Even in an archipelago as breathtaking as the Faroes, Eysturoy is an island of superlatives. Connected to Streymoy by a bridge, it boasts the tallest peak in the islands – 882m Slaettaratindur. An easy hike along the mountain’s eastern ridge takes you to the summit for spectacular views from one end of the Faroe Islands to the other.
Back at the base of the mountain, roads lead east and west to reach two picture-perfect villages. Once an old Viking settlement, Eidi is now a cluster of multi-coloured houses sandwiched between mountain and sea. An excellent heritage museum, Latrid, provides a glimpse into bygone island life. Look out to sea and you’ll spot a pair of sea stacks known as Risin and Kellingin which, according to legend, are a petrified giant and his witch-wife sent by an Icelandic chief to steal the Faroe Islands and bring them back to the Land of Fire & Ice. Gjogv, meanwhile, lies snug in equally bewitching coastal scenery with its narrow natural harbour. Both villages make superb self-drive destinations with plenty of opportunities for hiking.