Discovering Malmö: On a Day Trip to Scania’s Capital

For too long now, Malmö has been underrated and had a reputation of being an unsafe city with too many criminals and too much ethnic division. It has been named the ‘crime capital of Scandinavia’. It has been called ugly, uninteresting, bland. But I’d never actually seen it for myself. Despite the fact that Malmö lies literally JUST across the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen, only…

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…

Biking to Dragør: A Charming Village on the Eastern Tip of Amager

Ten days ago, I finally had a day off work, and since I don’t have many days off in June, I’ve decided to spend those few days that I have the best way possible. It’s summer, the weather is beautiful and I have no exams to revise for, so going on adventures seems like the perfect way to spend my free days. On June 6th,…

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…

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’),…

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…

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…

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…

Stevns Klint: A Danish Natural Heritage Site on the Island of Zealand

Stevns Klint is a 17 km long and 14 m high gem of a chalk cliff on the Stevns peninsula in Southeast Zealand. In 2014, the site of Stevns Klint was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, because of its fossil-rich cliff that offers outstanding evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite, which is thought to have caused the biggest mass extinction ever…

A Day of Adventures at Lake Mývatn in North Iceland

We had left the best for the last day on Iceland – the eutrophic Lake Mývatn in the north part of the country, created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago. Mývatn is a destination that I’ve wanted to explore for ages. I’ve been to Iceland twice before and both times I’d planned to see Mývatn, but in October 2013 there was not…