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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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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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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…

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Faroe Islands from New Perspectives: Gjógv, Elduvík and Við Áir

On our first full day on our Easter trip to the Faroe Islands, we woke up late after the night out, to a world of rain and fog. Still, we were determined to get something out of the day and decided to go on a roadtrip to the northern part of the island of Eysturoy. Poul drove us and our friend Tórur decided to come…

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My Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

2016 has been a glorious travel year. I’ve visited 24 countries, 16 of them new ones, and everywhere I’ve been, I’ve brought my trusty Sony camera with me. Even here in Copenhagen, I can’t live without it. I’ve taken thousands of pictures this year, more than ever before, and choosing my favourites hasn’t been an easy job. It took me a while, but here they…

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A Roadtrip on the Mythical Island of Kalsoy

After a night spent in the camp site kitchen in Klaksvík, we were feeling just as drowsy and dreary as the weather that had brought down our tent. We had arranged to go to Tórshavn in the evening to get the keys to our new temporary home, but we still had the entire day ahead of us on Norðoyggjar, so despite the gloomy weather and…

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Mykines: A Hike through the Stone Forest to Mt. Knúkur

Last year in August, when I travelled through the Faroe Islands for a week, I took a trip to the island of Mykines, famous for its rich birdlife, including my favourite bird – the puffin. This year, I wanted to show Katrine this magical island, which in many ways differs from the other Faroese islands. Not only is the island perfect for birdwatching and a…

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A Hike to the Abandoned Village of Skarð

On december 23rd 1913, seven men from Skarð on Kunoy went fishing on the rough sea, but they never returned home. A snowstorm surprised them and claimed all seven lives. That day, the village lost all of its men, except from one elderly man. In the years following the tragedy, the women, the man and the children worked hard to survive, but it was an…

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Hiking to Borðan on Nólsoy

On my fourth day in the Faroe Islands, I felt a sudden urge to return to one of my favourite islands – Nólsoy. Originally, my plan was to see as many new islands as possible during the 7 days that I had available, but I had started to miss Nólsoy and after hiking to Mykineshólmur on Mykines three days ealier, I had become eager to…

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A Roadtrip on Suðuroy

Suðuroy is the southernmost island on Faroe Islands and the fourth-largest. It has a population of 5000 people. Suðuroy is quite different from the rest of the Faroe Islands due to being far away from all the other islands. The atmosphere is more relaxed and the nature is more mild yet raw. In 1946, Suðuroy got the nickname “Little Denmark”, as it was the only…