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Vágar Airport - Vágar Airport, Faroe Islands

Here's the itinerary for a 6 day trip to the stunning Faroe Islands, which I visited in July 2018. It should have been a 7 day trip but alas poor visibility at the Faroe Islands meant that our plane did not depart Copenhagen on our first day! The Faroe Islands are a true paradise for lovers of hiking, dramatic scenery and nature. This trip to the Faroe Islands remains one of my favourite vacations ever for a number of reasons. Firstly, the scenery is simply stunning. Secondly, the remote location and island life holds a certain romantic feel. Thirdly, while you will certainly encounter other tourists on your trip, the Faroe Islands remain a bit of a hidden treasure and you will certainly find peace and tranquility on this trip. This itinerary is focused on short hikes (1-3 hours max), some sightseeing and a fantastic boat trip from Vestmanna to see the puffins flying from the cliffs. It should give you a great overview of the islands. Some personal means of transport is essential - and the small car we hired at the airport was perfect for summer driving. Weather in the Faroe Islands can be quite mixed - and although we visited in July, the temperature was around 12C during the day-time. Bring full waterproofs and dress in layers to allow for changing conditions. A good back-pack with hiking supplies like hats, gloves, plasters for blisters, snacks and drinks is essential. The currency is Danish Kroner (DKK), as the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The language is Faroese, but everyone we spoke with was fluent in English. We stayed in a self-catering AirBnb in the centre of the capital city - Tórshavn - which enabled us to try several restaurants for dinner in the evening. If you enjoy the scenery, geography and nature of The Faroe Islands, you may also want to check out our itinerary for Iceland

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16 Bakkavegur, Mikladalur 797, Faroe Islands

While on the island of Kalsoy, a visit to the village of Mikladalur (population 44) is a must - to see the Selkie Statue - "Kópakonan". Mygledal in Danish means "Great Valley" and Mikladalur is the Faroese equivalent. The statue at Milkadalur was erected in August 2014 to commemorate the legend. A 450 kilogram bronze statue, it is set on the rocks and designed to withstand 13 metre waves from the sea. You can walk down to the beach from statue and pass a small waterfall along the way. Access to the statue is via steps from the village, past the old post office. There are toilet facilities in the village for visitors. The legend of Kópakonan is one of the best known folk-tales on the Faroe Islands, but a similar legend can be found across many cultures - from the Faroe Islands, to Scotland and Ireland in the south and Iceland to the north. In one interpretation, Selkies are mythological beings who can change form from seal to human. In another interpretation, it is believed that seals are incarnations of people who have chosen to die in the sea. On the Christian festival of the Twelfth Night (the Twelfth day of Christmas, and the start of Epiphany), it is said that the seals come onto land and transform back into humans. They shed their seal skins and celebrate by dancing in the human form. In this Faroese interpretation of the legend, a young gentleman who was a farmer, decided that on the Twelfth Night he would go see the selkie dancing for himself, down on the beach. He becomes obsessed with one of the selkie girls dancing and desires her for himself. In order to prevent her returning to the ocean, he hid her seal skin. As the evening of selkie dancing came to a close, he approached the girl to convince her to marry him. To force the marriage, he put the seal skin in a locked chest, to which only he had the key. Years passed, and together, they raised several children. One day, the young farmer went out fishing on his boat. All of a sudden, he realised that he had forgotten his key to the locked chest. Panicked, he raced back to shore, but alas, it was too late - his selkie wife had found the key, unlocked the chest, retaken her seal skin, and swam out to sea. In order to prevent harm to the children, the selkie woman had put out the fire, and removed anything sharp. The men of the village of Mikladalur liked to hunt seals for food - and one day they made plans to set off on an expedition down to one of the local caverns. In a dream, the selkie woman appeared to the farmer to warn him not to attack a seal bull that would be lying at the entrance to the cave - for that was her seal-husband, nor two seal pups (Hárek and Fredrik) that would be deep inside the cave - for those were her children. Alas, the farmer did not relay his dream to his compatriots, and on the day of the hunt, all of the seals in the cave were slain. The farmer himself was presented with the flippers of the two pups, as his share of the catch. That evening, as the head of the great bull seal, and the flippers of the young pups were cooked, the selkie woman burst in, and took the form of an angry troll. The troll passed a curse the men of the village of Mikladalur as a revenge, stating that some would fall from the surrounding mountains, and that others would die at sea. This would continue, she said, until the dead numbered enough as to link hands around the entire island of Kalsoy. And with that, there was a crash of thunder, and she was never seen again. To this day, whenever a local man dies on a mountain or at sea, it is said that this is because there must not yet be enough dead to link men to link hands around the entire island.

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Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands

The Cliff Lake - locally known as either Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn - is situated on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. It is a short drive from the airport, and after our rental car pickup, was the first place we stopped at. We parked on a little lane off the main road and climbed over a stile to the start of the path. The path is a walking track and took us about half an hour from the start to end. Walking shoes were good to have - boots probably would have been more sensible. Take waterproofs as there's nowhere to shelter if the weather changes. The view from start to finish is magnificent. On our visit, in summer 2018, the path along the lake front was closed, and we took a path a little up the hillside, with the lake on our right. We encountered a few friendly sheep along the way, as well as friendly fellow hikers. At the end of the trail is a greeting that set the standards for breath-taking views during our trip - magnificent cliff faces sinking into the ocean far below. Take very good care and don't go too close to the edge! Where lake meets cliff, a stunning waterfall drains the lake into the ocean. The colours were striking - the green hillsides, the deep blue ocean and the grey rocks. This walk was fairly easy in intensity and an incredible start to our trip to the Faroes - getting the circulation going after the plane ride in and firing up the adventurous spirit.

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Vágar Airport, Faroe Islands

Vágar Airport is located on the island of Vágar and is the airport serving the Faroe Islands. Originally built by British Royal Engineers during the second world war, the runway's construction can best be appreciated when driving away from the airport. The flight inbound to the Faroes gives breathtaking views of the islands below. The planes fly in quite close to the hillsides. Planes landing at the airport are from either Atlantic Airways or Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Cancellations can occur if visibility is low, as happened when I tried to fly out to the Faroes from Copenhagen with SAS - and my flight was rescheduled for the following day. A note on car-hire: book well in advance. On our trip to the Faroe Islands in summer 2018, we had to shop around independent car hire specialists due to other cars being all rented out (this was a couple of weeks before our due arrival). In the end, we rented from a man who owned 3 cars who brought the car to the airport for us. Our car seemed at least 5 years old, very basic, but road-worthy and did the job. Tip: if you are flying into Vágar Airport for the start of your holiday to the Faroe Islands and think you may like some wine, beer or spirits during your trip, strongly consider visiting duty free at the airport. Alcoholic drinks are heavily taxed on the islands, and most visitors and locals that I saw arriving loaded up on their allowance before going through customs.

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