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Faroe Islands: Road trip from Tórshavn to Saksun

by Sanne
Faroe Islands road trip

From Tórshavn we first drove towards Kaldbaksbotnur and through the long tunnel to Kollafjørður. Then followed a long, scenic stretch along the water to Hósvík and Hvalvík, where we turned away from the sea and went by the long and narrow road The feisty Faroese weather seems to have calmed down, and the last couple of days, the wind gusts have only been around 40kts, which is nothing compared to the hurricane which passed the islands earlier this week. Yesterday, Poul and I therefore decided to go on a sightseeing trip to the small village of Saksun.

The first stop on our trip was at the supermarket, to buy supplies for the trip. We got each our bottle of Sisu (Faroese lemon soda), and I also bought a cake called toskasnittir (cod slice). In Denmark, the same cake is called gåsebryst (goose breast). I don’t think any of the names make much sense.

From Tórshavn we first drove towards Kaldbaksbotnur and through the long tunnel to Kollafjørður. Then followed a long, scenic stretch along the water to Hósvík and Hvalvík, where we turned away from the sea and went by the long and narrow road through the valley to Saksun.

On the last part of the road to Saksun, we drove next to a river. The first half of the way, the water in the river runs in one direction, but approximately halfways, the water changes direction. I didn’t take notice until Poul told me, but it was fun to watch, so remember to look for it, if you’re driving to Saksun.

I saw some beautiful big rocks in the water, so I decided to step out of the car to get some close-up shots. I had to walk down a small hill to get to there, but I slipped in the wet grass and fell on my bottom. My coat and my hands got soaked in what I wish to believe was Faroese mud, but what was probably more likely to be Faroese sheep shit. Eeeewww!

I don’t consider myself much of an outdoorsy type. I prefer concrete jungles to open landscapes, and if it’s too quiet, I get restless. Though the Faroe Islands isn’t like anywhere else in the world, and the nature up here is so breathtakingly awesome, that it leaves nobody unaffected. All that raw, uncut beauty is right at your feet, so when there’s no hurricane, there’s actually no excuse for not being out exploring as much as possible.

Regarding Saksun Church, I took so many pictures, there was no way I would be able to fit them into this post. I’ve therefore decided to write another post, just about the church. It will be up soon, but until then, here’s a video from our trip (watch it to the end for some really bad car-karaoke):)

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