PROJECTS 2023

1- Árnafjørður

Near the centre of the Northern Isles of the Faroe Islands, about 300 meters above Árnafjørður, are Katlarnir, the old Thingstead for the Northern region. On the flat bedrock, lying around the large parliament rock, are several other rocks that were likely used as seats. This fascinating place is a popular destination; however, the route from Árnafjørður is not clearly marked. Therefore, we plan to mark the route using poles and install an information signs. 

For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

2 - Kunoy

Kunoy is on average the highest island of the Faroes. In the North-East area of Kunoy are the remains of the village Skarð, which was deserted in 1919. Descendants and tourists regularly visit the ruins, which are located 6.5 kilometres north of Haraldssund. Last year handrails were built from the old landing in Skarð. This year, there are plans to continue maintaining the old path, ensuring that this fascinating route becomes more accessible and safer for visitors.

3 - Leirvík

The ruins of the prayer house in Leirvík are one of the best-kept of its kind in the Faroe Islands. Unfortunately, these ruins currently receive little care.

During half of the year, when sheep are in the fields, it is only possible to reach the ruins by climbing over a fence and then walking across the field, as there is no path guiding the route. Therefore, we plan to move or reset the fencing to make a shorter route through the fields to the ruins of the prayer house, making them more accessible. We will also add a sign including detailed information about the area and a detailed sketch of how the area might have looked.

4 - Fuglafjørður

The aged village path connecting Fuglafjørður and Hellurnar is a popular route; at a length of slightly over 3 kilometres, the hike is about 1.5 hours. The plan is to mark the route more clearly and add lighting to the path leading to a rockformation, the scenic Alter, at 484 meters altitude. We will mark the path from the start, the football field in Fuglafjørður, and continue up. Additionally, plans include building a bench and setting up poles guiding the route. 

 

For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

5 - Slættaratindur

The highest mountain in the Faroe Islands has a height of 880 meters and is a popular travel destination. However, the stress of growing numbers of visitors during these past years has left imprints on the route between the mountaintop and the parking area, where the route starts at an altitude of around 390 meters. Furthermore, the weather can quickly change, and the mountaintop can easily become covered in clouds. It is vital to clearly mark the route to the top of the mountain with poles and steps. The plan is to drain and reconstruct the path at the start to make it easier to walk across wet terrain. Lastly, there is a need for repairs to be conducted along the route, and some areas require barring to give the terrain time to recover. 

6 - Kaldbak

The route connecting Kaldbak and Signabøur is beautiful; including views of valleys and mountains and several small lakes. This is a challenging hike; however, large cairns mark the route.  

 

We plan to repair the existing cairns, add guiding poles, and clear out pebbles. The hike involves climbing over a fence and sometimes walking on wet terrain. We will add steps going over the fences and drain where necessary.

 

Furthermore, the route up from the Signabøur side can appear unsafe as it is steep; therefore, the focus will also be on creating a decent route from Signabøur.
For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

7 - Gásadalur

The old village path between Bøur and Gásadalur is now used more than ever, even with a tunnel making the photogenic village accessible by road since 2006. This uniquely beautiful village path is typically referred to as the postal route, and before the tunnel, the path´s upkeep was the responsibility of the postman and the villagers. Currently, the route is badly worn on the Gásadalur side, and many stones/rocks are along the path. Therefore, we plan to improve the path.

 

For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

8 - Nólsoy

The route from Borðan and back to the village takes about 4-5 hours; this hike links nearly all the unique destinations on the island and ends with a charming lighthouse built in 1893. Since 2019, Nólsoy has been included in the Closed for Maintenance campaign, and now signs, poles and wooden bridges lead hikers up crags and across boggy terrain. This year we plan to continue building steps and drain where required.

 

For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

9 - Skarvanes

The route to Guðrunarløkur is a popular and relatively easy hike from Skarvanes. Combined with the village paths from Skarvanes to Dalur and from Dalur to Húsavík, the route runs in a loop, and hikers can end their route where they started. 

 

Currently, there is a need for several repairs, and some of these repairs are urgent. It is difficult to find the start of the route to Guðrunarløkur, signs are missing, and there are no poles leading to the first cairn. Additionally, several fences prevent traffic flow; therefore, steps and gates are required. 

 

For more information on the route, refer to bygdagøtur.fo.

10 - Froðba

Suðuroy is the largest island without road connection to the mainland. The island is a two-hour ferry trip away from Tórshavn and has an abundance of local charm and unique landscapes.

 

The pebble beach in Froðba is a natural gem. The terrain is mainly grassy; however, some stacked rock steps are on the path. The plan is to dig and weed around the steps, make a decent path leading down to the pebble beach, and add a gate where there are currently fence posts and trodden ground.