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Toftir (Danish: Tofte) is a village in Nes Municipaltymarker on the island of Eysturoymarker, in the Faroe Islandsmarker .

Toftir is part of a chain of villages stretching over a distance of 10 kilometres on the east side of Skálafjørður (fjord) on Eysturoy.

The highest hill in Toftir, called Húkslond, is only 129 metres high, and Nes Municipaltymarker is the only area in Faroe, which has no mountains (above 200 metres).

The new church in Toftir, Fríðrikskirkjan (Frederick's Church) was built in 1994.


The settlement of Toftir dates back to the landnám period. According to local lore, only one woman survived the Black Death (1348-1350) which left the village in ruins; hence the name Toftir, meaning ruins. The village name prior to the Black Death is said to have been Hella, meaning slope, which refers to the gradual sloping hillside on which the village is built.

Local economy

Toftir has a relatively big harbour with a big filleting-plant that was started in 1969. The harbour is also home to the headquarters of Faroe Fish Market, the only real fish auction in the Islands. A number of new industries have also been built on the harbour in recent years .


The village's football team is B68 Toftir.In the hills above the village is an atletics stadium, called Svangaskarð.

Toftir is also home to one of the pioneering chess clubs in the islands, Tofta Talvfelag which has won the Island Chess Championships once.

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