Tórsvøllur

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 11, 2015

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Inside Faroe Islands National Stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Faroe Islands

Address: Torshavn

Capacity: 5,000

Opened: 1999

Tórsvøllur is the name of the Faroe Island’s national stadium which first opened in 1999. Capable of seating 6,040 supporters, the stadium replaced Svangaskarð stadium as the home of football on the islands, as the Football association sought a grass playing surface.

Stadium Guide

History

Before moving to Tórsvøllur in 1999 the Faroe Islands played their international fixtures at Svangaskarð stadium in the town of Toftir which opened in 1980.

More or less equal in size to its replacement with around 6,000 seats, The Faroese Football association (Fótbóltssamband Føroya) primarily sought a move to new facilities in order to incorporate a natural playing surface.

Having received full affiliation with FIFA in 1988 and UEFA two years later in 1990, the Faroe Islands needed an International standard ground, and the construction of Tórsvøllur was deemed the best long term solution at the time.

Perhaps slightly ironic, the Faroe Island’s FA actually reverted back to an artificial surface in 2012, citing “challenging weather conditions” as the main reason. The quality of astro turf has greatly improved since the decision was made, and thus UEFA has relaxed its rules regarding the type of playing surface. It even got the thumbs up from Sepp Blatter who visited in the same year.

Although one might have assumed that floodlights would be a mandatory requirement for a county which sits between Iceland and Norway, they weren’t installed until August 2011. The new Angular floodlights were officially used for the first time the following month in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Italy.

Seating Plan

There doesn’t appear to be a seating plan available on the web. If you have one of Tórsvøllur let us know!

Stands

Tórsvøllur is comprised of four unique stands: north, east, south and west.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

The 18 islands which forms the Faroes are a unique travel experience, with no point on any islands further than 5km from the sea.

Situated north of Scotland, between Iceland and Norway, people often question whether or not Lionel Messi could do it on a cold, wet and windy Tuesday night at The Britannia, but what about Tórsvøllur?

Italy v Faroe Islands Antonio Cassano

This man clearly could cut it at Tórsvøllur. Antonio Cassano scored the only goal in the game between Italy and Faroe Islands back in September 2011. Maybe it’s the extra insulation.

Away Fans

There’s some suggestion that the seats aren’t massively segregated but we will confirm or deny this as soon as we receive more information. The journey to the ferry islands is such a trek that it’s really too much hassle for any away fans to cause trouble.

Best Pubs

Club Shop

Fans of the Faroe Islands can purchase merchandise online from Atgongd.fsf.fo. – which is the official web store of the Fótbóltssamband Føroya.

Ticket Information

For international matches purchase tickets through your country’s football association.

For matches of the domestic league just turn up and pay on the gate.

Matchday Travel

Tórsvøllur is located on the island of Streymoy which is the largest and most densely populated part of the Faroe Islands. The national stadium is unsurprisingly located within the city of Tórshavn which is the capital city.

In relation to the city centre Tórsvøllur sits 2.7 km north-east, with a walking time of approximately 35 minutes for the average football fan.

Torsvollur stadium's floodlights

A distant view of Torsvollur taken in August 2011 when the floodlights were being installed and other renovations.

Address

The stadium’s address is as follows:

  • Gundadalur, Tórshavn 100, Faroe Islands

Airport and Flying

Vágar Airport is the only airport of the Faroe Islands, and is the home of the national airline Atlantic Airways. There are International flights available to the Scandinavian countries, and season flights to European city’s such as Barcelona, Edinburgh and Rome.

Upon landing you can catch a bus service to Tórshavn in approximately one hour with the road distance estimated to be just under 50 km or 30 miles.

There is also a helipad at this airport as well as within every major town of the Faroe Islands for quick access in either the event of an emergency or in the event that someone is loaded.

Ferry

The name of the city literally translates as “Thor’s Harbour” and ferry’s are very much a staple method of transport to and from mainland Europe. The only ferry service we’re currently aware of is the one from Hirtshals in Demark, and it takes an estimated 33 hours.

Torshavn harbour

The harbour is really beautiful thanks to a mixture of the natural elements combined with the Scandinavian influenced buildings.

Bus

There are 4 main bus routes around Tórshavn with buses departing every half hour during weekdays, and every hour during evenings and the weekend. The buses don’t run during Saturday and Sunday evenings, however they are free to use.

Hotels

There are five main accommodation options within the capital city: Hotel Foroyar, Hotel Havn, Hotel Tórshavn, Hotel Hafnia and Hotel Streym,

None of them have locational advantages as they’re all located within the city centre, 3-4 km south of the national stadium.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 11, 2015

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