Klaksvík – a Developing Town
|Klaksvík is the second largest town in the Faroe Islands and the centre of the Northern Isles. The town’s origins are in the Viking era, when the site became a thingstead (an ancient moot) for the Northern Isles. The earliest settlements are from the 12th century – maybe earlier. Klaksvík was originally four small villages – Gerðar, Uppsalar, Vági and Myrkjanoyri, but these grew together into one town, Klaksvík, in the early 20th century. At that time Klaksvík was the fastest growing town in the Faroe Islands.
Klaksvík is a natural hub for tourists travelling in the Northern Isles. From here it is easy to reach the other beautiful islands in the region by car or public transportation.
In 2006 the Northern Isles were connected to the mainland by a subsea tunnel, which has proved important for Klaksvík’s continuing development.