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The view of Risin and Kellingin on Eysturoy from Streymoy
the church in Runavik
the church in Toftir
the harbour in Aduvik
view of Gjogv from the bird cliffs
Thr ruins from Viking Age in the village Leirvik
''Blasastova' in the village Gota
The old church in Gotu
Eysturoy is the second largest island and lies about midway in the island group, between the Northern islands and Streymoy. Eysturoy is 268 km2 in area. The population on Eysturoy is approx. 11,000 people.
Starting from one end of the island there's the beautiful village Gjógv, where the nature is amazing - you can go and see the bird cliffs where puffins are (bring your binoculars). There's one hotel in the village, called Gjáargardur. Drive about 20 mins from Gjogv there's Eidi - on the north-west end of Eysturoy.

In Eidi Just beside Eidi there are two sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island. called on faroese Risin and Kellingin (The Giant and the Witch). The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the witch (Kellingin) is the 68m pointed stack nearer land, standing with her legs apart. A legend tells how, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and decided that they wanted the Faroes. So the giant and the witch (his wife in some versions of the story) were sent down to the Faroe Islands to bring them back.They reached the north-westernmost mountain Eiðiskollur (see map), and the giant stayed in the sea while the witch climbed up the mountain with a heavy rope to tie the islands together so that she could push them onto the giant's back. However, when she attached the rope to the mountain and pulled, the northern part of the mountain split. Further attempts were also unsuccessful, and they struggled through the night, but the base of the mountain was firm and they could not move it. They continued to struggle and they didn't notice time passing, and as dawn broke a shaft of sunlight put a stop to their efforts by turning them to stone on the spot. They have stood there ever since, staring longingly across the ocean towards Iceland.

The stacks can be viewed by walking north from Eiði then turning east towards the coast and following the low cliffs for a short way or you can also get a good view of them if you drive to Tjørnuvík onto the island Streymoy.
Slaettaratindur - the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands
Between Eidi and Gjogv is the largest mountain in the Faroe Islands, called Slættaratindur and is 882 metres high. Its name means "flat summit". It can be climbed in about four hours, and although the routes are steep, technical climbing skills are not necessary to reach the summit. In good weather the summit gives views over the entire archipelago. Slættaratindur is one of ten mountains in the Faroe Islands which rise to over 800m above sea level. Gráfelli, the second-highest peak at 856 m, lies just to the north-east of Slættaratindur. Funningur is a nice place to visit with your family when the weather is good. There's a great river in the village where children have a great time playing every summer. Elduvík is located in the Funningsfjørður-inlet on Eysturoy's northeast side. The village is split into two parts by a small river. . Visible from Elduvík is the nearby island of Kalsoy.
The village Funningsfjørður is located at the end of a fjord of the same name ('Fjørður' is the Faroese word for 'fjord'). The village was founded in 1812. There was a whaling-station in Funningsfjørður from 1902 to 1913.
Oyndarfjørður is a cosy little village on the northeastern coast of the Eysturoy. The town's church dates from 1838. The village is famous for it's two rocking stones ( rinkusteinar), located in the sea nearby. They are rocking forth and back all the time. To visualize this a rope is tied on to the rocks and ashore and people can go and hold the rope and feel the movements.
Strendur is located on the west side of Skálafjørður-inlet on Eysturoy. The wool factory Snældan, which started in 1949, is at Strendur. The factory started out as a spinning factory and then later began to knit clothes. Árni Ziska who makes ornaments from Faroese stone also lives in Strendur. He has made among other things the memorial for fishermen lost at sea, which stands out on the point. The Sjóvar church from 1834 is a beautiful wooden church and the fifth oldest in the country.
There are many places for tourists to visit in Gøta. The famous chieftain Tróndur í Gøtu lived in the old settlement of Norðragøta where the ruins of his keep can be found. The museum Blaðstova from 1933 was the largest farmhouse in the village. Also an old fisherman’s house, Glyvra Hanusar Hús has been preserved. In the centre of the residential area is the church in Gøtu (see picture next to the map above), which is an old wooden church built in 1933. In 1995 the new church was dedicated at Gøtugjógv. The famous Tróndur Patursson made the altarpiece, lamps and christening font, and other glassware. Blásastova in Gøta welcomes you to see a complete, old, Faroese village community with old farmers cottages, old fishermans cottages and an ancient church. The museum provides a unique insight in the culture and way of life in the Faroes in past centuries. The wool factory Tøting in Syðurgøta makes clothes from Faroese wool.
View of the beach in Gotu where the yearly G! Festival is held
G! Festival

The best festival in the Faroe Islands is held in Sydrugøtu and it's the G! Festival.

It's been rated in the top 25 of European Festivals outside of Denmark for it's beautiful environment in the village and the idyllic nature surrounding the festival area. Read more about the festival on their website


View from the old road from the village Leirivk

Leirvik is located on the east coast of Eysturoy and is an ancient village dating from the Viking Age. One of the best-preserved antiquities in Faroes is located in Leirvík: Bønhústoft which is a ruin of a prayer house with a churchyard and ancient graves. One of two bowling halls in the Faroes is located in Leirvik, next to the petrol station, Statoil. See the Bowling Hall's web here. From Leirvik there's an underwatertunnel (opened april 2006) to Klaksvik on the village Bordoy. You need to pay toll to drive through the tunnel and the toll can be paid at the Statoil or Shell tank stations on the islands. In the next town there's Fuglafjørður, which is a relatively big village on Eysturoys east-coast . In Fuglafjørður there's 'Mentanarhusid' (the Culture House), where almost every weekend something is on such as live bands, discoteque or theatre shows.

There is a hot spring down by the sea south of the village. This is a spring which, since the Middle Ages, people have believed has healing qualities. The water's temperature is always around 18°C. Even though the spring is insignificant in size, it is a popular tourist attraction and it is still the centre of the festival "Varmakelda" which is celebrated each year (first weekend in July) in Fuglafjørður
On the south end of Eysturoy there's the town Runavik, which is the 3rd biggest town on the Faroes. There are over 10 kilometre long residential area on the east bank Skálafjørður (the fjord). Runavik is the main place for shopping for most of the people on the island. The museum Forni in Glyvrar (Runavik) is from the 17th century. Get the feeling of being transported back in time, as you walk through the rooms, that are kept like they were in the 18. hundreds. The museum also contains a shop from the early 19. hundreds. From Runavik there's a nice drive around the lake - Toftavatn (from Runavik you drive to Saltnes - Toftir - and then around back towards Rituvik). The bird life in this area reaches its peak during the summer when it is visited by the many migrating birds which return every year to the Faroes to breed after having spent the winter in warmer climes. Bird watchers ought to bring binoculars when visiting this area. The legend about the water elf (Nykin) is connected to Toftavatn. The story tells of the underwater being Nykin, that lived in Toftavatn. Sometimes it rose up in the form of a handsome young man or a horse that lured young women and children to it. Everyone who touched the Nykin, was caught fast and was drawn down into the water with it.

Forni Museum in Runavik

View of Toftir Lake (Toftavatn) on a misty day

Æduvik is the village furthest south on Eysturoy. There's a public toilet in the village down by the sea.





Faroe Islands hotels -  Hotel Gjaargardur Hotel Gjaargardur Free parking approx. 100 m to bus stop
DKK 550+
location: Gjogv, Eysturoy
approx. 42 miles to Torshavn
in beautiful little village- easily recognisable with nice grass-grown roof.
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