Faroe and Iceland - Facts and Information
Faroe - North Streymoy, Eysturoy and beyond
Empty valleys, tidal races and hidden harbours
Some of the things we enjoyed in this part of Faroe


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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.

North 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.

Fuglafjørdur and South Eysturoy
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
From Leirvík 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.

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