Norðagøta is also just referred to as Gøta.
The village lies on Eysturoy’s east coast at the bottom of the inlet Gøtuvík.
There is a museum called ‘Gøtu Fornminnisavn’.
The wooden church in the centre of the village is from 1833.
Norðagøta is a village of great importance in the history of the Faroe Islands. One of the key figures in the Icelandic saga, Faereyingasaga, called Tróndur Gøtuskegg lived here.
Tróndur (also called Tróndur i Gøtu) was a heathen Viking-chief who ruled all of the islands for a period of time. In the saga Tróndur is represented as the ‘bad guy’ while the ‘good guy’ is Sigmundur Brestisson.
Sigmundur christianised the Faroe Islands for the King of Norway. In reality they were all a bunch of nasty hooligans. For example the ‘good’ Sigmundur led Viking-expeditions to The Baltic states with rape and pillage for the King of Norway.
These things happened around year 1000.