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Culture Night in Copenhagen and a Surprise Concert with Faroese Eivør

Eivør Pálsdóttir. Do you know her? If not, click play and discover the most beautiful voice on this planet. She’s one of my favourite singers on the entire planet. And of course, she just happens to be Faroese. This Friday was one of the best nights I’ve had here in Copenhagen – because I finally got to experience that magical voice of hers! It was…

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Third Semester Travels: Much More of Europe

Third semester at uni has just begun, and it’s all very exciting, but I’m already feeling the need for travel. As much as I love archaeology, I simply don’t function without travel. So whenever I have the chance, I grab it – and I’m off to somewhere new or somewhere old and treasured. I’ve done it my two previous semesters. During the first semester, I…

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Third Time Lucky: The Iconic View of Koltur over Norðradalur

On one of our last days in the Faroe Islands in April, Katrine, Poul and I decided to spend a sunny day driving to beautiful spots on Streymoy. One of these was an insta-famous spot on the Oyggjarvegur mountain road with an iconic view of Koltur and the holm Trøllhøvdi, which almost looks like a mini-version of Koltur, framed in by the mountains surrounding the…

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Night on Hestur: A 30 Kilometer and 8,5-Hour Hike Around the Entire Island

After spending two nights in Vestmanna with Rigmor, Jens and their family, it was time to head back to Hoyvík and Poul and his family. We had arranged to go on a 1-night trip to the island of Hestur the next day, as Poul’s family owns a house there. Hestur was one of four islands in the Faroe Islands that I had yet to visit,…

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Exploring the Southern Tip of Eysturoy: Æðuvík and Toftavatn

After exploring Vestmanna and Kvívik, Katrine, Sheena, Michelle and I drove to the tiny village of Æðuvík on the southern tip of Eysturoy. We wanted to make the most of our day together, and since we’re all big hiking lovers, it seemed only natural to go for a hike together. The weather wasn’t treating us too well that day, so we decided to only go…

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Vestmanna and Kvívik: Family Time, Mountain Roads and a Viking Settlement

Back in March 2015, I stayed with Rigmor and Jens and their beautiful family for three days in Skála on Eysturoy after getting rescued from a storm while sleeping in my tent on the side of a mountain. I’ve since visited them every time I’ve returned to the Faroe Islands in their new home in Vestmanna, but I hadn’t stayed with them since. This time…

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Vágar: The Art of Gathering Sheep and How I Got Lost on a Mountain

After our hike at Lake Leitisvatn, on the way to Vestmanna, we decided to pay a visit to our friend Andras’ parents in Sandavágur, who we’d stayed with for two days and borrowed the house in Tórshavn from back in August. His mum was home and didn’t mind us showing up without notice (A very Faroese thing!), and even made us coffee, tea and biscuits.…

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New Views of Lake Leitisvatn: Climbing Ritubergsnøva and Trælanípa

On April 10th, Katrine and I left Hoyvík for a few days to visit one of my Faroese families in Vestmanna. But first we wanted to head back to Vágar, as we’d both been dying to get back to Lake Leitisvatn after we found out that we’d missed ‘the best view in the Faroe Islands’, when we went there in August. Trælanípa (‘the slave cliff’),…

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Photo Diary: The City Waterfall of Svartifoss

In the middle of Hoyvík, a busy suburb in Tórshavn, flows a waterfall, which is probably the prettiest in all of the Faroe Islands. The waterfall is called Svartifoss (‘black falls’) because of the black stones behind it. There’s a famous waterfall in Iceland with the same name, but this one in Hoyvík has yet to be discovered. When you drive along the roads in…

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A Hike up to the King’s Cairns

In 1914, three men walked up a mountain overlooking Tórshavn and its suburbs. They had one mission; to look for the king’s ship in the horizon, so they could send the message down to Tórshavn in order for the city to be ready to greet him. The king took a while to reach the city, so the three men started getting bored. They decided to…