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Fuglafjørður
—  Municipality and village  —
Fuglafjørður is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Fuglafjørður
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°14′40″N 6°48′52″W / 62.24444°N 6.81444°W / 62.24444; -6.81444
Country  Denmark
Autonomous province  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Population (2006)
 - Total 1,562
Time zone GMT
 - Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Faroese stamp FO 550: Fuglafjørður
Date of issue: 13 February 2006
The ultra-modern church of 1984

Fuglafjørður is a village on Eysturoy's east coast in the Faroe Islands. Its name means "fjord of birds".[1]


The village is situated at the edge of a bay and expands into the surrounding steep hills. The town centre is located close to the harbour and contains most of the shops and services. The harbour in Fuglafjørður is busy, as the town's economy is based on the processing of fish and fish meal. There is fishing-industry, a slip, production of trawl and also oil-depots. In the 1970s there was a terrible stink from the fishing-industry but that has since been solved.

In the past years Fuglafjørður has also become famous for its newly established cultural centre in the town centre that has become one of the main cultural attractions in Eysturoy.

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History and development

Where the Gjógvará stream meets the sea in the village, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Viking longhouse, seventeen metres in length, with walls 1.5 metres thick. It was found by removing four or five more recent layers of ruins, showing a continuity of habitation for many centuries.[1]

In the 1840s the small village Hellur in north of Fuglafjørður was established. However this village never grew large and now only approximately 30 of the municipality's inhabitants live there.

In the 1980s the suburb of Kambsdalur was established, and now about 180 of the population in the municipality live here. In Kambsdalur there is also a large industrial cluster, the educational centre of the northeastern Faroes and the regional sportscentre used mainly for handball, volleyball and indoor football.

References

  1. ^ a b Brandt, Don (2006) (pdf). More Stamps and Story of the Faroe Islands. 1. Tórshavn: Postverk Føroya. p. 45. ISBN 99918-3-191-6. http://www.faroestamps.fo/download/stamps_i_england-22.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-04.  

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Scandinavia : Faroe Islands : Fuglafjørður

Fuglafjørður is a town in Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands.

  • The harbour is colourful and extremely busy, but following the old path to Hellur up to the cairn on the top of the pass, you will soon regain your peace of mind.
  • Just south of Fuglafjørður is a warm spring called Varmakelda. Its water is believed to be curative and in midsummer people from all over the Faroes gather to celebrate the summer solstice here.
  • The tourist information office will give you advice about overnight accommodation and tours.
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