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Published: June 15th 2019
Comin in for a landing
They spread their wings and little orange feet and whir onto the cliffs edge
What an awesome get away! This tiny island country is small in size and far flung in location, but large and generous in hospitality and majesty! My dear travel pal, Fred, and I enjoyed 7 days of hiking and exploring the Faroes via foot, rental car, ferry and even helicopter! A well developed infrastructure, including sub-sea tunnels, combined with incredibly friendly locals who often spoke English, made this an easy place to tour. 18 islands comprise this 70 mile x 50 mile set of islands, 7 of which we were fortunate enough to explore. It's been 2 weeks since I returned, and the lingering impressions that find their way into my thoughts and dreams are those of epic scenery, ubiquitous sheep and newborn lambs, and the happy people who reached out to welcome us. Our airbnb hosts impressed me with things like warm pancakes on our way out to explore, cheerful pick up and drop off from/to the ferry port and helicopter pad, advice on the best Faroe smoked salmon, and lingering conversation and enthusiastic sharing of the way of life in the Faroes. Then there was the invitation to "come on in" to the gated hillside yard of a friendly
A remote home as viewed from the remote village of Saksun. Imagine the solitude and inconveniences of living here!
neighbor to meet the sheep and learn about community life, the Senegal/Faroe bicyclist who stopped just to welcome us, the Faroe men bravely reaching beyond language barriers to explain to us about their annual summer trek with their prize rams to the best summer grazing ground on their island, and our easy going rental car agent who left his home office to drive us to get gas and move to our next location. Fred made me laugh when she animatedly stated "Everything is hairy here!" And then we created and continually expanded upon the list of hairy things we encountered....the bearded men, the shaggy sheep and cows, the Faroese ponies, the sheep dogs, the moss covered rocks, even the grass roofed homes and churches! This is a place where everything is hairy!!! This place couldn't be more opposite from Fred's home in Nigeria or even my suburban home in Michigan, USA. Would I go back? In a heartbeat! I feel the pull even still to schedule another trip to get a dose of fresh air, challenging hiking, and comfort of being in the statistically safest, lowest crime location in the world. Oh, and I haven't even yet mentioned perhaps the
Our first hike led us to this scenic view. In early May, the green grasses are just beginning to emerge over the browns of winter.
cutest birds in the world.... PUFFINS!!!
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