Hestur

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Hestur
Island
West coast of Hestur
West coast of Hestur
Location within the Faroe Islands
Location within the Faroe Islands
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Area
 • Total 6.1 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Area rank 15
Highest elevation 421 m (1,381 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 34
 • Rank 13
 • Density 5.6/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Calling code 298
Hestur
Village
Hestur village
Hestur village
Hestur is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Hestur
Hestur
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 61°57′27″N 6°53′13″W / 61.95750°N 6.88694°W / 61.95750; -6.88694Coordinates: 61°57′27″N 6°53′13″W / 61.95750°N 6.88694°W / 61.95750; -6.88694
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Hestur
Municipality Tórshavnar
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 280

Hestur (Danish: Hestø) is an island in the central Faroe Islands, to the west of Streymoy and the south of Koltur. Hestur means horse in Faroese.

On the west coast is a guillemot colony. In the north there is moorland with four small lakes, of which Fagradalsvatn is the largest. At Haelur, Hestur's southernmost tip, there is a lighthouse. The island has one settlement, a village also named Hestur on the east coast. The village enjoys the view over Gamlarætt and Velbastaður on Streymoy.

History[edit]

In 1919 a fishing accident resulted in the deaths of one-thirds of Hestur's men. In an attempt to fight the depopulation of the village, a swimming pool was built on the island in 1974. On the southern part of the island by the lake Fagradalsvatn, one can camp. Hestur's postal code is FO 280. Since 1 January 2005 the island has been part of the municipality of Tórshavn.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The coastline of the island has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of its significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially Atlantic Puffins (25,000 pairs), European Storm Petrels (5000 pairs) and Black Guillemots (50 pairs).[1]

Mountains[edit]

The island has the following four mountains

Name Height
Múlin 421 m
Eggjarrók 421 m
Nakkur 296 m
Álvastakkur 125 m

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hestur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2012-02-23.

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