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Fugloy (Danish Fuglø) is the eastern-most island in the Faroe Islands. Being small, isolated and distant, it is has been losing population in recent years.
A heart-shaped island with a central hilltop and high cliffs in the north and east sides. No trees on the hillsides and plateaus - all the land is covered with grass.
Population: ~ 40
Area : 11 Km2
The name means bird island, and refers to the large number of birds that nest on the island's cliffs.
Two villages - Kirkja and Hattarvík - make up Fugloy municipality. According to the legend, the island was settled in Viking times.
In the Hundabrævið, written around 1350, the two villages are already mentioned, as also in some legends about pirates, dated by historians around 1400.
Farming is still the main source of income. In Hattarvík there are five farms, at Kirkja there are two. The farms run a total of some 800 sheep, mostly for wool production.
Kirkja, on the south-coast
Some 30 houses and a church overlooking the sea on a green hillside make for a charming village.
Kirkja and Hattarvík are connected by ferry to Hvannasund, on the larger island of Viðoy, to the west.
Since the 90's, the island can also be reached by helicopter either from the national airport in Vágar, or from the national capital Tórshavn.
See a video from flight:
Hattarvík on the east-coast.
Coordinates: 62°19′ N, 6°16′ W
Hattarvik was founded in 900. Some old stone-houses are said to relate to "Flokksmenn", three strong men who wanted to seize the power of the Faroe Islands in the 15th century.
The church was built in 1899. A red-roofed church staring out across the Atlantic surf, it has a cosy unusual interior in blue and white.
Hattarvik is reachable by ferry from Hvannasund and also by a helicopter 3 times a week.
Both villages can accomodate visitors in small guest-houses.
This vertical rock wall, 448m high, is located on the east coast.