Another lovely day in the Faroe Islands. With the wind, fog, rain, snow you’ll see all four seasons in one day here. Sanna, a friend made on the ferry, and I decided to take advantage of the five minute sun and get out on a little road trip.
Kirkjubøur (Land of the Church or King’s Land) is the southernmost village on Streymoy. It is the Faroe Islands most important historical site being known as the spiritual centre of the society in the Middle Ages. Above is Saint Olav’s Church from the 12th century.
The black, red and blue house is the oldest inhabited wooden house in the world and dates back to the 11th century. If you haven’t noticed by my photos yet, the Faroe Islands don’t have trees. The legend of this wooden house was that the wood used to build it came as driftwood from Norway.
The 17th generation of the Patursson Family, which has occupied it since 1550, is still living here. Since the land is now owned by the Faroese government, the continuing generations of the Paturssons are tenants of Kirkjubøargarður. One of them, Tróndur Patursson (born 1944), great-grandson of Jóannes, artist and adventurer, happens to be my favorite Faroese artist.
Kirkjubøargarður holds sheep, cattle and ponies. During winter season the locals can also hunt hare. If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by for a cup of coffee and some fresh mutton from the farmers.