The Northern Islands
- Approx. 6000 inhabitants
- 3rd highest mountain on the Faroe Islands: Villingardalsfjall
- Highest island in average: Kunoy
- Distinctive dialect
The six northernmost islands in the Faroes are called the Northern Isles – and to some they are like a small country of their own. The 6000 inhabitants live in small towns that are widely spread across the magnificent steeply hilled islands, or in the town of Klaksvík, known as the fishing capital of the Faroe Islands.
But Klaksvík has more on its plate than fish. The cultural scene is vibrant and the town plays host to several large and diverse cultural events throughout the year. The traditional festival Norðoyastevna offers sporting competitions, concerts and exhibitions. The Summarfestivalur is the largest music festival in the Faroes. Year after year, a parade of hits is heard from its stages, to which everyone is invited to sing along. The Sailor’s Day was founded to celebrate Faroese sailors. It is a true town feast and all events are free of charge. Everyone is invited to a free breakfast and to participate in or watch the many peculiar competitions that relate to the fishing industry in one way or another.
The newest attraction in the Northern Isles is the Seal Woman, a statue of a beautiful woman, who, according to legend, was a seal that had thrown of its skin in order to dance as a human for one night. She rises from the cliffs by the shore of Mikladalur on Kalsoy, and neither wind nor heavy seas can bring her down.
On the northernmost point of Kalsoy, called Kallurin, you can visit a charming old lighthouse. It is an easy walk and the magnificent view stretches all the way to the horizon.
One of the most popular trips in the Northern Isles is to sail from Hvannasund to the easternmost islands, Svínoy and Fugloy. The ferryboat Ritan follows the old postal route. On the trip you will experience exuberant birdlife while sailing close to the islands that rise perpendicularly from the rocking sea.
In addition to these adventures, the Northern Isles have other distinct experiences to offer. The mountains are steep, and you can experience their majesty by gazing at them from afar, or you can put on your walking shoes and hike to the top. You can visit beautifully crafted churches, take a walk in the interesting plantation on Kunoy or try a Faroese meal in Viðareiði. Wherever the road will take you, an unexplored adventure awaits, and the sounds of tranquil landscapes, legendary tales and majestic views will stay with you long after you leave.