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Gjogv village Faroe Islands by James Proctor© James Proctor

This quiet pastoral village, dauntingly closed in by mountains and with a harbour set in a deep natural cleft in the rock, is one of the Faroes’s most charming.

The picture-postcard-perfect village of Gjógv – and the drive to it – are not to be missed. The descent down into the village is superlative and one of the most dramatic routes in the islands. First, the narrow road slowly climbs up onto the high moors, often swirling in mist, in order to nudge its way around the foot of the Faroes’s highest mountain, Slættaratindur (882m). It then swings round a couple of impossibly-tight hairpin bends before descending gently through the rich pastureland which lines the valley behind Gjógv. In summer you’ll doubtless see the locals scything hay by hand in much the same way as in generations past. A glorious jumble of old timber-walled and turf-roofed cottages, set atop a steep set of stone steps which leads down to the churning sea below, Gjógv pleases the eye at every turn. Add to the mix a number of great hiking trails which offer stunning views out over the North Atlantic and the surrounding islands and you’ll see why this spot is so special.

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