Fřroyar - The Faroe Islands

Fřroyar or the 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.

The 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:

Ólavur Frederikson's Picture Gallery
The Faroe Islands Tourist Guide
Faroe Islands Tourist Board

or read the travel guide published by Lonely Planet



 Ruins 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 Vestmanna.

 

 
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 clouds. 

 


Gjójv, Eysturoy - the harbour which gives the town its name


Waterfall on coastline near Heygadrangur, Streymoy


Tindhólmur, west coast of Vágar


Kollafjřrđur, Streymoy


The islands of Kunoy and Bordoy from near Klaksvík Harbour, Bordoy


Kaldbaksfjřrđur, Streymoy


Torshavn, Streymoy and the island of Nolsoy

 

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