Weather Permitting - a week on the Faroe Islands: Day5 - The Northern Islands

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Today we are leaving Eiði and moving to Norðuroyggjar, the "Northern islands". We are going to drive through the new 7km long underwater Norðoya tunnel that connects Leirvik to Klaksvík

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
We are driving on the mountain road from Eiði to Funningur
2007:08:06 11:25:42 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
On the left of the road is Slættaratindur, the highest peak in the Faroes (882m)
2007:08:06 11:26:21 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
In an inspiring Faroese weather
2007:08:06 11:31:22 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
After Klaksvík you have to cross the island of Borðoy through two narrow tunnels
2007:08:06 13:24:39 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
These are much worse than the Gásadalur tunnel: no illumination, few passing places, and some traffic. Freaky
2007:08:06 13:25:57 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
The tiny village of Múli
2007:08:06 13:49:22 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
Fugloy is the easternmost island in the Faroe archipelago. This a zoom on its northern cliffs as seen from the country road east of Viðareiði

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
The tjaldur (oystercatcher) is the national bird of the Faroes
2007:08:06 14:47:45 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
Their annual arrival in march is celebrated as the start of spring

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
The view west of Viðareiði. You can see the northern tips of Borðoy, Kunoy, and Kalsoy one behind the other
2007:08:06 14:59:27 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
Viðareiði is the northernmost village in the Faroes
2007:08:06 15:00:00 (italian time)

Morning - the trip to Viðareiði
They run boat tours to the Enninberg cliffs north of Viðareiði, claimed to be the highest in Europe. But today there's a strong southbound wind, you know the weather is not permitting.
2007:08:06 15:20:59 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
So we go back to Klaksvík instead, and take the ferry to Kalsoy.

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
Trollanes is a fishing village at the top of Kalsoy
2007:08:06 19:06:07 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
From here you can hike north to the Kallur lighthouse. Then there's only sea until the north pole
2007:08:06 19:07:48 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
The island of Kalsoy is sometimes nicknamed "the flute": long, thin, and with holes. These Kalsoy tunnels are as narrow and dark as the others, but much longer!

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
While driving in the tunnel Francesca was so freaked out that she thought she saw a dead sheep. Relax, it was just a big stone that fell down from the ceiling (...relax?)
2007:08:06 19:22:46 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
We were in our hotel room in Klaksvík, we looked out from the window and saw this
2007:08:06 23:01:04 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
All of a sudden the clouds went away and the evening sun hit the air saturated with water vapor
2007:08:06 23:02:36 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
The colors are truly incredible
2007:08:06 23:02:45 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
And they all turn to red as time passes
2007:08:06 23:06:27 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
The harbour of Klaksvík is transfigured
2007:08:06 23:10:44 (italian time)

Afternoon and evenin.. Kalsoy and Klaksvík
That's all folks, sunset is over and you can go to bed
2007:08:06 23:18:26 (italian time)

Album created by album tool a MarginalHack by David Ljung on Thu Dec 27 23:52:05 2007