The Road to Gjógv

The Road to Gjógv

A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn.

Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see:
Funningsfjørður, Eysturey, Faroe Islands

… or this:
Funningsfjørður, Eysturey, Faroe Islands

We’re on Sheep Islands, so you will also see this:
Eysturey, Faroe Islands Eysturey, Faroe Islands

On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. With nearly 700 inhabitants, this is a large settlement.

Eiði, Eysturey, Faroe Islands

Eiði

 

The old Viking settlement of Funningur, on the other hand, is home to about one-tenth as many:

Funningur, Faroe Islands

Funningur

 

The Road to Gjógv

… and the fishing village Gjógv, our goal for the day, has even fewer inhabitants. Once home to a whopping 210 souls (and a fleet of 13 fishing boats), about 50 live in Gjógv today.

Curious about the pronunciation? It’s simpler than it looks: the first ‘G’ is silent, so just say ‘jog’ with a ‘v’ added at the end. Gjógv means gorge and it’s a gorgeous place with a natural harbour, a village church, a school for the three children, and a post office in a private house, open 1 hour every weekday. There’s also a helicopter pad and a guest house.

Gjógv, Faroe Islands Gjógv, Faroe Islands

Gjógv, Faroe Islands

The gorge – and natural harbour – at Gjógv

 

Plenty of space – and room to play with your garden:
Gjógv, Faroe Islands Gjógv, Faroe Islands

 

Gjógv, Faroe Islands Gjógv, Faroe Islands

The ancient landscape at Gjógv:

Eysturey, Faroe Islands

Gjógv, Faroe Islands

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20 Responses to “The Road to Gjógv”

  1. Kate 28 January 2013 1625 #

    So beautiful and peaceful. I love how Eiði just pops with color. And that gorge is so cool. I’m kind of day dreaming about what it would be like to live there 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2054 #

      It really is peaceful. You could probably walk for hours and only see sheep 🙂

  2. ItalianNotes 28 January 2013 1929 #

    Looks fascinating – and so green it almost hurts the eyes.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2054 #

      Incredibly green and verdant.

  3. Sarah 29 January 2013 1310 #

    I just discovered your blog. It’s nice to come across a fellow writer, traveller, and adoptive mother.
    Your photos are like postcards – stunning.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2055 #

      Thanks. And what fun, would love to hear more about you and your child(ren).

  4. Ana O 29 January 2013 2353 #

    So beautiful and peaceful. I’d love to go there one day.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2055 #

      Hope you will, Ana.

  5. Andrea 30 January 2013 1103 #

    So green! Reminds me of Ireland

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 January 2013 2056 #

      Same area of the world 🙂

  6. Cathy Sweeney 30 January 2013 2334 #

    The landscape is such a rich green. The photo of Eiði with the colorful buildings on that green is quite beautiful.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1618 #

      The Faroes was named the world’s best island destination by National Geographic a few years ago. Very green!

  7. Vera Marie Badertscher 31 January 2013 0537 #

    Love those colorful little villages! It is all so mystical looking–did you find any fairys there?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1618 #

      Didn’t bump into any fairies. Just sheep 🙂

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica 1 February 2013 0403 #

    Looks so serene.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1618 #

      🙂

  9. Nancie 2 February 2013 0546 #

    How gorgeous! The colors of the houses in the village just pop!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1619 #

      They fit very well with the landscape, I think.

  10. Greg Prohl 8 February 2013 0506 #

    Fabulous photos of stunning landscapes, never even considered the Faroes before but might have to rethink that now. Excellent post and pics, the colors of the houses are eye-popping.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 February 2013 1030 #

      Thanks Greg. Gorgeous islands they are.

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