Café awakens to summer tourist season

Café Fjørðoy is open again for the summer. Although its Guesthouse Hugo is open year-round, it is already almost fully booked for the season.

Located on the harbor in the town of Sørvágur, Hugo Fjørðoy Café and Guesthouse is just a walk away from the ferry landing to and from the island of Mykines, and a five-minute drive to the airport.

Already for the first four months of this year, the amount of travelers through the Vágar Airport reached 10,700 more than last year, Kringvarp Føroya reports.

Hugo Fjørðoy Café and Guesthouse owner, Maria Samson, sees the affects of tourism on her business.

“I’m quite sure if it wasn’t for the increase in tourism, we would not be able to have all these dining places and cafés in the Faroe Islands,” Samson says. “Our guests in the café and guesthouse are 85 percent tourists.”

Since 2015, Samson and husband, Kent Christensen, open the café each summer, after first buying and renovating the building in 2013. They own and run the business together with their family.

“We like that the place has an authentic atmosphere and that we are here ourselves,” Maria Samson says. “Without the help of my family, we would not be able to get this ‘heimliga’ homely atmosphere.”

Inside, the wood covered, retro-style café is designed to preserve its history as an old 1950’s grocery store. Antique grocery items, leftover from its original owner, ornament the walls for decoration. The original owner was Hugo Fjørðoy, who ran the shop with wife, Margreth Fjørðoy, and operated fish production in the basement, all while living upstairs.

The guesthouse now occupies the upstairs portion of the building, offering four separate rooms to rent. Guests have access to shared bathrooms, a communal balcony, lounge and kitchen, and a packed lunch is included.

In the café, guests popularly order the Faroese salmon dish with a Faroese beer or homemade crepes with homemade rhubarb jam. Guests are welcome to show up or reserve a table, Samson says.

Article written by: Daria Zellmer

Author: Local.fo