Suðuroy

Travel Guide Europe Faroe Islands Suðuroy

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Introduction

Suðuroy is the southernmost of the Faroe Islands and is reached by a large car ferry from Torshavn in the island of Streymoy, the capital of the Faroes.

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Geography

The highest point of Suðuroy is the mountain Gluggarnir (610 metres) but the most famous peak is definitely the mountain of Beinisvørð northwest of the village of Sumba. The Beinisvørð and its scenery have been praised by the local poet Poul F. Joensen (1898–1970), as well as other Faroese poets. Suðuroy is the island which has the most islets and skerries. Suðuroy and the islets and skerries near the island number 263, including the island itself. Suðuroy is also the only island of the 18 islands of the Faroes which has coalmines, one of which is still active. It is located in Hvalba, near the tunnel. Other coalmines were in Rangabotnur in Trongisvágur (on the south side of Trongisvágsfjørður), and in Fámjin.

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Towns and Villages

  • Vágur
  • Tvøroyri
  • Hvalba
  • Sumba
  • Sandvík
  • Froðba
  • Fámjin
  • Øravík
  • Hov
  • Porkeri
  • Lopra

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Sights and Activities

  • Church of Fámjin (Fámjins Kirkja), Fløguvegur 1, FO-870 Fámjin, ☎ +298 611080. The church of Fámjin was built in 1876. The first Faroese flag is placed on the wall of the church in Fámjin. This flag was made in 1919 by a young student from Fámjin Jens Oliver Lisberg and his friend Emil Joensen, while they were living in Copenhagen. Lisberg died a few years later. The flag is called Merkið and was recognized as the Faroese flag in 1940 by the British government, during the Second World war. The Faroe Islands were occupied by Great Britain while Denmark was occupied by Germany. The Faroese flag is celebrated every year on the 25th of April in Fámjin as well as in other villages and town around the country. You can contact the Tourist Information Centre in Tvøroyri, if you wish to visit the church in Fámjin.
  • Art Gallery Oyggin (Gallarí Oyggin), Sjógøta 184, FO-800 Tvøroyri, ☎ +298 227938. Daily 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-19:00. Art Gallery Oyggin is a gallery with art works by Faroese and Nordic artists. There is a beautiful garden around the gallery. In the garden there are many sculptures, most of them are made by the owner of the gallery, Palle Julsgart. The gallery is open daily. DKK 20.
  • Beinisvørð (Beinisvord) - a 470-metre high sea cliff, one of the highest of Europe. The road (not the tunnel) between Lopra and Sumba passes by the cliff, around 50 meters from the edge.
  • Akraberg - a peninsula in the southernmost part of the island, 2 kilometres south east of Sumba. There is a white lighthouse, built in 1909, on the cliff. Friesian people lived here before 1350.

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Weather

Suðuroy isn't the first place that comes to mind for its nice weather. Actually, you should consider yourself very lucky if you don't have any rain, even if you just visit for a few days. Even the somewhat drier months of June to August still have 20 to 22 rainy days a month! From October to March it rains on all but a few days a month. Temperatures are never hot but it rarely gets really cold as well. Winter (December to March) night time temperatures average around 2 °C while average summer (July-August) temperatures hoover around a chilly 12 °C.

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Getting There

By Plane

The public helicopter has 2-3 weekly departures to Suðuroy from Tórshavn and Vágar Airport.

By Boat

The public ferry Smyril M/S has 2-3 departures from Tórshavn to Suðuroy every day. The journey takes 2 hours. You can find information about the price of the ticket here: ssl.fo Suðuroyarleiðin means "Suðuroy Route", which is Smyril. In 2011 the price is 90 DKK for an adult and 45 DKK for children. You pay only on your way back to Tórshavn. If you bring a car with you to Suðuroy the price is 225 DKK for the car incl. the driver, and also here you pay only between Suðuroy and Tórshavn, you don't pay on you way to Suduroy. It is the same for the other islands except for Mykines. You can find the time scedule for Smyril on Strandferðslan's website.

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Getting Around

By Car

You can bring your (rental) car to the island or rent one here:

  • ADI Auto Service, Sjógøta 79, FO-800 Tvøroyri, phone +298 222328. Description: ADI Auto Service has a few cars and pick-up's for hire. Two Skoda Sabia, one Ford Mondeo, one Daewoo, 2 pick-up's and one jeep in which you can drive up in the mountains. Price for one of the cars is 500 DKK for one day. If you hire the car for more than one day the price is 350 DKK pr. day. Free kilometer. (These information are from 2010, the cars and prices may change in time).
  • Magn petrol station in Trongisvagur, phone +298 371466.

By Bus

Public busses from Bygdaleiðir drive from the ferry port Krambatangi to the southern and to the northern part of the island. To Sumba in the south via Vágur (route 700), Hvalba and Sandvík in the north via Tvøroyri (route 701) and to Fámjin in the west, via Øravík (route 701).

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Drink

  • The Thomsen Pub&Café in the harbor of Tvøroyri.
  • Bakkin Bar and The Large Storage House in Vágur.

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