Mykines, Faroe Islands
Mykines - Faroes Jun 25, 2008
Mykines is the western-most of the main 18 islands in the Faroe Islands.
Only 11 people live in village Mykines all year around. The oldest inhabitant is 75 and the youngest is 6 years old. Altogether there are 40 houses but only 6 are inhabited all the year round. Forher Mykines was one of the biggest villages in the Faroes. For instance 170 people lived on Mykines in 1940.
Mykines was from 1911 to 2004 its own community but was in 2005 united with Sørvagur kommune. To the west of Mykines is the islet Mykines Holmur. A 40 meter long bridge connects Mykines to the Islet. A lighthouse is on the islet and it was build in 1909. On the northern side of Mykines is the valley Korkadalur, where one can find the great collums of basalt, called the Stone-wood. Mykines is famous for its rich nature and birdlife. A footbridge connects Mykineshólmur with the island of Mykines over a 35 metre deep gorge. The sea stacks surrounding the lighthouse at the far end of the cape are a sight of striking beauty.
The best way to see the island is to drive to Vágar and then continue on the coast road to Gasagalur.
The road will reach a single track section and you can find some lovely coastal views here.
Boats across to the island can also be found in Vagar.
Part of the Nordic Expedition 2008 - Part 1 - Faroes Islands travel blog
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