Mountains, old buildings and isolated villages
Some of the things we enjoyed in this part of Faroe
FAROE & ICELAND
Facts & Information
On the way out of town to the north is Kongaminni, the King's Monument off Hoyvíksvegur. This gives good views of the area. Near the SMS shopping centre is Vidarlundin on Hoydalsvegur. This, the only real woodland in Faroe, is planted with trees struggling against Atlantic gales. With a small network of paths it offers pleasant strolls.
Just outside Tórshavn at Hoyvík is Føroya Fornminnissavn, the Historical Museum. This is well worth a visit, especially for the 600 year old pew ends from Kirjubøur. Nearby is the open air museum at Hoyvíksgardur, a collection of traditional farm buildings. Worth a vist, but unfortnately the attendant when we were there spoke no English and information was not in English.
Kirkjubøur to Sydradalur
There is a well marked path from Kirkjubøur over the hill to Tórshavn. The path is generally good and after a steep climb up the hillside is virtually flat. The track to the south of the village is a nice walk to Úti á Bø and (allegedly) continues as a path round to Tórshavn.
To the north-west of Kirkjubøur Highway 536 continues along the coast to Sydradalur, an isolated farm at the bottom of a steep hill below a waterfall. The road is worth a slow trip stopping to take in the views along the coast. We walked up the track through the fields at Fossdalur. (Fossdalur means waterfall valley - there are many places with this name in the islands.)
About nine miles from Tórshavn a very steep, narrow and winding road goes up the slopes of Sornfelli. It was built to serve the military installation on the mountain but can be used by the public as far as a car park just off the road to the right (not signed in English - we nearly drove through the tunnel into the radar station and had to reverse a long way down). The road is surfaced and offers splendid views but does need care .
Kvívik and Vestmanna
Vestmanna, once the ferry terminal for Vágar and still the embarkation point for good sailors on boat trips to see the bird cliffs, is a different story. A major fishing port we found it dreary - in fact the only place in Faroe we actively disliked.
The road continues and disappears into a single track, unlit tunnel for well over a mile until it emerges into Gásadalur. The tunnel had only just been opened when we were there in May 2006 and the village had been the last settlement in Faroe without road access, which until then had only been by path, sea or more recently helicopter. You can walk down to the landing stage (good views of the valley and cliff waterfall) and we walked beyond the village along the coast.