Behind me the wind was howling and strong, coming unobstructed from somewhere between Iceland and Norway, my pulse was high because of the rather dangerous walk from the Lighthouse out to this utmost place where I was laying low.. Laying low because of the strong wind.. Laying low cause my camera was low..as it often is when I`m shooting..but now laying low also meant that my clothes and equipment where partly covered with dirt..obviously this place I had occupied was meant for sheeps..not humans! But who cared about such immaterial details..when scenery like this.. A magic place..a magic mountain..billions of birds..the northernmost point at the Faroe Islands..
A few months after visiting those magic islands, I got a mail from Visit Faroe Islands, asking me if I ever wanted to visit their country again.. Of course I said yes, and the day after I got an official invitation from them, paying all my cost during stay for a week or two, including air tickets. Looking forward to this, probably traveling in February or March next year.
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This image is taken on a rainy day in Torshavn the capital of the Faroe Islands.
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The waterfall at Gásadalur drops down around 100 meters into the North Atlantic.
When i shot this, the wind blowing from the land towards the sea was a strong gale bordering on 10 at the Beufort scale, which made shooting this a challenge but still fun 🙂
Gásadalur is located on the west-side of Vágar, Faroe Islands, and enjoys a panoramic view over the island of Mykines.
Gásadalur is located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður, surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar. Árnafjall towers to a height of 722 metres to the north, and Eysturtindur to the east is 715 metres high. Here too, the view south to Tindhólmur and Gáshólmur is quite magnificent.
The landing site is very poor, because it is located somewhat higher than the seashore. So if the residents wanted to fish they were obliged to keep their boats near Bøur. In 1940, during the British occupation, a stairway was built from the beach up to the village.
In order to reach any of the other villages, they had to take the strenuous route over mountains more than 400 metres high.
This explains why the village population has become smaller and smaller. In 2002 there were only sixteen people living in Gásadalur, and several of the houses stand empty today. It had a population of 18 in 2012.
In 2004 a tunnel was blasted through the rock, and it is possible to drive through by car. The residents hope this will mean that the village population will increase again.
There are good opportunities for farming, and the same number of fields as in Bøur, but here only a few are royal estate.
There is a story that the village was named after a woman called Gæsa, who came from Kirkjubøur.
She had eaten meat during the Lent fast, and for this unholy deed all her property was confiscated.
She fled to the valley on Vágar, which was named after her. Most other village stories are about spirits and elves.
A more likely explanation is that Gásadalur (Goose Valley) is named after the wild geese, which from ancient times have travelled to the valley.
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Today it is more peaceful on Trælanípan, it is possible to enjoy the exceptional view southwards across the sea, where the islands to the south are clearly visible. The birds build their nests on the cliff face, and when there are breakers it is fascinating to see the surf break along the cliff face.
Photo is showing the lake “Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn” which is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the island of Vágar between the municipalities of Sørvágs Kommuna and Vága kommuna. In size it is 3.4 km2, more than three times the size of the second largest lake Fjallavatn, located on the island of Vágar.
The name Leitisvatn means “The lake by Leiti (the name of the east side of the lake)” and Sørvágsvatn means “The lake by Sørvágur”.
Among the locals, there is a debate regarding the name of the lake. The inhabitants of Sørvágur take pride in naming the lake after their village. On the other hand, the inhabitants of Miðvágur and Sandavágur call it “Leitisvatn”, because the east side of the lake alongside the body of water is called Leiti.
Though the village of Miðvágur is situated closer to the lake than Sørvágur, there are indications of the lake being named for the latter because the faroese Landnám Sørvágur was settled before Miðvágur. Sørvágur; alongside Bøur and Sandavágur—is considered to be one of the three original Landnámsbygdum (original settlements) on Vágar. The three Landnámsbygdir divided the land on the island among them into three equal sizes of 60 marks. A division of the island into three equal portion will bring Sørvágsvatn firmly inside the boundaries of Sørvágur and therefore the lake has been named after this village.
The locals mostly refer to “Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn” simply by calling it “Vatnið” (the Lake). Among the inhabitants on the island everyone knows what “the Lake” is, and it is mostly when people from other parts of the Faroes refer to the lake—either by calling it Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn—that the debate will occur.
The lake is located very close to the ocean, but its surface is about 30 meters above the level of sea. It is surrounded by a higher cliff which prevents it from emptying into the ocean. The water exit is the waterfall Bøsdalafossur.
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Saksun is a village near the northwest coast of the Faroese island of Streymoy.
Saksun lies in the bottom of what used to be an inlet of the sea, surrounded by high mountains. The inlet formed a good deep natural harbour, until a storm blocked the inlet with sand.
This made the old harbour become an unaccessible seawater lagoon (only accessible by small boats on high tide).
The village has a church and museum. The church was originally built in Tjørnuvík, but in 1858 it was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun.
The Museum occupies a seventeenth century farm house called Dúvugarður. The house belongs to the Dúvugarður farm, still an active sheep farm with approximately 300 ewes.
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