The Info List - Vágar

(Danish: Vågø) is one of the 18 islands in the archipelago of the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
and the most westerly of the large islands. With a size of 178 square kilometres (69 square miles), it ranks number three, behind Streymoy
and Eysturoy. Vágar
region also comprises the island of Mykines. The Vagar island shape is very distinct, since it resembles a dog's head. Sørvágsfjørður
is the mouth and Fjallavatn
is the eye.


1 History 2 Tourism 3 Villages 4 Geography

4.1 Climate 4.2 Important Bird Area 4.3 Mountains 4.4 Major lakes 4.5 Major waterfalls 4.6 Islets and rocks in the sea

5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Vágar
is the first port of call for most foreigners travelling to the Faroe Islands, as it is home to the islands’ only airport, Vágar Airport. An airfield was built there during World War II
World War II
by the British, who occupied the Faroe Islands
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with the islanders' consent. After the war it lay unused for about 20 years, but was then put back into service and expanded/modernised as required. It handles about 290,000 passengers a year (2016). Such large numbers by Faroese standards put a considerable strain on transport facilities, with the result that a road tunnel (Vágatunnilin) measuring 5 km (3 mi) in length and running under the sea now connects Vágar with the two largest islands in the Faroes and thus the capital Tórshavn. Tourism[edit] The tourist attractions on Vágar
are excellent and perhaps the best in the Faroe Islands.[citation needed] The country’s two largest lakes - Leitisvatn
and Fjallavatn
- are to be found there, and the tourist association organises excursions throughout the summer. Villages[edit]

and the island of Mykines in the background.

has three large villages: Miðvágur, Sandavágur
and Sørvágur
and three small ones: Gásadalur, Bøur
and Vatnsoyrar. Earlier there were two more villages: Slættanes, which was abandoned in 1965[2] and Víkar,[3] which was abandoned in 1910.[4] The largest is Miðvágur, which has 1,098 inhabitants[1] (7-2017). It is in the middle of the island and so has naturally become a centre, with a police station, doctor’s surgery, co-op and vicarage. It is also a historic village and was home to Beinta Broberg, a clergyman’s wife who was dubbed “Wicked Beinta”. The story of her life was told in the famous novel Barbara by Jørgen-Frantz Jacobsen, which was filmed in 1997 by Niels Malmros. The farmhouse Kálvalíð to the north is the oldest house in the village and possibly in the Faroe Islands
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too. It is now the village museum. To the east of Miðvágur
lies Sandavágur, which has a population of 898 (7-2017). It too is a historic village. It was home to the law speaker of the Faroe Islands
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until 1816, when the office was abolished and the islands became a Danish administrative district. The clergyman V. U. Hammershaimb, who was born in Sandavágur
in 1819 and became the father of the Faroese written language, was the son of the last law speaker. The Sandavágur
stone with a runic inscription dating back to around 1200 was found there in 1917 and can now be seen in the Sandavágur
church. The third large village is Sørvágur, which is on the western side of the island near the airport and has 1,070 inhabitants (7-2017). During World War II, when the airfield was being built in 1942-1944, 5,000 British soldiers lived in Sørvágur, but now few traces remain of their camp to the south of the village. Tindhólmur, Gáshólmur and the two “drangar” (freestanding cliffs) belong to the village. The view out to them is among the most beautiful in the Faroe Islands. Vágar
has two other old villages: Bøur, which lies 4 kilometres (2 miles) west of Sørvágur
and has 69 inhabitants (7-2017), and Gásadalur, which lies further west on Mykines Fjord and has just 13 inhabitants (7-2017). Many people have moved away from this village, but it now has a road link in the form of a tunnel through the mountain and it is hoped that the village will start to grow again. A new village, Vatnsoyrar, which has 44 inhabitants (7-2017), appeared on Vágar
in 1921. It was founded by three men, each of whom was given a plot of land to farm and set up home there with his family. The village is in the upland pastures belonging to Miðvágur
and so forms part of Miðvágur
District. When the British occupied the Faroe Islands and built the airfield on Vágar, Vatnsoyrar
was their headquarters. The local population was evacuated, but was able to return home when the war ended. At the northernmost point of the island, in the upland pastures belonging to Sandavágur, lay the village of Slættanes, which was founded in 1835. It grew for a time and at its largest was home to around 70 people. It also had a school, which can be seen on a stamp. The last residents left in 1964. Another new village, Víkar, was founded in the upland pastures belonging to Gásadalur
on the north side of the island in 1833. The area was good for farming, but the settlement was very isolated, and getting to the next village was a difficult business. The last few inhabitants moved away in 1910. The Kvígandalsá River's beautiful little bridge forms part of a road that was built to facilitate peat cutting. Further along this road and then along the path through the valley lies Fjallavatn
lake. There are no modern conveniences. Geography[edit] Climate[edit]

Climate data for Vágar
Airport, Vágar, 84 m.a.s.l.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 10.3 (50.5) 9.5 (49.1) 12.5 (54.5) 14.8 (58.6) 20.8 (69.4) 21.6 (70.9) 24.0 (75.2) 23.5 (74.3) 20.5 (68.9) 14.0 (57.2) 12.0 (53.6) 12.2 (54) 24.0 (75.2)

Average high °C (°F) 4.8 (40.6) 4.8 (40.6) 5.2 (41.4) 6.4 (43.5) 8.8 (47.8) 10.8 (51.4) 12.1 (53.8) 12.3 (54.1) 10.4 (50.7) 8.6 (47.5) 6.1 (43) 5.3 (41.5) 8.0 (46.4)

Daily mean °C (°F) 2.7 (36.9) 2.7 (36.9) 3.1 (37.6) 4.3 (39.7) 6.6 (43.9) 8.7 (47.7) 10.2 (50.4) 10.4 (50.7) 8.6 (47.5) 6.8 (44.2) 4.2 (39.6) 3.3 (37.9) 6.0 (42.8)

Average low °C (°F) 0.5 (32.9) 0.6 (33.1) 0.9 (33.6) 2.1 (35.8) 4.4 (39.9) 6.6 (43.9) 8.3 (46.9) 8.5 (47.3) 6.7 (44.1) 4.8 (40.6) 2.1 (35.8) 1.1 (34) 3.9 (39)

Record low °C (°F) −10.0 (14) −11.7 (10.9) −10.6 (12.9) −9.9 (14.2) −5.0 (23) −0.3 (31.5) 1.4 (34.5) 1.0 (33.8) −2.5 (27.5) −6.4 (20.5) −10.0 (14) −10.9 (12.4) −11.7 (10.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 163 (6.42) 122 (4.8) 141 (5.55) 120 (4.72) 83 (3.27) 81 (3.19) 115 (4.53) 133 (5.24) 151 (5.94) 164 (6.46) 140 (5.51) 142 (5.59) 1,555 (61.22)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 23 19 21 18 13 11 15 18 19 20 18 20 215

Source: Danish Meteorological Institute[5]

Important Bird Area[edit] The north-west, west and south-west coasts of the island have been identified as an Important Bird Area
Important Bird Area
by BirdLife International because of their significance as breeding sites for seabirds, especially northern fulmars (100,000 pairs), European storm petrels (5000 pairs), European shags (500 pairs), great skuas (20 pairs), black-legged kittiwakes (8400 pairs), Atlantic puffins (40,000 pairs), common guillemots (2700 individuals) and black guillemots (400 pairs).[6] Mountains[edit] There are 41 mountains on Vágar, the major ones are:

Name Height

Árnafjall 722 m[7]

Eysturtindur 715 m

Malinstindur 683

Major lakes[edit]

Name Area

Sørvágsvatn 3.4 km2

Fjallavatn 1.02 km2



Major waterfalls[edit]

Bøsdalafossur Múlafossur Reipsáfossur

Islets and rocks in the sea[edit]

Drangarnir, Tindhólmur
and Gáshólmur

Tindhólmur Gáshólmur Skerhólmur Trøllkonufingur Dunnusdrangar Filpusardrangur Drangarnir
- Lítli Drangur, Stóri Drangur


^ a b Statistical Database ^ Visitvagar.fo, Slættanes ^ Visitvagar.fo, Víkar ^ Heimabeiti ^ "The Climate of The Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
- with Climatological Standard Normals, 1961-1990 Greenland" (PDF). Danish Meteorological Institute. Retrieved August 19, 2015.  ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vágar. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2012-02-24. ^ US.fo, Fjøll

External links[edit]

Stamps.fo (public domain by Postverk Føroya) Personal website with 78 aerial photos of Vágar

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vágar.

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