The village of Gjógv has its name from the 200-metres-long gorge in the northern part of the village. Gorge means Gjógv in Faroese.
The oldest settlement in Gjógv is “Eysturi við Garðar”, approximately where the church and the graveyard is today. The first record of Gjógv is from 1584, but it is believed that the village is much older than that.
Gjógv can be idyllic and peaceful on at calm summer’s day, but it can be equally dramatic and impressive when gale storms rage the islands.
Gjógv is only an hour’s drive from Thorshavn, which is 67 km away. The distance to the airport is 75 km.