Viðareiði Church

Found on the island of Viðoy, Viðareiði church is surrounded by excellent hiking trails and some of the most inspiring scenery in the entire Faroe Islands.

About this building

The village of Viðareiði is the northernmost settlement in the Faroe Islands and lies on the Island of Viðoy. Many believe, that the area contains one of the most spectacular hiking routes in the entire archipelagos. Viðareiði itself is an extremely ancient settlement. The exact date of its establishment is not known, but it is believed to be approximately around 1350 to 1400. The church, however, is newer, and was only established in 1892. Nearby, visitors can find the Old Rectory in Ónagerði, which common belief tells to be haunted. 

Other nearby buildings

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St Peter

Today, the Brough of Birsay is a small tidal island off the Orkney mainland. Between the 600s and 1200s AD, the area was settled by the Picts and Norse.

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The Italian Chapel

Very soon after the Second World War was declared many Italian Soldiers were captured in North Africa. Over 1000 prisoners were transported to Orkney to assist with the construction of the Churchill Barriers being built to make Scapa Flow, the base for the home fleet more secure, following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak with the loss of over 800 British sailors.

bláa kirkjan

The building of Bláa Kirkjan (blue church) that we can see today is fairly recent. The church was moved and destroyed successively by the storm (1894) and the fire (1989).