Borðoy (Danish: Bordø) is an island in the north-east of the Faroe Islands. Its name means 'headland island'.[2] There are eight settlements: Klaksvík (the second largest town in the Faroes), Norðoyri, Ánir, Árnafjørður, Strond, Norðtoftir, Depil and Norðdepil.

Stamp FR 353 of Postverk Føroya (issued: 25 May 1999; photo: Per á Hædd)
Stamp FR 353 of Postverk Føroya (issued: 25 May 1999; photo: Per á Hædd)
Location within the Faroe Islands
Location within the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°14′N 6°33′W / 62.233°N 6.550°W / 62.233; -6.550Coordinates: 62°14′N 6°33′W / 62.233°N 6.550°W / 62.233; -6.550
StateKingdom of Denmark
Constituent countryFaroe Islands
 • Total96 km2 (37 sq mi)
 • Rank6
Highest elevation
755 m (2,477 ft)
 • Total6,314[1]
 • Rank4
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (EST)
Calling code298


Háfjall (647 m, left) and Hálgafelli (503 m, right) on the island of Borđoy.

There are also three abandoned settlements: Skálatoftir, Múli and Fossá, all in the north. Múli was one of the remotest settlements in the Faroes – there was no road link until 1989, before which goods had to be brought in via helicopter or boat. The last people left in 1994.

A Klaksvík museum bought the Fossá area in 1969 with the plan of turning it into a typical Faroese Medieval village, though the plan never came to fruition.

Important Bird AreaEdit

The northern and south-eastern headlands of the island have been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of their significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially European storm petrels (250 pairs) and black guillemots (200 pairs).[3]


The island has five mountains: Lokki (755 m), Háfjall (647 m), Borðoyarnes (392 m), Depilsknúkur (680 m), and Hálgafelli (503 m).


  1. ^ Statistical Database
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  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bordoy. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2013-11-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) on 2012-02-22.

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