Faroe Islands

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  • Day28

    Faroe Islands - Part 1

    July 31, 2017 in Faroe Islands

    Where - Tórshavn Faroe Islands
    Weather - blah! Misty rain on and off 15°C
    Distance - 300km

    After about 30 hours crossing the North Atlantic (remarkably smooth too), we arrived at Tórshavn, possibly one of the world's smallest capitals, at about 11pm. This is where the fun started...tried to type in the address of our hotel into the GPS and guess what!! No maps for Faroe Islands!! And... my phone wouldn't pick up any reception either. So there we were, armed with a tourist map of Tórshavn, in the middle of the night, trying to read signs of street names that must be required to have a minimum of 10 letters per name and are impossible to pronounce in English, and not even sure what street we were in, in the first place. By this time Brad was getting a bit antsy (...no, not a bit, read VERY antsy). We eventually found our way after asking some random people who were wandering the streets in the middle of the night. Then, the hotel room (which is fine), could not get further away if it tried and down a couple of flights of stairs and no lift, so when it's nearly midnight and struggling with heavy luggage, our stay on the Faroe Islands was not of too a good start.

    In the morning, a heavy misty fog had rolled in and could not see very far so the Faroes were failing to impress us yet. However, we started to explore, and this place is AMAZING!! I have never seen countryside like this. Brilliant green grass covered mountains, waterfalls everywhere, plenty of rocks but NO trees anywhere (except a few in the villages). We travelled out to the north eastern islands today which meant travelling under the sea through a sea tunnel and through several long tunnels, some of which are only single lane tunnels with areas to drive into if you met oncoming traffic. These roads were pretty freaky. The villages are so idyllic, the scenery fantastic, this place is beautiful. Unfortunately, the heavy misty fog rolled in again so we couldn't appreciate fully some of the areas we went to, so we called it a day and hoped the weather would be better tomorrow.
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  • Day30

    Faroe Islands - Part 2

    August 2, 2017 in Faroe Islands

    Where - Faroe Islands
    Weather - mostly cloudy / part sunny - around 20°C
    Distance - 200km Steps - about a million (not really, but it was about 20000, 12 km and 90 storeys climbed)

    Today was a much better day weather wise and we saw some of the most incredible scenery. We drove to a beautiful village where a waterfall tumbles into the ocean, overlooking some spectacular rocky crags rising out of the ocean...it looked wonderful.

    We were following routes on the tourist map called the Buttercup Drives as these were the ones that were most scenic. However, I think buttercup may be code for treacherous skinny one lane roads that may or may not be sealed. The reward at the end though was usually worth it with picturesque villages offering stunning vistas. It seems that it doesnt matter how small the village, there was always a church.

    Farming practices here see like very hard work. At one of these secluded villages there were a couple of farmers who are cutting the grass by hand (scythe I think), raking it up and collecting in large bags, rolling them down the hill and loading them into the Toyota. I spoke with them to ask what they did with it. It is used for fodder to feed the sheep in winter. Not dried like hay, he said compressed so I imagine a bit like silage. The sheep have to be brought in for winter and they would have to do it on foot - too steep for motorbikes or horses. I'm not sure but I think the sheep have tracking devices around their necks, otherwise I don't know how the farmer would find them. The sheep are used for meat as there is no money in wool (about 2 Danish Kroner per kg or about 40c)

    We had a lovely 3 days on the Faroe Islands and found it a very interesting place. Very lush and green but that would be because it rains all the time. We catch the ferry to Iceland next for a seven day trip around the country. I imagine it may be quite similar to Faroe Islands.
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  • Day9

    Faroer Islands - saftig grün & frisch

    June 5, 2017 in Faroe Islands

    Morgens um 06:00 Uhr kam die Durchsage, dass das Schiff eine Stunde später anlegen wird => Chaos!
    Gefühlt jeder Touri auf den Beinen und zerstörte unseren gechillten Plan gegen halb 9 Tórshavn abzugehen.

    Na gut. Dann halt um halb 8 durch die verlassenen Straßen. Keine Menschenseele. Hm? Sind wir richtig? HAUPTSTADT der Faroer und mehr Enten als Menschen?! (Ja, wir haben sie gezählt)
    Eine Geisterstadt?!

    Nein, wir hatten den Pfingstmontag vergessen!
    Alles geschlossen...und wir wollten doch nur einen warmen Kaffee.
    Dieser Umstand und die kühle Brise führten dazu, dass wir nach einem kleinen Marsch durch die menschenleeren Straßen die letzten freien Plätze in einem Café mit Wlan ergattern mussten!
    (Denn alle Touris hatten ähnliches vor)

    Da waren uns die Feen und ihre magischen Kräfte wohlgesonnen 😊
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  • Day3


    June 18, 2017 in Faroe Islands

    Am nächsten Tag ging es per Fähre ab in den Süden. Ziel ist die Insel "Suduroy".

    Unser erster kleiner Kontak zur Hauptstadt Tórshavn.

    Keine Überraschung, auf deutsch heist es soviel wie "Thors Hafen": Da muss man keine Fremdsprache für können. Oder? Anders ist es mit der Aussprach. Ich habe bis jetzt nicht begriffen, ob der Färinger an sich "Thors Hafn" formuliert, oder, welche Aussprache man öfter hört "Torschon".

    Das kleine Auto haben wir in Hafennähe geparkt und mal ein paar Eindrück festgehalten. Markiert auf der Karte ist der Punkt, an dem die Fähre nach Suduroy ablegt.
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  • Day4


    July 4 in Faroe Islands

    Welcome to the City.

    Wobei wir von einer Inselstadt reden mit knapp 12 tausend Einwohner , die Havn , wie es hier heisst.

    Die kleinste Hauptstadt der Welt nennt sie sich (was sie nicht ist), nach London die zweitälteste Hauptstadt Europas (vermutlich) und es ist eine schmucke nordische Stadt mit Hafen und sanftem Dahintreiben.
    Eine Halbinsel, Tinganes,inmitten der Stadt mit einem der ältesten Parlamente Europas.

    Essen im Etika ist auf jeden Fall eine Empfehlung, Sushi im Faroese Style.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Tórshavn, Torshavn, Þunreshæfen, توشهافن, Горад Торсхаўн, Торсхавн, تۆرشاون, Τόρσχαβν, توشهاون, טורסהאבן, Տորսհավն, Þórshöfn, トースハウン, ტორსჰავნი, Торшгавн, 토르스하운, Торшхавн, Thori Portus, Torshaunas, Touršhavna, ਥੋਸ਼ਾਊਨ, Thorshavn, Torshamn, ทอร์สเฮาน์, Торсгавн, تورشھاون, 雷神港, 托爾斯港

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