Background

The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands is an archipelago of 18 small islands in the remote North Atlantic with a population of about 52.000 people. The Islands are breathtakingly beautiful with steep cliffs, tall green mountain and long narrow fjords.

faroe islands sea

But with this beauty also come long, cold, stormy winters. These circumstances make agriculture difficult, but what we lack in land we make up for in our vast surrounding ocean.

A seafaring culture

For a millennium the Faroese people have relied upon the seas for nourishment and survival. These harsh environments have bred many hardened and experienced fishermen, who have passed on their knowledge through the generations. Varðin is carrying on this proud seafaring tradition into the 21st century.

From humble beginnings to leading leading seafood provider

The fishing company, Varðin P/F, was established in 1985 in the Faroese village of Gøta. Men from the village pooled together to build the purse sein and trawl ship, Tróndur í Gøtu, named after the famous Viking from Faroese saga. This ship was the foundation of the company. Tróndur í Gøtu went on its maiden voyage on the 19th of January 1987.

Early years

The company got of to a rough start because of unpredictability in the pelagic fish stocks and volatile seafood market prices. In the early 1990s things turned for the better and Varðin experienced growth throughout the 1990s and 2000s. By 2010, Varðin was the largest vessel owner in the pelagic fish industry on the Faroe Islands. Varðins fishing fleet consists of 5 state of the art ships equipped with seine nets, modern trawls, advanced pumps, quality inspection work stations and superior RSW cooling systems.

Faroese fishing ship

Vertical integration

In 2011, Varðin together with Delta Seafood – one of the most experienced and respected seafood processors in the Faroese white fish industry, established the pelagic processing plant, Varðin Pelagic, in Tvøroyri. The combined knowledge and experienced of this cooperation gives the company a competitive edge in terms of product quality, production efficiency and price. Varðin Pelagic was one of the most advanced processing plants in the world of its kind. Production started in August 2012. The factory specializes in producing superior Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic herring, blue whiting and capelin. Because of our high-quality products and reliable delivery, we quickly attracted customers worldwide.

The rebuild

In June 2017 Varðin Pelagic was devastated by a fire, and the entire factory was consumed by the flames. A complete rebuild from scratch was required in order to get Varðin Pelagic up and running again. Shortly after the fire the board decided that the rebuild would commence. Although production came to a complete stop, there was silver lining to the tragedy. The disaster offered a unique opportunity to take the entire processing plant back to the drawing board and use the knowledge and experience gain from old factory to build a new and enhanced factory in its place. If Varðin Pelagic wasn’t already the world’s most advanced pelagic processing plant of its kind, it certainly is now. The entire factory was streamlined to optimize production flow and product quality.

Quality seafoodVarðin Pelagic started production again in August 2018, just over a year after burning. The new factory is fully automated, equipped with advanced cooling systems and quick-freezing technology. After a year of production and adjustments Varðin Pelagic was fully optimized and running at full capacity.