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Title: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 19, 2016, 12:34:26 PM
tbc
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on August 19, 2016, 01:47:54 PM
That's not fair! Too much of a teaser.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: @Yehuda on August 19, 2016, 04:32:54 PM
67% of TRs that start this way never get finished. :P
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yaalili on August 19, 2016, 05:13:38 PM
Nice, can't wait.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 19, 2016, 05:38:58 PM
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8382/28474639493_837641e73f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KocYhe)
Something
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yaalili on August 19, 2016, 05:41:18 PM
Great picture!
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 21, 2016, 08:03:18 PM
Here we go......
The Booking
In early May my wife and I realized we would have exactly 2 weeks to escape after our summer commitments and before school began. We decided on Israel and somewhere in Europe. We wanted to maximize our time so I looked for a flight out on motzei Shabbos. I discovered that in August there are maybe 6 flights from the nyc airports that leave after 10:40pm. Since shabbos ended at 9:06pm the week we wanted to leave we didn't want to leave before then. I found availability on a delta flight to Manchester departing at 10:41pm. First step  :D. There was a connecting flight with availability to Paris so I added that to the plan. We would spend 4 days in Paris before heading to Israel.
I was a bit worried if we would make the flight with 1hr 35min to get to the airport, check-in and get through security. I figured with so few flights departing at that time, what could go wrong? Hint: Of course something went wrong that night!
Before booking the flights I checked the PH Paris and there was availability. I bought 4 Hyatt nights, booked those first as they are refundable and then booked out tickets on Delta.
I delayed buying the flight from Paris to Israel as they were expensive and I was hoping an award flight would open before we left. We were ready to head off to Paris!

62.5k DL each in J

Fast forward a month. In June a friend asked me to find him a nice island in Europe for him and his wife. After a simple google search, which obviously was waaayyyy too difficult for him to do, I found a website with 20 unique islands in Europe. I scrolled through the first few and was not impressed. Then popped up the picture of the Faores. It was out of this world. With the endless grassy cliffs, multitude of birds, dozens hikes and lack of tourists  this place just became number one on my bucket list (luckily I have been fortunate enough to shorten this list a lot recently).
First step was convincing the wife. This was the difficult task. I googled pictures of the Faroe islands, copied a few links, and included them in an email titled "am I crazy?". I quickly sent that email and started researching flights. Before I had time to make my first search I got a response "Cancel Paris. We are going there!".
I quickly realized the islands have one airline called Atlantic airways. They own 7 planes (and two helicopters) and mostly operate to and from Denmark. I searched for flights from Manchester and Paris to the Faroe Islands and the best price was from Manchester 11 hours after we landed from JFK, with an ON connection in Copenhagen and an early flight the next morning to the islands.
Updated itinerary- JFK-MAN DL  J with 11 hours to explore. Sunday nigth MAN-CPH in Y with overnight. Monday 7am flight to Faroes on Atlantic airways Y is the only way to get there- sorry snobs!

Getting to Israel would be fun. We needed to get there by Friday morning. Atlantic airways has very few partners and 2 levels of tickets- cheap and expensive. We were able to get some of the cheap bucket for the flight to the islands but no cheap, returning flights were left for that week. So we had to settle on leaving the Faroes Wednesday night, landing in CPH at 11:30pm. This gave us 3 complete days on the islands and 2 nights. We were initially afraid this was not enough time, but in hindsight it was the perfect amount for us.
To maximize our time in CPH we found a 7pm flight (Thurs.) to Zurich on SAS J (Euro business) and then in lie-flat from ZRH to TLV at 11pm arriving around 4am Friday morning. The flight from Faroes was cash and we paid 25k SQ for the CPH-ZRH-TLV in J.
To get back from Israel we had a very tight window and the only availability was on Elal for nearly  100k amex each in J. I swallowed that.
But since I am not going into the Israel details much, I will happily say I found United Biz direct to EWR 20 hours before takeoff and was able to use 57.5k SQ and "redistribute" my Elal (hameivin yavin)

Overall our flights looked like this:

62.5k DL  J JFK-MAN
Cash for Atlantic airways Y
25k SQ  SAS+LX J
57.5k SQ UA J

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8276/29037515392_e90284b15d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LeWRF7)
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on August 21, 2016, 08:21:28 PM
Wow, that sounds like a nice schedule. What did you do for hotels? And I assume you took just carry ons?
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yaalili on August 21, 2016, 08:22:19 PM
What was pricing like for Atlantic Air?
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Something Fishy on August 21, 2016, 09:39:10 PM
Looking forward to the rest...

Just so you know, there are cheap flights on Air Iceland from REK to the Faroes as well.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 22, 2016, 09:18:50 AM
Looking forward to the rest...

Just so you know, there are cheap flights on Air Iceland from REK to the Faroes as well.
You are correct. However, I needed to leave from Manchester or Paris and had to get to Israel.

What was pricing like for Atlantic Air?
Was $126 for flight from Copenhagen and $256 from the Faroes. I added on Man-CPH and was cheapest to buy through SAS for the MAN-CPH-FAE. $212 I think
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: tzvicoco on August 22, 2016, 10:02:05 AM
I just hope you have more resilience than the 67%
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 22, 2016, 10:11:12 AM
I just hope you have more resilience than the 67%
Am I winning?
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 29, 2016, 01:44:16 PM
@shmebeble, don't you still need to finish your kosherica tr?
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yaalili on August 29, 2016, 08:02:29 PM
@shmebeble, don't you still need to finish your kosherica tr?

Yeh good reminder :)
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Elite on September 13, 2016, 09:50:46 PM
Am interested to know what you did in Manchester. Can't think of anything interesting or touristic there to do
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on June 08, 2017, 02:51:36 PM
Well now that finals are over.........
We stayed in Woodmere for shabbos because our flight was only an hour and a half after shabbos ended. My great plan was for a friend in Israel to check us in over shabbos, and then we should be safe to get to the airport and through security to make the flight. On motzash I turned on my phone to find a long voicemail from my friend explaining that AF had cancelled the second leg of our trip (from MAN-PARIS) and rebooked us on a flight that left the day before our flight to MAN. Yes, they booked us leaving from MAN-CDG before our JFK-MAN flight. Naturally we were worried and as we sped to the airport I called Delta. Of course they had a 2 hour wait  ::)
I literally ran into the airport like a crazy man, and went right to the Priority check-in. BH the agent was super helpful and after 5 minutes of typing away and a few "hmmms" she had us reconfirmed on our original flight to CPH and had us leaving to Paris two days later- (I wonder if I can still get compensation for having to "miss" that flight?). We made it though security quickly after some nice pax lets us skip. To quote: "we could see the panic on your faces." Conveniently, our pilots went missing for an hour and a half so we had time to shower and relax in the lounge before take-off. Immediately after taxiing to the runway, the electricity on our plane shut off unexpectedly and it took the crew a few minutes to fix this (is this common?). Apparently they didn't think it was a big deal because we took off 10 min later.


{We landed in Manchester- paid to store our luggage and took the train from the airport to the city. There was a free bus from the train that gave us a mini tour and ultimately took us to John Rylands library. It was very nice inside, we found some Judaica pictures and books- which is always a pleaser; overall it was a great time filler. Since it was a beautiful day we walked around a shopping area near St. Annes square and had encounters with the most polite homeless people. From there we ubered to a pizza place where we ordered some tasty brick over pizza. Unfortunately it doesn't hold a candle to Pizza da Solo, but we were hungry so it was delicious. We grabbed food from Ta'am for later and when we realized Uber had a 5x surge, we asked a yiddishe speaking women in the "cute gifts" store across the street to call a car service. The flight to CPH was uneventful and we checked into the airport Hilton at 11:30pm for a quick night. The next morning we made sure to get up (way too) early as we thought the airport might be busy, but the CPH airport is so efficient and quick that we were through the economy security in under 10 minutes.}
An hour later we were aboard our Atlantic Airways flight. As we sat down the exhaustion of only sleeping a combined 7 hours the past two nights finally hit us, and we contemplated going straight to our Airbnb host when we landed. Don't worry, the exhaustion did not last long once we saw what lay ahead.

The Faroe Islands:
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8238/28838913971_8078a148a9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWoYoF) (https://flic.kr/p/KWoYoF)
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on June 08, 2017, 02:56:34 PM
Great job. Looking forward to the rest!
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Silverswift92 on June 09, 2017, 10:13:27 AM
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8382/28474639493_837641e73f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KocYhe)
Something

Nice view!
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Something Fishy on October 08, 2017, 05:43:46 PM
67% of TRs that start this way never get finished. :P

@shmebeble let's not let @yehuda have the last laugh here ;)...
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Abelefko1 on December 28, 2017, 03:17:56 PM
@shmebeble let's not let @yehuda have the last laugh here ;)...
I’m thinking of going to Faroe...can you finish? Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on December 28, 2017, 03:20:00 PM
I’m thinking of going to Faroe...can you finish? Thanks!!!
I want to be the only DDFer to fly through the airport
Title: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Abelefko1 on December 28, 2017, 03:28:54 PM
I want to be the only DDFer to fly through the airport
🤪🤪was on my list for a long time, ever since I saw this (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171228/2851b537ca83b0c76d9da97d83547a27.jpg) mind boggling stuff
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 27, 2020, 10:26:14 PM
Despite the early morning flight, we hit the ground running. There are only a few car rental companies in the Faroe Islands, and only a handful of automatic cars. We weren't brave (read stupid) enough to drive manual for the first time on the hilly, windy roads so we paid a hefty sum for the automatic. The rental was through Unicar and all communications through email. We paid 2210 Danish Krone (~$350) for the 3 day rental including fees and opted for full damage insurance for an extra 100 Krone/day- we probably could have used credit card, but due to remoteness of island I didn't want to deal with that possibility.
After landing we walked into the parking lot and followed the directions they gave us:


(https://i.postimg.cc/FFZxHfdc/Screen-Shot-2020-08-27-at-8-58-42-PM.png) (https://postimg.cc/231WHSx8)

We had a busy first day planned. First stop was the hike that inspires most travelers to venture to the Faroe Islands: Sørvágsvatn
I followed the directions I was given by a local on Reddit: "Drive to Miðvágur, then take a right just before the church. (I believe there are signs that say "trælanipa") drive a bit up the mountain, and you'll get to a gate." Basically just parked my car at the end of a dirt road and hoped we were in the right place.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBNx4698/IMG-9661.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/R6wZ8hX2)

The directions for the hike itself were no clearer. They were something to the extent of hike until you see the lake, then you'll see a skull (or was it a box?!) and continue to the left. We took the upper path as recommended and the sights were amazing. We didn't see more than 3 people during the 2 hours we were there, but saw many sheep. The Faroe Islands are not set up for tourists, no guard rales, signs or anything else that would both help and keep tourists safe. But this is part of the draw, the nearly untouched beauty. Although the view posted earlier in this thread looks insane, you have to get fairly close to the edge of a 300+ foot cliff and its definitely not for the faint of heart. We were warned that the week before we arrived 4 tourists had serious accidents and 1 fell to his death.  I crawled on hands and knees to ensure I wouldn't slip on the wet grass to get the pic below and wasn't willing to get any closer.
(https://i.postimg.cc/RVbpvPq2/image-7.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1fwrHrGK)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Sj045y0f/IMG-9804.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sGJbGCgM)

More pics from the hike
(https://i.postimg.cc/hGQHkkrC/IMG-9687.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cKZ9Y5PY)

(https://i.postimg.cc/htsLSvCv/IMG-9694.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gxwXszbb)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1t24m1hf/IMG-9814.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2bdCGJ5D)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJJdfjdJ/IMG-9770.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hQF7zN5R)

After spending some time admiring the ocean and jagged cliffs we hiked back to the car so we could make our 2:30pm boat for the Vestmanna Bird cliffs. The GPS worked fairly well there, but there also weren't many roads to take. The drive to the cliffs was 45 min. We stopped along the way to run into a grocery to pick up water.

I don't recall much about the boat trip other than the magnificent scenery and new species of birds (which I miserably failed to capture)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdNnj2jK/IMG-9881.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRG8qZLs)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qML0QHby/IMG-9919.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SJJwN3px)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYYWz1mh/IMG-0035.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/N5SZyDg7)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cJVN6xCy/IMG-0039.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zLSQc1T0)


After a long day we were off to our airbnb. The owner lives upstairs and was very friendly. He told us we can lock the front door if we would like, but if we do the neighbors will just know he is having guests :)  It was nothing special, but a good deal at $192 for 2 nights:

(https://i.postimg.cc/mrYHpq7M/Screen-Shot-2020-08-27-at-9-01-31-PM.png) (https://postimg.cc/PLqJPS3r)

The first night was a misery, we had forgotten our melatonin and when I woke up at 12am it was still light outside and I thought I would never fall back asleep. Fortunately 2-3 hours later  I finally did. Pro-tip make sure where you stay has black-out shades there. You will need them! Up next, day two: Northern islands and Kalsoy.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on August 28, 2020, 01:47:43 PM
Nice installment. I'm so happy you decided to finish the TR.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 28, 2020, 03:29:49 PM
A map of the Faroes for reference:

(https://i.postimg.cc/3J9PcV6G/Screen-Shot-2020-08-28-at-2-39-31-PM.png) (https://postimg.cc/dLkH7HJQ)

The blue was day 1, yellow day 2 and blue day 3. It was easy driving between the islands, but gas stations were only located on certain islands. Conveniently they all have microwaves which we used to heat up our meal-mart meals.

On day 2 we got up very early to make an 8am ferry to Kalsoy. There are no reservations, and they only run every hour of so in the morning and we didnt want to be late. Locals told us not to worry, but I wasn't willing to take a chance. Fortunately we got there when we did as the ferry filled up and people had to wait for the next one. Once on the island there was a ~15 mile single lane road to the end of the island which is where the puffins live. Most people take a hike to a lighthouse on the mountaintop, but due to weather we didnt feel that was safe. We ventured out a bit to see the puffins and it was amazing!

(https://i.postimg.cc/kXB11zvB/IMG-0174.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3dQFWL6T)
Our car was 3rd to last on!

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fGNP9tb/IMG-0219.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FfHZN76k)
Both the ppl and cars were tight, but sights were amazing

(https://i.postimg.cc/sXPd28NV/IMG-0273.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/S2KtTZ45)
Tunnels every so often cutting through the vast mountains

(https://i.postimg.cc/ncS8Mq0Q/IMG-0277.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRTpH3XZ)
One lane everywhere, even in the tunnels. I would practically hold my breath until got out! there were pull-outs in the large tunnels that barely fit a car with reflective arrows guiding you there

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YWh3Gmp/IMG-0597.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9rycVM3p)
At the end of the road

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMLMPLLm/IMG-0557.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZWcZBM5v)
I see puffins!

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCn1fK1b/IMG-0562.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NyCcb2Tg)
More puffins

(https://i.postimg.cc/65y5p6tz/IMG-0540.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1f1ZWQgN)


(https://i.postimg.cc/8zd81xJt/IMG-0397.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nXLS2R1D)
Could go closer to the crashing waves


(https://i.postimg.cc/8zLG7j3d/IMG-0390.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Yv2ZVqtj)
somewhere behind me is the start of the hike ot the lighthouse. Again, there is no marked path, just hike on the crest of the hill/mountain and you will find the lighthouse!

Day 3:
Started the day early in Torshavn- the capital- to get a coffee and walk around. We were told the country has 3 stop-lights and they are all located here.

(https://i.postimg.cc/dtKyxSdJ/IMG-0165.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Yjb04RbP)
Went on a short hike in the city to get a view

Drove North to Gjogv a town with beautiful scenery

(https://i.postimg.cc/GtM2SHrT/IMG-0700.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V0CmJsJz)
Gjogv sign

(https://i.postimg.cc/KYL1vG7C/IMG-0855.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JyrrpW2Q)
napping in Gjogv

Drove South to Tjørnuvík a small town nestled between mountains with a magnificent black sand beach.

(https://i.postimg.cc/59vW7H4h/IMG-0920.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7bxRbZT9)
We made sure to stop at the Fossuriní Fossá (waterfall) on our way to Tjørnuvík

(https://i.postimg.cc/15jTys3G/IMG-0250.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F70GZtcz)
The real locals have the right of way ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzP3QGRt/IMG-0974.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FdKKHQbK)
Can see the town from miles away while driving in

(https://i.postimg.cc/x8PHjfQ9/IMG-1010.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hQfhpqhY)
1/3 of the population right here  :D

(https://i.postimg.cc/HxXXK0Pc/IMG-1020.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TL2K5bxf)
The Giant and the Witch are visible to the right. Some folktale about them

(https://i.postimg.cc/zGvW5Yc1/IMG-0985.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XrMXcmW2)
scenery near black sand

(https://i.postimg.cc/nzJCXy0r/IMG-0751.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PLStcRGn)
city views

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTZp8Bgd/IMG-0954.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0rWVQdv5)
side of road stop

Saksun:
The road to Saksun is a long drive in a valley with a picturesque river running for many miles. Once you get to the city you are welcomed by the grass covered homes and a deeper valley. We started by climbing down into the deeper valley which is filled with majestic black sand. Depending on the tides the flood can be covered with water, or a path opens allowing you to venture out to the ocean. We didn't plan around this, but were fortunate to get there in low tide and were able to walk out to the ocean  (Cant find pics of this).

(https://i.postimg.cc/tTWv5x3D/IMG-1043.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BLZCZtw1)
The river from the valley drains into the ocean

(https://i.postimg.cc/TYf2njV7/IMG-1063.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/c6kNSn5w)
Portions fill with water during high tide blocking the pathway to the ocean

(https://i.postimg.cc/fk47y2tv/IMG-1079.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CnNn644Z)
Possibly my favorite picture

From there we headed to Gasadalur for the last mandatory picture in the Faroes

(https://i.postimg.cc/D04d2kZZ/IMG-1093-2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sGyZcL5d)
Múlafossur waterfall in Gasadalur

Then off to the airport and our flight to Israel. The Faroe Islands are an enchanting place. I don't think I could live there with the gloomy weather and isolation, but it does seem like a wonderful escape right about now.

Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: @Yehuda on August 28, 2020, 03:55:01 PM
Great TR and awesome that you came back to finish it!
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on August 28, 2020, 03:55:39 PM
Wow, wow, wow! Those pictures look amazing! There's certainly something nice about going to a place which has similar scenery to Iceland without all the tourists/commercialism. I'd love to go when we're allowed to again.
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: shmebeble on August 28, 2020, 05:00:59 PM
Forgot to add- people in the Faroes love Israel. At the last waterfall a scary looking guy walked up to me and asked if I was Jewish. He said "Shalom we love Jews here!" Later I found a facebook group dedicated to Faroese who love Israel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167095223497931
Title: Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
Post by: Yehoshua on August 28, 2020, 05:07:19 PM
Forgot to add- people in the Faroes love Israel. At the last waterfall a scary looking guy walked up to me and asked if I was Jewish. He said "Shalom we love Jews here!" Later I found a facebook group dedicated to Faroese who love Israel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167095223497931
Lol, that's so random. Good to know though.