Vestmanna

The last few days in the Faroes went by in a blur. On Saturday we did some miscellaneous shopping in the capital, Torshavn. Just walking around, getting a light lunch and gathering information for the next day.

On Sundays pretty much everything is closed so we figured this would be a good day to do something that was on our agenda for this trip – a two hour boat cruise to the Vestmanna bird cliffs or Vestmannabjørgini in Faroese. According to the guidebook, these cliffs provide a safe place for “thousands upon thousands of seabirds, attracted by the vast shoals of fish that gather here in the plankton-rich waters of the North Atlantic.”

A short drive from our base in Torshavn and we reach Vestmanna on the northwest side of The island of Streymoy.

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Of course we had to look for sheep….

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…and get a bite to eat at the shop (this was a lovely apple pie) before boarding our boat (which, I must say, looked small to me for where we were headed!)

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Well-narrated in English and Faroese, we had a trip that gave us fantastic views of the cliffs and grottoes.

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This one is called “the elephant”. Can you see it?

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If you look closely, you can see a group of guillemots nesting here.

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The sheep here negotiate extremely steep cliffs to graze. These sheep are not wild but are accounted for as part of a particular flock and have a shepherd checking in on them. How the PEOPLE manage these cliffs is not clear to us!

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In the next two pairs of photos I show a close up of the sheep but then pull back to try and give you an idea of their surroundings.

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We leave this pretty little village and return home to organize our packing for our last day here and our departure – and fit in a little knitting!

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  1. This last picture makes me think : would this be what Tarbert in the Isle of Harris would like if the Norwegians hadn’t handed over the Hebrides to the Scots in the 13thC – ie if our islands were still ‘Scandinavian’? [Jonathan]

    • Now I am going to have to look at Tarbert more closely this trip!


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