Travel impressions from the Faroe Islands
Photographs by Jens Ommer
In the summer of 2018, I visited the Faroe Islands with my family for about 3 weeks.
The Faroe Islands are an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark, consisting of a group of 18 islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, situated between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland.
We travelled there by the car ferry Norröna, which is the lifeline of the Faroe Islands. Many tourists use the ferry to travel to Iceland. We disembarked halfway, after about a 30-hour crossing from the Danish port of Hirtshals. In good visibility, during the ferry ride, one can see Fair Isle, the southernmost island of the Shetlands. We caught sight of the island's lighthouse.
In the Faroe Islands, we stayed in Leirvik, on the island of Eysturoy. Its central location and our car made it possible for us to visit many of the 18 islands. The largest islands are connected by undersea tunnels, making them easily accessible.
The pictures show the magnificent nature impressions from our hikes. Most of the hiking trails are the old postal paths between the villages. Before the development of roads and tunnels, these trails were the only connection to the outside world.
The highlight of our trip was the excursion to the northernmost island, Fugloy, by the mail boat "Ritan" from Hvannasund. On the way to the island, we had a conversation with the captain, who told us that his daughter had worked in Germany. Since it was the last ferry on the weekend, many locals were on board, having visited their families on the islands. On the way back, the captain took a detour to the bird cliff at Stapi and showed us this magnificent sight.
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