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Viðareiði Travel Blog

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The cirque
to the end of the road! Viðareiði is as far as you can get by car from Torshavn without using a ferry. It is necessary to leave Streymoy for Eysturoy by the 'bridge over the Atlantic,' to reach Borðoy through a fairly new and elaborate undersea tunnel and finally to cross a causeway to Viðoy. How's the pronunciation going? Remember that the eth (twice in Viðareiði) has no distinct sound. I'm not great on phonetics but Veearayee is as close as I can get.

I shall have more to say about tunnels in a final entry to this blog - suffice it for now to say that it was an interesting and impressive journey. As a map shows it is not possible to get to the extreme tip of Viðoy by road as Viðareiði is at the foot of a cirque of mountains  from which the tip can be reached by a ridge walk.
Svinoy and Fugloy, outlying islands
Our friend's brother went up onto the cirque and was attacked for his pains by an aggressive black-backed gull (apparently a sort of bird psychopath as there was no trace of a nest nearby. He was very shaken by the experience and I was glad it was not me - they are very big fierce birds.

The island is narrow enough at Viðareiði for it to be possible to walk easily to both coasts from a single parking spot. The diference was astonishing. On the west side, where the vilage lies, the sea was calm - on the east it was like you might expect the Atlantic to be, fierce and rough. In general places to eat or drink tend to be pretty sparse in the Færoes bt there were two places here. Not cheap for meals but very cheap for a good big drink of coffee.

The church was of hwat we called the Færoe Churches - Mark 1 variety but there was an unusual aspect to the interior. This was a collection of silver, including a platter given by the British Government in comemoration of help given by local people to the crew of a shipwrecked boat in the 19th century
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The cirque
The cirque
Svinoy and Fugloy, outlying islands
Svinoy and Fugloy, outlying islands
East coast
East coast
Over the village
Over the village
North Viðoy
North Viðoy
Viðareiði Church
Viðareiði Church
The British Government present.
The British Government present.
Viðareiði
photo by: davidx