Faroe Islands: Kirkjubøur

Last but not least! About 20 minutes outside Torshavn, we found the ancient village of Kirkjubøur housing not much more than three famous buildings.

In the Middle Ages, Kirkjubøur was the religious center of the islands, and it houses St. Olav’s church, the oldest church from the Middle Ages where people still worship weekly. The church was open, still, silent.


FaroeIslands2015_1498The Magnus Cathedral was built (although never completed) around 1300. Only small renovations have been done recently.FaroeIslands2015_1505

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FaroeIslands2015_1538And lastly, the village’s center is the house named Kirkjubøargarður, which has housed 17 generations of the same family, and is the oldest still-inhabited house in the world. Since there is little wood on the Faroes, the legend has it that the wood floated over from Norway with the Vikings. The house holds a lot of history from the islands and I walked up to the door and peaked into the museum (even though it was officially closed for the evening). Incredible! I felt like I was in a troll hut.FaroeIslands2015_1467

And like everywhere on the Faroes, there were absolutely no one tourists except us. Untouched, these Faroes. We hope they stay that way until we’re back! This wraps up my posts on the Iceland and the Faroes, but if you missed any of them, here they are:

The Golden Circle (Iceland)
Southern Coast of Iceland Part 1
Southern Coast of Iceland Part 2
Vatnojokull National Park (Iceland)
Skaftafell Glacier (Iceland)
Vestmannaeyjar Islands (Iceland)
Sydri-Rot (the house where we stayed in Iceland)
Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon
Gasadalur and Saksun (Faroe Islands)
Gjogj, Eidi, and Tjornuvik (Faroe Islands)
Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands
Kalsoy and Kunoy Islands (Faroe Islands)
Bordoy and Vidoy Islands (Faroe Islands)

Thanks for sharing our journeys with us!

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