1 – SKARÐ
Kunoy is on average the highest island of the Faroes, centrally located in the Northern Islands region. The village of Skarð, in the northeast side of Kunoy, was abandoned in 1919. Descendants from Skarð and curious travelers frequently visit the ruins, 6,5 km north of the nearest settlement. We will do maintenance work along the path to make it easier and safer to hike.
2 – GØTA
Most people drive between Gøta and Leirvík through the tunnel from 1985. The tunnel replaced a narrow road from 1935, but before that, people were used to walking along a mountain path reaching 330 meters high. The old path is still used recreationally since it’s still the most scenic way to travel between the two villages. We will mostly be repairing an old stone stairway on the Gøtu side of the mountain.
3 – KAMBSDALUR
The old cairn path between Kambsdalur and the largest fjord of the Faroe Islands goes along lake Trælavatn. The lake rests 370 meters high and is a popular destination for locals and travelers. We will be repairing and building cairns along the way, so it is easier to find the lake from village of Kambsdalur.
4 – ELDUVÍK
Situated in the northeastern part of Eysturoy, Elduvík is a cozy village with majestic views. The path to nearby Oyndarfjørður has been mended as part of a previous Closed for Maintenance project. We will continue this year to ensure safety and visibility along the scenic path.
The yellow team were in Klaksvík. Photo: Tróndur Dalsgarð
5 –RITUVÍK & LAMBA
Work will be done along the 4,4 km long path between Rituvík, one of the newest villages of the Faroes, and Lamba, one of the oldest. Scenic views and historic sites are dotted along the way, but the path is less obvious to find than it used to be. The goal is to set up new signs and make the path easier to find, and to make it safer to circumvent one the largest quarry on Eysturoy island.
6 – FOSSÁ
Fossá is the largest waterfall in the Faroe Islands. The scenic view of the waterfall attracts locals and landscape photographers. The goal is to create additional paths and build necessary steps so that it is safer and easier to see the waterfall from up close.
7 – NÓLSOY (BORÐAN)
The island of Nólsoy, just outside Tórshavn, is a popular day trip from Tórshavn. The path to the lighthouse located in the south of the island is a 4-5 hour walk. The Maintenance Crew in 2019 and 2020 marked the hike with wooden wayfinding posts, ensuring that hikers walk in the correct direction. This year the path will be further improved upon by building steps and wooden bridges where necessary and draining along the path.
A short 10-minute drive from Tórshavn are two scenic villages. Norðradalur means the northern valley and it is situated north of Syðradalur (meaning the southern valley, as you could probably guess!). We will mend and mark the old path between the two villages by draining and rebuilding cairns as well as setting up new hiking signs.
The island of Vágar is famous for some the most iconic sites of the Faroes. These are located around the coast and lakes. This year’s maintenance work will focus on the path between the villages Miðvágur and Vantsoyrar. The path is much used by locals, horse riders and visitors, who experience great views over the largest lake in the Faroes and distant islands on a clear day.
The island of Sandoy is known for its history and charm. The opening of a new underwater tunnel in 2023, connecting Sandoy to the mainland, will likely attract many more visitors to the island. We will prepare by erecting signposts, building cairns and maintaining pathways between some of the villages and viewpoints.
11 – SUÐUROY
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 work will mainly be concentrated around a scenic viewpoint in the town of Vágur, but we’ll also fix paths by the shoreline in Tjaldavík.