Faroe Islands: European football coming soon between hills and bays

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Kuba Kowalski

Faroe Islands: European football coming soon between hills and bays Surprise, sensation or perhaps what we love most about football - unpredictability. The story of a tiny club from the Faroe Islands has it all. It has moved the whole of football Europe, and the location of the venue from the town of Klaksvik is breathtaking.


Hungarians and Swedes beaten by the islanders

Klaksvík defeated Sweden's BK Häcken after a thrilling penalty shootout contest. The club, based in the Faroese town with a population of just 5,000, drew 3-3 in Sweden in the second round of qualifying after the first match ended 0-0. Tears. Tears of joy. What a team. What a club. What a city. What a story. The incredible support. It's unreal, - wrote the club on social media. The 20-time Faroese champions reached the second round by beating Ferencvaros in the first leg of their two-legged competition.

Victory on Wednesday guaranteed Klaksvík at least a place in the Europa Conference League, marking the first time a Faroese club will appear in the group stage of a European competition. They will play against Norway's Molde in the next round, with the winner advancing to the play-offs for a place in the Champions League group.

 Stadium in Klaksvik© Futbola klubs RFS

Picturesquely situated stadium in the heart of Klaksvik

Við Djúpumýrar, a venue that seats 1,500 fans, has been the home of KÍ Klaksvik for 119 years - since 1904. KÍ is short for Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag. The football club has been successful in the Faroe Islands' top football league on many occasions. KÍ also has a long tradition of having several players in the Faroese national team. The club's stadium is located right in the city centre. The only reinforced concrete stand is on the north-west of the stadium, and on the other sides spectators can enjoy standing areas around the pitch. After the installation of the seats, the capacity dropped from around 3,000 to 1,500. people.

The small town is nestled between hills and creeks, on a site that was originally settled by the Vikings when there were only a handful of farms. These in turn merged and grew to four villages. Then, in the 20th century, they formed a relatively modern town, which became the cultural and commercial centre for the North Islands and the Faroe Islands as a whole. Temperatures there rarely exceed +20°C and there are small annual temperature amplitudes. The climate may be somewhat more accessible compared to the rest of the islands, as the city is sheltered from gusty winds by the hills and the island of Kunoy.

 Stadium in Klaksvik© Jörg Pochert

The vast majority of Klaksvík's inhabitants are Faroese - natives of the Faroe Islands. Despite its few residents, it is the second largest city in the country and the capital of the northern islands. You can reach Klaksvík in just an hour and a half by bus 400 from Tórshavn, the Faroese capital, thanks to the Norðoyatunnilin tunnel built in 2006 - it connects the islands of Eysturoy and Borðoy. It is the longest Faroese tunnel so far (6200 m), with the second longest being the undersea Vágatunnilin (4900 m) connecting the airport to Tórshavn. How will the team from this amazing town perform on the European stage in the coming weeks? It is impossible not to cheer for them and to wish both the players and the people of Klaksvik a draw with the big clubs in the autumn.