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…

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’),…

Exploring Tirana: The Most Colourful European Capital

On the morning of my last day in Albania, I caught a bus from Berat to Tirana, the country’s colourful capital. I was excited to explore the city that I had heard so much about from other travellers (some were more excited about it than others). I had heard about all the colours of the city, so I was expecting colours, and colours was exactly…

My Worst Travel Moments of 2016

2016 has been a year of many beautiful and memorable moments, the best of which I put together in a list in the previous post. But all good times come with bad times, and even though they aren’t what fill the pages of this blog too often, they happen to me too – this year more than ever. A lot of things that I never…

My Best Travel Moments of 2016

I love this time of year. It’s time to reflect on the year that has passed and remember all of the good times. This year, I’ve visited 24 countries and in every one of them, I’ve had beautiful and memorable moments. But some of those moments stand out more than others – they are the moments that I think back on with a huge smile…

Eysturoy: A Beautiful Hike to Ambadalur in Gjógv

After camping for six nights and having our tent flooded in a storm, we decided to move to an actual house in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, which we had borrowed from Andras’ lovely family. Our original plan was to camp on several islands for two weeks before moving to Tórshavn, but instead, Tórshavn now became our base for exploring the islands, which…

Climbing Mt. Klakkur: A Short Sunshine Hike in Klaksvík

After our dramatic rescue in Skálatoftir the day before, we needed a day to relax with no plans. I was actually looking forward to spending the day doing absolutely nothing at the camp site, but I was having a hard time facing the fact that we would be wasting a day. After all, we only had 18 days on the Faroe Islands. One would think…

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…

Mykines: Meeting the Crazy Bird Woman

Our first day in the Faroe Islands was an eventful one. I’ve never written a blog post about one specific encounter before, but I feel like our experience with the crazy bird woman of Mykines deserves its own post. Shortly after arriving at the airport in Vágar from Denmark, we walked to the village of Sørvágur, where we caught the ferry to Mykines. Mykines would…

Åland Bike Journey – 2nd Leg: Eckerö to Geta

We had set the alarm to 7 AM, as we had to catch a bicycle ferry at 11 AM, which would take us across Snäcköfjärden from Skarpnåtö over to the tiny island of Hällö, where we could continue our journey to Geta, our destination for the second leg. The ferry dock in Skarpnåtö is located just 17 km. away from Öra, where we had camped…