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Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn September 21st 2023

Faroe Islands Journey up to Tilbury was uneventful and we arrived about 2.30pm. Parked in JustPark and then got an Uber taxi to the docks (£13.50 roughly) Smooth boarding and first impression of the ship was good. Smallish- similar to the Holland America ship. 3 pin plug which makes the ship very English although the Captain said there were 28 Nationalities aboard! ( whether he was counting the crew as well I don’t know!!) They have ORCA on board looking for whales situated on Deck 10 (which has been locked by the Captain every time we have been down) otherwise they are on Deck 12. I especially like the Observatory on Deck 14. Anyway, the first two days were spent at sea and apart from going through the Pentland Frith (between Scotland mainland and the Orkneys ... read more
Faroe Islands
The Old town at Torshavn
Saksun

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn August 9th 2022

Dear All Wow! The Faroe Islands did not fail to impress. After recently writing my blog entry on my first few days on this amazing archipelago, I realised what an amazing time I had had there. But there was more in store for me, and this second and final blog entry on my time there aims to relate my adventures for a further four days that I spent on these incredible islands. I really enjoyed the second half of my week there, the scenery remained stunning, the experiences unique, and the people just as lovely. On the Saturday morning after spending the previous day with puffins, I had to move on from my accommodation spectacularly located on a hillside overlooking central Torshavn below and the island of Nólsoy in the distance. Although the place was peaceful, ... read more
Lítla Dímun
Me
A Wet Blackbird!

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn August 5th 2022

Dear All Greetings! I am writing this blog entry on my first few days in my week-long stay in the magical, mystical and really quite incredible Faroe Islands. This former volcanic island archipelago lies only 500 miles north of the UK, but felt a complete world away - they are dark, brooding and majestic, rising suddenly out of the cold North Sea waters, with vertiginous cliff edges and diagonal green, grassy slopes, often shrouded in cloud, mist and fog, and have been described as the Hawaii of the North Atlantic. The landscape is just breathtaking, the people very friendly and welcoming, and there are some really spectacular sights to see. I'm surprised that there aren't more visitors, it still remains off the tourist radar, but to my mind this of course added to their charm - ... read more
Puffin
View from the Top
Gjógv Harbour

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn July 27th 2019

There are many joys of teaching in an international school. The one that I recently enjoyed, was visiting the homeland of a colleague's partner. Traveling is wondrous regardless, but there is a different quality to it when you are being hosted by someone in the know. We set off bright and early from Copenhagen for a quick two hour flight. Even the locals were glued to the windows upon landing, as we were treated to a clear sunny day, and therefore spectacular views. This airport is known for tricky landings, due to fog and wind, so our uneventful arrival seemed a great start to the adventure. We were picked up from the airport by Johannes' stepfather, and then driven into the capital, Tórshavn. We picked up our rental car, and then set out to the town ... read more
Fossá Waterfall
Walking up to the next layer at Fossá Waterfall
Seems so pillow-y, doesn't it?

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn June 16th 2017

Gestern Abend habe ich auf Wunsch meines Vaters noch ein paar Fotos vom Schiff gemacht. Sie sind im heutigen Post enthalten. Allerdings habe ich in der Nacht schlecht geschlafen. Ich war sogar noch wach, als wir um etwa 02:00 oder 03:00 auf den Färöer Halt machten. Evtl. hätte ich Fotos vom nordischen Sonnenuntergang machen können, wenn ich nicht so müde gewesen wäre. Dafür war dann wenigstens heute tagsüber das Wetter schön sonnig. Das habe ich schon um 09:30 beim Frühstück gesehen. Danach habe ich mich vor allem in der Kabine ausgeruht. Nach den letzten Tagen mit dem ganzen Sightseeing war das auch mal notwendig. Erst zum Kaffee bin ich wieder in die Cafeteria. Kurz danach sind wir wieder an den Shetland-Inseln vorbei gefahren, was ich von Deck aus beobachtete. Diesmal sind wir nördlich vorbei während wir ... read more
Galerie.
Die Cafeteria.
Die Bar.

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn June 5th 2017

Heute musste ich leider wieder früh aufstehen und zwar um 07:00. Denn um 08:00 begann schon unsere Rundfahrt auf den Färöerinseln. Ich war kurz vorher im Bus aber leider zu spät um meinen Platz zu verteidigen, der in meiner Abwesenheit besetzt war. Aber ich glaube, das Thema konnten wir an dem Tag noch zu meiner Zufriedenheit klären. Wir hatten zwei wichtige Ziele: Das Dorf Tjornuvik auf der Hauptinsel Streymoy und das Dorf Gjogv auf der Nachbarinsel Eysturoy. Beide Inseln sind durch eine Brücke verbunden. Dazwischen machten wir noch eine Reihe von Stopps für Fotos. Es war schon sehr interessant und die Landschaft erinnert ein wenig an die schottischen Highlands. Am Ende sind wir noch ein bisschen auf dem Rückweg durch die Hauptstadt Torshavn gefahren, aber so richtig war dafür keine Zeit mehr. Das Wetter war, wie ... read more
Traditionelles Gebäude auf den Färöer.
Die beiden versteinerten Trolle.
Die Schlucht von Gjogv.

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn October 31st 2016

Faroe Islands This was the third and last step of our trip to some of the Scandinavian countries (including Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands). We took a flight from Norway to its only airport: Vagar Airport. It’s 56 kms from the capital Tórshavn. We were about to take a ferry instead, but the weather was not so nice and we decided to have a pleasant journey travelling by plane :) In spite of its small size, the Faroe Islands offers many opportunities for excursions and walks along the small villages connections or the incredible mountains with fantastic views to the ocean. The principal reason to go to Faroes Island was to go birding. Puffins, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Gannets and Storm Petrels are just a few species that come to the Faroes to breed each year (around 305 ... read more

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn April 4th 2015

That's Thor's Harbour as in 'Torshavn', the diminuitive Faroese capital city (or town, to be more precise). It appears logical enough for a city break to the Faroe Islands to base yourself in Torshavn, as this is the only real built-up area on the island network which is likely to offer anything of a selection of restaurants, shops and hotels. The choice of hotel was the Hotel Streym, a pleasant place to stay on the harbourfront, a short hop from the main bus station, and a budget guest car rental service, which, as the other two days went to roundly illustrate, proved invaluable. Being such a compact-natured town made for easy tourist-route planning which was an effortlessly simple route to follow without straying too far off course. The harbourfront fortress known as Skansin is best characterized ... read more
The harbour front (Torshavn; Faroe Islands)
An urban woodland retreat (Torshavn; Faroe Islands)
The town from up on high (Torshavn; Faroe Islands)

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn November 3rd 2013

The Faroe Islands are one of the West Nordic countries, and I'm thrilled to chalk up number three in this amazing part of the world. Having already visited Iceland and Greenland during this memorable trip, I've been impressed by the stunning scenery on offer in the Arctic region. Although the Islands are a part of Denmark, there is a unique feel to the Faroes that makes visitors instantly aware you have arrived in a different country. Faroese is a distinct language, and closer to Icelandic than it is to Danish. The culture and traditions of the people on these beautiful islands also stand apart from the Danish, and this out of the way spot makes for a rewarding travel destination. It's less than three hours flight on the plane from Copenhagen to Torshavn, but once you ... read more
Torshavn house
Lovely building
Grass roof houses

Europe » Faroe Islands » Torshavn July 10th 2013

Monday was a rainy day all over Faroe Islands, so we decided to stay in Torshavn to look around the town and to rest our feet after several days of hiking. We started by taking a little walking tour around an old citadel and lighthouse, as well as Tinganes, which is the old town of Torshavn and is still home to Faroe Islands government buildings, for example office of the prime minister (which btw is located in a cute, bright red wooden house with grass roof :). After a coffee break we walked some more around the town, via a church to a shopping mall. We thought we would possibly buy a book about Canada, but couldn't find any. In the afternoon we attended a free concert at the Nordic House, which is a Nordic cultural ... read more
Torshavn
Our new friend
Waterfalls are all over Faroes




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