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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #20 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!!!

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #21 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

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Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #22 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 mind boggling stuff
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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #23 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:




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.
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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2020, 01:47:43 PM »
Nice installment. I'm so happy you decided to finish the TR.

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2020, 03:29:49 PM »
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

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).


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.

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2020, 03:55:01 PM »
Great TR and awesome that you came back to finish it!

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #27 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.

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #28 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

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Re: Faroe Islands- with a day in Manchester and Copenhagen
« Reply #29 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.