August, 2018

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Faroes (I)

 
Having taken the boat from Hirtshals to Iceland, I decided to stop for three days to discover the Faroe Islands that attracted me for a long time. As I write this update from a small lost village, in the pouring rain, and don’t regret my choice. These islands are really beautiful, sheep heaths as far as the eye can see. In fact, there are only a few tens ofinches of humus on the substrate, sometimes basalt, sometimes black stone. The habitat is made of small villages of multicolored wooden houses scattered along the coast and located where there was an option of docking since it’s the Vikings who are the oldest colonizers of these islands. Here are some first pictures of VivaLaVida’s journey.
 
 
1. Before landing to the Faroe Islands, the ferry passed by the extreme Northern tip of the Shetland Islands.
 

 
 
2. While VivaLaVida landed at night, a small walk from my camping spot makes me discover an impressive panorama!
 

 
 
3. The day is announced dry and with some sun. Is it it coming from the South ?
 

 
 
4. Sheep stable…
 

 
 
5. Each island is separated from its neighbor by one or more fjords.
 

 
 
6. Mix of rocks and mosses…
 

 
 
7. And here is the sun coming!
 

 
 
8. Going towards Saksund, VivaLaVida is driving along a fjord.
 

 
 
9. Saksund is a tiny hamlet, one of the first built on the main island, and still has several traditional very old houses.
 

 
 
10. Its old church.
 

 
 
11. Specialty of these Northern countries, the roofs covered with moss and grass.
 

 
 
12. Window…
 

 
 
13. The village.
 

 
 
14. Boat garages a bit further along a fjord.
 

 
 
I will continue in a future update, just to avoid indigestion… 😉
 
 

Start…

 
After a few busy days before holidays, I left Emile and Isabelle who will join me in a few days and took the road to the North. There are 1’200 miles waiting for me to reach Hirtshals, at the Northern tip of Denmark, where leave the only ferry that joins the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Obviously not the most fun part of the trip but you have to do it…
 
 
1. Boondocking in Northern Germany.
 

 
 
2. Arrived at destination in the middle of the afternoon the day before the ferry, I took the opportunity to discover an abandoned lighthouse in the middle of the dunes…
 

 
 
3. Enjoying a spectacular sunset on the North Sea.
 

 
 
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6. I then went to sleep on the beach, East of Hirtshals, where the sunrise was colorful.
 

 
 
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8. After a visit to a local hairdresser, visit the Hirtshals lighthouse.
 

 
 
9. It’s then time to go in line for VivaLaVida to board.
 

 
 
10. Right on time, the ferry lifted anchor towards the Faroe Islands, with a good gale announced for the crossing…
 

 
 
That’s it for this short update written on the ferry while it was beating quite a bit… 🙂
 
I will stop tomorrow for three days in the Faroes, to discover these islands that have attracted me for a long time…
 
To be followed soon !