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The location of Norðragøta in the Eysturkommuna

Norðragøta [ ˈnoːɹaˌgøːta ] ( Danish name : Nordregøte ) is a place in the Faroe Islands on the east coast of the island of Eysturoy .

The place is often called Gøta for short , not least because it is the largest in the former municipality of Gøta , which also included the towns of Gøtueiði , Gøtugjógv and Syðrugøta . But even in the new Eysturkommuna it remains the largest place and at the same time the center of the municipality.

The municipality is located at the end of the Gøtuvík fjord . Norðragøta's typical Faroese wooden church with the grass roof was built in 1833. This church is considered to be the showpiece of Faroese carpentry of that time. The new church was consecrated in 1995 in the presence of Queen Margrethe . The local history museum Gøtu Fornminnisavn is also located in the village .

Gøta is already mentioned in the Faroese saga. The local Viking chief Tróndur í Gøtu rebelled against the Christianization of the Faroe Islands by Sigmundur Brestisson in 999 .

It is said that the Faroese form of the Danish pronunciation, gøtudanskt , got its name from here.

The old houses of Norðragøta

Eivør Pálsdóttir visits the Blásastova
View of Gøta with the old Faroese wooden church from 1833 - a masterpiece of carpentry at the time
The Blásastova in Gøta
Jákupsstova: An old fisherman's house from Gøta
The house “hjá Glyvra Hanusi” in Gøta

In a Faroese village, old houses usually have their own name. The houses in the listed district of Gøtas are named Blásastova, Húsini hjá Glyvra Hanusi, Jákupsstova and Húsini hjá Peri. The group of old houses also includes the old hayloft, which belongs to Blásastova, and the old village church.


Blásastova is a farmhouse that was built in 1833. In 1860 the house was extended with a smaller extension at the top. The house was built in traditional Faroese style using wood on a stone base. A stone wall was erected along the northern outer wall as protection against storms and rain. The roof is covered with a thick layer of birch bark over the slats and on top of that grass peat panels. The outer walls are tarred with coal tar and all inner walls, ceilings and floor planks are made of untreated spruce wood .

The most important room in the house is the Roykstova ( smokehouse ) where there was an open fireplace old fashion way from where escaped from the smoke through an air vent in the roof or a chimney above the fireplace. The floors were usually made of tamped clay , but in the Blásastova the floor was made of wood and also had a stove, which was probably added in that century.

In this room, which was furnished with two alcoves and paved benches along the walls and had boxes to store peat , the residents of the courtyard gathered on the long winter evenings to work wool. It was in those days that the wool of the Faroe Islands was called the gold of the Faroe Islands (Danish: Færøernes uld er Færøernes guld ). The men sorted and combed the wool and spun and spun it on large spinning wheels; the women knitted. It has often been said that this joint work on long dark winter evenings in the farm smoke rooms has primarily contributed to preserving and developing the language and culture of this people .

The Archaeological Association of Gøta has set up Blásastova as a museum. In the rooms you can see household items and furniture that reflect life on a Faroese farm from a bygone era. The hay storage facility is also a museum and contains equipment related to outdoor work.

A Faroese farm consisted of a group of houses that were seldom built together. The current Blásastova itself was the residential building. There were also stables, drying houses for storing meat and fish and dung racks.

Fishermen's houses

The old fishermen's houses were built around the turn of the century, when agriculture lost its predominant economic role and the Faroe Islands became a community of sea fishermen . The two houses were built in 1902 and 1907. In place of the old Roykstova , there was now a kitchen with installed water and a sink. In terms of architectural style and proportions, these houses do not differ from the traditional Faroese architectural style. The whitewashed plinths and the small window panes framed in white form a contrast to the black tarred walls and the green grass roofs.

Húsið hjá Glyvra-Hanusi

Húsið hjá Glyvra-Hanusi is a very nice , restored house and has been set up as a meeting place for members of the archaeological society and other events. The other two preserved and newly restored houses are privately owned and are used as summer homes by the families who come from here.


Peder Karlsson, ex-baritone of the Real Group , has created a musical monument to the place with his composition Gøta . The piece appeared on In The Middle of Life , the group's 13th album.

See also

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Real Group - In The Middle Of Life. Retrieved November 30, 2019 .

Coordinates: 62 ° 12 ′  N , 6 ° 44 ′  W