Wandering The Faroe Islands

February 15, 2021

The Faroe Islands – consist of 18 beautiful green islands in the Northeast Atlantic.    – by far one of the most special and beautiful places we have ever seen until now

Coming to this remote place, yet beautiful part of the world, from a big, crowded, and chaotic city like Bucharest, we knew somehow that it was going to be different this time. We said that this must be the perfect occasion to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our daily life and leave our devices behind, and just enjoy nature. And we were right. There’s something special about this place. 

From the moment we arrived, we felt so welcomed by this beautiful country.
Did I just say country? Well, it’s a self-governing group of islands under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, but it’s a little more complicated than that, while Denmark is part of the EU, the Faroe Islands are not. They are not part of NATO either. Also, they have a cultural identity, their own language, traditions, and customs. Ask any Faroese about their identity and most likely they would reply: “We are not Danes, we are Faroese.”

Since we have already lived for more than 5 years in Denmark, I can honestly say that it’s hard to find any cultural similarities between Danes and Faroese, and we are not talking about politics here.

We were very lucky to have many local friends and so we were able to receive a lot of good advice. On our first visit it happened to be the national day of the Faroe Islands, which they call Ólavsøka (literal meaning is “Saint Olaf’s Wake”) Ólavsøka is celebrated for several days, but the day itself is on July 29.

Is celebrated with a lot of festive activities

It was a great experience, the way people express their joy of being Faroese and the way they feel united by their language, traditions, and their ancestral land, impressed us.

We were quite lucky with the weather, from the two trips of about ten days each, we did not have more than 2-3 days with rain in total, but it’s quite breezy and chilly most of the time, and sometimes it’s overcast and drizzling, especially in the off-season, the seasonal months are June-August. When it comes to weather, locals often call the place “The land of maybe” in reference to the unpredictability of the weather.

One of the days, together with our friends, we got on the boat and sailed towards Mykines. Mykines is the westernmost of the 18 main islands of the Faroe Archipelago. As soon as we arrived in Mykines we left the village behind and so we walked and walked and climbed and not until we had reached the lighthouse, which is called Mykines Holmur did we realize how far we had come. Most of the puffins stay on the beautiful island of Mykines. Birds are the only sounds you hear and the sound of calm waves of the Atlantic Ocean hitting the shore.

We decided to visit a salmon farm. First, we sailed by boat to visit the fish farm at sea and then the fish processing hall. Salmon farming is a type of aquaculture where the fish are grown in net cages, typically located in sheltered bays and fjords along the coast. The geographical position of the Faroe Islands is perfect for premium salmon production. Its remote location is complemented by pristine clear waters, cool steady sea temperatures, strong currents, and accessible fjords.

Just a few kilometers distance from Vagar Airport, there is another place that we loved enormously – Gasadalur village, such a natural beauty that is tucked between lush green fields and soaring rocky mountains. I would say that out of the dozens of places visited, this is the favorite number one.  Gasadalur used to be one of the most isolated villages in the Faroes, until 2004 when a tunnel through the mountains was built, but until then the villagers had to do a strenuous hike over 400 to 700-meter mountains every time that they want to get in and out of Gasadalur.  For the Faroese, this place has special importance also due to the fact that the national poet and hymn composer lived here. Mikkjal Dánjalsson á Ryggi (1879-1956) was born in Miðvágur and lived in Gásadalur.

The Faroe Islands, well worth your time and money. If you have not been here before, we advise you to try this place, you will experience unspoiled nature waterfalls, scenic routes wherever you go, plenty of photo opportunities on the way, friendly people who are always excited to meet tourists, delicious food and last but not least, total relaxation

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