Day 14 – Eiði -> Gjógv -> Funningur -> Eysturoy -> Torshavn
We went for a short walk immediately after breakfast. The aim was to visit a cave, which was supposed to be less than 100m from the campsite. I had a very accurate map and GPS sat-nav went ahead. Climbing the cliff is not easy, even if it is not too steep, but it took me a long time to find the cave since I could not find the entrance ….
As it turned out, the cave is actually a hollow in which only one person would fit. The disappointment passed, however, because the view we could see while climbing rewarded that completely with the ocean, mountains, passes and the fjord and the picturesque, tiny town of Eiði in the distance.
When leaving Eiði, you must choose a very scenic, mountainous road to Gjógv. In fact, I took a picture of the title page and cover of the eBook from the pass that needed to overcome that.
Along the way, if you have some spare time, you can see and even climb to the highest peak of the archipelago, which is Slættaratindur. Its height is 882 m a.s.l. Right next to it is the second peak which is Grafelli (856 m a.s.l.).
The pass itself climbs to a height of over 400 m. You can leave your motorcycle there, and the same ascent to the top “only” another 400 m, which should not be too burdensome. When the sky is clear you can see all 18 islands from the summit of Slættaratindur forming the Faroe Islands archipelago.
In the guide I read that Gjógv is the most photographed town of the Faroe Islands. You have to overcome a large pass and then go down to the ocean to get here. Below there are already colourful houses scattered along a small but rapid river. A dam is built in the village, and the river creates a small reservoir in which children and adults can have fun on tiny rafts and what a playground there is here.
Probably the most interesting place is the natural harbour. It is integrated at the base of the ravine that descends directly into the ocean. It’s worth coming here and seeing it, just like climbing a little bit to the west hill to see the whole panorama of the bay and this beautiful town.
On the way back from Gjógv it’s worth visiting Funningur which is on the way anyway. It is a charming town in the Funningsfjörður fjord with a beautiful traditional church built in 1847. It has massive walls and the roof is covered with grass.
That day, we were still planning to get to the southernmost point of the island of Eysturoy. A scenic road leads through the peninsula. Mostly it runs at the top, so you can admire the fjord, the strait and two bays, plus the ocean. During World War II, guns operated by the British guarded the strait. One of them is located in Toftir. There you can visit the entire military building.
In the distance, you can see Torshavn in the southwest which is about 6km in a straight line. Unfortunately, there is no ferry and in order to get to the campsite, I had to cover almost 80 km.
I left my motorbike at the campsite, changed clothes and headed to the centre of Torshavn. It is not only the capital of the Faroe Islands, but above all a beautiful town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. I climbed the fort along the way before I got to the centre, which from the year 1550 guarded the entrance to the port and protected against attack from pirates.
Later I went through a part of the relatively modern centre to reach the port area and the oldest part of the city. The walk through the narrow and winding streets is very pleasant. There are stone and wooden houses with roofs on which grass and moss grow. Some officials, such as the prime minister or ministers live there. Since there are no curtains in the windows, you can sometimes look inside to see a representative of the government or parliament.
Since it was Saturday and around 7pm, except for the few shops and pubs, everything was closed. I chose one of the bars in the port and decided to taste the local beer which turned out to be great.
I finally arrived at the campsite after a day of driving, visiting Torshavn and an evening walk.