It is very paradoxical to us that we love all the big cities of the world, with museums, concerts, tons of people, shows, movies, exhibitions, and literally thousands of restaurants to choose from – New York, London, Chicago, Paris, Sydney, Rome, LA, Barcelona – and yet, it is this place that has moved us so much, capturing our hearts. It is the Anti-Las Vegas, anti-big city, and its natural, untouched beauty is both thrilling and humbling. Very little here is human made; it has all been left in its natural state. But we found that we can never take ONE photo of any village or island or sunrise or sunset or waterfall or ocean or clouds – we take at least 5-10 shots of just everything – 1,170 in total for the Faroes (we counted!). So be happy that you are only getting 40 today!
Visiting several islands is so easy here, with all the accessible roads and tunnels. We drove through a sensation from the year 2020 (at least for driving aficionados) – the world’s first tunnel with an underwater roundabout, 236 feet under the ocean! The center of the roundabout is a pillar of natural rock. It is now encircled by a steel sculpture of people holding hands (with a light show!), symbolizing the very Faroese idea that by joining hands and working together, great things can be achieved. What a concept! If only the world would pay attention…
Also on our agenda was following the path to the Trollkonufingur, the Witch’s Finger. With a name like that, how could you not want to see it? The legend is that the witch came to throw this particular island, Vagar, to Iceland. When she went into the ocean, the sun rose and she turned to stone. All that is left is her finger. So we parked, and followed a small dirt road, with signs saying it was a 25-minute hike to the Witch’s Finger. Finally! A hike that was not two hours in each direction! But all we got after that amount of time was the very tip of her finger. It was good enough. When we drove to the other side of the bay, we got to see it in its entirety (and took 20 or so photos, but we promise – we are only showing you one of them!)
And so we ended our time in The Land That Time Forgot, reluctantly. Now that we have done our duty and seen most of the notable places and things, we would like to return and drive at random, taking any roads we please, to find the forgotten corners of the islands. Saving that for another time, we are sure that we will return.
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