Eysturoy meanes East island and is the second-largest of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, both in size and population. It is separated by a narrow sound from the main island of Streymoy. Eysturoy is extremely rugged, with some 66 separate mountain peaks, including Slaettaratindur, the highest peak in the archipelago. Important towns on Eysturoy are Fuglafjoraur in the north and the densely populated area of the municipalities of Runavk and Nes in the south.


Eysturoy is connected with Streymoy via a road bridge over the sound. This bridge is humorously referred to by islanders as the only bridge over the Atlantic (the natives of the Scottish island of Seil incidentally make the same claim). Leirvk on the east coast of the island is the gateway for transport connections to the north-eastern islands, particularly Klaksvk on the island of Boraoy, which is the Faroes’ second-largest town.


Sites of interest on Eysturoy include the villages of Eiai and Gjogv, the latter having a small natural port in a rock column; the Blasastova historical museum in the village of Gota and the varmakelda (thermal springs) of Fuglafjoraur, which indicate the volcanic origin of the archipelago. Off the northern tip of the island are the basalt sea stacks Risin og Kellingin.

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