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Eysturoy Holidays

The island of Eysturoy is one of the most enigmatic of the group and also one of the most populated. The second largest island in the archipelago can be reached by crossing a bridge across the North Atlantic from Streymoy or via the undersea tunnel from Bordoy.

The island is steeped in impressive features and has lots of interesting and picturesque villages to explore. In the north, looming over the entire archipelago at 882m tall is Slaettaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. The summit can be reached by a moderately difficult hiking trail that is well worth the effort for the spectacular views on offer from the top!

In the shadow of the mountain, along the northern coast is the fishing village of Eidi, from which the famous twin basalt pillars Risin and Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) can be seen. As the legend has it a giant and a witch came from Iceland to steal the Faroe Islands and drag them back to Iceland but as the sun began to rise they turned to stone and have remained there ever since. 

From Eidi, an incredibly dramatic drive, complete with hairpin bends leads to the the beautiful village of Gjógv. The village is named for the natural harbour it sits on, formed by an impressive gorge that runs out to sea.  Oyndarfjordur is also worth a visit to witness the peculiar rinkusteinar (rocking stones) - two massive boulders that shift and rock with the slightest wave. For those interested in history, there are impressive restored Viking ruins to explore in Leirvík

In the south, the impressive Skálafjørdur (the country's longest fjord) cuts deep into the island essentially cutting the southern portion of the island in two. Along its shores lies Runavík, the third largest town in the archipelago (Tórshavn & Klaksvík). This is the home of some of the best wool shops in the Faroes and an excellent place to pick up that iconic faroese jumper souvenir. 

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