Gjogv, Faroe Islands: Traveling to the Edge of the World

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Before venturing to the Faroe Islands, I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave without doing the famed drive from Eiði to Gjógv that passes over the tallest mountain in the Faroes, Slættaratindur.  

I wasn’t likely going to have time to do an all-day hike around the area, mostly because there was still a bit of winter weather atop the mountain, but the drive itself was sure to offer some incredible views.  

I was also looking forward to exploring a little bit of Eidi before Gjogv as I heard the town was also worthy of my time.

Quick Stop in Eidi

Eiði’s claim to fame is that it is home to Risin and Kellingin, two of the most renowned sea stacks in the Faroe Islands (you can get a killer view from Tjørnuvík over on Streymoy).  The town of Eiði has 669 residents and the name itself means isthmus in Faroese.

View of Eiði from Streymoy

Eiði on Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands

View of Eiði from Streymoy

From Eiði, you can hike across the highest peak in the Faroes Islands, Slættaratindur, which proudly stands 882 meters high and offers the best view in the entire Faroes.  

From its peak, you are able to see all eighteen islands from Suðuroy in the south to Viðoy in the north.  While we didn’t do the four-hour or so hike this time around, we did do the drive, which greeted us with fog so thick that we were unable to see even merely a few feet in front of us.

I have driven in some thick fog before in Florida and other parts of the US, but nothing prepares you for the wrath of the Faroese fog.  

We crept across the mountain and crossed our fingers that a sheep wouldn’t dart out in front of our vehicle.  That view of eighteen islands became a distant desire at that point.  

During the winter, this drive is evidently near impossible and the road can become blocked (for those of you reading this that are planning a winter trip to the islands).

About Gjogv

We eventually made it out of the fog only to emerge to a road overlooking the picturesque village of Gjógv, population 49.  

Gjógv is fairly popular amongst travelers and I don’t know anyone who has been to the islands who has skipped this quaint place by the sea.  Gjógv means ‘gorge’ in Faroese and represents the famed sea-filled gorge that photographers flock to in hoards to take a photo of.  

Here is a photo of the sea instead:

Gjógv on Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands

Despite being only 63km from the Faroe Islands capital city of Tórshavn, the village can leave you feeling light years away from reality and society.  There is not much happening there; nature is all one needs to keep occupied.  

Gjógv has one of the best natural harbors in the Faroe Islands and has a rich fishing history.  Rich history doesn’t come without a tragedy or two, and Gjógv is no exception.

In the village, you will undoubtedly see a memorial dedicated to the many fishermen who lost their lives at sea.  We never saw another soul in Gjógv, not even a local, so this really humanized the place and reminded me that life on the beautiful Faroe Islands didn’t come without countless sacrifices.  

We paid our respects to the place and were incredibly humbled by it.  The memorial is imaged by a female and two children looking out to the sea with the names of the lost fishermen behind them.

The statue was created by Janus Kamban.  His name is well-known across the Faroes for his commemorative statues throughout the islands.

Statue in Gjogv, Faroe Islands fishermen

Close to the memorial is the village church.  This church dates back to 1929 and was the first in the Faroes to conduct a sermon in the Faroese language.

Church in Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Where to Stay in Gjogv

In Gjógv, one can stay at the renowned guest house (and one of the few places to stay at around there) Gjáargarður.  

The guesthouse offers free wifi and the owners are extremely knowledgeable about the area and hiking.  The guesthouse also has a seasonal restaurant. 

Also be sure to check out my Faroe Islands hotels guide for other places in the islands.  There are also some fantastic Airbnbs in the Faroe Islands that you can call home for a few nights.  Another alternative is to go camping in the Faroes.

Hiking in Gjogv

Hikes are in abundance in and around the area.  Ambadalur Valley is located to the northwest of Gjógv and offers a view of the highest free-standing sea stack in the Faroes and is known to locals as Búgvin.  

Seabirds are in abundance in this area and Búgvin is a safe haven for them.  To the east of Gjógv, you will find Tyril and Middagsfjall, two tall peaks that offer some worthy hikes alongside their killer views of Funningur’s Fjord, or Funningsfjørður.  

To see more about the hikes in and around Gjógv, you can check out this link.

What to Bring + Tips

If you’re planning a day trip to Northern Eysturoy, I would definitely stock up on food before making the journey out there.  Eiði offers more civilization and a place to purchase food, but Gjógv is smaller and a bit more remote.

The drive across Slættaratindur is windy and not for the weak.  As someone who has a fear of heights, I am almost thankful that the fog blocked all views as I probably would have succumbed to a panic attack going down the mountain.  

Fog is ever-present on this drive, as is undesirable weather, so I do recommend being focused and prepared for it ahead of time and ensuring that you can drive it without any issues.  Winter tires should be on all rental cars in the Faroes, so that shouldn’t be something of concern.  

If this drive isn’t your ‘cup of tea’, you can take an easier route back which will take you through the historic village of Funningur.

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjógv on Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

Gjogv, Faroe Islands

38 thoughts on “Gjogv, Faroe Islands: Traveling to the Edge of the World

  1. The Italian Chica says:

    What an enchanting place! It seems to be inside some fairy tale…and the houses are so cute <3 Nice articles and beautiful pictures!!

  2. Mariella says:

    What a great adventure! It seems like you had an awesome time exploring Northern Eysturoy :) Safe travels! xoxo – Mariella

    • Megan Starr says:

      Was such a gem of a place in the Faroes… I’d love to go back and do it all over again (minus the heavy fog haha).

  3. Miranda says:

    This thick fog just reminds me of the movie from the ’80s “The Fog”; I’m just waiting for a ghost ship to come lurking from the ocean! But really, haha love the mystery “look” to the pictures which really makes me want to visit to see the beautiful scenery!

    • Megan Starr says:

      The fog was sooo freaky! It definitely added to the mystery of the place, but I don’t wish driving in that upon my worst enemy haha :) Thanks for your comment xx

  4. Gale says:

    Faroe islands!! ? This place is wonderful. Truly hiking is the best way to explore such places, i hope to be here one day.

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