Thursday, August 28, 2014

North Streymoy - Faroe Islands

Sheep on the Slope

Photos: August 7, 2014

Everywhere we looked in the Faroe Islands there were steep hills, cascades of water and sheep on the slopes - not big flocks, but a few here and there. They seem to be able to climb the steepest slopes.

Five Swans a-swimming

We went on a tour of the northern part of Streymoy, stopping here and there to admire the views. We stopped near a lake and one of the travellers went down to the shore. Suddenly, as if an announcement went out, the swans swam towards him; the sheep nearby headed his way; then the sheep on the hillsides came dashing down the slopes.

Chance Meeting

I guess they were hoping for a handout, but it was just a photo op. Sheep (as in Iceland) come in a variety of colours. They graze on the hills all summer and are rounded up in October. We were told that people collect their slaughtered lambs and hang them to dry in a shed. They are eaten at Christmas (the smell is supposedly quite strong). You can read about it here.

Looking Down

Like Iceland, most of the Faroe Islands is treeless which allows for long vistas.

Out of the Bay

We took a boat trip along the bird cliffs near Vestmanna. The cliffs towered over us. As much of the rock is basalt, a fairly soft rock, it has been carved by the sea, leaving caves, arches and other interesting rock formations.

Rock Formations

Our boat went through arches, around sea stacks. Many birds nest on the cliffs.

Through an Arch

Through an arch (you can see the poles at the back of the boat).

In and Around the Cliffs

It was impossible to photograph to the top of the cliffs - they rose over 800 metres.

Vestmanna

Back to Vestmanna. The village perches on a hill. Nearby there are pipes coming down from the top of the mountains. Water is diverted through them turning turbines inside to generate power. More and more the Faroe Islands are using natural sources of power: hydro-electric power and windmills. With only about 50,000 people, the power demands are not that substantial.

More photos: Iceland and Faroe Islands album

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