Viðoy is the northernmost island of the Faroes. Viðoy has two villages – Viðareiði to the north and Hvannasund to the south. On Viðoy you can get a taste of the Faroe Islands by enjoying a traditional Faroese meal. Here, you can get sense of Faroese culture and explore Faroese nature at its wildest. And last but not least, you can enjoy a sunset, where ocean and mountains are coloured with the warmest red you will ever see as the sun slowly dives down into the endless sea.
Viðareiði is one of the most popular spots in the Faroe Islands – and no wonder, considering the beauty of the area. Viðareiði is the gateway to the majestic cliff Enniberg that rises 750 m straight up from the wild and merciless North Atlantic Ocean. It is a remarkable sight and one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.
In the 16th century Viðareiði was home to a fabled priest’s wife, Beinta. This woman is a primary inspiration for the main character in Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen’s novel, Barbara.
Because of the vicarage’s historical placement in Viðareiði, the village has been a cultural centre for the north-eastern part of the Northern Isles through centuries. Today it is still the largest village in this area with approximately 300 inhabitants.
Even though people tend to migrate to the larger towns, the population in Viðareiði is growing. Viðareiði has raised some of the best mountain hikers, farmers, fishermen and hunters in the Faroe Islands, and the people of Viðareiði have a strong bond with the nature that surrounds them.
The village of Hvannasund is named after the narrow waters between the islands of Viðoy and Borðoy. Hvannasund is linked to Borðoy with a bridge. On the other side of the bridge you find the village of Norðdepil. In Hvannasund you can enjoy the sight of majestic mountains that surround you and rise straight up into the sky. Hvannasund is the gateway to the two easternmost islands in the Faroe Islands, Svínoy and Fugloy, reachable with the ferryboat Ritan.