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 Sørvágs ørður, a  ord on on Vágar, one of 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands. Photo: Thomas Ekström
Sørvágs ørður, a ord on on Vágar, one of 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands. Photo: Thomas Ekström

Don’t miss this on the Faroe Islands

Gudrun & Gudrun coowner Gudrun Rógvadóttir, a Faroese native, picks some of her favorite spots on the 18-island archipelago she calls home.

Visiting the villages

The Faroes have over 1,000km of paved roads plus numerous tunnels, ferries and bridges that connect the 18 islands of this North Atlantic archipelago. They’ve got WiFi too – pretty much everywhere. But these connections are recent and many of the villages retain the look and feel of the distant past.

Bøur village Photo: Thomas Ekström

Bøur

This picture-postcard village on the island of Vágar is “a lively, close-knit place, packed with families with kids,” says Rógvadóttir. It also has “the most amazing view” of Tindhólmur – an uninhabited islet of five otherworldly-looking peaks sticking out of the sea.

Gásadavlur Photo: Thomas Ekström

Gásadalur

Surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar, for cen­turies this idyllic village lacked a single connecting road, requiring a strenuous two-hour hike or helicopter ride for locals to reach the outside world – or for out­siders to view the spectacular waterfall on the outskirts of town.A tunnel built in 2004 has pushed Gásadalur into the 21st century, although it still retains its medievalness.

Kirkjubour

Kirkjubour, accessed by a free 20-minute bus ride from Tórs­havn, is the country’s most important historic village. Located on the southern tip of Streymoy Island, it was a cultural and religious center in the Middle Ages. It remains home t Kirkjubø­argarður, an 11th-century turf-roofed wooden farmhouse that is one of the world’s oldest continually-occupied residences – parts of which are run as a museum.

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Gjógv

Gjógv is a tiny village situated amid stunning scenery on the northeast tip of the island of Eysturoy. The village is famous for its 200m-long gorge and its surrounding mountains – one of which, Slættaratindur, is the highest peak on the Faroes. “It was there, during a summer holiday with a school friend, that I knit my first rose mohair sweater with a beautiful hole pattern. I was 12 years old,” says ­Rógvadóttir. 

Photo: Thomas Ekström

Heimablíðni

Heimablíðni (which means home hospitality in Faroese) is a service that helps visitors ­arrange lunch or dinner in private homes on many of the Faroe ­Islands. This is an opportunity not only to try Faroese home cooking, but to get to know a welcoming Faroese family.

Text: Linda Dyett

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