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Eysturoy is part of the Faroe Islands. Eysturoy, meaning East island (pronounced ['estroi], is the second-largest island in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, both in size (286.3 km²) and population (10,586). The population is spread over 38 towns and villages. It is separated by a narrow sound from the main island of Streymoy. Eysturoy is extremely rugged, with some 66 separate mountain peaks, including Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago. Important towns on Eysturoy are Fuglafjørður in the north and the densely populated area of the municipalities of Runavík and Nes in the south.
There are tourist information offices in Runavík and Fuglafjørður.
Towns and Villages
The island has a stunning landscape. Eysturoy is extremely rugged, with some 66 separate mountain peaks, including Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago. The region up north is both steep and high. In this area you will find the highest mountains in the Faroes, as well as a number of steep headlands, high vertical sea cliffs, narrow clefts, and green fertile valleys. Visitors in this part of Eysturoy will be rewarded with numerous breath-taking views. The two tourist offices in Eysturoy have several guided hikes on their programme. Meanwhile, the landscape in the southern region is rather flat and smooth. The terrain around the idyllic Toftir Lake (Toftavatn) on the east coast of the fjord, Skálafjørður, is a splendid choice for an outing. The heather covered hillsides surrounding the lake are considered unique in the Faroe Islands.
The population counts 10,586. There are 9 municipalities and 38 villages.
Fishery is the main industry in the Faroe islands, with 97% of the export value coming from fish and fish products. And Eysturoy certaintly isn´t an exception in this area. In Eysturoy people mainly make a living from the sea. For instance from pelagic fish and saltfish production, salmon slaughtering, fish factories, fish auctions, landing stations and engineering industry amongst others. However, there are many other industrial activities on Eysturoy, as well as large trade and service industries on the eastern arm of Skálafjørður.
The island of Eysturoy is in the center of the Faroes, from where you can reach all parts of the country with bus or ferry. Eysturoy is connected with Streymoy via a road bridge over the sound. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strong with the tide. This spectacular introduction to the island quickly pales however, as the traveller explores all the unique features and vistas of Eysturoy. The southern towns are more quickly reached from the capital Tórshavn via car ferry. Leirvík on the east coast of the island is the gateway for transport connections to the north-eastern islands, particularly Klaksvík on the island of Borðoy, which is the Faroes' second-largest town.
The inter-town bus system (Bygdaleiðir), has together with the public ferry company established a coherent and well-developed public transport system which takes in all settlements on Faroes - including Eysturoy. This means that there are bus services to all places on Eysuroy every day. For information about public transport get a schedule (Ferðaætlan) listing the various timetables for the inter-town buses (and ferries) from the tourist office, as well as the central bus station near the harbour in Tórshavn. Transport is quite expensive, so check for student discount or multiple-ride-cards. Students as well as children and pensioners are eligible for discounts on fares provided they show a student or pensioner identity card.
FO-513 Syðrugøta +298 441720 +298 505220
á Byrgi FO-490 Strendur +298 449626 +298 218026
FO-660 Søldarfjørður +298 441687 +298 741687
FO-620 Runavík +298 448020 +298 218010
FO-600 Saltangará +298 585821 +298 585858
FO-625 Glyvrar +298 448073 +298 222025
FO-600 Saltangará +298 215400
Sites of interest on Eysturoy include the villages of Eiði and Gjógv, the latter having a small natural port in a rock column; and the varmakelda (thermal springs) of Fuglafjørður, which indicate the volcanic origin of the archipelago. Off the northern tip of the island are the basalt sea stacks Risin og Kellingin
You will find several restaurants and cafeterias in the larger villages in Eysturoy, which are scattered all over the island.
Accommodation is possible in almost every town and village in the island, ranging from 3-star hotels to guesthouses, youth hostels, and camping sites.
Eysturoy has its fair share of summer festivals, such as Eystanstevna, Fjarðastevna and Varmakelda, held in the middle of June and the beginning of July:
As with the other festivals around the country, the festivities make their mark on the towns with flags, music, speeches and finely dressed people. There are concerts and sporting events including boat races, which are a part of the annual competition to find the Faroese rowing champions.
The village of Gøta is home to an incredibly popular music event called the G! Festival. It is the largest open air music festival on the Faroes. The entire village and beach become a part of the arrangement. The organisers of the event have been successful in attracting several exciting international artists over the years.