The Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic Ocean. If you want to find it on the map, you have to use a magnifying glass and aim at the waters between the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, and Greenland to barely find this hidden Nordic archipelago.
”National Geographic” once rated the Faroe Islands as “the most beautiful archipelago in the world”. There are amazing natural scenery here. The magical craftsmanship of nature has carved cliffs, valleys and waterfalls in the Faroe Islands. The entire island is a “playground” of nature.
After I went to Iceland, I thought that I would not be easily moved by other natural scenery, but the Faroe Islands conquered me again: the winding coastline, the weird weather intertwined with rain and fog, the magnificent fjord cliffs, countless Endless waterfalls, picturesque primitive villages, free-spirited goats and sheep, arctic puffins in black and white… This archipelago, like Iceland, Norway, and the Scottish Highlands, combines the beauty of the three places into one .
1 The “Peerless Twins” of the Faroe Islands on Dranggarni Sea Stacks
The sea breeze sang the ancient legends of the Atlantic Ocean in my ears, and my eyes seemed to be the end of the world. The uncanny workmanship of nature was best proved by the Land Garni sea stacks.
The Faroe Islands are composed of 17 residential islands and 1 uninhabited island reef, with a total area of 1399 square kilometers, with an average of less than 36 people living in each square kilometer. Departing from the capital Torshavn in the south of the main island, the distance to the farthest land in the northeast is only more than 100 kilometers. The archipelago’s long coastline of 1,117 kilometers is undoubtedly the most unique landscape here. What the vast sea brings to the Faroe Islands is the weird and changeable weather, the natural landforms eroded by waves and sea winds, and the isolated way of life on the island.
For a long time, there were no roads in the Faroe Islands, and the only way for the locals to contact and communicate with the outside world was to cross the mountains. Over time, hiking has become a local characteristic. This is a well-deserved “country of hiking”. Most of the magnificent landscapes are not easily accessible on the side of the road, but require trekking through mountains and rivers to test the physical strength and will of visitors.
Drangganil sea stacks are one of the most distinctive attractions in the Faroe Islands, and because it takes 3 to 4 hours to hike, it is also a very challenging attraction. But its magnificent appearance will make people forget the troubles of hiking. In the large picture on the left page, a young man is skating on a skateboard on the winding road.
When hiking in the Faroe Islands, you must go to Drangarni Sea Stacks. Although the name of the sea stack cannot be found on many maps, its photos have already spread all over the Internet and are very famous. The Drangarni sea stacks are located on the sea at the western end of the small town of Sevage. There are two of them. The names are both Danish, which translates to “big mountain” and “small mountain”. If you want to go there, you can only go on foot, and the whole journey takes 6 to 8 hours, which makes the Dranggarni sea stack one of the most challenging attractions in the Faroe Islands.
It is worth noting that the hiking route to the sea stack is not listed in the official free hiking trail guidebook. On the way to the sea stacks on foot, you need to climb three mountains, but they are all private territories and outsiders are not allowed to enter. At first, we tried to walk in by ourselves, but were stopped by the owner of the property, who almost called the police to drive us away. In desperation, we had to obediently spend money to sign up and enter with the local hiking group. When chatting with the tour guide, we learned that the tour guide leading the group is the son of the uncle landlord. It turns out that this hiking route has long been made into a family monopoly business.
Before we started hiking, we also had a full meal in the only cafe in the small town of Sevage. This restaurant has no name, but the dishes taste very good, and the steaks and fish steaks are fresh and delicious. The owner is a couple who are about fifty years old, and they cooperate with each other tacitly. The interior decoration of the store is retro, and the boss collects all kinds of second-hand and old goods, which looks very chic.
In the Faroe Islands in summer, the sunshine time is very long. Our hiking tour started at 7 pm, and by 10 pm, we finally crossed the huge ridge and saw the dream scenery. The weather was beautiful, and a brief sunset appeared on the sea that was originally surrounded by thick fog. Standing on the edge of the cliff, the sea breeze sings the ancient legends of the Atlantic in your ears. It seems like the end of the world in front of you. All the roads, landscapes, light, time, and emotions and feelings at this time are gathered here, waiting to be integrated. and annihilation.
The Atlantic Ocean in the distance seems to be a deep eye socket, and the thin setting sun is a gentle gaze. There are large and small cliffs and hills with door openings and the sharp lines of the mountains and islands behind them, forming a handsome facial outline that looks like a handsome man in Farrow. At this time, the clouds are playing in the wind, controlling the changes of light and color on the horizon and the sea. Every few minutes, a new picture is displayed in front of people’s eyes, so that I can’t take my eyes off it, and I can’t bear to leave any one. Minor changes. The uncanny workmanship of nature has been best proved in the Landgarni sea stack.
Cliffs and fjords are the characteristics of the Faroe Islands, and human beings are very small in them. The magic of nature is perfectly reflected in the Faroe Islands.
On the return journey, the uncle landlord who almost called the police to drive us away drove a boat and came to pick us up. It saves everyone from the torture of returning for 3 hours. He drove us through the caves of the sea stacks, which was a small gift of the trip.
2 Mykines Island is an international-level bird island that is only open for four months a year
Going west along this route, you will see a lighthouse built in 1909. This is the westernmost point of the Faroe Islands, facing the Atlantic Ocean, with vast mist, sea and sky.
The islands of the Faroe Islands are separated by the sea and need to rely on ships and helicopters to travel. Mykines Island, some people also translate it as Mackay Island, but I prefer the translation of Mykines. It is the westernmost Dokdo Island in the Faroe Islands. It is a famous bird island and a world-famous bird watching resort. People who like to watch birds always carry professional equipment on their backs, and they can watch for hours. Every year from May to August in summer and October in autumn are the days when tourists can visit the island. It’s just that before enjoying the unique beauty of Mykines Island, you need to endure 45 minutes of wind and waves on the boat, and you have to survive the 3-4 hours of walking back and forth.
Although it is far away from the main island of the Faroe Islands, Mykines Island is not an uninhabited island. There is a small village with only 40 houses in total. There are only 10 to 15 permanent residents in the village. It can be regarded as a self-satisfied place. It’s a paradise of joy. If you ask the villagers if they are lonely, the answer you get is: there are hundreds of thousands of birds accompanying us here. Thousands of puffins fly to this island where there are more birds than people every summer.
When people see puffins for the first time, they call them “flying penguins” because of their black and white feather colors, and some people call them “Iceland birds”. In fact, puffins have nothing to do with penguins. There are three species of them: arctic, horned and tufted puffins. The puffins here belong to the arctic puffins. They are one of the most united birds, whether they are migrating or in the habitat, they are always in groups and act in unison, which can effectively defend themselves and mark the range of their habitat to warn other seabirds not to enter. As long as unknown birds invade, they will circle in groups, and finally form a rapidly rotating ring formation, using the “sea of birds tactic” to make the intruders dizzy.
The villages on the Faroe Islands are quite humanistic. Village houses often appear with colorful facades. These bright colors add a lot of beautiful scenery to the dark tones of the Faroe Islands.
In addition to puffins, we also encountered Faroese sheep by chance on the narrow mountain road. The flocks here are very different from the flocks in New Zealand and other places. They are generally not large-scale collective actions, but scattered one or two pairs of leisurely grazing and wandering. The wool on these sheep seems to have not been sheared for a long time, and it is messy, giving a sense of vicissitudes.
The hiking time on Mykines Island is about 3 hours, the length is about seven or eight kilometers, and the highest altitude is about 125 meters. The difficulty of hiking is not high, and you can see many gray-haired European tourists on the way. Along the way, the high grass slopes are covered with a large number of sunken green holes, which are the “sea view rooms” of puffins. Going west along this route, you will see a lighthouse built in 1909, which means that the hiking tour of Mykines Island has come to an end. And here is the westernmost part of the Faroe Islands, facing the Atlantic Ocean, with vast mist and sea and sky.
3 The most beautiful waterfall in Gaisadale Village
The swiftly falling waterfall hit the sea surface hard in the strong wind, and the sea surface was shattered into white cracks because of the waterfall entering the sea, like a piece of black jade that was shattered.
After returning to the town where I settled down from Mykines Island, after discussing with my friends, I decided to drive to Gesadale Village by myself. On the way of self-driving, I passed a village named Uber. The village is very chic. From a distance, you can see houses covered with green grass roofs lined up by the sea.
There is an embarrassing story about this small village. A long time ago, there lived two brothers in this village, namely the older brother Elikuer and the younger brother Simon. The two brothers jointly owned all the land and properties in the village and were rich. And happiness. But Ali Kull wanted to divide the wealth into two, but Simon disagreed, so he killed his younger brother, and ran to the Jubail Church by boat to ask the local bishop to ask God to forgive his evil deeds. The bishop asked him to pay a large amount of ransom to show that God forgives his sins. Then Eric returned to Uber by boat, and the moment he landed, a huge wave engulfed him, which was considered retribution.
Today, Uber’s land ownership is owned by the government. Combined with the ending of the story, it is really ironic.
Leaving Uber village, we continue to Gaisadale village. The village of Gesadale is located on the west side of Vega Island, 60 kilometers away from Tórshavn. The car passed through the tunnel and turned around the cloudy and foggy hills. At a glance, we saw a group of small houses in the distance, which was Gaisadale Village.
There are only a dozen huts in the village, which are hidden randomly between the winding coastline and valleys. The mountains surrounding the village are one of the highest in the Faroe Islands. Many meters of high mountains can reach the nearest villages and towns, so many people don’t want to live here. It was not until 2004 that the local government opened up tunnels, repaired roads, and opened up traffic, which made it relatively easy to enter the village and gave the outside world a chance to see the beauty of the village.
The waterfall into the sea is also a must-go place on foot in the Faroe Islands. On the cliff, the waterfall rushes into the sea, and the black sea surface is broken by the waterfall. The village of Uber, the legend about it, has never ceased in the Faroe Islands.
Where the village is located, there are undulating mountains and abundant rainwater. Waterfalls of all sizes can be seen everywhere. On the cliffs by the seaside of the village, a white water column can be vaguely seen, which is the waterfall into the sea.
Before entering the village, there is a sluice gate on the road. Passing through it, there is a sign on the left hand side, pointing to the end of the winding path with no end in sight. Find a place to park the car on the side of the road, walk over, the sound of water jumps into your ears first, quickly speed up, look across the grass and cliffs, and the waterfall entering the sea is in front of you!
The source of this waterfall is a small stream flowing down from the mountain next to the village. The water volume is not large, but it has a little momentum when it enters the sea. The swiftly falling waterfall hit the sea surface hard in the strong wind, and the sea surface was shattered into white cracks because of the waterfall entering the sea, like a piece of black jade that was shattered. In the past, when the waterfall fell into the water, the splashing water seemed to be surrounded by the sea here. In different seasons and weather, the scenery here will show different changing effects, the most suitable of which is to watch the sun set and take time-lapse shooting.
After leaving the waterfall, we continued to wander around the village. The whole village was as quiet as no one, and the most noisy ones were probably the children playing here. They played carefree, as if the whole world was a free playground.