The Faroe Islands are famous for their waterfalls and towering mountains
This is Gasadalur one of the most famous waterfalls on Vagar Island
While the steep mountains may seem intimidating to humans the sheep are right at home. There are about 55000 people and over 100,000 sheep in the Faroes
This is the famous island of Mykines with it's lighthouse. You may think it looks steep, but when you hike out to the lighthouse you know it is steep!!
The small village has quaint houses, old stone walls, a beautiful view and a coffee shop with lots of hot chocolate for the cold hungy and tired returning from the hike to the lighthouse
The view from the lighthouse is dramatic, but one might ask if this was worth the hike to the end of the island.
But the main attraction of Mykines lies in the steep cliffs on the opposite side which are the home to large numbers of pelagic birds
Gannets are nesting on the cliffside and easily photographed by those brave enough to approach the edge. (Morus bassanus)
Given the height of the cliffs the birds are literally flying right under your nose.
There are also many puffins to be seen on the island.
At rush hour when the colony is returning from the sea they literally fill the sky.
Dramatic peaks peek up out of the ocean making for attactive photography from almost anywhere in the Faroes
But it's hard to imagine that this is the view from someones backyard
The Faroes have been inhabited since around the year 800 so there are plenty of old farm villages with stone walls and sod roofs. This is the preserved village of Saksun
The old churches many of whom have sod roofs are considered a significant attraction for the visiting photographer
Old graveyards accompany most. In some areas there are even 'viking graves' but needless to say not in the church graveyards.
Not every church has a sod roof, but nearly every village has a church. This church is in a small village on the end of Kunoy
Fog is a characteristic feature of life near the ocean and all of the Faroe Islands is near the ocean. One needs of be careful of dramatic high cliffs and there are occassional memorials to those who have fallen while attempting to scale them or even walk along the edge.
As the day progresses the fog lifts and the dramatic view becomes more evident
Only when the fog has fully lifted do you realize there is a large lake off to one side so high on the island that it empties into the ocean as a dramatic waterfall This is lake Sorvagsvatn.
There's just this one small sign to remind you
This is the troll finger of legend Trollkonufingur 311 meters high. According to legend she was preparing to climb up out of the water when sunrise turned her to stone.
The landscape of the fjords is quite dramatic and you can explore extensively at low tide, but watch the tide tables and don't get caught out
This is Tjornuvik at the far end of Streymoy Island and the two rocks sticking up at the far end are thought to be another witch who was trying to drag the Faroe Islands to Iceland. They are called Risin og Kellingin and are hundreds of feet tall
Everywhere you go the land tilts sharply upward and a good hike and strong legs will bring you to a dramatic view of the fjords and coastline. This if Funningur fjord
Looking further to the North you can see more water and further steep mountains in the distance.
Torshavn is the official capital of the Faroe Islands with a busy harbor and many old buildings.
Nonetheless there is a distinctly modern feel to the area
Exploring further one finds old stone buildings decaying along the grass covered shore line. Almost always with a dramatic view of the next island of peninsula over and low hanging clouds. This is Trollanes on the far north of Kalsoy
The sheep are unafraid of the heights, even these young lambs who are surprisingly willing to be photographed. They would tell you they are the real residents of the Faroe Islands
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