Olavskirkjan, Kirkjubour

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See the oldest church still in use on the Faroes at Olavskirkjan, a stark 12th-century structure just a few steps from the sea. A stone wall borders the whitewashed building. Inside, you'll find a simple but clean and peaceful space. Outside, wander around behind the church to see the local cemetery among the green grass. Take a look at our Streymoy tour itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Olavskirkjan and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The Church is the oldest church of the Faroe Islands from ca. 1250 with a later extended to the church tower is beautiful located near the sea. The original Church benches nice carved finds himself at the Faroese National museum.
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  • Both churches are immediately next to each other and form a harmonious and picturesque image. You should visit both churches from the inside, where the view from the ruins in the surrounding countryside the best liked us. Kirkjubøur can be visited with the car as well by bus. Much to recommend but also the trail from Tórshavn. He is not particularly difficult and offers very nice angle on the rocks and the fjord, as well as the outlying islands. Worth a visit even in rain and fog and picturesque.
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  • This is the oldest church (c1250) still in use in the Faroes and although simple and stark in it's design and interior, it's charming. Also on this site is the ruins of the Saint Magnus Cathedral and ...  more »

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Although small villages usually have some available rooms with commendable service, the island's capital--Torshavn--offers the most options, ranging from 4-star hotels to guesthouses and lodges. Most hotels are situated in the city center near the harbor, but you can also find comfortable rooms on the town's western outskirts. Some parts of the island offer good camping sites, decent alternatives for adventurous outdoorsy types.
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