Víkar, Faroe Islands

Víkar (pronounced [ˈvʊikaɹ]) is an abandoned village in the Faroe Islands on the north coast of the island of Vágar.

Víkar
Abandoned village
Víkar is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Víkar
Víkar
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°8′N 7°22′W / 62.133°N 7.367°W / 62.133; -7.367Coordinates: 62°8′N 7°22′W / 62.133°N 7.367°W / 62.133; -7.367
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Faroe Islands
IslandVágar
MunicipalityVága kommuna
Founded1833
Population
 • Totalnone
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (EST)

The name Víkar means coves in Faroese, a name with a similar meaning to that of the island of Vágar itself.

HistoryEdit

Víkar was founded in 1833 and belonged to the village of Gásadalur farther south. Even today a path still connects the two communities with each other. Even though the landscape was very favourable, Víkar had already been abandoned by 1910, because it was too difficult to reach. It shared this fate with its former neighbouring community of Slættanes, which had also been founded during the same period.

 
Stamp by the Faroese painter Eli Smith, 2005.

ReferencesEdit

  • The information in this article is based on a translation of its German equivalent.