After 22 hours of travel from Boston (via Amsterdam and Copenhagen), we arrive at the Vagár airport of the Faroe Islands. Our flight is surprisingly full, one of 2-3 daily flights arriving at this cluster of 18 islands, populated by just under 50,000 people and (as referenced by nearly all the guide books we’ve read) twice as many sheep.
The airport is small, with a relatively large duty-free shopping area, complete with carts and six packs of the local beers and ciders. It feels a bit like a grocery store, packed with arrivals from Cophenhagen all pulling a grocery hand-cart. Immediately outside the duty free shop is the single baggage claim belt, so feel free to take your time and browse the store – you can see the baggage carousel through the glass wall while shopping.
We rent a car at 62N (the latitude of the Faroe Islands). The gentleman at the desk is exuberantly friendly and helpful. He seems quite delighted that we are visiting. Note – if you plan to drive in the islands – and need an automatic like us – booking ahead is a good idea, as many of the rentals here are manuals. Also, watching the information video (click HERE) on driving in the Islands is both interesting and highly recommended, as many of the smaller roads and tunnels are two-way, but one lane, and there is specific etiquette on passing.
Our first adventure is finding the waterfall of Gásadalur. The village has been accessible by car only since 2004, when a tunnel was finally blasted through the surrounding mountains. This was our first experience with the 2-way, 1-lane tunnels, and it was surprisingly easy. You can see the tunnel exit below, on the far left of the photo, about half-way down. Before 2004, the only way to reach Gásadalur was a rather strenuous and mildly dangerous hike along the coast (along the right side of the cliffs below)
Nonetheless, the view is definitely worth the drive:
While there, we also met one of the shaggy local ponies (left below), and saw the first of our many hundreds of sheep. Astonishingly, this little creek (right below) is the source of the waterfall, which starts right where the water disappears from view.
The entire area is beautiful, and we see some of the birds establishing their nests along the cliffs below. There is a marked footpath all along the side of the cliffs, and we walk up and all around the village. It is a beautiful spot for a picnic.
You can follow the path on walkli.com HERE!
Now it’s off to find our guesthouse on another island!