Postal code (Zip): FO 350
Location: N 62° 9′ 23 W 7° 9′ 59
Municipality: Vestmanna (list of municipalities)
Vestmanna is the largest village on Streymoy. It lies on the west coast and has a view towards the island
Vestmanna was the port of call of the ferry from Vagar and the airport. Thus all the traffic to and from the
airport passed Vestmanna. That is over now. A submerged tunnel now connects the two islands and has
replaced the old ferry. The traffic enters the tunnel from just above the village of Leynar and therefore the
traffic is not passing Vestmanna any more.
in Vestmanna mainly live by the fishing-industry. There is a fillet-factory in the village that takes
fish from the modern fishing-fleet. In the inlet of Vestmanna there is fish farming.
Also Vestmanna has production of standard houses and
Since 1953 Vestmanna has provided electric power to the islands by its hydroelectric power stations. In a
valley high above the village there are dams providing water trough large tubes to the three power stations
in the village.
Vestmanna is popular with tourists due to the fact that it is a charming village but especially because boat
trips are arranged from Vestmanna to Vestmannabjorgini. These are impressive bird cliffs and caves just
outside Vestmanna. When the weather allows it several trips are arranged a day. They start from the ferry
port and one trip takes about 3 hours.
Vestmanna takes turns in hosting an annual civic-festival called Fjarðastevna. The Fjarðastevnan is changing between Vestmanna and Skála/Strendur. The festival is similar to Olavsøka in Torshavn but smaller. It is held in the beginning of July.
In the beginning of the 17th century Vestmanna was pestered by pirates. In 1615 Danish warships in
Vestmanna surprised three Irish pirate-ships. 27 Irish pirates were killed in the fight. 55 were drowned after
the fight and 8 pirate-officers were executed by hanging.
In the middle of the 19th century a steal-net was stretched across the mouth of the inlet during whaling.
This was done after the pilot whales had been driven into the inlet to prevent them from escaping.