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Name: Mykines Municipality: Sųrvįgs (list of municipalities) Leave cursor on image to see image text 
Population 20 (01.01.06) Football team: -  
Zip: FO 388 Rowing Club: -  
Location: N62°06'15 W7°38'46      
         

The village of Mykines is the only village on the island of Mykines.
During summer the population is higher as families who used to live on the island return to their houses there to spend their summer-vacation.

Mykines is popular with tourists. They come to experience Mykines-holmur, which is the main-attraction  on the island. Mykines-holmur is a freestanding rock that is connected to Mykines by a small steal bridge
in an altitude of 35 meters. The rock is inhabited by thousands of seabirds.

In order to reach Mykines by boat the weather has to be quite nice. As this is not always the case in the Faroe Islands the island used to be isolated for weeks.
The ferry ‘Sulan’ visits Mykines 1-3 times a week from 1st of May to 1st of November. During winter there
is no ferry to Mykines.
Nowadays it is possible to reach Mykines 3 times a week by helicopter.

A ‘stone forest’ can be found on Mykines. It consists of 55-meter high columns of basalt (stone). Tradition says that a real forest was to be found on Mykines in the old days. Then the King of Norway wanted  people to pay taxes because they had this forest. The people lied to him and told him that there were no forests on their island. Hence the forest turned into stone.

 

         
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