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Viðareiði Church
Faroe Islands

Viðareiði is the northernmost settlement in the Faroe Islands and lies on the Island of Viðoy, which belongs to the Norðoyar Region. It lies on an isthmus with


high mountains to both the north and south.

The community is linked overland by a dam and tunnel system to the regional center of Klaksvík on Borðoy. The road to Viðareiði goes along the west coast of

Viðoy, through the town, and then along the island's east coast to the uninhabited Miðdalur Valley with its typical small waterfall.

To the north, Mount Villingdalsfjall rises over 844 meters (2,769 ft) from the water. It is the highest mountain in the North Islands and the third-largest in

the entire Faroese archipelago. The north coast is marked by Cape Enniberg, the second highest sea cliff in Europe at 754 meters (2,474 ft). Looking to the west

from Viðareiði, one has a view of the mighty northern peaks of Borðoy and Kunoy. Turning around, one can see through the crag and tails of the isthmus to the

eastern Island of Fugloy. Finally, to the south of the town, the 751 meters (2,464 ft) high cone-shaped mountain of Malinsfjall can be seen during good weather.

Viðareiði is a departure point for a vast area of hiking. In the community, there is not only a small grocery store, but also the Hotel Norð with its restaurant

that serves traditional cuisine.

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