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Name: Klaksvík Municipality: Klaksvíkar (list of municipalities) Leave cursor on image to see image text 
Population 4670 (01.01.06) Football team: Kí (Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag)  
Zip: FO 700 Rowing Club: KRF (Klaksvíkar Ródrarfelag)  
Location: N62°13'26 W6°34'43      
         
Klaksvík is the second largest town of the Faroe Islands.
The town is located on Borđoy, which is one of the northernmost islands.

Klaksvík is located between two inlets lying back to back. It has an important harbour with fishing-industry
and a modern fishing-fleet.
Originally four farms were at the location where Klaksvík is now. By time they grew into four villages that finally merged to what now is called Klaksvík. What really kicked off the development towards a town was the set up of a centralized store for all the northern islands on the location.

The church Christians-kirkjan is from 1963. Its architecture is unconventional with a detached bell-frame.  It is made of Faeroese basalt and wood. Inside the church a Faeroese rowing boat is hanging down from the ceiling.
The font is made of a 4000 years old heathen sacrificial bowl originating from Denmark.

The most popular beer in the Faroe Islands called ’Fřroya Bjór’ is brewed in Klaksvík.

On the east-brink of Boroydarvik there are some ruins after a farm that was buried by an avalanche on march 12th in 1745 and then again on the very same date 20 years later.
Also some excavated ruins from the Vikings called Islendingatoftir can be seen in the area.

Klaksvík has an annual civic festival called Nordoyastevna. It runs in the beginning of June and is the second largest of the civic festivals. Ólavsřka in Tórshavn is the largest one.
 
         
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