Vágar, along with Mykines, is one of the two western islands of the Faroes. Vágar is one of the 18 islands in the archipelago of the Faroe Islands and the most westerly of the large islands. With a size of 178 square kilometres, it ranks number three, behind Streymoy and Eysturoy. Vágar region also comprises the island of Mykines. Vágar hosts the modern international airport, which is situated on a level plain outside Sørvágur.
Mykines is a truly amazing place. It is without a doubt the most sacred and fragile of all the places in the Faroe Islands that people can go. It is filled with everything unspoiled nature has to offer and is one of the few Ramsar areas. With thousands of wild seabirds, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets and many many more. Not to mention alt the land-based birds that live there as well.
Ramsar is an intergovernmental treaty on protecting wetlands of global importance, including bird cliffs. Ramsar sites are to be managed sustainably, the natural environment preserved, the area utilized sensibly and measures should be taken to protect the environment.
Because of the growing pressure from the steadily increasing number of travellers from all over the world wanting to go to this small delicate area, there has been installed safety measures to limit the number of people going to this Ramsar area and to protect this wildlife.
Quick facts about Vágar and Mykines:
Name: Vágar and Mykines
Location: The two westernmost islands of the Faroe Islands
Total land area: Vágar: 177,16 km², Mykines: 10km
Heights: Highest peak: Vágar: Árnafjall, 722m (2368ft), Mykines: Knúkur, 560m (1837ft)
Climate: Average 3º-11ºC, winter-summer
Population: Vágar: 3070 Mykines: 13 (as of 2014)
Language: Faroese. Danish has equal status in all official affairs
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran
Councils: There are two councils on Vágar and Mykines: Vága Kommuna and Sørvágs Kommuna.
Main industries: Fishing, salmon farming and tourism
Currency: Faroese króna (DKK)