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Trøllanes Kalsoy.1.jpg
Waters Atlantic Ocean
Archipelago Faroe Islands
Geographical location 62 ° 18 ′  N , 6 ° 44 ′  W Coordinates: 62 ° 18 ′  N , 6 ° 44 ′  W
Location of Kalsoy
length 18 km
width 1 km
surface 30.9 km²
Highest elevation Nestindar
788  m
Residents 107 (January 1, 2011)
3.5 inhabitants / km²
main place Mikladalur , Húsar
Map of Kalsoy
Map of Kalsoy

Kalsoy [ ˈkalsɔi ] (literally: "Man Island", old Faroese spelling also Kallsoy, Danish name Kalsø , older spelling Kalsøe or Kalsöe , Calsoe ) is one of the 18 islands of the Faroe Islands and belongs to the region of the six North Islands . At the same time it has the status of an "outer island" (see Útoyggjar ).

There are four places on the east coast of Kalsoy: Trøllanes (19 inhabitants) and Mikladalur (34 inhabitants) in the north used to form an independent Faroese municipality (Mikladals kommuna). Today they belong to the North Island metropolis of Klaksvík . The two places in the south, Húsar (47 inhabitants) and Syðradalur (6 inhabitants), remained independent as Húsa kommuna until 2016 and have also been part of Klaksvík since 2017.

A fifth place, Blankskáli , was abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century.


Kalsoy is about 18 km long and 1 to 3 km wide and the counterpart to the eastern neighboring island Kunoy ("women island "). Like Kunoy, Kalsoy is made up of a single ridge that extends from northwest to southeast.

Both islands are separated from each other by the Kalsoyarfjørður . In the west, Kalsoy is separated from Eysturoy by the relatively wide Djúpini strait , which is followed by the Leirvíksfjørður to the south . In the southeast is the island of Borðoy .

The very steep and inaccessible west coast consists partly of bird mountains. Bay Kalsvík is known in the north with the largest Faroese kittiwake colony (see Faroese birds ). The island slopes gently towards the east. On this side there are deep valleys with the four settlements.

At 788 meters, Nestindar in the north is the highest mountain on the island. The second highest mountain is the Botnstindur at 743 m.

Transport and tourism

Kalsoy on a Faroe Islands postage stamp from 1999

There are regular ferry connections from Strandfaraskip Landsins between Klaksvík and Syðradalur, the ferry Sam runs 2 to 3 times a day. The ship used to call at the other locations as well, but today they are all connected by a system of tunnels that was completed in 1986 . The elongated island is popularly known as the " recorder " because of the many tunnel openings . See also: List of tunnels in the Faroe Islands

You can bring your own car with you via the ferry from Klaksvik (the ferry holds around 20 cars), and there is a bus from Húsar to Trøllanes 2 to 3 times a day.

The northern tip of Kallur is reached from Trøllanes on a hiking trail. One of the Faroe Islands lighthouses is located here , and the view is said to be unique.


Web links

Commons : Kalsoy  - album with pictures, videos and audio files