Streymoy [ stɹɛimɔi ] / [ stɹɛimɪ ] (Danish: STROMO, German Meaning: Island of flow or current Island) is the main island of the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. In the south on the east coast is the capital Tórshavn.


The name Streymoy stems from the fact that the long strait between Sundini Streymoy and the large Eysturoy has a strong current ( up to 12 nodes), which also regularly changes direction with the tides.

The Streymoy region includes the small islands Nólsoy, Hestur and Koltur that are incorporated on or after 1 January 2005 the municipality Tórshavn. Generally, this community is as a separate region, Südstreymoy viewed while the rest of the island forms the Nordstreymoy region.

The second largest city next to Tórshavn is Vestmanna on the west coast of the island. Major attractions outside the state capital located in Kirkjubøur (former bishopric ), Saksun (sandy beach, historical working farm ) and Tjornuvik (sandy beach, view of Risin and Kellingin ).

South of Tjornuvik follow Sundalag Haldarsvík ( octagonal church), Langasandur, Streymnes, Hvalvík (old Faroese wood church on forest Viðarlundin í Hvalvík ) við Air ( old whaling station ), Hósvík, Kollafjørður, Mjørkadalur (Danish military base ), Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur and Hvítanes.

In the south of the island is separated by the Skopunarfjørður Sandoy and the south of the country. The Hestsfjørður separates Streymoy of Hestur and Koltur. North of the Vágafjørður begins, and then the Vestmannasund, the Streymoy of Vágar separates. The northern portion of the west coast is the open North Atlantic Ocean and is dominated by the mighty cliffs of Vestmannabjørgini.

Is the striking cliff Stakkur, to which there is a small cable car to expose there sheep on the north coast.

The shallow sloping east coast is almost fully developed. The area of ​​Sundalag is the region on Sundini with settlements on both sides of the strait. The south subsequent wider strait called Tangafjørður. Two fjords cut into the southern part of the East Coast: The Kollafjørður and Kaldbaksfjørður.

The Nólsoyarfjørður finally, Tórshavn separated by the barrier island Nólsoy, on the one constantly has a look if you are in the capital.

Transport links

All locations Streymoys are connected to the road network, most recently got Syðradalur on the West Coast in 1982 the long- awaited connection. Already in 1973 there was the road bridge over the Sundini after Eysturoy who like to ( jokingly ) only car bridge is called across the Atlantic. Since around 2005, there are concrete plans to build an undersea tunnel from Tórshavn after Eysturoy.

Since 2002, the Vágartunnel exists to Vágar airport on the neighboring island of the same name in the West. Since 2004, the state government is considering digging another undersea tunnel to the southern neighboring island Sandoy. The Sandoytunnel would be in the current situation (2007) then the longest undersea tunnel in the world. Until then, the traffic is handled by Sandoy of Gamlarætt from, a newly developed port, which also serves Hestur and considerably shortened the old passage from Torshavn.

From Tórshavn Faroese Havn operate in regional traffic today only the ferry to the offshore island Nólsoy and the large car ferry to the South Island smyril Suðuroy. International Seeanbindung enjoys Streymoy by the Norröna that once a week from Tórshavn to Denmark ( Hirtshals ) and Iceland ( Seydisfjörður ) drives.

Buses connect the airport with Tórshavn Vágar and the other places on Streymoy.

Atlantic Airways offers a helicopter airline service from Tórshavn to the most remote areas of the archipelago.