Faroe Islands are 300 kilometres north of Scotland.
There are 18 islands with a total area of 1,399 square kilometres spread
over an area of 115km by 75 km. The largest island, Streymoy, is
approximately 50km north-south and averages around 10km east-west.
The other islands are Mykines, Vágar, Eysturoy, Kalsoy, Kunoy,
Bordoy, Vidoy, Fugloy, Svínoy, Sandoy, Suduroy, Skúvoy, Koltur, Hestur,
Tindhólmur, Nólsoy, Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun.
first settlers were Irish monks (7th century AD) but they didn't stay
permanently. The Norse arrived in the 9th century
AD and the island today still has connections with Denmark.
The population of the Faroes
is around 50,000 with the capital, Tórshavn, near the southern end of
Streymoy, having a population of about 15,000.
For more about the Faroe
Islands go to:
the travel guide published by Lonely
of Maria-Kirkjar, 11th century church at Kirkjubřur
The nearby cliffs rise to about 300 metres above sea level.
Heygadrangur - Cliffs on the north western coast of Streymoy, north of
Waterfall on Fossa, Streymoy.
The picture was taken from across the Sundini Sund which separates
Streymoy from Eysturoy (a distance of about 1 kilometre).
Village of Gjójv, northern Eysturoy
The northern end of the island of Kalsoy from Gjójv
The cliffs rise to nearly 800 metres but the peaks are hidden in the
Gjójv, Eysturoy - the harbour which gives
the town its name
Waterfall on coastline near
Tindhólmur, west coast of Vágar
The islands of Kunoy and Bordoy from
near Klaksvík Harbour, Bordoy
Torshavn, Streymoy and the island of
The pictures on this page were all
taken in July 1993
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This page was created on 09 June
1997 and last updated on 20 November 2003.
© 2003 Robert D Blair