A couple of years ago I decided to explore all of the Nordics, not just the five countries, but the autonomous areas as well – Åland, Greenland, Svalbard and the Faroe Islands. I visited Åland ages ago as a teen but it counts, Greenland in 2015 and Svalbard last year. Which then only left Faroe Islands and now I can check off that as well!
I got a first glimpse of the islands before landing. The coastline is impressive – the mountains rise straight from the sea, just like in the Norwegian fjords. There was very little snow in sight, just a few patches here and there to indicate that there has been a good snow cover this winter, but now it’s quite warm. Almost 10°C, as I found out. Which sounds more than it felt, because wind is a big issue here!
Since we landed early in the afternoon, we had time for the first photo shoot so we drove to Gásadalur, which is in the north-western part of Vágar, the same island where the airport is. My tripod was buried at the bottom of my luggage and I just couldn’t be bothered to take it out, so I found myself shooting a waterfall while hand-holding the camera. I didn’t mind it though, I was fairly sure that there would be more waterfall opportunities later in the week! And in the end I also got a long exposure when I found a cliff to support the camera.
I realised that I haven’t seen any pictures from the Faroe Islands, not that I remember anyway. I have almost no idea what to expect, so whatever we’re going to see here, it’s guaranteed to be new to me. No Jökulsárlón complex here, for sure!
We have a very nice group, there’s five of us plus Magnus (our guide) and I had actually met three of the other people on earlier trips. So no need for many introductions in the beginning!