The Remote Town of Klaksvik
Arriving in the beautiful little town of Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands is quite a magical experience. This remote little town is situated between two inlets lying back to back, with grass-covered mountains rising up straight up from the sea; it’s a spectacular sight. Towering above the entrance to Klaksvik harbour is a mountain shaped like a pyramid on the island of Kunoy, and around the harbour, colourful houses spread out over the hillsides.
The Pyramid Shaped Mountain overlooking the Harbour
View of Klaksvik
When I arrived it was bright and sunny, but a few moments later, clouds appeared, hiding the top of the mountains, and it grew spookily ghostlike and eerie as it’s so quiet here. One thing that struck me first was how remote this place is; there is nothing around it but the mountains and water, and you wonder how people survived here when it was first populated in Viking times, with very little to live on but what fish they found in the sea. Originally four farms were at the location where Klaksvík is now and over time they grew into four villages that finally merged into what now is called Klaksvík in the early 20th century.
Grass Covered Roofs
Grass roofed houses
The Faroe Islands are situated between Scotland, Norway and Iceland in the North Sea, and is officially part of Denmark. Klaksvik is the second largest town of the Faroe Islands and is located on Borðoy, which is one of the northernmost islands. Klaksvik was only accessible from the other islands by ferry, but with the opening of the Leirvík sub-sea tunnel, Klaksvík is physically linked with the mainland of the Faroe Islands and it’s capital, Tórshavn, and can now be considered one of its key ports. It’s the main fishing port of the Faroes and its harbour houses a modern fishing-fleet. You can also see the large round circles of the fish-keeps in the sea just off the coast where they farm the fish.
Circular fish keeps in the sea
There’s not a great choice of cafes or restaurants in Klaksvik, but one place that’s always busy is the Cafe Frida, which you’ll find in the main High Street. It looks very unassuming from the outside (like all the shops do) and it doesn’t really look like a cafe, but inside it’s very cosy and has a lovely open-air seating area that overlooks the harbour at the back. And the cakes and desserts are amazing! You’ll find the Cafe just a two minute walk from the Tourist Information Office. There’s free Wifi for customers, plenty of choice on the menu and the staff speak very good English. It’s well worth a visit when your in Klaksvik!
Outside the Cafe Frida
The cosy interior of the Cafe Frida
Walking around the harbour, you’ll come across the magnificent stone Christians-kirkjan Church built in 1963 and it’s an architectural marvel, with a fairly modern interior and glass bowl lights hanging down. There’s also a Faeroese rowing boat hanging down from the ceiling! The oldest relic in the church is the Font which is made of a 4000 years old heathen sacrificial bowl originating from Denmark.
ChristiansKirkjan – Klaksvik Church
The inside of the Church with Boat hanging from the ceiling
There’s also some great artwork dotted around like the ‘Statue i Klaksvik’…
The ‘Statue i Klaksvik’
And the odd waterfall or two….
The Town and its colourful houses round the Harbour…..
On the Water….
Colourful houses on the harbour
and not forgetting the native inhabitants….the sheep!
Keeping out of the cold….
TIPS FOR VISITING KLAKSVIK
Danish is spoken and English is widely understood.
If you’re looking for Wifi, it’s available at the Library near the post office. It’s open from 8am – 6pm on weekdays.
The Tourist Information Office is shut at the weekend. It’s only open Monday to Friday
Shops are open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, Saturdays shopping is limited to around lunchtime and everything is closed on a Sunday.
As a self-governing region of Denmark, the Faroese Government prints its own currency, the Krona, but you can also use Danish notes and coins.
Klaksvik is a Cruise Port and it operates an excellent FREE shuttle service to and from the Cruise Ships and the Tourist Information Centre in town. The buses are plentiful and frequent, as each one fills and departs, another one arrives. The journey is only a few minutes.
Map of Klaksvik