Midvagur Bsdalafossur

Bus route 300 runs through MiSvagur from Bour and from Torshavn.

Get off the bus at the police station' in MiSvagur and walk southwards the first stretch through the village until you come to the outfield gate. Walking through the village, you will see in an easterly direction Tr0llkonufingur (the troll woman's finger). It is a high projecting rock on Sandavagur's side. You now come to the outfield gate where the path starts.2 You walk along a lot of peat bogs and remains of peat stores. There are no cairns on the path.

VatniS is the largest lake in the Faroes. It is called Leitisvatn as well as S0rvdgsvatn, but most people call it VatniS.

There are several legends about the enchanted realm at VatniS. On the way from MiSvagur to Sorvagur, there was supposed to be a huldu mound. One day, a huldu woman (stone spirit) asked a priest to come inside. There were supposed to be many trolls inside. On leaving, the priest, who knew how to practise witchcraft, made sure to seal the mound so that it could not be opened again. There was said to be both moaning and wailing within.

There has also been a Nix at VatniS. The Nix, which is a creature that lives in lakes, often resembles a beautiful horse. It lures people to it, grabs them and then pulls them to the bottom of the lake. Once upon a time, children had gone to play by VatniS. Then a Nix came to them in the shape of a horse and they climbed on its back to play. The smallest boy, who could not get up, was frightened and called out to his brother Niklas: "Brother Nika" (he had not learned to talk yet). The Nix, thinking it to be its name being called, lost its power and disappeared, and the children were saved. The Nix loses all its power when called by name.

In Uti i Svanga3, there are many birds in the summer.

Tr&lanipa (slave mountain top) is a perpendicular rock wall, which juts 142 m straight up out of the sea. Supposedly, it has gotten its name from the Viking Age when slaves were pushed off here. Be careful not to get too close to the edge, it is steep! From here, you can see the southernmost part of Stremoy, Hestur, Koltur, Sandoy, Skuvoy and SuSuroy.

When you arrive right at the edge of B0sdala-fossur, you can see ruins from buildings that the British left behind in Vagar after World War II.

You can cross B0sdalad by using the stepping stones that are placed in the river. Then you can walk up to a gorge, where there is a fine view of the cliff Geituskorardrangur. You also see the bird cliffs S0rvdgsbj0rgini , Mykines and Mykinesholmur and to the south, you can see Sandoy, Skuvoy and SuSuroy.

For the trip back, use the path by the lake on the same side you came. The end of the path is through a walled sheepfold.4

Bus route 300 has five bus stops in MiSvagur.

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2 hours Easy 7 km

IZ^ TORSHAVN - KIRKJUB0UR

The walk begins where the roads Landavegur and VelbastaBvegur intersect. From there, a road goes down to Sanda and passes the farm where the path to Kirkjubour starts. First you walk up a hill. When you arrive at the top, if you turn round, you will have a good view over Torshavn and all of Nolsoy.

When you start to walk again, you go round Reynsmuli and then you arrive at Reynsmulalag. Two small lakes are in front of you. You may see many Kittiwakes there in the summer. Follow the cairns and you will see a speaker's chair' built of rocks. For the past 120 years, open air public gatherings have been held in this place with waving flags, national speeches and patriotic songs composed for the occasion. One can imagine how crowds of people have sat on the hill before the speaker's chair and listened to, amongst others, Joannes Patursson, a pioneer in the Faroese national movement.

The path continues southwards. On the route, you have a great view of Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur and Vagar. There is a story about Magnus, a young man from Koltur, who was courting a girl from Hestur. The girl's father was not to know about this, so they met in secret. Magnus swam from Koltur, when the tidal current flowed southwards, was together with the girl and when the tide turned, he swam back to Koltur. The father discovered this. One day, as Magnus came ashore, the father stood before him with an axe and threatened to kill him. The wooer was forced to go back, and he was never heard of again. Undoubtedly, an eddy took him and carried him out to sea. The story relates that after this, the eddy, which is called Grisarnir, arrived inside Koltur-sund. This must have been an act of revenge.

As you approach Kirkjubour, you will see a small islet, Kirkjub0holmur, which used to be part

of the mainland and part of the village. Out on the islet, you can still see old ruins of houses.

The path now goes gradually down to the village and ends at a cattle grid some 50 m from the nearest houses.

Bus route 101 runs from Kirkjubour to Tors-havn.

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