Faroe Islands Days Five and Six : heading south (Suduroy)
Posted on 26th July, 2014
We awoke to find our guess about a change in the weather was indeed correct. Very little visibility but still wonderfully atmospheric. Before leaving Gjogv, we wandered down to explore the village a little more. The harbour is in a natural gorge (or cleft) in the sea and, as so often seems to be the case, I soon found a face staring out from the rocks! ;) We drove past the cliffs and sea stacks of Risin og Kellingin - the latter firmly hidden beneath a blanket of white. We waited a while in vain hope - but enjoyed watching a few birds and admiring the lovely meadow grasses that are so prevalent on the islands: Our destination was Torshavn, from where we were to catch a ferry to the most southerly island of the Faroes - Suderoy. We had a little time to explore the capital harbour area and also to be entertained by a refreshing example of a country not bound by laws of health and insanity: You may just be able to see in the photo above a speedboat towing a vessel of some description, complete with 3 passengers - all this round a working harbour! Our ferry journey was eerie - dead flat seas and not a view to be had - blanket fog everywhere for our two hour journey. We’d come to Suderoy for its spectacular sea cliffs and good walking - the weather looked as if it might have other ideas for us. Regardless, we spent the afternoon and early evening exploring. I finally managed to photograph the hay drying racks we have seen all over the islands. As we drove over the high pass towards the picturesque little village of Famjin, we suddenly found ourselves with the odd enticing view! Great to see a bit of the island we’d come so far to visit! Famjin proved a super little place to explore - though once again, I found myself drawn to those boat sheds! Again we saw much evidence of families hard at work cutting grass and creating little mounds ready to dry. We even enjoyed the odd splash of sunshine, before the weather closed in again and we returned to our B&B. No change the following morning so it was back to exploring low level locations, starting with Tvoroyri, the main little town where we were staying. From there to the northernmost village, Sandvik - conditions much the same. As always some characterful buildings and yet more lovely grass meadows. From there down to the other end and the southern point of Suderoy - hoping the low cloud would shift but starting to realise it wouldn’t! Another atmospheric and eerie place to visit though. We then drove up the mountain road to the highest point above the sea cliffs on the south west of the island. We waited an hour or so - once or twice we thought we might get a sneak view of the cliffs, but it was not to be. So back to Tvoroyri it was, and a little more exploring along the shore near our B&B. Plenty of boat sheds to keep me happy and I thought I’d let my hair down and try a few double exposures! ;) And a final photo for the day - a rather scruffy little jetty that somehow appealed, set against the grasses and buttercups on a misty afternoon. All the photos in this blog were taken with the Fuji XE-1 and with either the 18-55mm or 55-200mm lens. There are a few in cam velvia jpegs here - sometimes these jpegs are rendered in a way I find hard to better with the RAW file. Quite a few are RAW files developed with Adobe’s new Astia/Soft camera setting which also has a lovely way of rendering the images. I’ve then tweaked them as I see fit. I fear we will not get to see the cliffs before our return ferry early tomorrow morning - but if we do, then my last blog from the Faroes will show them!