Summertime, and the livin' is easy; Fish are jumpin' and the colors are bright. Faroe Islands, characteristics of place such as fog and rain: let’s drop that for a moment. This time, everything’s about blue skies, lush green cliffs and smooth passages. Approaching 5 of the smaller islands in picture-perfect weather. Stóra Dímun, Nólsoy, Skúvoy, Svínoy and Mykines. 5 Faroese sceneries and their distinctive features.
STÓRA DÍMUN. The two pictures above. Population: 10. Access by helicopter or sea only. Sailing with your boat to the island’s natural harbor means that you have to climb up an almost vertical 150 meter-sea cliff afterwards, using a rough path of ladders, grassy slopes and ropes. Terrific. Image: Increase the size and i.a. check out the houses on the right.
NÓLSOY. One island, one village, 218 inhabitants. The ferry ride from the capital Tórshavn only takes 20 minutes. Still, arriving on Nólsoy feels like entering a whole other world. Visit Pakkhúsið hjá Petersen – Petersen’s Warehouse in the picturesque village, walk up to the lighthouse and watch the ferry artfully backing into its "parking space".
SKÚVOY. Population: 32. That’s what you see when you get out of the helicopter. I myself wouldn’t call too many places on earth remote. Skúvoy sure is. Spectacular place not only for bird lovers. Sailing to the island in a small boat can be bumpy in bad weather. Note: The picture shows good weather. Still good weather, in terms of the Faroe Islands.
SVÍNOY. Population: 29. Experience what ferries are made for around the Faroes. Transportation of people and goods. Quite small landing stage, though. The boat trip starts in Hvannasund and also connects Svínoy and Fugloy. Big waves, dark clouds? Forget about the ferry. Book a helicopter ride (if available) or simply wait for a change in weather.
MYKINES. Population: 14. Puffin island. Again, ferry and helicopter, both possible. On this particular boat ride, I i.a. met a group of Faroese workmates from a governmental department, joyfully taking a joint trip to Mykines. Picture: Don't miss the beer can on the right (marvelous Faroese brand Okkara). Red can means Okkara Classic. Excellent choice.