Norðragøta in October 2004
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Constituent country||Faroe Islands|
|Population (1 January 2007)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC+1)|
|Postal code||FO 512|
The municipality of Gøta (Gøtu kommuna) was a municipality until 1 January 2009 when it merged with Leirvík into Eysturkommuna. Gøta consists also of the villages Gøtueiði, Gøtugjógv and Syðrugøta. The village lies on Eysturoy's east coast at the bottom of the inlet Gøtuvík. There is a museum called Gøtu Fornminnisavn with the famous house Blásastova. The wooden church in the centre of the village is from 1833.
Gøta is a place of great importance in the history of the Faroe Islands. One of the key figures in the Icelandic saga, Færeyinga saga, called Tróndur Gøtuskegg lived here. Trondur (also called Tróndur í Gøtu) was a heathen Viking-chief who ruled all of the islands for a period of time. In the saga Tróndur is represented as the "bad guy" while the "good guy" is Sigmundur Brestisson. Sigmundur Christianised the Faroe Islands for the King of Norway.
Gøta is home to G! Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the Faroe Islands.
Faroese stamps showing Norðragøta
Old houses in Norðragøta
Issued on 5 October 1992, the artist was Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen.
FR 233: Blásastova (today a museum)
- Text for the stamp edition on stamps.fo: Old Houses in Noðragøta
- Note the web site of the museum: Blasastova.fo
Church of Gøta
FO 426: Inside the church. Interior art by Tróndur Patursson
Text on stamps.fo: