*ps, i can’t believe that i still didn’t have my real camera
for this … (it was stolen last month), and i just ordered a
new one from the states that gets here in a few weeks. until
then i was borrowing one, but there was an SD card issue and
i ended up with just iphone pictures. luckily they ended up okay
with the help of some VSCO editing. so here are just a few snapshots!
the gásadalur waterfall is a must-see. it’s right near
the vágar airport so it is easy to stop off and see it. park
right off the road and walk down until you get this view!
but first : landing in the faroe islands was one of my most memorable flight
arrivals. it’s hard to see because i didn’t have a window seat, but we truly
landed coming right through the snow-capped mountains. it looked like we
were landing on another planet, with just about no other buildings in sight.
a few of my friends told me they thought i was crazy for going on this
trip completely solo (and i did miss chase), but there was something
so fun and freeing about hitting the road of a place like this on my own.
i have one more solo press trip coming up this weekend which i’m excited
for, but of course i love traveling with chase + other friends/family the most!
honestly, these roads ^^
coming up to towns like this is what made exploring here so magical ^^
green doors to match the green moss ^^
the colors!! ^^
on the right is a stone that the locals believe is inhabited by one
of the “hidden people” (a troll perhaps?) and since the locals are
superstitious about this, they built the road in a curve around it. ^^i couldn’t get over the little cottages in the middle of absolute nowhere ^^ two of the best parts of driving here: roadside waterfalls, and the sub-sea tunnels
which gave me a bit of anxiety but connect the islands so well. the end of the long
one gave me a new appreciation for the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel,” ha!
i’ll move into the yellow one, thanks! ^^
this is right where i would head back to if i returned to the faroe islands ^^
the quaint guesthouse at the very north in the town of gjógv was a dream!
breakfast with a view before taking on the day of sightseeing ^^charming towns in the rearview mirror ^^ i’m still dreaming of those open roads after
living in crowded cities with no car for so long ^^
also, that coastline … it felt like it was the edge of the entire earth ^^
i’ve been on lots of coasts, but there’s something mystical & special about this one.
baby bump shot in the canyon! ^^this pretty view represents one of the (many) faroese legends.
apparently there was a giant + his wife who tried to drag the
islands over to greenland, but they couldn’t be outside when
the sun came out. the islands were heavier than they thought
and it took them all night to try to move the rock, so when
dawn came the sun rose and froze them right there ^^
(the giant’s wife on the left, and him on the right :)one of many lamb traffic jams ^^and, one of many waterfalls we blurred by on the road ^^^^ it was fun to try to program my GPS with town names like this ;)
the roads truly do not look real. it is a treat even just to drive here.this is the best photo i could get with the waterfall in the back.
i wish i could transport you to the insane wind and sideways storm
that was hitting us at this moment. the wind literally almost blew me
over, and the guide grabbed me so i didn’t fall! ha– i’ve never felt
weather like that (hence the blurry photo). glad we survived!
pretty sure we made it into the north pole on this drive ^^
(and pretty sure i almost ripped my side of the car off gripping
it so tightly as i wound down these snowy roads with my guide)!
the very northern tip of the islands ^^
and later, back to civilization ^^
this unique and pretty church sits right in old town tórshavn ^^my mom’s maiden name on a building in the capital! ^^
our scandinavian (danish) roots come through once again.almost every home here had a grass roof. it’s so charming, and
i can only imagine them bright green during the summertime.
each home/cottage also traditionally has a name… i loved that.
exploring the old town of tórshavn by the harbor ^^
ps yes, this was freezing! i was with a local guide walking
around and she was dressed much smarter than i was.
each night i cozied up at hotel foroyar which
overlooks the whole city and harbor of tórshavn. ^^
it’s a lovely place to stay, but it is a bit outdated in the rooms.i did venture out for some amazing meals while on the islands.
restaurant aarstova was definitely the favorite for me, a modern twist
on faroese/scandinavian fare. the warm bread with creme fraiche was
life-changing to begin with, the lobster bisque was rich and warming,
and the monkfish + hollandaise sauce was near perfection. delicious.the sister restaurant barbara fish house is another special spot that you
definitely won’t want to miss while here. it’s new and right next door!
all of the bread i had here was amazing. the faroese know how to bake!it was monkfish for me once again, this time with salsa verde,
hazelnut, and root vegetables… a much more unique and modern take! good thing i allowed time for yet another lamb delay on my last drive to the airport ;)
i had to screenshot where i was in the world on my map before flying out ^^haha – and loved the reactions from my friends when
they saw my location on find my friends app ^^
goodbye, faroe islands!!
if i ever return, i’m definitely doing a hiking trip from town to town, going
whale watching, and taking part in their local home stay program: heimablídni.
until then, faroe!