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The Great Adventures of Alex the Dog from Vestmanna

Alex is the coolest dog I’ve ever known – and also the weirdest. I’ve known him since March 2015. He lives with one of my beloved Faroese families in Vestmanna. I’ve visited him and his family 5 times before, and this November, I spent all of my 11 days in the country in Vestmanna living with him and his family. That meant that Alex and I…

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Discovering Vestmannasund: A Frozen Black Sand Beach and a Snow Storm in Skælingur

Since Solveig and I stayed in Vestmanna here in November, we thought it would be the perfect time to check out the local area. I’ve been to Vestmanna a few times before to visit Rigmor, Jens and the boys, and I’ve explored the mountains above the village and the neighbouring village of Kvivik. But I’ve never set foot in Leynar, located just 15 km from Vestmanna,…

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A Day on the Ocean: Sailing from Fuglafjørður to Nólsoy

Second day on my November trip to the Faroe Islands, and we were off on an epic adventure sailing the fjords and open ocean between some of the 18 islands. Jens had recently bought a new sailboat in Fuglafjørður, the 6th largest village in the country located 70 km from Vestmanna, and Solveig and I were invited to pick it up and sail it home…

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November in the Faroe Islands: First Afternoon Hike in Kirkjubøur

Yesterday at 7.45 PM, I arrived in Vágar Airport for my seventh visit to the Faroe Islands. As all people who have ever met me know, I LOVE this country. I’m fascinated by every corner of it, and I go back as much as I possibly can. I started travelling to the Faroe Islands in 2013, then went back twice in 2015, twice in 2016,…

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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…