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Tinganes, Torshavn

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Walk among the charming turf-roofed cottages at Tinganes, the cradle of Viking parliamentary democracy. Around 900 CE, the first Viking parliament met here on the flat rocky promontory in between harbors. To this day, the building on the farthest point of the jetty serves as seat of the Faroese government. The tiny main street is lined by 17th-century houses built from a combination of timber and red-painted stone. The guards will provide some historical information if you ask them. To visit Tinganes on your trip to Streymoy, use our Streymoy trip itinerary maker.
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  • This small neighborhood no lack of charm. The ride is to make (the rest of the capital scored us less, it must be said). It also allows to realize the size of the Government buildings, which is always funny in comparison to our countries of origin.
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  • Very special with these covered houses of grass as a roof. This neighborhood was home to the Government of the Islands, it is located along the Harbour, old houses and traditional buildings, at the foot of the Cathedral, we wanders there with pleasure. It is not very grandmais worth it.
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  • Tinganes is the collection of wooden houses that host the Faroese bureaucracy. The buildings are close together and have a great location overlooking the harbor. Be sure to find the Viking sun dial on...  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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