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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Part II of our fall trip.

The Faroes has been a bucket-list destination for me for years, and while I love Iceland, truth be told, the Faroe Islands was the reason for this trip. We had to fly through somewhere to get there and I’ll never pass up the opportunity for more time in Iceland.

If you don’t know much about the Faroe Islands, you’re not alone. Probably the question we most received before (and after) the trip is, “where?” So, a quick primer: The Faroes are a group of islands (18) between Iceland and Norway (you can probably already tell why I wanted to go since those two are among my favorite trips ever). They are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, though self-governing since just after WWII. Fishing is the main industry and there are more sheep than people (~50K people, ~70k sheep), though tourism, pre-COVID, is increasing.

And you may start to hear more about them. Tourism is growing and they continually have tourism campaigns that get international attention. For example, Sheepview, which was their petition to Google to add Streetview to their country (Google initially declined, but all the press changed their minds).

The landscapes are stunning with mountains running into the sea, and the often poor weather only adds to the dramatic views, though also making it challenging to get outside sometimes (we spent two days inside due to weather). It just made the good weather days all the more rewarding.

A hiker looks out towards Tindhólmur.
2021 in Numbers

2021 in Numbers

In 2020 I started keeping track of how many photos I actually took, and in 2021 I kept at it and even added to it a bit, keeping track by type of outing (wildlife, landscape, around town, etc.).

While looking back at my favorite photos tells part of the story of the year for me, looking at the numbers is equally fun – at least for me. 🙂

Faroe Islands

So, how did 2021 turn out?

2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

2021, the extended transition from 2020 to 2022? However it will be described, it was an interesting year on many fronts and, in looking back, not a bad one at all for us.

As I try to do each year, I’ve selected 20 30 (I tried to get it down to 20, but gave up) of my favorite images of the year. It’s always fun to look back, see where I’ve been, and relive moments that seem so long ago but really were not.

Here are my personal top 30 from 2021.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Iceland: Snæfellsnes and the Westfjords

Iceland: Snæfellsnes and the Westfjords

This past fall we were fortunate to travel internationally for the first time in two years. We chose Iceland and the Faroe Islands for their relatively easy access (i.e. direct flight from Denver), manageable travel restrictions, and the fact that most of our activities would be outdoors.

We had both been to Iceland before separately and had seen the sites closer to Reykjavik, so for this trip, we headed to the western side of Iceland to experience Snaefellsnes and the Westfjiords region. 

I’ll post photos from the second portion of the trip, to the Faroe Islands, soon.

Happy New Year and safe travels in 2022!

Trip planning. I bought some Icelandic beer at home for added motivation. Fun fact: Beer makes booking airfare even more fun.
Faroese Folklore

Faroese Folklore

One of the things I love about travel is the tales you come across, from the religious-based, to mythology, to folklore. They can seem so ridiculous on the one hand, and yet oddly charming on the other. I just imagine the circumstances that led to the genesis of these stories (I mean, assuming they’re not real…), and I suspect that at least in the northern latitudes that the fickle weather and long nights of winter had something to do with their creation.

Here are three such tales from the Faroe Islands that we heard while visiting there this fall.