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Øravík Church, in Faroese it is called Bønhúsið í Øravík (House of Prayers)
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Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 61°32′10″N6°48′31″W / 61.53611°N 6.80861°W / 61.53611; -6.80861 Coordinates: 61°32′10″N6°48′31″W / 61.53611°N 6.80861°W / 61.53611; -6.80861
StateFlag of Denmark (state).svg  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent countryFlag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands
Island Suðuroy
Municipality Tvøroyrar kommuna
Population (1 January 2009)
  Total 42
Time zone GMT
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Postal codeFO 827
Climate Cfc
Oravik on Suduroy, Faroe Islands
Stamp FO 468 of the Faroe Islands
Artist: Jakup Pauli Gregoriussen
Issued: 26 January 2004 Faroe stamp 468 oravik.jpg
Øravík on Suðuroy, Faroe Islands
Stamp FO 468 of the Faroe Islands
Artist: Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen
Issued: 26 January 2004

Øravík (also spelled Ørðavík, Danish : Ørdevig) is a village on the east coast of the island of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands.

Danish language North Germanic language spoken in Denmark

Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in Denmark and in the region of Southern Schleswig in northern Germany, where it has minority language status. Also, minor Danish-speaking communities are found in Norway, Sweden, Spain, the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina. Due to immigration and language shift in urban areas, around 15–20% of the population of Greenland speak Danish as their first language.

Suðuroy Island in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Suðuroy is the southernmost of the Faroe Islands. The island covers 163.7 square kilometres (63.2 sq mi). In 2017 there were 4,607 inhabitants, but there has been a gradual decline in the population numbers ever since the 1950s. In 2005 the population had been 5,036. Suðuroy region comprises this island and Lítla Dímun, the next isle northward in the Faroes, which is uninhabited.

Faroe Islands island group and archipelago

The Faroe Islands, or the Faeroe Islands—a North Atlantic archipelago located 200 miles (320 km) north-northwest of the United Kingdom and about halfway between Norway and Iceland—are an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Total area is about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 50,322 in October 2017.


The village is located in the center of the island on a crossroad where the road to Fámjin goes towards west over the mountains to the west coast. One part of the village is located in the bay of Øravík, the other part is 3 km further north near the ferry port Krambatangi. The northern part of Øravík and the southern part of Trongisvágur have grown together. Øravík is one of the few places in Suðuroy which still has cattle. Besides from that there are other domestic animals like sheep and geese. There is a small harbour in Øravík and some boat houses.

Fámjin Municipality and village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Fámjin is a village, located in the middle of the coastline on the western side of Suðuroy, the southernmost island in Faroe Islands. It has a population of around 100.


Krambatangi is the ferry port of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands. The ferry Smyril M/F disembarks 2-3 times daily from Krambatangi to Tórshavn. Krambatangi is located on the southern side of Trongisvágsfjørður halfway between Trongisvágur and Øravík, opposite of Tvøroyri. The ferry port was earlier on Drelnes, which is a few hundred metres further east of Krambatangi. But in 2005 a new ferry arrived, which was much bigger than the prior one, and therefore required a new ferryport at Krambatangi. Krambatangi does not belong to the municipality of Tvøroyri, and there have been some disagreements between the Tvøroyri municipality and Strandfaraskip Landsins (SSL) because they didn't pay harbour dues for entering the port of Tvøroyri. The Faroese court decided, that SSL ought to pay for entering the port of Tvøroyri, but SSL appealed the verdict.

Trongisvágur Village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Trongisvágur is a village on the island of Suduroy in the Faroe Islands.


Just south of Øravík up in the mountains is a place called Mannaskarð, where the old walking paths from five villages meet, these paths are called varðagøtur in Faroese, named after "varðar", which means cairn. These are all around the island between the villages and other places, so people could find their way in the old days, before the roads for cars were made. On Mannaskarð the paths from Øravík, Fámjin, Hov, Porkeri and Vágur meet. Sometimes hiking trips are arranged along these old paths. [1]

Hov, Faroe Islands Village and municipality in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Hov is a village located on Suduroy's east coast, in the Faroe Islands; it is frequently mentioned in the country's history.

Porkeri Municipality and village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Porkeri is a village in the Faroe Islands, situated northeast of Vágur on Suðuroy's east coast.

Vágur Municipality and village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Vágur meaning Bay is a town on the island of Suðuroy, part of the Faroe Islands


Øravík is mentioned in Suduroy Saga (Suðuroyar Sagnir) several times, i.e. in the story about Vísa Marjun (Wise Marion). One of the stories about her tell about how she scared away the pirates who ravaged at that time. They embarked in Hvalba and wanted to go to all of the island to steal what they could find. People escaped up in the mountains to hide in caves there, but Wise Marion was not scared, she stood and waited for them and sent a retarded boy towards them. According to the story the pirates got scared that she may put a spell on them, so they turned around and went back to Hvalba. [2] The pirates were called Turks, but they came from Algier in North Africa, which was a part of the Ottoman Empire. [3]

Hvalba Municipality and village in Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

Hvalba is a village and a municipality in the Faroe Islands, which consists of Hvalba, Nes-Hvalba and Sandvík.

Ottoman Empire Former empire in Asia, Europe and Africa

The Ottoman Empire, also historically known in Western Europe as the Turkish Empire or simply Turkey, was a state that controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It was founded at the end of the 13th century in northwestern Anatolia in the town of Söğüt by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman I. After 1354, the Ottomans crossed into Europe, and with the conquest of the Balkans, the Ottoman beylik was transformed into a transcontinental empire. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed the Conqueror.

The road and the tunnel between Øravík and Hov

In 1943 work started to make a road between Øravík and Hov. However, very little progress was made as only a few men were working on the road. They made the road from Øravík to Trøllavík (near Tjaldavík), but stopped in 1953. The work had also started on the other side of the mountains, in Hov, but there too they made little progress, and when the work there also stopped in 1953 they had only made it a short way from the village. Three years later they started to work again on both sides of the Øravík-Hov road. This time they were around 70 men on the northern side and around 60 men on the southern side. On 1 October 1958 the road was finally opened. [4]

49 years after the opening of the road between Øravík and Hov, which was a very big progress back then, a tunnel was opened between the same two villages. The tunnel, Hovstunnilin, was opened on 20 October 2007. [5] [6]


Population: 42 in Øravík and 70 in Øravíkarlíð [7]

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  1. Visitsuduroy.fo, The Tourist Information Center of Suðuroy.
  2. V. U. Hammershaimb: "Færøsk Anthologi I", p.328. The title and some of the text in the book is written in Danish, but the stories (myths) and the folk songs are written in Faroese.
  3. Faroeislands.dk
  4. Private website, but there is a copy of a short web article from Sudurras.fo, which has the information from Landsverk (the authority which makes the roads in the Faroe Islands). The title is "Gamli vegurin".
  5. Landsverk.fo, The programme for the opening of Hovstunnilin .
  6. Dimma.fo, photos from the opening of Hovstunnilin .
  7. Hagstova.fo Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine .