We traveled to Streymoy from Vagar to check out the Faroes largest city and capital, Tórshavn. Approximately 20,000 people of the 50,000 people living in the Faroes live in the greater Tórshavn area.
A few of our favorite stops:
- Wandering around old town Tórshavn, Tinganes.
- Attending a Sunday church service at the Tórshavn Cathedral. Though we could not understand a word that was said, it was an enjoyable cultural experience. It is common to see boats hanging from the church ceilings here because their livelihood revolves around the fishing industry.
- Exploring Skansin, a historic open-air fortress with a lighthouse
- Visiting Steinprent, a Lithographic workshop and gallery. We met the owner and his son, both graciously shared their artistic process and gave us tour of their work space.
We admired this unique, octagonal church from outside as the inside was locked. I’m not sure everyone would enjoy going out of their way for this, but we thrive on wandering, exploring, and discovering the unexpected. It’s a nice, coastal drive and the scenery nearby is easy on the eyes. Fossá is one of the highest waterfalls in the Faroe Islands and is located near the village of Haldarsvík. It cascades down in two different tiers, 140m. We drove right past it and didn't see a pull-off point or observation area, but it's possible we happened to miss it.
Just 30 minutes outside of Tórshavn, this village is home to three of the Faroe’s most important historic sites: the 900 year-old farmhouse / museum Roykstovan (thought to be the oldest wooden house in use today, the same family lived there for 17 generations), the Parish church, Ólavskirkja, built in 1111 and was once the only church in the Faroes, and the Magnus Cathedral Ruins from around 1300. Also, it’s home to the cutest sheep I've ever seen which - fun fact - is still my computer background today.
This tiny village is home to much more than its 14 inhabitants - a quaint church, horses, mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, a lagoon… all beckoning adventure. Though it is known for being a quiet, peaceful valley, the wind roared all throughout our afternoon there. The Faroes’ temperamental weather only adds to its charm. We enjoyed exploring the rugged terrain and venturing out along the black sandy shore through the valley and out to the ocean. Take caution, when the tide is high, there is no place to walk , so be aware of the water levels!
Kvívík Viking Ruins
Remnants of an Ancient Civilization
Kvívík is one of the most historic farmsteads in the Faroes and remains of Viking settlements can still be seen today. Excavations confirm the longhouse and barn were built here nearly 1,000 years ago.
Know Before You Go!
Dried and fresh first are an important part of the cusine in the Faroe Islands. Other historical and culturally important foods are fresh and dried mutton, seabirds -especially puffins and whale meat.