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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
StateKingdom of Denmark
Constituent countryFaroe Islands
 • Total96 km2 (37 sq mi)
 • Rank6
Highest elevation
755 m (2,477 ft)
 • Total6,314[1]
 • Rank4
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (EST)
Calling code298

Borðoy (Danish: Bordø) is an island in the north-east of the Faroe Islands. Its name means 'headland island'.[2] There are eight settlements: Klaksvík (the second largest town in the Faroes), Norðoyri, Ánir, Árnafjørður, Strond, Norðtoftir, Depil and Norðdepil.


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).[3]


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


  1. ^ Statistical Database
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  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bordoy. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-11-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) on 2012-02-22.

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