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Eysturoy Holidays

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.

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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.