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Koltur, as seen from Streymoy
Koltur, as seen from Streymoy
Location within the Faroe Islands
Location within the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 61°59′N 6°58′W / 61.983°N 6.967°W / 61.983; -6.967Coordinates: 61°59′N 6°58′W / 61.983°N 6.967°W / 61.983; -6.967
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Municipality seat Tórshavnar kommuna
 • Total 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Area rank 17
Highest elevation 478 m (1,568 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 2
 • Rank 17
 • Density 0.71/km2 (1.8/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Calling code 298

Koltur is an island in the Faroe Islands, located to the west of Streymoy and to the north of Hestur. The island has just one settlement: Koltur. It was abandoned in the 1980s by the sheep-farmers whose flocks grazed on the southern part of the island. Since then only two people have returned (in 1994), and they are working on restoring the village. Koltur has one mountain: Kolturshamar (478 m).

Important Bird Area[edit]

Most of 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 European storm petrels (5000 pairs), Atlantic puffins (20,000 pairs) and black guillemots (50 pairs).[1]



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

External links[edit]

  • koltur.com this page on the Koltur website has a 1300 word description, history and restoration vision for the island
  • 15 photographs taken on the island
  • Personal website with 6 aerial photos of Koltur