Suðuroy cliffs - A view from our expert author

Suduroy cliffs, Faroe Islands Erik Christensen© Erik Christensen

From the craggy triangular peak, which can be see for miles around, the cliffs plummet vertically to the sea below.

Just before the tunnel at Lopra, take the right turn signed for Víkarbyrgi to reach one of the real highlights of Suðuroy: the breathtaking, 470m- high, Beinisvørð cliffs, which are the Faroes’s second-highest vertical sea cliffs.

From the craggy triangular peak, which can be seen for miles around (and even from the Smyril ferry as she swings in towards Tvøroyri), the cliffs plummet vertically to the sea below. Risking life and limb, generations of local men from Sumba have abseiled down the sheer cliff face in search of seabirds and their eggs, which once were an important source of food – tragically, many paid the ultimate price. Over the years, the dramatic nature of Beinisvørð has even inspired several poets who have used the cliffs as a potent symbol of independence in their work; today they proudly feature on the Faroese 50kr banknote. You can get close to the cliffs on the old Lopra–Sumba road at a spot known as Hesturin (the location of a radio mast at a sharp bend in the road), from where, with care, it’s possible to walk to the cliff edge. From Beinisvørð the road then descends gradually towards the junction for Akraberg and Sumba itself. On the western side of Sumba, there are good views of the verdant slopes of Beinisvørð from just before the tunnel entrance. Alternatively, you can view the cliffs from a distance at Eggjarnar, near Vágur.

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