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Kalsoy - A view from our expert author


This long slender finger of an island has the benefit of regular ferry connections to Klaksvik and some great hiking, making it a popular day-trip destination.

The most westerly of all the northern islands, Kalsoy, weighing in at just 31km², is not only one of the easiest in the group to reach but it is also one of the most beguiling. This long slender finger of an island has the benefit of regular ferry connections to Klaksvík and some great hiking, making it a popular day-trip destination. Like its easterly neighbour, Kunoy, this island is also composed of a single ridge of mountains, which run north to south down its centre. The peaks plummet, often perpendicularly, to the sea along the west coast, rendering it entirely inaccessible, whereas the gentler east coast, where Kalsoy’s four settlements are to be found, is characterised by a number of botnar, whose deep rounded nature has allowed some agricultural activity to take place.

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