Gasadalur, Faroe Islands

September 16, 2012 by  

Gasadalur, Faroe Islands, Gasadalur is located on the west-side of V?gar, Faroe Islands, and enjoys a panoramic view over the island of Mykines. The Tunnel of Gasadalur, Oct 2005

Gasadalur is located on the edge of Mykinesfj?r?ur, surrounded by the highest mountains on V?gar. ?rnafjall towers to a height of 722 metres to the north, and Eysturtindur to the east is 715 metres high. Here too, the view south to Tindh?lmur and G?sh?lmur is quite magnificent.

The landing site is very poor, because it is located somewhat higher than the seashore. So if the residents wanted to fish they were obliged to keep their boats near B?ur. In 1940, during the British occupation, a stairway was built from the beach up to the village.

In order to reach any of the other villages, they had to take the strenuous route over mountains more than 400 metres high. This explains why the village population has become smaller and smaller. In 2002 there were only sixteen people living in Gasadalur, and several of the houses stand empty today.

In 2004 a tunnel was blasted through the rock, and it is possible to drive through by car. The residents hope this will mean that the village population will increase again. There are good opportunities for farming, and the same number of fields as in B?ur, but here only a few are royal estate. Most of them are freehold land.

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