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Eysturoy

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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

Other destinations

  • Slættaratindur (882 m), the highest mouantain in the Faroe Islands

Geografie

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.

Understand

Population

The population counts 10,586. There are 9 municipalities and 38 villages.

Industry

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.

Get in

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.

Get around

Car Rental

  • BBR-Service FO-620 Runavík +298 449111

Bus rental

  • AP Buses á Tungu 22

FO-513 Syðrugøta +298 441720 +298 505220

  • Bus Transport Henry Jarnskor

á Byrgi FO-490 Strendur +298 449626 +298 218026

  • Christian Høgagarð FO-650 Toftir +298 447290

+298 226127

  • Høj Bilar FO-490 Strendur +298 284322

+298 218327

  • Isaksens Buses Niðarivegur 11

FO-660 Søldarfjørður +298 441687 +298 741687

  • Jóhan Sigurd Weihe Berjarbrekka

FO-620 Runaví­k +298 448020 +298 218010

  • JPJ Buses FO-480 Skála +298 441305

+298 287491

  • Langgaards' Buses Leitisvegur 34

FO-600 Saltangará +298 585821 +298 585858

  • Pauli Nónklett Geilarvegur 8

FO-625 Glyvrar +298 448073 +298 222025

Taxi

  • Andrias Danielsen FO-620 Runavík +298 218614

+298 248614

  • Eysturoyar Taxa v/Charles Jacobsen Fa. Heiðavegur 42

FO-600 Saltangará +298 215400

  • Joma Taxa FO-480 Skála +298 250793
  • M Taxi FO-690 Oyndarfjørður +298 224106
OC Taxa

See

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

Village Museums

  • Boat museum & Art Gallery in Leirvík
  • Blásastova historical museum in Norðragøta

Churches

  • The parish church in Nes from 1843.
  • The New Church in Toftir
  • The New Church in Gøta

Do

  • Hiking - The two tourist offices in Eysturoy have several guided hikes on their programme, fx. climb the highest mountain.
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Rowing - canoing or boat race
  • Boat Trip - a boat trip from Vestmanna to Eiði
  • Bus Trips - a drive to Æðuvík or sightseeing in south Eysturoy.
  • Faroese Evening - with traditional food and culture. You should contact the tourist information in Eysturoy.

Eat

You will find several restaurants and cafeterias in the larger villages in Eysturoy, which are scattered all over the island.

Sleep

Accommodation is possible in almost every town and village in the island, ranging from 3-star hotels to guesthouses, youth hostels, and camping sites.

Regional Festivals

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:

  • 15-17 June 2007: Eystanstevna, Runavík, Eysturoy´s Annual Festival
  • 29-01 July 2007: Varmakelda, Fuglafjørður

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.

Music Festivals

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.

  • G! Festival - 19-21 Juli 2007

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