Highway 10, having
regained its preeminence as the main road though the islands,
runs along the shore of Sundini with splendid views across the
narrow waters to Eysturoy. At Hvalvík Highway 592 branches
off for the deserted Saksunardalur. At the far end the small
village is dominated by the hillsides with their waterfalls.
There is a farming museum (closed when we were there) and church.
The road through the houses leads down to the Pollurin tidal
lagoon, a wide bay at the end of an inlet beyond which there
is a huge beach. You can walk through here, but check the tide
in case you get cut off.
Fossdalur and Tjørnuvík
At Nesvik Highway
10 crosses Sundini to Eysturoy, but Highway 594 continues along
the east coast of Streymoy with good views across to the mountain
ridge on the other island. There is another Fossdalur, but this
one is significant as it has Faroe's highest waterfall. Park
just past the fall on the east side of the road. Haldarsvík
is a pleasant little village with some nice houses.
Beyond here the road clings
to the cliff edge and, although well surfaced, is narrow with
long stretches without space to pass. The trip is worth because
the road ends at Tjørnuvík, a tiny village surrounded
by hayfields and hills at the end of a narrow bay. There are
good views across to the cliffs at the north end of Eysturoy.
Once across the bridge
you can turn left at Nordskáli and take Highway 62 along
the shore to Eidi. We found the village a bit boring, but there
is a pleasant walk down to the sea along the side of a lagoon.
If you drive through the village you can take the path through
the pastures and towards the headland at Torvanes.
Beyond Eidi Highway 662 climbs
high and runs along the lower slopes of Slætaratindur,
Faroe's highest mountain and through the pass of Eidisskard.
Highway 632 drops down a long valley to Gjøgv (seemingly
pronounced jaygiv) which is a popular destination for coach trips.
The village with its narrow streets is well set with its harbour
down a flight of steps in a deep cleft (gjøgv = cleft).
There is a pleasant walk along the cliffs overlooking the inlet.
Returning south Highway 662
runs along the rather forbidding shore of Funningsfjørdur.
The quiet village of Funningur lies just off the road where it
drops down from the pass and is worth exploring. At the head
of the fjord Highway 634 turns off for a rather bleak run to
Elduvík. It is worth stopping at Elduvíksnes for
the view. We were enchanted by Elduvík which is secretly
set within a little bay and has a nice collection of houses.
We walked along the track through the fields to the north-east
of the village. Coming back we found a surfaced path running
north-west around the headland. Suddenly it ended above a narrow
rocky inlet which hid the village's landing stage. Further east
on the coast Oyndarfjørdur and Hellur merit an explore.
Further south from
Highway 10 Highway 70 curves around Gøtuvik through Sydrugøta
(good beach and pleasant walk to the south) on its way to Leirvik.
Highway 65 runs north to Fuglafjørdur, a major fishing
port with a good harbour and a pleasant small town with good
facilities. Driving from there to Leirvik it is worth turning
off onto the old coast road which runs beneath Ritafjáll.
Southern Eysturoy consists
mainly of two long peninsulas on either side of Skálafjørdur.
We did not explore the western arm but did drive along Highway
10 to Runavík and beyond. The area was, by Faroese standards,
densely populated with long linear settlements and we felt there
was little there to attract us.
Bordoy and beyond
there is a new, long subsea tunnel to Bordoy emerging above Klaksvík.
Bordoy (apart from Klaksvík which is Faroe's second largest
town) is an empty island from which, by a network of roads and
narrow tunnels, you can drive to Kunoy and Vidoy. There is also
a ferry to Kalsoy. This is a fairly remote part of Faroe and
we would have liked to spend more time exploring. However when
we arrived there it was a filthy day and we made a brief foray
across the bridge to Kunoy before returning to look round Klaksvík
but, finding it busy and with little to offer us, soon headed
back in the hope of finding better weather. Which we did.
A number of worthwhile
web sites are shown on the external links page for Faroe.