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Klaksvik, Faroe Island

Klaksvík is the second largest town of the Faroe Islands. The town is located on

Borðoy

, which is one of the northernmost islands (the Norðoyar). It is the administrative centre of Klaksvík municipality.

History

The first settlement at Klaksvík dates back to Viking times, but it was not until the 20th century that the district merged to form a large, modern Faroese town that became a cultural and commercial centre for the Northern Isles and the Faroe Islands as a whole.

Klaksvík is located between two inlets lying back to back. It has an important harbour with fishing industry and a modern fishing fleet. Originally, four farms were located where Klaksvík is now. In time, they grew into four villages: Vágur, Myrkjanoyri, Gerðar and Uppsalir; which finally merged... Read more

Klaksvik, Faroe Island

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Klaksvík is the second largest town of the Faroe Islands. The town is located on

Borðoy

, which is one of the northernmost islands (the Norðoyar). It is the administrative centre of Klaksvík municipality.

History

The first settlement at Klaksvík dates back to Viking times, but it was not until the 20th century that the district merged to form a large, modern Faroese town that became a cultural and commercial centre for the Northern Isles and the Faroe Islands as a whole.

Klaksvík is located between two inlets lying back to back. It has an important harbour with fishing industry and a modern fishing fleet. Originally, four farms were located where Klaksvík is now. In time, they grew into four villages: Vágur, Myrkjanoyri, Gerðar and Uppsalir; which finally merged to form the town of Klaksvík in 1938. What triggered the development of the town was the establishment of a centralized store for all the northern islands on the location.

The

brewery Föroya Bjór

in Klaksvík is a Faroese family brewery, founded in 1888. The ram has been the symbol of the brewery since the early beginning. Since August 2007, when Restorffs Bryggjarí went out of business, Föroya Bjór has been the only producer of beer and soft drinks in the Faroe Islands.

With the opening of the Leirvík sub sea tunnel, the Norðoyatunnilin in April 2006, Klaksvík gained a physical link with the mainland of the Faroe Islands and can now be considered one of its key ports. Several developments are under way to exploit this symbiosis, including a new industrial park located by the tunnel entrance. Klaksvík is home to Summarfestivalurin, the largest music festival in the Faroe Islands.

The Christianschurch

Christianskirkjan

, built in 1963, is the first one in Scandinavia to be built in Old Norse style. The roof construction is the same as that found in the Viking halls, and which has survived in Faroese smoke rooms (kitchens) and village churches. This open roof construction has proved to be especially suitable for church buildings, as the acoustics in this church are better than in others of a similar size. The church is dedicated to the memory of the sailors who lost their lives during World War II. Hanging from the ceiling is an old 8-man rowing-boat, from Viðareiði, it was used to transport the priest between villages.

Transport

Klaksvík used to be an isolated town until 2006 when the Norðoyatunnilin opened. A frequent bus service now links the town to Tórshavn, while smaller services operate to Fuglafjørður, Kunoy and Viðareiði. Also it has remained the ferry port for Kalsoy. Since 2014, a city bus (Bussleiðin) connects the outlying parts with the city center, and taxis offer additional services. The bus services and the ferry to Kalsoy are operated by Strandfaraskip Landsins, the public transport company of the Faroe Islands. There is a heliport (ICAO: EKKV) which mainly has flights to isolated islands like Kirkja and Svínoy.

Sports

These are some of the sporting associations in Klaksvík. The local football club is KÍ. The local gymnastics club is Klaksvíkar Fimleikafelag. In handball there are two clubs, one for men and another for women. Women's handball club is Stjørnan. Men's Handball club is Team Klaksvík.


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Klaksvik, Faroe Island: Port Information


There are four spots where your cruise ship can dock:
  • North Harbor: a 20-minute walk from the center
  • Kosin: a 10-minute walk from the center
  • Nordborg: a 5-minute walk from the center
  • Anchorage: passengers will be transported ashore by tender boats
There are free shuttle buses available from the port to the center and back. The trip will take a few minutes.

Get around Klaksvik, Faroe Island


The Faroe Islands are a small country and getting around is easy. All of the Islands are connected by a public transport system.

Travelling between islands

The two largest islands, Streymoy and Eysturoy, are connected by a bridge, Sundabrúgvin, or the Channel Bridge. Since 2002 a sub-sea tunnel connects the island of Vágar with Streymoy and since 2006 a sub-sea tunnel connects Borðoy to Eysturoy. These are toll tunnels and you have to pay when driving from Vágar to Streymoy and from Borðoy to Eysturoy. Road causeways connect Borðoy with Viðoy and Kunoy. The other main Islands Sandoy and Suðuroy have excellent car-ferry connections to Streymoy, making motoring in the Faroes easy and pleasant. The ferry Smyril M/F has 2–3 daily departures from Tórshavn, sailing to Krambatangi ferry port in Suðuroy. The ferry Teistin M/F has around 8 daily departures from Gamlarætt ferry port to Skopun on Sandoy island. Teistin has also a few departures to Hestur island, but only on request. Gamlarætt is located on the west coast of Streymoy, not far from Tórshavn and near the villages Kirkjubøur and Velbastaður. Ritan M/F has 5–7 daily departures from Tórshavn to Nólsoy. M/F Sam has up to 7 daily departures from Klaksvík to Syðradalur on Kalsoy island. M/F Ritan has 3 daily departures from Hvannasund on Viðoy island to the islands Svínoy and Fugloy in summertime, less in wintertime. The ship Brynhild has 2 daily departures in summertime from Sørvágur on Vágar island to Mykines island. Strandfaraskip Landsins, the Faroese public transport service, publishes an annual timetable (Ferðaætlan) containing details of all ferry and bus schedules. It is available from the Passenger Terminal in Tórshavn, and all tourist information centres. When using a car ferry please note that it is not possible to make advance bookings. You should be at the pier no later than 20 minutes before scheduled departure, and on Friday and Sunday evenings it is advisable to be ahead of time if you want to secure a place for the car.

By car

The first motor road connecting two villages wasn’t built until 1916, and travellers were limited to mountain paths and rowing boats. Nevertheless, today driving is easy with an excellent 600 km network of well maintained tarmaced roads and tunnels. The density of cars is one of the highest in Europe.

The numerous road tunnels in the Faroe Islands mean that drivers of large vehicles must plan their routes by finding out in advance which tunnel they can enter. Driving is on the right and most road signs follow international standards. Headlights must be on when driving and the use of seat belts is required. The speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) outside towns and villages, and 50 kph (30 mph) in the towns and villages. For cars with trailers, the speed limit is 50 kph and for caravans the speed limit is 60 kph. The consequences for speeding are severe. Sheep graze freely on both sides of the main roads, so they will cross at their own will. Also they may hide from bad weather just inside the tunnels, which causes many collisions each year.

Parking in the towns of Tórshavn, Klaksvík and Runavík is restricted. Parking discs must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of the front windscreen showing the time you parked your car. These display discs are available at no charge from banks and the tourist offices. There is a fine of kr 200 for parking violations.

By bus

Passenger road transport is run by private companies, but is coordinated by a public body. The website is ssl.fo.

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 the islands. This means that there are bus services to all places - maybe not often, but every day!

Bygdaleiðir's buses are blue. A schedule (Ferðaætlan) listing the various timetables for the inter-town buses (and ferries) may be purchased 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. There is a four day travel card meant for tourists which is valid for all buses and ferries. It is well worth its price if you are planning to get around the islands by public transport.

The buses are equipped with radios. If you are planning to change buses, do tell the driver in advance, as he will make sure the other bus waits for you.

The capital Tórshavn offers a local bus service (Bussleiðin) with four routes that reach most area of the town which is free. The red coloured-buses operate every half-hour during the day throughout the week and hourly on weekday evenings. The buses don´t operate on Saturday or on Sunday evening which can be inconvenient for tourists. Route maps and schedules may be obtained on the buses, at Kiosk Steinatún in the centre of town, or at Kunningarstovan, the local tourist information in Tórshavn.

By helicopter

You can splurge, and take a helicopter (or a cheaper ferry) to all the faraway places. - for example to Mykines, the picturesque island far west. Atlantic Airways offers a helicopter service to selected towns and villages throughout the Faroes. Contact Atlantic Airways directly at phone no. 341060. Booking is required. The service is intended for locals on remote islands, and as such tourists can only book one way of a journey but you can use the ferry and bus services to make the return journey.

The service may be affected by the weather—a heavy overcast with low clouds, for example may cause the flights to be cancelled.

Hiking

It is possible to hike in Faroe Islands. You should stick to prepared trails, and it is not permitted to put up tents outside designated areas. This requires some planning. Weather is unpredictable, there mights be rain storms, so bring suitable clothes. A combination of hiking and bus transport is advised, so you don't need to walk back the same way again.

What to see in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


  • Slættaratindur (882 m) is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. It is well worth climbing; the only downside is that the summit is often wrapped in fog.
  • Beinisvord or Beinisvørð is the highest sea cliff in Suduroy and the second-highest in the Faroe Islands with its 470 metres. The view down to the sea and towards north to the west coast of Suduroy is breathtaking. You can see or climb Beinisvørð from a place called Hesturin, which is between the villages Lopra and Sumba. You can drive to Sumba through the tunnel and then follow the old road to the highest point, from there the edge is only a few metres away. Be careful not to walk too far out on the edge, the cliff end all of a sudden.
  • The Lake of Toftavatn is in the south of Eysturoy, situated on the east coast of the fjord, Skálafjørður. The low rolling hills around the idyllic lake, have the widest stretches of heather on the islands. They are considered unique in the Faroes. Furthermore, the terrain is a splendid choice for an outing.
  • Rinkusteinar (the rocking stones) – a strange natural phenomenon at Oyndarfjørður, two very large boulders which permanently stand rocking in the ocean, just a few metres from the shore. The stones have been rocking as far back as anyone can tell.
  • Risin og Kellingin (The Giant and his Wife) – Two magnificent basalt sea stacks off the northern tip of the island, close to the village of Eiði. Legend has it that the two giants had come to tow the Faroes back with them to Iceland, However, the sun rose and they were both turned into stone. They both stand looking towards Iceland, which they will never reach.

What to do in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


  • Hiking. Tourist information office including the one in the airport distributes hiking around the Faroe Islands booklets suggesting various routes. In any case, one is not far away from picturesque paths in any given location. In the worst case, one can walk along the roads as cars rarely pass by.
  • Kayaking. Widely available for rent.
  • Birdwatching.

What to eat and drink in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


Eat

Most traditional Faroese cuisine involves meat, either lamb or fish. The traditional Faroese kitchen mainly owes its food traditions to the archipelago's harsh climate. This is because in earlier days the food culture on the islands was not very extensive. It is hard to find a Faroese dish on the menu of a restaurant, but it is possible at certain restaurants and hotels.

Distinctive Faroese foods include:
  • Wild seabirds fx puffins. The puffins are stuffed with cake and served with potatoes and wild berries
  • Skerpikjøt, dried mutton that has been hung for over a year and is eaten raw
  • Ræst kjøt, meat that has been hung for a couple of months to mature before cooking
  • Ræstur fiskur, dried fish that has been hung in the same way as ræstkjøt
  • Turrur fiskur, dried fish
  • Tvøst og spik, whale meat and blubber
  • Rhubarb since it is easy to cultivate

Drink

The legal drinking age in the Faroes is eighteen. The Faroese love to party, and drinking is much more popular than doing drugs. There are two brands of Faroese beer: Føroya Bjór and Okkara. Føroya Bjór is well-established and is the oldest of the two breweries. It has picked up occasional awards abroad. Okkara can only be bought in cans.

Alcoholic drinks are very expensive. Light beer may be purchased in shops and unlicensed restaurants and cafés. Stronger beer, wine and spirits can only be purchased in the Government Monopoly stores in major towns and in licensed restaurants, cafés and bars etc.

Shopping in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


Opening hours in the Faroes are longer than they used to be, but many smaller stores still close early on Saturday (usually at 14:00) and nearly everything is closed on Sundays.

Tórshavn is the obvious choice for shopping. But both Runavík and especially Klaksvik have some nice stores where you can buy clothes and other nick nacks.

It is very modern to wear wool and woollen clothing on the Faroe Islands. You definitely will find trendy sweaters, jackets and (cheaper) hats, shawls and gloves. Check out the shops "Sirri" and "Guðrun og Guðrun". There is only one proper shopping centre - SMS (Sølumiðstøð). Here is the largest supermarket, Miklagarður. There are different shops and a couple of chains - Burger King, Bath and Body Works, Vero Moda etc. For women's clothing Yasmin is a great shop to check out. The Shopping Center has glass art-work by artist Tróndur Patursson, who is very popular both in the Faroes and abroad.

There are a few second hand shops in Tórshavn. Circus down by the harbour sells cool clothing from Iceland - a bit pricy, but worth checking out.

Remember to ask for tax free and get 15% back when you leave Faroe Islands.

Safety in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


The Faroe Islands are generally safe. Crime and traffic are minor risks. While there are no major natural disasters or dangerous animals, fog can be a danger for hikers and drivers. Sheep may be startled by cars, and leap out in front of them. If you happen to collide with a sheep, you should immediately contact the police in Tórshavn at telephone number 351448 for assistance.

There are emergency wards at the hospital in Tórshavn, Klaksvík on Borðoy and Tvøroyri on Suðuroy. Doctors around the islands provide emergency assistance. A lot of hospital staff are residents of Denmark who spend periods on the Faroes to supplement the local health staff. The coast guard and Atlantic Airways have helicopters that may be used in emergencies. Police stations are found in most parts of the Country.

Language spoken in Klaksvik, Faroe Island


The native and official language of the Faroes is Faroese, which like the other Scandinavian languages, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic, is a North Germanic language. Speakers of these languages will be able to recognise many cognates in the written language, though spoken Faroese is generally not mutually intelligible with these languages.

Most locals are also able to speak Danish and English, both of which are compulsory in all schools, and through their knowledge of Danish are also able to understand Swedish and Norwegian. While most Faroese people are competent in English, it goes without saying that learning some basic Faroese greetings will help to endear you to the locals and make your trip much smoother.

LOCAL TIME

12:57 am
June 26, 2019
Atlantic/Faeroe

CURRENT WEATHER

11 °C / 51.8 °F
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9.75 °C/50 °F
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10.13 °C/50 °F
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10.95 °C/52 °F
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