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Fossá, Streymoy

Fossa falls, Faroe Islands
Fossá falls. Note vehicles on the road / Stig Nygaard, Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 62.2508 N 7.0794 W
No:324        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:Europe, Faroe Islands, north-eastern part of Streymoy, south from Haldarsvik, best seen from Eysturoy across Sundini sound.
Height:˜ 110 m
Tallest single drop:˜ 60 m
Run:˜ 110 - 140 m
Width:some metres - > 30 m

One of the best known waterfalls in Faroe Islands is Fossá - spectacular waterfall with two cascades - vertical plunges.

"Fossá" in Faroese means "river with waterfalls" - several streams on the islands have such name. In fact islands are very rich with waterfalls - and many smaller streams have formed even taller waterfalls than Fossá - but Fossá is considered to be the largest one.

The stream of falls starts in the uplands. One of the tributaries comes from Víkarvatn lake.

In dry weather the width of the stream is some metres, but after heavy rain this waterfall becomes truly spectacular.

Almost all tourist guidebooks mention that this waterfall (both cascades together) is 140 m tall. Wondermondo has doubts - according to the topographical maps the upper rim of falls is approximately 140 - 150 m above the sea level, but base - some 30 m above the sea level. May be the figure in tourist guides includes the steep run from the base of falls to the Sundini sound - here the stream over the distance of 180 m descends by some 30 m, forming some smaller cascades.


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  1. Flickr gallery of this waterfall, created by Jan Egil Kristiansen. Accessed on June 5, 2012

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