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    The 6 regions of the Faroe Islands

The 6 regions of the Faroe islands

Although geographically small, the Faroe Islands offer contrasts and variety in the landscapes from one region to the next.  Unlike anywhere else, you can experience the atmosphere changing from one village to the next and from one island to the next. Each of the places has an individual and distinct character. Here you can read more about the different regions – from the northernmost point of Enniberg to the lighthouse of Akraberg on the southernmost tip of the islands.

Northern islands

Kalsoy, Kunoy, Borðoy, Viðoy, Svínoy and Fugloy

In the Northern islands the mountains are high and steep and in the villages the people are very proud of their local environment. The boat Sam, sails to the smallest islands and they are also accessible by helicopter. The heart of the Northern islands, Klaksvík, is the fisheries capital of the Faroe Islands. Ships and boats, fish and people and a flourishing culture; interesting handcrafts and museums, shops and restaurants, and even a water park.

Attractions:
The Seal Woman statue in Mikladalur, Kalsoy. Trip to Viðareiði, history and spectacular views, Fishing and sightseeing by boat, breathtaking cliff of Enniberg. Christianskirkjan (the church in Klaksvík), the swimming baths, craft shops and the spinning mill.

Tourist Information www.visitnordoy.fo

Eysturoy

The north of Eysturoy is made up by the tallest mountains in the Faroes, including Slættaratindur, 882 m. Conditions for fishing and fish farming industries are very good in Eysturoy and the island is very busy: crafts, industry and commercial enterprises - while the culture is flourishing. In Eysturoy there are many museums, historical sites and astonishing mountain views.

Attractions:
Slættaratindur, highest peak in Faroes, and surrounding villages Eiði and Gjógv. The natural made gorge in Gjógv. Sailing to enormous sea rocks The Giant and The Hag. Visit in old far museum Blásastova. Walk around the lake of Toftavatn. The old vicarage and war memorial sites in Nes. New and old churches, old shops.

Touristinformation www.visiteysturoy.fo

Streymoy

Streymoy, Nólsoy, Hestur and Koltur

The farmous Vestmanna bird-cliffs are on the west coast of Streymoy, while in the north, you find idyllic harmlets, ex. Tjørnuvík and Saksun. Nólsoy has the world's largest colony of storm petrels and the Magnus Cathedral in Kirkjubøur is a most impressive historic site. In the capitol Tórshavn in Streymoy the world's oldest parliament is still functioning.

Attractions:
In Tórshavn, Tinganes (ancient parliament and current seat of government) and the old part of the city, the National History Museum, the National Art Gallery "Listaskálin". Excursions with the old converted smack "Norðlýsið". Boat trips to the bird-cliffs at Vestmanna. The SagaMuseum in Vestmanna. Fishing with Magni Blástein, Vestmanna. The village Kirkjubøur with the old farmhouse of Stokkastovan and the St. Magnus Cathedral. Trips to Saksun and the museum Dúvugarðar. Visit Tjørnuvík and enjoy the view of the Giant and the Hag. Excursions to Nólsoy.

Turistinformation www.visittorshavn.fo

Vágar

Vágar and Mykines

The island of Vágar is great for hiking and horse-back riding. The lakes of the island are expecially worth a walk - or a boat tour. The airport was founded by the British during World War 2, which in many places has left marks and memories. In Miðvágur you find the ancient farm Kálvalíð. The island of Mykines is home for thousands of puffins and other birds.

Attractions:
Excursions to Mykines. The panoramic view of Tindhólmur or a boat-trip around the island. Trips to Bøur and Gásadalur. The church in Sandavágur. Kálvalíð. The war museum. Sailing and fishing trips. Trips to Bøsdalafossur; hiking, on horse-back or by boat.

Turistinformation www.visitvagar.fo

Sandoy

Sandoy, Skúvoy og Stóra Dímun

History and culture have ancient roots in these very green and grassy islands. Viking settlements are being excavated, and many important figures from the sagas lived in this area - and are still alive in local storytelling and places names. Lakes and beaches are inviting for nice walks, and to the west the steep birdcliffs amaze the eye.

Attractions:
Viking settlement excavations, art museum, beach areas - one with sanddunes. Hiking and shorter walks with storytelling and sagas. Excursions to the birdcliffs by boat or over land. Hiking with local guides on the bird islands Skúvoy. Folklore evening with local food, singing and dancing in the village of Dalur.

Turistinformation www.visitsandoy.fo

Suðuroy

Both nature and people are unique. Deep fjords, vertical cliffs, beautiful valleys, lakes, headlands and islets. The fishing industry has influenced the villages and especially the towns of Tvøroyri and Vágur. The people are cheerful and friendly. A large number of sheep can be seen grazing in small alotments. In Hvalba there is still some coal-mining. There is a great deal of legends and sagas in Suðuroy.

Attractions:
The ferry trip with "Smyril" provides great views, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. Car trips with amazing views are made from north to south - do not miss out visiting the village of Fámjin where the first Faroese flag hangs in the church. Hiking in the area called "Hvannhage". Small parks and several heritage museums. The wool factory "Sirri". Coal mines.

Turistinformation www.visitsuduroy.fo

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