A geographical overview of the 14 projects that will be part of the 2020 Maintenance weekend.
Voluntourists working to mend a path from Hellurnar to Elduvík in 2019. Photo: Tróndur Dalsgarð
Voluntourists built steps, making it safer and easier to walk along the coastline in Gjógv, and protecting the earth underneath from eroding. Photo: Tróndur Dalsgarð
In Nólsoy, voluntourists set up wayfinding posts, asking hikers to follow guidelines. Photo: Ólavur Frederiksen
1 – VÁGAR
Signpost erection and cairn restoration will be part of the project on the old village path leading from the village of Vatnsoyrar to Mið- and Sandavágur. The route is situated on the island of Vágar and is still a less-travelled track, although it passes through magnificent viewpoints of the island of Mykines, Streymoy and – on a clear day – all the way to Suðuroy.
Today, travelers tend to walk the trafficked road to the airport, but by making this village path more accessible, there will be no need to walk by the roadside. Instead, walkers will be able to enjoy an easy and scenic hike in the mountains.
2 – TJØRNUVÍK
Many people who visit the Faroe Islands tend to stop by the small village of Tjørnuvík. From Tjørnuvík, a village path leads to another popular location; Saksun. The path is worn and needs to be mended to ensure a safe hike. The old stonewalls leading up to the path will be repaired, and the start of the path will be made more visible. This will allow the infield grass to grow, which in turn will provide more food for the sheep during the winter.
3 – EIÐI (SLÆTTARATINDUR)
Slættaratindur is the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands and is very popular for hikers as the view is splendid on a sky free day.
The path to reach the top is worn and, in some places, it is difficult to walk safely. An alternative route will be signposted, and some stretches will be maintained.
4 – FUNNINGUR
There is a wonderful view of Funningur from Hvíthamar. The viewpoint has been increasingly popular the last few years. To improve safety in the area, and to prevent wear and tear of the fragile nature of the place, we will erect signposts and ladders, and provide information about the location.
5 – HELLURNAR
A popular village path on Eysturoy is between the villages of Hellurnar and Fuglafjørður. The path is in relatively good condition, but the first 300 metres from Hellurnar consist of an old paved path. This path is no longer visible and will be mended.
It was a lot of fun working together and I am proud of what we achieved in Trælanípa. Hope to be back next year! – Anna Villa, 2019 volunteer from Norway
6 – SELATRAÐ
Selatrað is the local’s hub for scout club activities and recreation. An old village path leads from Selatrað to Skálafjørður. Parts of the paths have been restored with rebuilt cairns, but most of the path still needs to be maintained.
7 – NORÐAGØTA
Restoration work will be made on the old village path between Norðagøta and Leirvík on the island of Eysturoy. The path has become increasingly popular after a telescope was set up on the mountain ridge. Maintenance work will be done on the reach to the highest parts of the path, where a metal balustrade will be replaced, and stone layered steps will be rebuilt.
8 – KLAKSVÍK (KLAKKUR)
Klakkur is one of the tallest mountains surrounding Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the Faroe Islands. Because of its easy accessibility, the hike to the mountaintop is very popular.
There is no proper path to the top, meaning the trodden path has been worn and is often muddy. The Maintenance Crew in 2019 started building a proper path. This year we hope to complete it.
9 – TRØLLANES
Trøllanes is the village you pass when hiking to the very popular Kallurin lighthouse on Kalsoy. In ancient times, the only way to reach Trøllanes was by boat. Today, one of many tunnels on the island of Kalsoy makes it easy to get to Trøllanes by car. The path from the village to the boat harbour has been a popular walk for curious locals who wanted to see who was coming to visit. The path to the landing area has been damaged by strong winds. We will be mending the path so villagers and visitors alike can safely enjoy the walk to the boat harbour.
10 – KIRKJUBØUR
The popular hiking route between Tórshavn, the capital, and Kirkjubøur, our most important historical site, has old cairns that need to be maintained and new cairns that need to be built. Moreover, the path needs to be mended and drained, and wayfinding posts set up.
11 – NÓLSOY (BORÐAN)
The island of Nólsoy, just outside Tórshavn, is a nice refuge and day-trip from Tórshavn. The path to the lighthouse located in the south of the island is a nice 4-5 hour walk. The Maintenance Crew in 2019 marked the hike with wooden wayfinding posts, ensuring that hikers walk in the correct direction. This year the path will be fixed, and a footbridge will be built.
12 – SANDOY & SKÚVOY
The old cairn path from Húsavík to Skarvanes on the island of Sandoy is an enjoyable hike. However, hikers often have a difficult time finding the correct route. The path will be marked with wooden wayfinding posts. Moreover, the path will be mended in places, a gate will be fixed and steps built over a fence. (One-day project)
Skúvoy is an area that has a special significance for birdlife and biological diversity, both in a national and an international perspective, and is, therefore, a Ramsar site. On Skúvoy, volunteers will set up signs and signposts to regulate the noise, ensuring birds can angle in peace. (One-day project)
13 – TVØROYRI
One of the few plantations in the Faroe Islands is located in the largest town on Suðuroy, called Tvørvoyri. This spot is popular for locals and visitors. The path leading to the plantation needs mending. Also, some of the facilities on site need a helping hand, and signs will be erected to inform visitors about the place.
14 – VÁGUR / SUMBA
The dramatic cliffs and coastline from Lopranseiði viewpoint and Lopranshólmur are among the most impressive natural wonders on the island of Suðuroy. The maintenance work will partly be to enhance accessibility and safety to the place, by building a path and putting up sign posts. In addition to this, an initiative to improve the livelihood of puffins in the area will be initiated.
NB! This year’s event was cancelled due to Covid.