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    • Day 23

      Farewell Faroes

      May 28 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Our final day in the Faroes began with the ship repositioning during the night to the harbour in Midvagur, on the island of Vagar.

      After breakfast we boarded buses to Sandavágar church. It is a light and airy wooden church, with a model of a boat hanging from the beams. We learnt that every church on the Faroes has a boat inside somewhere, some to commemorate loved ones lost to the ocean, a safe return from a voyage, or as a reminder of their link to the sea. There is no point on the Faroes that is more than 5km from the sea, and all but one settlement is on the coast (the other one is on a lake shore)

      The village of Gásadalur was our final stop for the day. Until 2003 it was not accessible by road as it was considered too costly to blast through the rock and connect it's 14 residents with the rest of the country. However, following a generous government rethink, engineers completed a 1.7km-long tunnel in February 2003 to bring their blissful isolation to an end.

      The tunnel also opened up the number of visitors to Múllafossur Waterfall, possibly the Faroes most famous tourist attraction. It falls 30m off the edge of a cliff directly into the sea and has a convenient viewpoint a short walk away.

      On the way back to the ship we walked through the village of Bøur (only residents cars are allowed in the village), and had coffee and cake in a small family run cafe. The village was a base for British soldiers during World War 2, as it is close to the airport.

      We set sail for Edinburgh after lunch and had a restful afternoon of presentations and eating, before the crew talent show after dinner.
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    • Day 22–23

      Insel Vágar 🇫🇴

      June 3 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

      Wer hätte gedacht, dass es uns auf unserer Reise auf die Färöer verschlägt? Wir nicht, ganz ehrlich 😂 Aber ja, manchmal kommt es anders und meistens als man denkt... 🤓

      Nachdem wir gestern mit doch einigen anderen Campern an Land "gespült" wurden, wussten wir erstmal nicht so recht wohin mit uns. Der CP im Ort wurde von allen anderen überrollt 🚌🚌🚌 🙄 also fuhren wir mal drauf los und trotz Dämmerung haben wir noch ein perfektes Plätzchen gefunden 👀

      Als heutiges Ziel haben wir die Insel Vágar ausgemacht. Wir machen uns recht zeitig auf die Socken in Richtung des Küstenorts Gásadalur um den spektakulären Múlafossur Wasserfall zu sehen. Dieser stürzt sich aus 30m in die Tiefe.
      Allein die Fahrt dorthin ist schon fantastisch, eine Szenerie schöner wie die andere 🥰
      Wir stoppen in Bour, einem der schönsten Dörfer des Landes. Die Häuser mit ihren Grasdächern wirken dort einzigartig. Zudem hat das Dorf einen genialen Blick auf weitere unbewohnte Inseln.
      Wieder zurück auf Strecke und mit nächstem Halt bei Miðvágur sind wir bereit für eine Wanderung auf die Trælanípa, ein 148 Meter hohes Kliff an der Südküste der Insel. Weiter auf der Runde kommen wir am Bøsdalafossur, einem tosenden Wasserfall an einer Steilwand, der sich vom See Sørvágsvatn in den Atlantik stürzt, vorbei.

      Die Färöer zeigen sich atemberaubend und spektakulär 💯💥🤗 genau so wie wir es lieben 💞

      Die Freude ist riesig hiersein zu können 🥳
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    • Day 27

      Der letzte Tag

      May 28, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

      Für heute, den letzten Tag auf den Färöer, hatten wir noch eine wunderschöne Wanderung auf dem Programm. 9 Kilometer den steilen Küsten entlang zum Sørvágsvatn See. Er ist der grösste Binnensee auf den Färöer und liegt auf der Insel Vágar.
      Eigentlich waren wir gestern schon mal da, aber wegen dem sehr starken Wind haben wir uns entschieden, die Wanderung auf heute zu verschieben. Zu gross war das Risiko, von den Klippen geweht zu werden. Denn wenn dich hier auf der Insel eine Böe erwischt, kann es schon mal passieren das du plötzlich einen halben Meter neben deinem Platz stehst. Und so lebensmüde und Risikobereit sind wir dann doch nicht 😅
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    • Day 86

      Glorious Gásadalur

      September 1, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Another fabulous morning: caffeination, morning run, breakfast!

      A recalled seeing a trail posted near by, so we headed there for the run. The trail head wasn't well marked, but we eventually found it. Initially the trail was steep, but eventually leveled out a bit. This time the ground was a lot more uneven and rocky, and occasionally we were observed by curious sheep chewing a cud.

      Finally got organized around noon, and headed off to explore the northwest portion of Vágur Island. Drove past the airport, and through a couple villages, then stopped for cattle on the road, and finally finding our way to the trail head leading over a steep mountainside. Apparently this "trail" was the main route used to walk between Gásadalur and Bøur; with the village of Gásadalur finally being accessible by road in 2004 when the tunnel was drilled. A ferry had been used previously, but the village isn't easily accessible by sea.

      The weather was prefect for the adventure with a high cloud ceiling and periodic sun bursting through. On the way up we passed a number of grazing sheep, all quite diverse in their markings and wool texture. At the peak we ran into a couple from Sweden, otherwise, no one else on the trail. The short section down to Gásadalur was steep with zig-zagging switch backs all the way. After a quick picnic, we returned to the car the way we came.

      Our next stop was through the tunnel to the village of Gásadalur, where many visit to see the gorgeous Múlafossur Waterfall. Once parked we followed along the fenced path to explore around the village and see the falls.

      On the way back we pulled in to see the "Nix" sculpture on Lake Leitisvatn, then to the other grocery store. Here we found a large chunk of locally raised salmon to go with dinner. It is processed within a few hours of harvest and then frozen. It was amazing taste with good juicy oils.
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    • Day 5

      Puffins

      May 14 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

      Da sind sie...so süß.
      Jeder Grashügel ist ein Nest.
      Es werden hier demnächst einige Puffins geboren. Gebrütet wird im Frühjahr und jedes Paar legt nur ein Ei.
      Die Puffins sind echt niedlich, sehen im Flug und gerade bei der Landung sehr lustig bzw. tollpatschig aus.Read more

    • Day 43

      Die Inseln Vágar & Streymoy

      July 22, 2022 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Die Färöer Inseln gehören zur dänischen Krone gehörende Inselgruppe, welche aus 18 vulkanischen Inselgruppen besteht. Nachts um 03:00 fuhr die Fähre im Hafen von Torshavn ein. An schlafen war nicht zu denken, denn die schöne Sonnenaufgangsstimmung und das Wetter luden für mehr ein. Zum ersten Mal nach fünf Wochen sahen wir den Mond wieder. Beim Sørvágsvatn-See wanderten wir bis zur Klippe, wo der See durch einen kleinen Wasserfall ins Meer fliesst. Die optische Ilusion lässt es so aussehen, als würde der See über dem Ozean hängen.
      Der Múlafossur-Wasserfall gilt neben dem See als eine der bekannteren Inselattraktionen. Auf der nächsten Insel Streymoy besuchten wir die kleine Ortschaft Saksun,
      welche vorallem für ihre Grasdach-Häuser bekannt ist. Das Dörfchen Tjørnuvík ist bei den Surfen sehr bekannt, da sie bei entsprechenden Windverhältnissen gewaltige Atlantikwellen reiten können.
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    • Day 5

      Mykines - Puffin Island

      May 17, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

      Today, our journey took us to the renowned island of Mykines, often referred to as Puffin Island due to its abundant population of these charming seabirds. However, unlike the smooth boat ride we had enjoyed yesterday, today's voyage was a different story. The winds were fierce, and the waves crashed against the boat, challenging our journey.
      Despite the challenging conditions, we were determined to reach the island. The anticipation of seeing the puffins up close and capturing their playful antics through our lenses fueled our determination. With each wave that rocked the boat, we held on tightly, knowing that the reward would be worth the bumpy ride.
      Arriving on Mykines, we were greeted by a scene teeming with puffins. The little birds dotted the cliffs and grassy slopes, their colorful beaks contrasting against the backdrop of the dramatic coastline. However, the weather had other plans for us. Rain poured down relentlessly, and the wind howled, creating a difficult environment for photography.
      Undeterred, we donned our trusty waterproof gear and ventured out in search of the perfect shot. It was a challenging task, as the elements seemed to conspire against us. Raindrops pelted our cameras, and the gusts of wind made it difficult to steady our hands. The puffins, aware of the inclement weather, sought shelter in their burrows, making it harder to capture their delightful presence.
      Realizing that the weather wasn't going to relent anytime soon, we decided to take a break and seek refuge in a cozy coffee shop. As we warmed ourselves with hot drinks and indulged in local cake, we watched the rain batter against the windows, hoping for a change in the weather.
      Miraculously, the rain subsided, although heavy fog hung in the air. Embracing this window of opportunity, we ventured back outside. The ethereal atmosphere created by the fog added a sense of mystery to the landscape. And there they were, the puffins, emerging from their hiding spots, seemingly unaffected by the fog and mist.
      With renewed energy and determination, we carefully maneuvered through the damp terrain, capturing shots of puffins perched on rocky ledges and diving into the sea for their catch. The fog lent an air of enchantment to the scene, allowing us to capture unique and atmospheric photographs.
      As the day drew to a close, we reluctantly made our way back to the boat, prepared for another adventurous journey through the stormy seas. The waves crashed against the vessel, tossing it from side to side. It was a thrilling and somewhat nerve-wracking experience, but we held onto the memory of the remarkable puffins we had encountered, their resilience echoing the spirit of these islands.
      Arriving back at the hotel, weary but content, we reflected on the day's events. Despite the challenging weather, we had managed to capture the essence of Mykines and its beloved puffins. It was a reminder that nature doesn't always adhere to our plans, but it rewards us with unexpected moments of beauty and resilience.
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    • Day 7

      Slave Cliff - Illusionen Lake

      May 19, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

      On our final day with the group, the familiar sound of rain greeted us once again. Undeterred by the weather, we gathered for breakfast and prepared for one last adventure together. Our destination: the Slave Cliff, also known as Illusionen Lake, a place renowned for its spectacular beauty.

      A one-hour hike led us through the misty landscapes, the raindrops adding a rhythmic soundtrack to our journey. As we trekked closer to our destination, anticipation grew, fueled by the stories we had heard of the stunning cliffs and the mystical illusion of the floating lake.

      And then, we arrived. Standing at the edge of the towering cliffs, we were instantly captivated by the sight that unfolded before us. The crashing waves, relentless and powerful, contrasted against the ethereal beauty of the Illusionen Lake. It appeared as if the lake floated above the vast expanse of the ocean, a breathtaking sight that seemed almost otherworldly.

      Fortunately, the rain momentarily relented, offering us a precious window of opportunity to capture the dramatic scene before us. Cameras in hand, we carefully composed our shots, attempting to capture the essence of the place. The combination of the rugged cliffs, the foaming waves, and the seemingly suspended lake created an atmosphere of raw power and tranquility.

      The dramatic lighting and the interplay between land, sea, and sky added a touch of magic to our photographs, transforming them into visual stories of awe and wonder.
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    • Day 21

      Mulafossur Wasserfall

      May 22, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

      Dieser Wasserfall ist eine der grössten Attraktionen der Insel. Gut waren wir sehr früh morgens hier…….jetzt ist es noch nicht mal 9 Uhr und schon sehr voll mit Menschen. Manchmal lohnt sich sehr früh aus dem Bett zu steigen, auch wenn es im ersten Moment zäh ist.Read more

    • Day 5

      Auf Versöhnungskurs mit den Färöern - 2

      August 1, 2023 in Faroe Islands ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Der Múlafossur ist ein wirklich besonderer Wasserfall und einer der meistbesuchten Orte auf den Färöern. Das Wasser des Baches fällt über die steilen Klippen direkt in den Atlantik, während sich von den Hängen Papageientaucher und andere Seevögel immer wieder in die Fluten stürzen.

      Da ein Highlight am Tag natürlich nicht ausreicht, machten wir uns noch auf den Weg zum Sørvágsvatn, dem größten See der Färöer. Nach 40 min Wanderzeit entlang des Sees erreichten wir die steilen Klippen Vágars an der Atlantikküste. Die tatsächlichen Klippenhöhen können die Bilder nur im Ansatz wiedergeben und der Anblick in echt ist ehrfurchtgebietend.

      Im hinteren Teil fließt der See als Bøsdalafossur ins Meer. Alles in allem ein wirklich einzigartiger Ort und fürs uns eine ganz besondere Erfahrung.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Vága Sýsla, Vaga Sysla, Vágar, Vågø Syssel, Vága sýsla

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