Faroe Islands Day Seven : the last day of a fabulous trip
Posted on 29th July, 2014
A quick peek out of the window at some ungodly hour assured me that the clouds had not lifted and so there was no ultra early start to visit the cliffs. By the time we got the 8.30am ferry back to Torshavn, there were certainly signs that the weather was beginning to relent, but too late! At least we were able to see something on the return trip! Arriving at the capital two hours later, we spent a little time exploring the harbour area and enjoying the eclectic mix of sights. Next to the remote village of Saksun further north on the island of Streymoy: There is a small museum at Saksun where you can visit the early 19th century farmhouse of Duvugarder. Again very warm and inviting as had been the house at Kirkjubour - and full of wonderful old wooden implements and tools: There’s also a rather quaint mid 19th century church at Saksun - though it is tricky to photograph due to a rather unsightly street lamp and fence! From Saksun, at low tide, you can walk down the hill past a lagoon and right to the sea front - an enjoyable stroll although not particularly photogenic in the conditions. After that it was back our lovely B&B of the first night (at Sandvagur) and a chance to enjoy the views we couldn’t see on our first stay. We also made an early evening trip back out to Gasadalur: Of course the conditions were unlikely to be as dramatic as our first evening but we did get some moments of gorgeous light. Frustratingly for the image above, I was not really where I wanted to be - the bottom of the steps! By the time I’d got down there, the misty shroud over Tindholmur had gone and I couldn’t get that perfect image I was hoping for! You can see the steps in the photo above - as well as just how little water was flowing down the falls - this seemed to be the case all over the islands, which were remarkably dry. It was extremely windy by now but, by putting the tripod very low, I was able to do some longish exposures, albeit with the composition a little compromised: For the eagle-eyed amongst you, that bright patch of cloud behind the cliffs is not a by-product of careless processing - it really was there! ;) We called it a day at about 8.30pm when the sun went below a huge bank of fog clinging to the horizon and completely hiding the island of Mykines. Besides, I was struggling to find my mojo a bit, we were both starving and also quite tired after a fairly full on week’s holiday! What a trip though! Such an enjoyable week, lucky with the weather and, as well as the spectacular landscape, we also enjoyed the friendly, no nonsense approach of the Faroese. A very welcoming place, perhaps not somewhere you go for the ultimate culinary experience, but a place to which I hope we will return!