Weather Permitting - a week on the Faroe Islands: Day1 - Torshavn and Streymoy

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Tórshavn, named after Thor, is the capital and one of the oldest towns on the islands. It lies on the eastern coast of Streymoy, which is one of the two largest islands in the archipelago.

Morning - Tórshavn and around
Stroll at the harbor
2007:08:01 17:34:45 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
A ship behind Tinganes
2007:08:01 18:04:08 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The Tinganes peninsula is the historical core of Tórshavn
2007:08:01 18:07:20 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
Merkið, the Faroese flag. They became a "self governing community within the Kingdom of Denmark" in 1948
2007:08:01 18:08:29 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
Governative buildings at the very tip of Tinganes
2007:08:01 18:10:51 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
We've crossed Streymoy west of Tórshavn
2007:08:01 18:37:18 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
This is the isle of Hestur, which means horse
2007:08:02 12:23:25 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The isle of Koltur rises from the sea right north of Hestur
2007:08:02 12:30:20 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
Tiny road to Syðradalur, Koltur in the background

Morning - Tórshavn and around
We are now in Kirkjubøur. This has been the religious center of the Faroes for centuries
2007:08:02 13:35:39 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The first bishops' seat was established here in the 11th century, however it is believed that the first Celtic monks were already living in eremitic seclusion on these islands by the 6th century
2007:08:02 13:40:03 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The ruins of the never completed Magnus cathedral
2007:08:02 13:42:34 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The cathedral dates back to the 13th century
2007:08:02 13:43:53 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The interior of Roystokovan, a typical turf-roofed farmhouse
2007:08:02 13:47:56 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
It's been home for the same Faroes family for 17 generations
2007:08:02 13:48:25 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
They say it was built with wood that came drifting all the way from Norway some 700 years ago (yes there are not many trees around here)
2007:08:02 13:49:47 (italian time)

Morning - Tórshavn and around
The pier in Kirkjubøur, Hestur in the background
2007:08:02 13:59:05 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
The drive to Vestmanna. The ramp-shaped isle on the right is Koltur as seen from north

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
The village of Kvivik, off the road to Vestmanna
2007:08:02 16:19:09 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
A prehistorical picnic site!
2007:08:02 16:20:39 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Leaving Vestmanna on our boat
2007:08:02 18:17:40 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
These people run boat-tours to the famous Vestmanna cliffs. Weather permitting.
2007:08:02 18:30:30 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Mhh, we were supposed to head north towards the cliffs, but we're heading south
2007:08:02 18:37:08 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Water flows in a myriad of streams that wrinkle the mountains
2007:08:02 18:42:22 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Still heading south. I've asked the captain why
2007:08:02 18:54:17 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
He says we cannot go to the cliffs. Too much wind outside there, the weather is not permitting!
2007:08:02 18:57:45 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
We are following the eastern coast of Vagar, this is a grotto colored with seaweeds
2007:08:02 18:59:47 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Koltur, and Hestur, and Sandhoy far away
2007:08:02 19:06:36 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
We have almost reached the south-eastern tip of Vagar
2007:08:02 19:10:56 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
There we are, right below Trøllkonufingur
2007:08:02 19:16:48 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
It means the Witch's Finger
2007:08:02 19:20:50 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
The coastline here becomes spectacular
2007:08:02 19:21:29 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
We are no more in calm waters, we are now facing the ocean
2007:08:02 19:21:52 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Trøllkonufingur is some 300 meters high
2007:08:02 19:22:41 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
See the blue rope? Shepards use it to climb sheeps on the cliff, then they leave them there for the season. It's very convenient: the sheeps cannot escape and the grass on the cliff does not get wasted. One minor drawback is that the sheeps fall down and drown.
2007:08:02 19:25:25 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
We are leaving back to Vestmanna
2007:08:02 19:25:49 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
A lonely seagull follows our boat
2007:08:02 19:46:52 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
And looks for food on the the sea surface
2007:08:02 19:47:32 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
Mhh... lonely?
2007:08:02 19:49:37 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
People on the boat are throwing bread in the water
2007:08:02 19:50:52 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
And many more seagulls join the banquet
2007:08:02 19:51:17 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
He's waiting patiently
2007:08:02 19:51:45 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
And then he dives!
2007:08:02 19:53:16 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
His name is Jonathan Livingstone
2007:08:02 19:53:49 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
It's time to part
2007:08:02 19:59:02 (italian time)

Afternoon - Vestmanna, a boat trip
We're back at the pier of Vestmanna
2007:08:02 20:09:40 (italian time)

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