Faroe Islands

August 2018

Far out in the North Atlantic sea, between Scotland and Iceland, lie the Faroe Islands. A cluster of 18 volcanic islands that are self governing but officially part of Denmark. For the first time in a while, we managed to get the whole Leeming family in one place. Together we flew over from Edinburgh for a 5-day trip to explore these small rugged islands.

We rented a small house in the village of Elduvík and made that our base.

We rented a small house in the village of Elduvík and made that our base.

Gjogv

Gjogv

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Tjørnuvík

Tjørnuvík

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Saksun

Saksun

The jetty at Hattarvik on the isle of Fugloy

The jetty at Hattarvik on the isle of Fugloy

The name Fugloy means ‘bird island’ ,  and refers to the large number of birds that nest on the island's cliffs.

The name Fugloy means ‘bird island’, and refers to the large number of birds that nest on the island's cliffs.

With many villages on remote islands, the government subsidises a helicopter service, making it an affordable way of getting around quickly. For £13 we flew from Fugloy to Klaksvik and enjoyed some epic views.

With many villages on remote islands, the government subsidises a helicopter service, making it an affordable way of getting around quickly. For £13 we flew from Fugloy to Klaksvik and enjoyed some epic views.

The government buildings in the old streets of Tórshavn, the capital.

The government buildings in the old streets of Tórshavn, the capital.

Vidareidi

Vidareidi

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The Faroe Islands have built an intricate network of 22 tunnels through the mountains and under the sea to connect most of the villages.

The Faroe Islands have built an intricate network of 22 tunnels through the mountains and under the sea to connect most of the villages.

It pretty much all starts and ends with fishing on the Faroe Islands.

It pretty much all starts and ends with fishing on the Faroe Islands.

Onboard the short ferry from Klaksvik to Kalsoy

Onboard the short ferry from Klaksvik to Kalsoy

Trøllanes, which means ' Troll  peninsula' because of a legend that the trolls living in the surrounding mountains would visit the village every Twelfth Night. To avoid them the villages would flee to the neighbouring village that night…

Trøllanes, which means 'Troll peninsula' because of a legend that the trolls living in the surrounding mountains would visit the village every Twelfth Night. To avoid them the villages would flee to the neighbouring village that night…

Kallur Lighthouse

Kallur Lighthouse

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The cliffs of Kunoy

The cliffs of Kunoy

Hot tub evenings back in Elduvík

Hot tub evenings back in Elduvík

Gasadalur was only recently connected to the rest of the islands by a tunnel. Until 2004 it was extremely isolated and villagers would have to hike over the mountain to get to the next village.

Gasadalur was only recently connected to the rest of the islands by a tunnel. Until 2004 it was extremely isolated and villagers would have to hike over the mountain to get to the next village.

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Locations of places that appear in the photos above.

Locations of places that appear in the photos above.

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