Borðoy

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Borðoy
Island
Stamp FR 353 of Postverk Føroya (issued: 25 May 1999; photo: Per á Hædd)
Stamp FR 353 of Postverk Føroya (issued: 25 May 1999; photo: Per á Hædd)
Location within the Faroe Islands
Location within the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°14′N 6°33′W / 62.233°N 6.550°W / 62.233; -6.550Coordinates: 62°14′N 6°33′W / 62.233°N 6.550°W / 62.233; -6.550
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Area
 • Total 96 km2 (37 sq mi)
Area rank 6
Highest elevation 755 m (2,477 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 5,002
 • Rank 4
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Calling code 298

Borðoy (Danish: Bordø) is an island in the north-east of the Faroe Islands. There are eight settlements: Klaksvík (the second largest town in the Faroes), Norðoyri, Ánir, Árnafjørður, Strond, Norðtoftir, Depil and Norðdepil.

History[edit]

Háfjall (647 m, left) and Hálgafelli (503 m, right) on the island of Borđoy.

There are also three abandoned settlements: Skálatoftir, Múli and Fossá, all in the north. Múli was one of the remotest settlements in the Faroes - there was no road link until 1989, before which goods had to be brought in via helicopter or boat. The last people left in 1994.

A Klaksvík museum bought the Fossá area in 1969 with the plan of turning it into a typical Faroese Medieval village, though the plan never came to fruition.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The northern and south-eastern headlands of the island have been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of their significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially European Storm Petrels (250 pairs) and Black Guillemots (200 pairs).[1]

Mountains[edit]

The island has five mountains: Lokki (755 m), Háfjall (647 m), Borðoyarnes (392 m), Depilsknúkur (680 m), Hálgafelli (503 m).

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bordoy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2012-02-22.

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