Fugloy is the easternmost island in the Faroes. Even though the island is small, it has two villages – Kirkja and Hattarvík. It is not hard to guess where the island got its name, considering that Fugloy means bird island. Fugloy is known for its bird life and is home to puffins, guillemots and many other birds. However, the bird landscape is not easily accessible. Instead you might see seabirds, such as puffins, on your way to the island with the ferry.
If you want to visit Fugloy, you can take the helicopter and enjoy a flight above the rough landscape of the Northern Isles en route. You can also take the ferryboat Ritan from the village of Hvannasund and sail the postal route served by the old post boat Másin for decades. Either way, the view of these green islands that rise from the sea is overwhelming, and you cannot help but feel a small faced with the majestic nature that surrounds you.
Jakob Jakobsen, a highly respected Faroese philologist, wrote the following about Fugloy in his publication of Faroese tales and legends:
At first Fugloy was a floating island, only inhabited by trolls. In order to take possession of it, the villagers of Viðareiði wanted to moor the island to the seabed.
After many a failed trial, one bright mind came up with an idea: man a boat with many priests and with their help settle the island. Rowing out to sea, the priests never took their eyes of the island – it should not slip out of their sight.
The closer they came, the angrier the trolls became. The island was clearly under the trolls’ spell, and the only way to break it was to throw a holy object on the island. One priest threw his Bible unto the shore. Immediately, the island settled and the trolls were transformed into tufts of grass.
The green tufts stood visible on a village bank for many years, but with the passing of time, the rough sea has gradually eaten them away.