Tvøroyri’s harbor – looking across the fjord to Drelnes
Krambuðin hjá Thomsen – old harbor general store and warehouse
Inside T.F. Thomsen’s KrambuðinOnce the harbor’s generalstore and warehouse, thehistoric 1836 building is nowa fascinating hybrid ofmuseum, café, and pub. Theoriginal cash register restsamong cozy tables and ifyou’re lucky, you’ll beallowed to browse the oldshop ledgers, letters, andfamily photos.The shop has been in theThomsen family for 5generations.
I was privileged to look through the correspondence of T.F. Thomsen, mostly letters to othermerchants in multiple languages to secure goods for his shop and sell Faroese salted fish.
The Merkið flagThe first national Faroese flag,now housed in Fámjin’s church.The flag was invented by localstudents in 1919 and became asymbol of the independencemovement in the 1940s.During WW2, when Denmark wasunder Nazi occupation and theFaroes aligned with the Allies,flying the Danish flag wasdangerous in the North Atlanticwaters. A Faroese ship captain,Hans Mikkelsen, suggested usingthe Merkið, leading to itswidespread use. Winston Churchillformally recognized the flag onApril 25, 1940, the day the Faroesecelebrate as National Flag Day.
Grave of Jens OliverLisberg, one of thestudents who createdthe Merkið flag anddied tragically youngat age 26 ofpneumonia.
Fámjin fishermenprepare seabirdsfor cooking – firstpluck the feathers,then boil the meatoff the bones.