Rituvík - Lamba

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    Church of Rituvík. Photo: @giuliogroebert
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    View over Rituvík village from the first cairn just above the starting point close to the water well. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View of the village Rituvík. In the background the island of Nólsoy and to the right the capital Tórshavn. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View from the pass by the mountain Hagaleiti over to the mountain Húkslond over the village Toftir. The path to the left in the picture leads down to the scenic area around lake Toftavatn. In the background the fjord Kaldbaksfjørður on the island Streymoy. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The view from the mountain Hæddin in Lamba, over the bay Lambavík. In the background Mjóvanes. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    Signposts over the village of Lamba show the village path up from the white bridge and the ladder over the fence to the right of the picture. Photo: Óli Gardshodn

Enjoy the beautiful and easy route from one of the newest villages in the Faroe Islands to one of the oldest 

The village path between Rituvík and Lamba makes for an easy hike, lasting about two hours, with views of Skjálafjørðurin and the areas beautiful nature. The terrain is flat and easy to walk on and you can see traces of where people cut peat in the past.

 

The terrain is grass-covered and for the most part good for walking, though some areas are quite wet and soft, where one must be careful from keeping a foot sinking into the ground. Cairns lead the way for one stretch of the path but both path and cairns disappear on the stretch from Nónsklettur through Torvsstíggjur and up to á Hædd. Therefore, using a GPS is recommended.

 

The first cairns are not visible from Lamba, but signposts are set up, leading to the first cairn. 

The first part of the terrain from Rituvík - one of the newer villages in the Faroe Islands - is grassy. Rituvík was founded in the later half of the 1800s and at the church, a statue of the first people who moved to Rituvík stands erected.

 

The coast outside the village is known to be an excellent dive side that has sand and is located near kelp forests and underwater rock canyons.

 

Above Rituvík, you overlook Nólsoy. You can also see the wind farm in Eystnes. In recent years, the Faroe Islands has focused more on wind energy and, today, around half of the electricity consumption is produced by renewable energy. Several wind turbines have been installed on Eystnes and a new windmill park has been built near Tórshavn. There is also a view of Svangaskarð, where one of the countrys national football stadiums is located, along with an athletics stadium. Over on Streymoy, you see the mouth of Kalbaksfjørður.

 

At the top, you have a panoramic view of Lambavík. Here, the Danish ship Norske Løve stranded on New Years Eve in 1707. It was on its way to the East Indies but entered stormy weather west of the Hebrides. From there the ship drifted to the Faroe Islands. 14 people died in the storm, with about 100 being rescued. Today there is no trace of the Norske Løve, but some objects from the ship still exist. The ships bell is in Havnar Kirkja, as well as a model of the ship, made by a member of the crew.

 

Remember to enjoy the view of the historic village of Lamba on the last part of your journey. 

 

Lamba is among the older villages in the Faroe Islands and the houses lay beautifully spread across the small valley. The village dates back to at least 1350, but may be older. 

 

The path can be taken in either direction, weather and mode of transportation deciding which direction is preferable. No clear path is from Nónsklettur through Torvsstíggjur up to á Hædd. Therefore, it is necessary to use the gpx-file on this hike.  

Rituvík - Lamba
Lamba - Rituvík

Rituvík - Lamba

Public transport
There is no direct bus connection to Lamba or Rituvík.

Arriving by car
Parking (available in several places), Rituvík 
You can park your car (as noted in the photos)

1) near where the path starts, two parking places located about 90 metres west of the water reservoir. 
2) where the road bends on your way up to the water reservoir, about 160 metres west of where the path begins and
3) down in the village by the sign that shows and describes the village path.

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    Overveiw: parking in Rituvík
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    Parking in Rutuvík: down in the village by the sign that shows and describes the village path.
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    Parking in Rituvík: where the road bends on your way up to the water reservoir, about 160 metres west of where the path begins
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    Parking in Rituvík: near where the path starts, two parking places located about 90 metres west of the water reservoir.

Lamba - Rituvík

Public transport
There is no direct bus connection to Lamba or Rituvík.

Arriving by car
Parking, Lamba
There is a large parking lot by the school, about 90 metres from where the village path starts. (see the photo). From there, cross the bridge, climb two staircases and continue up the hill.

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    From there, cross the bridge, climb two staircases and continue up the hill.
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    There is a large parking lot by the school, about 90 metres from where the village path starts.
Rituvík - Lamba
Lamba - Rituvík

Rituvík - Lamba

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    Follow the blue line to get started
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    See green line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
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    See green line for parking
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    See green line for parking

Lamba - Rituvík

Facts

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1h 45m

duration

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4.4 km

distance

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258 m

Peak

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198 m

Elevation


family icon Suitable with children, but little children must be helped through the area Torvstíggjur
difficulty icon Medium - The whole path is good to walk. The first stretch in Lamba, until you have reached an elevation of 80 metres, is somewhat strenuous
terrain icon Grass-covered throughout, but at times very wet, where one must take care not to let a foot sink into soft ground. Four fences with good ladders need to be crossed
10°C
4 m/s
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