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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen

August 19, 2016, 05:38:58 PM
Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen 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

August 21, 2016, 08:03:18 PM
Re: Maldives Master Thread
I just booked Jan. 9-12 for you at the Conrad.  It's only got a 15 day cancellation so lots of time to figure out if it will work for you.  I've got no idea what the up charge for an OWB this time of year is but will email them if you like.  I can also double check that the main chef that knows so much about kashrut will be there.  If he's there he'll hook you up for breakfast and can also fix you fish, potatoes, etc. and will let you in the kitchen to check whatever you want (eggs for blood, scales on fish, etc) and he knows to let you light the flame and he keeps separate glass plates to serve on.  The Conrad can also arrange kosher meals from Australia for about $40 per meal.  I'd offered upthread to trade 30k SPG per Conrad night so it would be 90k total.  If you are interested PM me and if not, I can cancel it.
You are a very nice person

November 28, 2016, 09:56:07 PM
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
I took out the chase hyatt to get 2 nights at any category property but the Andaz Maui doesnt seem to let me book unless im staying for 6 or 7 night minimum. Anyone find a way around it? seems a waste to use it on the Regency (and I dont want to reroute trip to go to GHK just for that).
call in to do that. no guarentees but you can try. Also, maybe try to book 6 if you have points and then cancel the non-cc nights.
but def. call them

February 14, 2017, 10:44:34 PM
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Planning a trip to the big island and Maui in May. I'm looking for good hotel deals or point/cc award options, would appreciate any feedback or PM.
look into time share presentations possibly. I know Hilton on the big island has very reduced prices, but YMMV. I might get some slack here, but depends on your cc situation

February 14, 2017, 10:45:15 PM
Re: Delta Amex vs Amex SPG
Hi. Complete newbie here. Sorry for all the questions.
I have the Amex SPG and do not really know or use the benefits of the card. I fly Delta 2 to 3 times a year and keep getting CC offers from them. I know Delta and Starwood have crossover rewards. Does it pay to have both cards? Are SPG rewards/points  only good for hotels? Would you recommend the Delta card over the SPG? If yes, is the Delta Platinum worth the extra $100.00 yearly fee over the Delta Gold? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hello and welcome.
Basic answer is unless you are doing a lot of spending and status is important to you- go with SPG all the way. points are worth more because much more versatile. Can be used at hotels as you know and they transfer to airlines at a bonus! every 20,000 points you transfer becomes 25,000 miles. And now that they can be combined with Marriott you have more hotel options and even some hotel+flight redemptions.
Read a bit around here to see what you can do. or google and some websites explain it simply

March 08, 2017, 10:28:13 PM
Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
TR please

March 28, 2017, 05:41:16 PM
Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants After these arguments my reservation has been made at Nobo.
Thanks all- also I am in the heights with a car, so Nobo is a 15 min drive on a good day

May 17, 2017, 03:52:26 PM
Re: Hyatt Awards And Upgrades Master Thread keep on calling a rep can help you.
But play stupid and say there is availability when I search for these nights together. can you please help?

May 19, 2017, 03:37:07 PM
Re: Free Jetsmarter Membership Status Match spotted
June 18, 2017, 05:22:00 PM
Re: From zero to SA gold in 1 trip How many "wives" can I add?  ;D
August 11, 2017, 12:10:47 PM
Re: Law School
Anyway, if doctors are having ppl die on their watch, it's because they're not doing their job well.  It's like if I would complain that I have to watch my clients sign bad agreements.
Its probably the same thing  ???

November 02, 2017, 11:41:00 AM
Re: UGG Australia Ascot UGGpure™ Lined Slipper - $59.97 (Nordstrom Rack)
Been that price all week
you are right!
No longer a deal.

November 22, 2017, 07:36:43 PM
Re: Will pay someone to write 2 essays for me in 24 hours I am not discussing cheating here.
Just the ability to pull strings in the school as easily as in some high schools. I dont believe it would be possible in a commuter school as easily as in Touro.

January 03, 2018, 05:13:36 PM
Re: Chase A/A Master Thread (Now With Poll)
JS is for JS, if it's elsewhere, call me out. I don't think there is a need for useless hate.
We should create a mute function for when 10+ members want someone to be disabled on a particular thread for 24 hours.

February 25, 2018, 04:44:19 PM
Re: Airline Compensation Master Thread I just flew LH F and there was a baby yelling on and off during the flight. We tried to shut her up but it wouldnt work. She also would walk up and down the aisles, not disturbing anyone directly, but it was just annoying.
What compensation can we expect?

April 13, 2018, 12:34:47 PM
Re: Airline Compensation Master Thread
I just flew LH F and there was a baby yelling on and off during the flight. We tried to shut her up but it wouldnt work. She also would walk up and down the aisles, not disturbing anyone directly, but it was just annoying.
What compensation can we expect?
I forgot to add it was our daughter.... but that shouldnt make a difference, correct?

April 13, 2018, 12:35:38 PM
Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
It'll always be the Jake.
you are clearly not too progressive

July 10, 2018, 09:31:24 PM
Re: How many sheitals does your wife have?
High level job. Has to look put together. It’s a worthwhile investment....
I know a few people with high level jobs who spend under $1k on a sheital. and look put together.

July 15, 2018, 07:40:05 AM
Re: Superbowl LIII field level suite tickets for those with lots of MT points

January 14, 2019, 02:19:22 PM
Re: 7 Night CAT 1-4 / Platinum Elite / EXP 10/1/2019 $450

Okay, I just sold one of these last month and the reps had no idea how to "gift" the certificate, so I simply added the buyer as the guest and told them they'd be the one checking in. That worked fine, but if you want it done another way you'll have to tell me how to get it done because when I called they didn't allow gifting it, but they didn't care who checked in as long as I told them the name.

The status on this certificate is Platinum Elite, but who knows if you'll get the benefits of that when you check in... most people say yes, some say no, so all I can say is don't definitely count on it.

I will accept payment via PayPal if you ensure I get $450 after fees if you pay with a credit card. Alternatively, you can simply buy a $450 Amazon E-Gift Card and I'll accept that code as payment as well.

First one to contact me with the 7 night stretch and hotel you want gets it. If you want, just tell me the hotel and dates and I'll verify availability. Then I'll need at least the name of the person checking in, and a phone number would be beneficial, but not required. After I book it and forward you the confirmation, you can pay.


In English- you are selling a category 1-4 7 night certificate for $450. pay by paypal or amazon GC

January 30, 2019, 12:02:51 PM
Re: Weddings in next few weeks people are definitely pushing off weddings
March 15, 2020, 08:50:10 PM
Re: "it's just like the flu"
In Israel the flu was worse. Period.

In the USA COVID (death rate not sick rate) was worse. Period.
In Israel they didnt take the same precautions with the flu and it was worse. Period.

In the USA COVID was worse because they didnt take the precautions Israelis did. Perio


May 15, 2020, 09:00:57 AM
Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen 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:

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.

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.

More pics from the hike

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)

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:

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.

August 27, 2020, 10:26:14 PM
Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen A map of the Faroes for reference:

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!

Our car was 3rd to last on!

Both the ppl and cars were tight, but sights were amazing

Tunnels every so often cutting through the vast mountains

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

At the end of the road

I see puffins!

More puffins

Could go closer to the crashing waves

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.

Went on a short hike in the city to get a view

Drove North to Gjogv a town with beautiful scenery

Gjogv sign

napping in Gjogv

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

We made sure to stop at the Fossuriní Fossá (waterfall) on our way to Tjørnuvík

The real locals have the right of way ;)

Can see the town from miles away while driving in

1/3 of the population right here  :D

The Giant and the Witch are visible to the right. Some folktale about them

scenery near black sand

city views

side of road stop

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).

The river from the valley drains into the ocean

Portions fill with water during high tide blocking the pathway to the ocean

Possibly my favorite picture

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

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.

August 28, 2020, 03:29:49 PM
Re: What could Trump have done better?
He's doing great he doesn't need your advice at the moment
C'mon man- that's malarkey

October 26, 2020, 07:12:25 AM
Re: New Coin Deal
I just spoke to someone at US Mint. The charge is placed on hold for 3-5 days (which it is technically 5 days by now...) She claims the order is still processing, & I will get a shipping confirmation once shipped. Wishful thinking! I think whoever placed their order 12:04 and on, order is in jeopardy.
Based on?

November 10, 2020, 08:36:19 AM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Wow, I wonder what was different. I had them twice and they blew my mind. Same for others I heard from.
BIL had them 2 nights ago and said they were amazing and unique

November 26, 2020, 02:56:01 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Meat bar is the conservative bet, their chef's special is always spot on great steak, and other items are good as well, space is nice and staff are good.

Street has the potential to blow you away, with some really amazing items, especially the specials that David the chef makes (tell him JJ sent you ;) ) but sometimes service can be annoying and they can be busy.
Overheard someone last night say " @jj1000 sent me" the waitress was a bit confused  ;D

November 27, 2020, 09:32:27 AM
Re: Chanukah Donut Crawl Sesame. and then call it a day
December 11, 2020, 10:45:56 AM
Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!

We are working hard to bring you our second Kosher Antarctica Expedition.

A Once-In-A-Lifetime x2
I WANT A REFUND. Thought the kosher trip was once in a lifetime

March 06, 2021, 08:34:11 PM
Re: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!
First you have to pay him for the euphoria you experienced knowing that you have another opportunity and for the delusions that you will join the next one. For a fair price, check on the going rates for ecstasy and LSD in your neighborhood.
Still experiencing the euphoria of imagining being in Svalbard this past week  ;)

March 06, 2021, 08:58:59 PM
Re: What's The Craziest Shidduch Question You've Been Asked? Can we include things people have written in descriptions of what they are looking for? (we need a popcorn emoji)
March 08, 2021, 07:32:33 PM
Re: US Mint Coins For Sale (Individuals only)
Buying or selling?
arbitrage. so many of these coins are just getting passed down the chain

March 12, 2021, 11:26:31 AM
Re: $100 Eddie Bauer Superior Down Parka in Ultramarine great jacket! very warm
March 13, 2021, 09:28:41 PM