Faroe Islands
Tjørnuvíksskarð

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    • Day 22

      We're on strike*

      May 27 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      We had a plan for today, but it got scuppered by a general strike of minimum wage workers in the Faroes.... and as there were no cleaners working, the streets were not cleaned, bins not emptied and schools were closed. All the petrol stations bar 1 were also closed, so many bus companies couldn't provide transport, and locals were using their cars sparingly, so the roads were very quiet.

      Our plan B was to reposition the boat to Hvalvik (Whale Bay... like the Scottish "wick", Faroese vik = bay), then use a local bus company to drive us to the other side of the island to catch a charter boat to see the Vestmanna bird cliffs and the thousands of birds nesting there.

      We returned to the ship for lunch, then headed out in the afternoon to the village of Saksun, then back to Eysturoy Island (this time via a bridge across the Atlantic... much bigger than the one in Scotland) , for a visit to a lookout, and a scenic drive.

      Tonight's after dinner entertainment was a pub quiz in the bar, where we came a respectable 4th. *Our team name was "We're on strike"
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    • Day 4

      Saksun

      May 16, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

      Our morning expedition led us to the charming village of Saksun, a place brimming with natural beauty and rural tranquility. As we arrived, we were greeted by the sight of a picturesque waterfall cascading down the mountainside, adding an ethereal touch to the already idyllic landscape.

      We explored the village, admiring the traditional turf-roofed houses and the small chapel that stood as a testament to the village's history and heritage. The surrounding hills and meadows were dotted with sheep, peacefully grazing and adding a touch of serenity to the scene.

      Despite the stunning surroundings, the wind and cold temperatures began to take their toll on us. The exposed location of Saksun made it particularly susceptible to the chilly weather. Nevertheless, we braved the elements, determined to capture the essence of this unique village.

      With cameras in hand, we focused on documenting the captivating sights of Saksun. The waterfall, the quaint chapel, and the rugged shoreline offered us a myriad of photographic opportunities. Each click of the shutter immortalized the beauty of this remote corner of the Faroe Islands.

      As the chill grew more biting, we made the decision to retreat from the wind-swept village and head back to Tórshavn, the warm and welcoming capital. The thought of a hot meal waiting for us brought a sense of comfort and anticipation.
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    • Day 4

      ... Saksun

      June 19, 2019 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Von Eysturoy fahre ich wieder nach Streymoy Richtung Saksun. In Hvalvik biege ich ab, wo ich vor zwei Tagen meine erste Wanderung gestartet habe. Hinter Hvalvik geht es in das längste Tal der Färöer. Eine einspurige Straße führt viele Kilometer durch den Talgrund neben einem Fluss entlang. Die Strecke ist einfach wunderschön! Man merkt, dass die Straße komplett den landschaftlichen Gegebenheiten angepasst wurde - es geht über Kuppen, hoch und runter, in Schlangenlinien... Wenn Gegenverkehr kommt, weicht einer in die vielen Buchten aus. Daran habe ich mich inzwischen auch schon gewöhnt.

      Kurz vor Saksun teilt sich die Straße, es geht rechts oder links am Fluss entlang . Ich entscheide mich erst mal für rechts, da dort ein Freiluftmuseum sein soll. Alte grasbedeckte Häuser stehen in einer traumhaften Landschaft. Saksun liegt oberhalb einer Lagune, die sich zwischen grasbedeckten Hängen und hohen Klippen Richtung Meer windet. Ich treffe die beiden Londoner Mädels wieder, die auf der Suche nach dem ultimativen Fotomotiv sind.

      Dann fahre ich auf die andere Seite ins Dorf, wo ich den Wagen parke. Da Niedrigwasser ist, kann man auf einem Pfad, der sich in die Lagune öffnet, 3 km bis zum Meer vorlaufen. Das klingt spannend! Die Lagune ist zu diesem Zeitpunkt größtenteils trocken gefallen. Ich laufe auf schwarzem Sand, links und rechts die Klippen. 3 andere Touristen nutzen die Weite der Lagune, um eine kleine Drohne fliegen zu lassen. Dann komme ich am Meer an, das nach wie vor sehr ruhig ist. Ich genieße die Weite, Natur und Ruhe hier. Ein wahrhaft schönes Plätzchen!
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