Once we were on the Island of Vágar, we made out way to Gásadalur, which is surrounded by the highest mountains on the island. To reach the village you have to travel through a tunnel, created in 2004 to Gásadalur, from the village of Bøur, which made it possible to drive through by car. Before the tunnel, the village was one of the most isolated Faroese villages and became almost totally depopulated, with the villagers having to take the strenuous route over the mountains in order to reach other villages. In 2002 there were only about sixteen people living in Gásadalur, but now there is a growing population.
Gásadalur is located in the west side of the island and we enjoyed the beautiful view over Mykines and the famous uninhabited islet Tindhólmur, with the five peaks and its highest point at 262 meters. Gásadalur translate directly to English as “goose valley”, which is possibly named after the wild geese, which from ancient times have travelled to the valley.
We had a short photo stop, as we were on a coach, we had a tight schedule to keep. There was still a wonderful church to visit, but we got lucky and someone wanted a pitstop. So we got to make a short visit to the wonderful grass roof turfed village, Bøur, which we had passed by before we went through the tunnel to Gásadalur. A visit to Bøur will be the next post. But for now, photos of this wonderful part of the The Faroe Islands, the Island of Vágar.