Det er kø til Smyril Line.

Smyril Line går ut. Fortsatt ligger det tåke på toppene.

Tørrfisk utenfor restaurant i den
gamle bydelen.


Vestmanna - Boat tour
These cliffs are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Faroe Islands.
The classic boat tour to Vestmanna Sea Cliffs is made from April to October. All
boats depart from the village Vestmanna. It takes less than half an hour to sail
to the sheer cliffs, sea stacks rising sky-high from the ocean, and dark basalt
Vestmanna Bird Cliffs are known as Vestmannabjørgini by the locals. These cliffs
make up 5 kilometre of the coastline on Streymoy island north of Vestmanna.
There is a fantastic wildlife here as birds are nesting in the cliffs and thrive flying
in the untouched surroundings.
Boat tours to the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs take two hours. Weather permitting, you
will sail into natural grottos and caves formed by the waves crashing into the
rock walls.
Along the way to the sea cliffs, you will have Vágar island on your left hand side.
Here you will also pass the now uninhabited village Slættanes. The nearest village
not far from the cliffs is Saksun lying deep into a narrow strait that leads to a
natural tidal lagoon.
Vestmanna Bird Cliffs | Guide to Faroe Islands : Guide to Faroe Islands    (27 . februar 2022)

Vestmanna, båttur
Vestmanna turistsenter og båten Freyur


Vær forsiktig når du går fjelltur på Færøyene

Den fraflyttede byen Slettanes



Sikkerhetstau, brukes under utsetting og innsamling av sauer



Det er trangt inne
mellom klippene.

Heldigvis hadde
skippern god




Klippen Elefanten





Sauene klarer seg godt i det bratte terrenget

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 of Denmark.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, 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 sommeren.
I dalen like ved Leynar ligger
innsjøen Leynavatn, hvor det er
populært å fiske. Fra Leynar går Vágatunnilin over til Vágar.
Leynar er første gang nevnt i 1584.
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.

Tekst og bilder: Grete og Karl Martin Emblemsvåg
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