By this point you already know how much and why we wanted to visit the Faroe Island so I’m just gonna skip that part and take you right through to our arrival in the islands.
By the way, if you’re a fan of Iceland, you’ll no doubt be a huge fan of the Faroe Islands. The two islands are absolutely different in most ways (yes they are both related to Denmark – Iceland used to be a Danish island until fairly recently) yet they do have that same jaw-dropping dramatic scenery that’s bound to leave you speechless as soon as you arrive.
Touching down at the airport and trying to make our way to the capital of the Islands (Torshavn) and our hotel for our entire stay in the islands – Hotel Føroyar (which was redesigned by some famous person who I can’t remember right now but if you really wanna know, drop me a note and I’ll find out). The hotel is also where pretty much every dignitary to the island comes to stay – from Bill Clinton to Bryan Adams. Does this mean I’m a dignitary too? (My hungry ego really wants to say yes to this! Hehehe!)
The hotel is very Scandinavian (which we’ve come to expect from our travels across Scandinavia) and pretty cosy too! And trust me, you’ll really appreciate this cosiness when you step in from the blisteringly cold Faroese winds.
We arrived fairly late on the first night and didn’t do much except eat! The itinerary for our week here had been sorted out prior to our arrival so there was no pressure on that front.
The next morning, surrounded by fog, we headed off to our very first experience on the islands.
Now there’s one thing worth mentioning about the Faroe islands and that’s the fact that you’ll struggle to drive anywhere on these islands without constantly stopping to admire the scenery. It’s unlike anywhere we’ve every been to.
If Iceland is the land of fire and ice, the Faroe Islands is the land of a thousand waterfalls!
Our very first stop was Sørvágsvatn (also known as Leitisvatn) however seeing as Lloyd has covered the ins and outs of how to visit this amazing lake set on the cliff side (see it all here), I won’t bore you with the details!
I did however take far too many photos from our 1 hour hike up the view point for this lake so I’m gonna share my photos from that hike though! (I know this is probably Sørvágsvatn-overload but these photos haven’t been on here yet and it’s such a great hike I just had to share this again – plus, I took far too many photos to just file them away without sharing! Hehehe! 🙂 )
Those pile of rocks below are the way fishermen and villagers marked their paths around the islands. You might have come across this in other countries in Europe and they typically serve the same purpose all across Europe.
At first, I thought this hike would be far too easy and, don’t get me wrong, it is easy but I was thinking it would be like a quick 20 minute sprint to the top but it took a little over an hour and by the time we got half way, despite it being a cold day, I’d stripped off my jumper as you start to get pretty hot underneath the layers you’re wearing.
The incline uphill however is gradual and this makes it so easy to walk to the very end of the lake.
I’d seen photos of this place far too many times on Pinterest so this one was quite a biggie for me and I’ve got to say, it most certainly lives up to its hype.
You have to inch towards the end for the best view though I have to admit, I’ve never wished more for a drone than at that moment.
That being said, you can still get a pretty great view from up here.
Confession time – the very first time I saw a photo of this place, I genuinely thought someone had been playing around with photoshop. I’m not great at photoshop so I couldn’t quite figure out how the person was supposed to have done it but the thought that this could (by any stretch of the imagination) be a real lake on the end of a mountain was just too much for me to handle.
After taking in as much as I could of the place (and spurred on by remembering we would be late for our next appointment at the harbour on a different island), we hot-footed it back to the car.
Needless to say, this journey back was so much easier than the journey upwards!
Not a bad spot for a picnic, right?
By the time we actually got into the car, we thought we’d be late for our next tour which I would love to share with you right now but alas, I couldn’t fit all the photos into this post! 🙂