Rugged Buttercup? Sounds quite contradictory doesn’t it? (Or perhaps this could be a perfect name for a new band?)
In any case, that oxymoron is the perfect description for some of the stunning routes that take you across the, already quite dramatic, Faroe Islands.
Much as we would have liked to explore a Buttercup route that after leaving the pretty little village of Gasadalur (which is home to that amazing waterfall), we had to hotfooted it across the island back to the capital city of Torshavn where we had plans to try our hands at some Faroese rib boating!
These super fast boat zip through the water at rather surprising speed and although we’d been on one once before, it’s an absolutely different experience when you’re zipping through choppy Faroese waters. Thrilling, doesn’t even begin to describe it… (you can see a bit more of what it’s like on our video here – around the 2:25 minute mark).
You weave through the different islands on the boat and even end up in several caves (tide-permitting) where you get to see a somewhat different and unusual perspective of the islands…
Eventually we pulled back into Torshavn, after a couple of hours out at sea, eager to warm up and rest up for the next day exploring the island!
The entire Faroe Islands woke up to some pretty dense fog the next morning and I swear, there are very few places in the world that can pull off ‘bad weather’ just like the Faroe Islands can.
The fog only seems to add to the mysterious aura (and appeal) of the islands and couldn’t be further away from the sunshine we’d experienced almost 24 hours before. 🙂
This being said, nothing was gonna be achieved that morning without a strong cuppa and a bit of chocolate…
(*Above are those dried fish the Nordic/Scandic countries are famous for!)
Fuelled up, we hit the road, stopping on occasion to say hi to some of the island’s popular residents…
One buttercup route you definitely need to visit when you’re in the Faroe Islands is the Saksunarvegur. If you’re struggling to find it, it’s essentially the road that leads you to the village of Saksun and it’s an amazing long stretch of dramatic mountains, beautiful waterfalls and a river that snakes its way through the path.
There’s not much else across the entire route so remember to pack yourself a little snack (perhaps for a picnic later on) and you can go ahead and get lost in the idyllic Faroese countryside.
To be perfectly honest, it’s hard to get lost in these islands. There are only so many roads here and its pretty well signposted – additionally people here are helpful so even if you get lost here, you can even crash on a stranger’s sofa here, they’re that open and friendly!
The best (and only) plan you need for this route is to just drive and stop wherever and whenever you feel like!
Each extra step you take and every other metre you drive here make you appreciate these islands even more. It’s also pretty much guaranteed to aggravate your driver (i.e. Lloyd in this case) when you keep screeching and asking to stop at pretty much every turn so you can jump out to go exploring. (Totally worth it though! 😉 )
We found ourselves a little waterfall which we then proceeded to hike. As you can probably tell, I gave up fairly early and decided to make my way to the middle of it. Lloyd gave it a good attempt though and tacked it from quite literally, another angle.
I’d say I got the best view in the house! 😉
Eventually this road leads to Saksun (like I mentioned earlier) and again, it’s one of those places you probably know about, even if you don’t think you do. I’d seen so many photos of this place before we even arrived here and I have to admit, for such a small village, Saksun does pack some punch when it comes to sheer natural beauty! But more on that in another post… 🙂