Borðoy – Local’s Choice
Hike to Yviri á Gjótanga. Follow the mountain path to the north of Múla, and experience the magnificent view at Yvuri á Gjótanga (7). This is an easy hike about 10-15 minutes each way. Slow down when you approach the caved-in ruin of the bird catchers’ house – from here there are only 50 metres to the mouth of the gorge. Approach the gorge cautiously and try to imagine what it was like when people from Múla were lowered down the bird cliffs to collect eggs from the northern fulmar.
The hike to Fossdal. The walk starts here, and is straightforward, lasting about half an hour each way. In the valley, you will find a small lake, and the terrain is plain and suitable for children. From the valley, there is a view over Hvannasund, Norðdepil, Viðareiði and Svínoy.
Experience everyday life in Norðdepil. Visit Fossábúðin, where people from the municipality do their daily shopping, or try out the local fitness centre, Fossá Fitness. Opening hours: Fossábúðin 09.00-19.00, Sundays are closed. Fossá Fitness 10.00-22.00 (Sundays 14.00-20.00)
Visit Norðoya Motorsavn. The museum houses old engines repaired by local people passionate about engines. The museum opened in 2006 and is to be found at the old school from 1895, known as “The University of Norðdepil”. For visits to the museum, pleace contact Visit Norðoy.
A hike from Klaksvík by Breytaskarð. The hike starts at the turn of the tunnel road (6). It is a tough hike, which takes about 3 hours. There is a sign at the beginning of the path. It is highly recommended to walk in the company of a guide. More information is available at hiking.fo, or at Visit Norðoy.
Look for the Darkness of Depil. If the story of the Darkness of Depil fascinates you, visit the village when night falls. Who knows, maybe you will get to experience this notorious darkness?
Taking walks along the foreshore. The foreshore is accessible from this path to the north of the river and the parking area at Bakkafrost. The foreshore is safe to wade in and offers great opportunities for collecting seaweed, looking for crabs and insects, or enjoying the magnificent view of the sound. Á Keldu is the place where a spring streams into the sea underneath the ground. When the tide has gone out, you can see the spring squirting out of the sea. This location is also an excellent fishing ground for catching red cod.
A Walk to the Mine House. Follow the path up to the Mine House above the village. It is a short distance walk which takes about 10 min each way. Up at the Mine House, you can enjoy the view of the village and linger by the historical remains from the Second World War. The Mine House was built after a mine exploded high up in Bugá, significantly damaged three houses and parts of the church. The Mine house was finished in 1942. During the worst days of the war, the villagers had to spend the night in the Mine House, sometimes for up to a week at a time, and it became very cramped because people who were fleeing the bomb attacks in Klaksvík also spent the night there.
The Wall of Pilot Whale Skulls. The wall in front of the house in í Ryggi is a fascinating example of how much care the Faroese people have taken to prevent unnecessary waste. There were two melting stations by Grótrætt in Ánir up to the middle of the 1950s, and whale oil was melted from pilot whale blubber. The man who once lived in í Ryggi worked in one of the melting stations, and he made a wall out of the discarded pilot whale skulls. The pilot whale skulls have crumbled over time, but behind moss and grass the white skulls, which were used to make this – rather unusual – structure, are still visible.
Jón Aldará, the lead singer in Hamferð (FO) and Barren Earth (FI), grew up in Norðoyri. He says that Norðoyri has played a large part in making him who he is and that his hometown is his favourite place on earth. During the school years the drive to Klaksvík, where children Jón’s own age were, seemed rather long, but it gave him the opportunity to submerge himself in music, which later was to play such a significant part in his life’s journey. Hamferð was established in 2008, and the band has released the records ‘Vilst er sísta fet’ (2010) and ‘Evst’ (2013). Jón Aldará became the lead singer in Barren Earth in 2015 but is still active in Hamferð.
Hamferð recorded the song ‘Deyðir varðar’ above Kvívík during the solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands on the 20th March 2015. Follow this link and experience the moment when the solar eclipse above the Faroes merged with the heavy and heartfelt music of Hamferð. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feR12pQ8dXc.