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Faroe Islands 2015

Image: Løkken, Denmark. Image: View from Løkken towards Rubjerg Knude. Image: Skagen, Denmark, by the WW2 German bunkers. View towards Grenen. Image: Compass rose at Skagen. Image: South end of the island of Mainland, Shetland. Image: The Orkneys in the far distance. Image: Helen enjoying(?) the breeze. Image: Other passengers enjoying the voyage. The picture was taken by accident, but I found that the angle looked good. Image: Helen doing "needle-binding" (also known as "knotless netting" or "single needle knitting"). Image: The island of Foula, Shetland. Approaching from the southeast. Image: Foula, from the southwest. Image: The bird cliffs coming into view. Image: It's a bit hard to make out in the picture, but there were thousands of birds nesting on those cliffs. Image: Foula, from the northwest. Image: Tórshavn, seen from the ledge above the pine park by Hotel Føroyar. Image: WW2 defensive guns from the HMS Furious, from the British occupation of the islands, at the old fortification of Skansin, at the port of Tórshavn. Image: Statue of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer slaying the wyrm Fafnir. The statue stands in the river Havnará. Image: Bridge in Viðarlundin Park. Image: Resting by a pond in the park. Lots and lots of house sparrows flying about. Image: Standing on the breakwater at the Gamlarætt ferry port. From left to right we see the islands of Sandoy, Hestur, Koltur and Vágar. Image: Sandoy and Hestur, and the ferry going between Streymoy (where we are) and Sandoy. Image: The old gothic church ruin of the Magnus Cathedral, known locally as "Múrurin" ("the wall") at Kirkjubø. The metal cover is an effort to prevent erosion while the restoration works are ongoing. Image: The central building at Kirkjubøargarður, the oldest still-inhabited wooden houses on the islands. Image: The central building from the west side. Image: The cove at Saksun seen from the northwesternmost farm. This used to be a good deep-water harbour until a storm filled it with sand. It is now only accessible by small boats at high tide. Image: The path down to the cove at Saksun. Image: At the bottom of the path. Image: A sheep grazing in the hills. Notice the tiny ledges created by 1200 years of grazing sheep. Image: View towards the farm where the first picture from Saksun was taken. Image: Furrows in the terrain where animals and tourists enter and exit the sand. Image: Panning around the sand. Image: View towards the ocean. Although we didn't go much further, it is possible to walk for quite a bit further, but mind the tides, or you might get stuck. Image: View across the sound to the northwestern tip of Eysturoy and the village Eiði. Also seen are the basalt columns of Risin and Kellingin. Image: Hayracks in the village of Tjørnuvík. The end poles seem to be of the size of telephone poles. Solid stuff. Image: View out the bay from Tjørnuvík. Risin (the giant) and Kellingin (the witch) are prominent features. The story goes that they came from Iceland, were captivated by the islands and wanted to bring them home. So they were fastening ropes to the northwestern tip of Eysturoy, but as they were quarreling while working, they spent so much time that the sun came out before they were finished, and turned them both to stone. Image: Panorama of the bay of Tjørnuvík. Image: Boats in Tórshavn. The yellow, red and green one caught my attention, as its colour combinations resembles those of the Norwegian chocolate Kvikk Lunch. Image: A wooden boat in the style of the traditional Nordic fishing boat. Image: View from the island of Vágar, near the village Bøur, towards the islets of Trangarnid, Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur, and the island of Mykines. Image: View up the valley above Bøur. Image: Bøur. Image: Gásadalur, Vágar. View towards Mykines. Image: View of some shack, and the old path to the sea. The camera turned into some weird colour mode which took me some time to disable. We see the suspension from the old zip line, no longer in use since the village got a tunnel built in 2006. Image: The village of Gásadalur and the famous waterfall. Notice the grazing sheep on the cliffs. Image: The old, dangerous path where the zip line used to be. Image: Panorama of Mykines and Gásadalur. Image: View back up towards the shack. We also see the old zip line trolley. Image: The Ólavsøka (which is the Faroese national holiday in commemoration of the Norwegian king St. Olav, which is also still celebrated in some areas of Norway) rowing contest. We managed to find a spot on Tinganes, which is the location of the old Faroese Ting (parliament), and where their government resides a millennia later. Image: The team from Klaksvik, the winners of this year's rowing contest. We got close contact with them when we aimlessly wandered into their path after they got their boat on land. Image: Faroese butter. We stayed in a basement apartment for the 2nd half of our stay, and so we had to fix breakfast for ourselves. Image: The largest waterfall on the islands, Fossar, viewed from the opposite side of the sound, on the island of Eysturoy. Image: Helen taking pictures of Fossar. Image: View of Risin and Kellingin from the mountain above Eiði. Image: View towards the shore at the village of Gjógv. Image: The gorge and natural harbour from which Gjógv has gotten its name. Image: The village seen from the bridge. Image: Wind mills on the mountain near the town of Nes, Eysturoy. The sign says "the mills may throw off ice in cold weather." Image: Monument at a view point by the wind mills. Image: View of Tórshavn from the monument. Image: A sheep bleeting for her lamb, blocking our return. Image: Geese, while not quite as common as sheep, can still be found everywhere on the islands. Image: Sørvágsvatn, a.k.a. Leitisvatn, is the biggest lake on the islands. Image: View towards the ocean cliffs where a waterfall from the lake runs into the ocean. Image: Pipes for one of the hydro power plants in the town of Vestmanna. Image: Old masonry road bridge and a modern pedestrian bridge, by the power plant. Image: Klaksvik, Borðoy. Capital of the northeastern islands, and the second largest town on the Faroe Islands. Image: An original statue in the centre of Klaksvik. Image: Fishing hook-shaped sculpture in the first roundabout we got to when we entered the town. Image: The island of Unst, Shetland, and the lighthouse at Muckle Flugga. Image: Me, with Unst in the background. We had some more wind on the return trip. Image: A lot of northern gannets apparently live on the islands, and were flocking around the boat. Image: The decomissioned platforms at the Frigg gas field. Image: The platform West Alpha at the Balder field. Image: The platform at the Heimdal gas field. Image: Zoomed in at Heimdal. Image: The upper deck of the ship, port side. Image: We got back to Denmark in time for the finishing weekend of the Tall Ships Races 2015. This is the old Norwegian rescue ship (ketch-rigged) Liv, and her sister ship Christiania. Image: Detiails on Liv. Image: The German barque Alexander von Humboldt II. Image: The Norwegian ship to the left is Christian Radich. Image: The bridge control house. Image: The ship's bell on board the four-masted barque Kruzenshtern. Built in Germany as the Padua (named after the Italian city), she was surrendered to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern. Image: The Norwegian three-masted barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl lying moored behind the Kruzenshtern. Image: The bascule bridge crossing the Limfjord between Aalborg and Nørresundsby is opened. Image: The Russian man-of-war Shtandart, a replica of the first ship built in Russia on the behest of Peter the Great after his return from Holland. Image: The main deck of the Shtandart. Image: Where the rigging is tied. Image: The helm. Image: The helm from the front. Image: The captain's cabin. Image: Two of the crew enjoying some time off. Image: Mural by the Aalborg Vestby train station. Image: Frederikshavn Church. Image: Nightfall in Frederikshavn, taken from our hotel room.

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