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Best Hikes in the Faroe Islands

buy accutane online cheap canada “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

–         http://nutritiononeslp.com/?p=72 David Attenborough

Growing up in the Himalayan Mountains in a small valley known as Rishikesh in India, I have always been in love with mountains and I feel they can take anyone’s breath away.

I am a tough cookie, so it is not very easy to impress me, but it does not mean I don’t appreciate my surroundings or the hard work that has been invested in it. However, in order to make me feel WOW about a certain place, it should be astonishing.

Currently, Faroe Islands have done the trick quite well.

Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland, 320 kilometers north-northwest of Scotland.(61.8926° N, 6.9118° W)

It is ethereal and immaculate. You probably may not have seen anything as pristine as this. The catch here is that you need to be at your fittest to be able to make the most out of your trip.

To reach and witness every viewpoint, you will have to hike, climb or at least walk for a minimum of an hour. It is only then that you will be able to experience the beauty of the Faroe Islands in all its glory.

It truly is another one of those “­­Heaven on Earth” places, undoubtedly meant for nature, hiking lovers and landscapes photographers.

Therefore, I am going to mention the best hikes in the Faroe Islands which you should consider doing. There are more than 25-30 hikes in these archipelagos and all provide you with the best views possible but, these are the best ones according to me which serve your soul purpose. I hiked 6 of them, lets see how many you can conquer. :p

Let’s begin!

  • Slaettaratindur
  • Mykinesholmur
  • Midvagur Bosdalafossur
  • Villingardalsfjall
  • Gásadalsbrekkan or Bøur Gásadalur
  • Eggjarklettur, Høgoyggj or Nólsoy Borðan
  • Kolfjarðardalur Leynar
  • Hvannhagii
  • Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur
  • Saksun TjørnuvÍk
  • Sandur SøltuvÍk

Fact: All the hikes on these islands are free except the one at Mykines Island which is for 100 Kr ($15-20 or 12-15 BP or around 15 Euros). According to me you need not hire a tour guide, but that is always an option. There are many local tour operators who would love to take you around their homeland. What I am trying to say is that this country gives you all the freedom to do what you want. Obviously, there are some limitations. *sly grin*

  • Slaettaratindur (Difficulty: Average | 4 hours return | Kind of Children Friendly | 5 kilometers)

Standing at 880m, this is country’s highest mountain. You will come across a parking area on your left when you will be coming from Eidi. At first you can start to walk towards the mountain from any possible and visible way till the time you reach the altitude of 500-600 meters or say after walking for about 35-45 minutes. At this point the actual hikes starts where you now must follow a particular route. From the moment you start to see Haldorsvik, that’s when you would know your hike has just begun.

 

  • Mykinesholmur (Difficulty: Average | 4 hours return | Children Friendly but difficult at some stages | 9 kilometers)

Nowhere in the Faroe Islands you can experience Puffins as closely as you do here. It is very common to see them fly near you or it might also be possible that they are standing right beside you. I believe they are such pretty birds with such a cute face!!! I totally love them!! They seem like the tiniest creatures who are so friendly. You will always see them with their daily diet.

Fishes!

A lot of them to be precise. They will always have a one or two or even more in their mouth all the time.

Follow the village sign towards Mykinesholmur as soon as you get off the ferry in the Mykines Island. The path that goes up to the lighthouse is the easiest one to follow. You just have to walk on the travelled path without disturbing the flora and fauna of the island.

THAT’S THE ONLY RULE!

 

  • Midvagur Bosdalafossur (Difficulty: Very Easy | 2 hours Return | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)

I often refer it to as the LAKE ABOVE THE OCEAN. It is one of those famous photos you must have seen before coming to the Faroe Islands. After driving 5-6 kilometers from the airport towards the smallest capital of the world, Tórshavn, you will notice the lake Sorvagsvaten which is technically just beside the airport’s runway.

The hiking route is clearly visible from the works of previous hikers. It is a 120 minutes return hike to the peak which is famous among the travelers as, ‘LAKE-ABOVE-THE-OCEAN‘ point. Reach the top and get those cameras rolling and shooting.

 

  • Villingardalsfjall (Difficulty: Difficult | 4 hours return | Not Children Friendly | 5-6 kilometers)

According to many, it is the most difficult hike on the islands. The reason being many loose stones and its steep angle. It is not suitable for children.

As it is a hike on the Faroe Islands, you basically start from anywhere and end up anywhere because there are no specific rules regarding hiking except for the fact that you don’t disturb the flora and fauna on the islands. In this hike (due to its difficulty factor), you will be guided through every single step you take. For example, there are blue pipes on the way which will show you the path towards the top. If you follow those pipes, as far as I know, you will not face a single problem.

 

  • Gásadalsbrekkan (Difficulty: Average | 5 hours return | Not Children Friendly | 4 kilometers)

You now have two hiking routes to choose from. You have the option to either hike over the Arnafjall Mountain which is in Gásadalur. The route starts in the valley about three kilometres west of the village of Bøur. The path begins about one kilometer south (or left) of the tunnel entrance. You can see the path, which meanders up the Gásadalsbrekkan.

 

  • Eggjarklettur, Høgoyggj (Difficulty: Average | 5 hours return | Children Friendly | 12 kilometers)

The hike is moderate difficulty. You can complete the hike, grab a snack at a local snack shop and catch the return ferry to Tórshavn at 4:50 pm. In the island of Nólsoy this is the only hike possible to see the historical lighthouse. It offers a great view from up there.

 

  • Kolfjarðardalur Leynar (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 2 hours Return | Children Friendly | 2.5 – 3.5 Kilometers)

 

  • Hvannhagii (Difficulty: Average | 3 hours | Children Friendly | 9 kilometers)

 

  • Tórshavn – Kirkjubøur (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 4 – 5 Hours | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)

 

  • Saksun TjørnuvÍk (Difficulty: Kind of difficult | 5 hours | Children Friendly | 6 kilometers)

 

  • Sandur SøltuvÍk (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 4 Hours | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)
Góðan dag(in). (go-wan dya-(in))
Good Day!

Vestmannaeyjar (Vestmann Islands) – South Iceland

“To Move, To Breathe, To Fly, To Float. To gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live”

–       Hans Christian Andersen

Vestmannaeyjar Islands is a small bunch of islands on the south coast of Iceland. Elliðaey is the northernmost of them. These are basically islands which are formed by various eruptions in the last 10000 to 15000 years. This statistic is pretty new in terms of the formation of the mainland Iceland. The Vestmannaeyjar Islands Area consists atleast 50 volcanoes around it below and above the sea.

Probably, the tallest peak on the island.

I know I keep mentioning Elliðaey,  but, I just can’t help it. Its such a pretty island. Visiting Elliðaey was the most peaceful thing happened to me till now and I just can’t get over it EVER! Stepping onto the loneliest island on the planet was truly a ‘Dream Come True’.

Click here to read about the loneliest house in the world. 

To reach Vestmannaeyjar Islands, you will either have to take a ferry from Landeyjahöfn which is about 2 hours (90 Miles) away from the capital, Reykjavik. You can also  board the ferry from Þorlákshöfn(Harbour used during bad weather conditions). The ferry ride time from Landeyjahöfn is about 30-35 minutes and from Þorlákshöfn is about 2.5 – 3 hours.

 

Tickets can be purchased at Herjólfur.is or visitwestmanislands.com. It will cost around 30$ return trip for one person which I feel is kind of costly because many localites come to and fro from Vestmannaeyjar Islands to South Iceland and paying this amount everyday is kind of a drag. But, truth to be told, its totally worth it. Flying with Eagle Air could also be an option, but I don’t think its really necessary, it will definitely cross your budget.

Even though. There is this one advantage that you will get to see the Vestmfromannaeyjar Islands from above which is a great sight.

1 of the 6 islands with a single cabin

FACT: There are 6 islands (In Total: 15 Islands) among the Vestmannaeyjar Islands  with single cabins built on them. Basically, every one of them is kind of “The Loneliest House on Planet” which is undoubtedly a great caption for your Instagram Post. 😛 Visit any one of them and you may experience the best time of your life.

Click here to read about the “Loneliest House in the World.”

Vestmannaeyjar Islands are so beautiful that at some specific points on these islands, you will feel that how can something this pretty exist in the real world. A fantasyland is what I may call it.

It is a kind of place where you can enjoy the peaceful time GOD has given to you. Just understand that you only have nature to adore here, and if I am honest, that is all I need.

FACT: The eruption that technically built these islands were not any normal eruptions. These were one of the biggest and longest eruptions in the history of Iceland. The eruption in 1963 lasted for 4 freaking years!! This lead to the formation of Surtsey, (the southernmost island of the group)If you think, Kilauea, Hawaii was a long eruption (3 months), then think about this. Even the second longest eruption here took lasted for about 155 days.

 

The place you must visit while you are in Vestmannaeyjar Islands is Stórhöfði.

This is recorded to be the windiest place in Iceland and I definitely believe it.

It is also considered to be a great spot to watch Puffin birds and Whale Watchimng (from the islands itself with the help of binoculars). When you walk from the dead end of the road where the parking lot is, you will find a small gate. Cross that gate and go where the path takes you.

Go till the end of the path, Stand there.

Observe the islands, the birds and the plants around you.

Inhale the silence these islands provide.

Spend as much time as possible.

Because this is probably the only time in your life (which I hope is not) when you will get the chance to listen to the waves around you in such bold silence.

This is the beauty of Iceland.

So, as you might have already understood, one day is enough to experience the beauty of Vestmannaeyjar Islands. I would recommend taking the earliest ferry at 09:45 and return back with the latest one at 22:00,

And guess what? It will all be in daylight in SUMMERS!!!!

Unless, you want to visit every one of those 15 islands which I highly doubt because that requires a lot of time. I clearly have this audacity to do this. There is a person I know, a friend who has done this. He is the one who took me to Elliðaey and I cannot thank him enough.

Contact me via my social media platforms incase you want to visit or leave a comment somewhere. You will get the required details.

He is a great guy and he is doing great work to increase the access to these islands for the tourists with the help of cliff rappelling.

He is so much taller than my brother in law!!

There is a place near/around the islands ,it is known as Sprangan there. He hosts tours around this area quite often.  I will be posting about his plans in the future, do check it out. He is undoubtedly the best person if you want to make the best out of your Vestmannaeyjar trip. Contact me if you need his info.

Thats me getting ready for the climb of my life

You can also hike up to the Volcano or Heimaklettur (which is the highest peak in Vestmannaeyjar) or take a boat tour around the islands. There is a Natural History Museum you can go to and Eldheimar Museum which will tell you about the Volcanic History of the islands.

I hope you get to visit the Vestmannaeyjar as soon as possible because once you do, there is not enough energy in this world that can prevent you from loving it.

Happy Travel!
Þú varst falleg Vestmannaeyjar

The Loneliest House In The World, Elliðaey, Iceland

“Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Little place right on the

Pacific. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I’d like to finish out my life, Red. A warm place with no memory. Open a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up like new. Take my guests out charter fishing.”

-Andy, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Elliðaey – The one & only…

When was the last time you felt as peaceful as Andy did at the end of “The Shawshank Redemption”? I bet you have never felt that way. Well, I did. Not because I ran away from prison but, because I could hear the waves which were kilometers away from me, so clearly, that my mind could think of nothing else but, peace. Yes, that’s EXACTLY how I felt. Only if I had the guts to dive down from those tall cliffs of the island into the North Atlantic Ocean, I would have.

Elliðaey is the northernmost of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands in the South Iceland. It’s the first island you see while going on a ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands from Landeyjahöfn (South Iceland port).

Click here to read my blog on the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

Probably, the tallest peak on the island.

Today, I am gonna tell you about Elliðaey, where lies the loneliest house in the world. There is not much information about this island on the internet. Some say that it belongs to an Icelandic singer, some say it’s a haunted house and some say it belongs to the government. None of it is true.

The house shown above, on the island Elliðaey belongs to the Elliðaey Hunting Association. Now, this hunting association does not exist since Puffin hunting was made illegal in South Iceland in the year, 2008. Since then, only on some selected days of the year, it is allowed to hunt Puffin on this island.

Me(Left), My brother in law, Our Angel :p (Right)

Nowadays, the house is locked even though it is all clean and well maintained on the inside. It’s a great house in my opinion.

Elliðaey is basically an island made of rocks and lava. No one is sure whether it came blowing off from another island or a volcano during an eruption and got settled here or the island itself was a volcano and threw parts out of it and created other islands in Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

You can read about Vestmannaeyjar Islands here

I was there with my brother in law and we were scared as hell about the weather being so horrible that day, and we would have to cancel the entire plan and return with disappointment. Although, God was on our side (He always is) and He provided us the finest of the Icelandic weather there is to offer. A clear sunny day. Well, clear and sunny 4 hours, but yeah, it was worth it. Fell in love with it instantly.

I am the guy with the beard.

Now, I have heard and read many strange stories that it is illegal to go on to this island and you can be thrown into prison for attempting to do so. It is all false. I mean, obviously you wouldn’t want to go there all by yourself because it is too risky since it does not have a proper harbor to dock your boat and neither does it have a proper route.

You must sort of jump a little and climb a little and walk (walk cautiously) a little in order to get to the island. Or, in other words, experience the most peaceful time of your life.

Elliðaey was special for me. Not because its one of those places which is hardly touched by humans (Although, it’s a cool reason), but because, the moment I saw the picture of this island on the internet, I knew I had to go there in any possible way.

I literally had to pull some strings, mind it, INTERNATIONALLY to go to this island. I talked to many people from Iceland who made it clear that you will find no one who can take you to Elliðaey  but I was adamant on going there even if I had to do it myself.

Luckily, I found someone who could officially take me to the island and tell me great mysterious facts about it too. He also took me for hiking and rock climbing on this island as well as various other islands among the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

I will have to ask him to mention his name here, but, if you ever wish to visit any of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, you can contact me through any of my social media platforms and I will personally guide you how to do so.

Also, I have this audacity to do things which people don’t normally do or to go to places where people don’t normally go to. Its just my thing. So, the day I stepped onto this island, I felt so complete. Like, I could literally hear myself breathing. It was so quiet up there.

Gosh, I feel like going there right now. If you ever go there, promise me that apart from spending time on your phone ,cameras and drones and action cameras, you will give yourself at least 60 minutes to just stand up on the tallest cliff and just listen.

Listen to the waves hitting the rocks, listen to the Piglike grunt of the Puffin birds, listen to the “baa” “baa” of the sheep and listen to your mind talking to itself that how beautiful is this gigantic world where there is so much to see and learn and do. Do this and you will thank me forever.
Þakka þér fyrir Ísland!

Day Trip to Copenhagen

“If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and people.”

–       Connie Nielsen

Copenhagen - City of Spires

One day in Copenhagen, these are the places to visit:

  •     Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 
  •     National Museum of Denmark
  •     The Christiansborg Palace
  •     Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}
  •     Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
  •     Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

People call it the Bike capital of the world, the City of beautiful towers (for its medieval and Renaissance architecture) and Kongens Village.

I call it Love.

Copenhagen, which sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager in Denmark is without any doubt one of the most peaceful countries you will ever visit in your lifetime.

The Place is good.  The People are great. The Architecture
AND THE BEER IS FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!

Yes, the hometown of the Carlsberg Beer Group is a pretty famous tourist-ey city. Around 55 % of Europe drinks Carlsberg. Haven’t you seen that famous ad that goes this way.

“If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.”
If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.

Now, I am going to tell you what to do or which places to visit in Copenhagen if you are there for just one day.

A little heads-up. If you are a fitness freak kind of a person looking for some extra adventure along the trip, you might as well opt in to travel around Copenhagen on a bike, after all, it’s the bike capital of the world. Its real fun!

  •   Visit the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Start your day by visiting the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which is an art museum having some extravagant personal collections of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. It will be the first stop if you go by main road towards the city center or the Kobenhavn Central Train Station. It comes under the City Hall area which can also be paid a visit. It’s all good architecture so you are not going to get a hard time clicking some Instagram-Worthy pictures. :p

While you will be paddling around the city, you will come across some great wonders of the modern and old architecture. Copenhagen is famous for it. Frankly, I just loved biking around the city. Seeing good and different places makes me happy.

  • Visit the National Museum of Denmark

Then you can pay a quick visit to the National Museum of Denmark, which is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history comprising the history of Danish foreign cultures. This museum is almost 200 years old.  

  • Visit The Christiansborg Palace

The next stop has got to be on the tiny island of Slotsholmen which is basically inside the city. Yes, an island in the middle of the city. Crazy right? Even though it’s a small one, but, it’s fun.

The Christiansborg Palace, which comprises of the Danish ParliamentThe Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. 

Fun Fact: The Christiansborg Palace is supposed to be the place where it all started 850 years ago. Yes, 850 YEARS. You heard that correct. In 1167, a fortress was erected on the location of it. Since then, this event has come to be viewed as the official “birth” of Copenhagen as we know it – and the idea behind the city’s 850th birthday in 2017.

Art lovers could also pay a visit to Thorvaldsens Museum which is located on this very island.

Tiny ME in front of Thorvaldsens Museum. (you wouldn’t even come to know that you are on an island, its that small and near to the main land.)

The entry fee for The Ruins and for the Royal Kitchen, etc are different so it’s better to buy a combined ticket to enter for 150 DKK (20$ or so). The entry for children is free.

There is also a Danish Jewish Museum on that same island but I think you can skip that. the history is better explained in various other Jewish Museums around the world. I really love the one in Washington D.C.  

 

TIP: If you are history lover and you just wanna walk on the paths where some of the great historians or kings or princesses have walked on, put your GPS Coordinates to Gammeltorv which dates to sometime during the 13th century.

Gammeltorv (literally ‘Old Square’ in English) certainly lives up to its name as it is the oldest square in the city.

  • Visit Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}

I hear some voice. Wait! It’s my stomach calling.

It time for some brunch/Lunch on the most photographed street of Denmark, Nyhavn. You must have seen many photos of Copenhagen or basically Europe with all those colorful houses alongside the river and the boats in front of them. Well, Its Nyhavn. In some cases, it could also be Amsterdam. 😛

The Famous Nyhavn

So Nyhavn, undoubtedly has the best food in town. It has everything,

Varieties 

Cost friendly

Costly 

Cuisines 

Boats 

Colors 

Ambience and what not. 

All these combinations give you the best eating experience in the entire city. Also, probably in the entire country. Even though your pockets are not gonna like it that much but trust me, your wives and children will.

😛

There were so many things I wanted to try there but as they say Stomach is full, but not policy. Therefore, I couldn’t eat more after one-point ☹. So, I wrapped up and continued my exciting day ahead.

But I hope you have a giant appetite and some may also have deep pockets. So, it is highly recommended to eat here. Almost, all the restaurants serve great food.

You could also come here at night for dinner. They have great lightening scenes during dark. You folks would love it.

The most photographed place in Copenhagen

There is a restaurant by the name Pizzeria which serves some great variety of Pizzas. The place is little hard to find on Nyhavn.  If you are on the restaurant-side of the river and al the restaurants are on your left, you walk and take the first left. It’s an underground restaurant made in a basement. They are not costly, and the taste of their Pizza is amazing!!!

  • Visit the Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU COULD JUST HAVE A LOOK INSIDE PRINCE OF DENMARK’S HOME? AMAZING RIGHT?
Well You cannot. LOL!! 

But you can visit that area where lies Amalienborg, the home of Danish Royal Family. My best experience here was to copy the Royal Guards, how they march and how they walk and how they wouldn’t even laugh at your lamest jokes.

Their funny looking hat and the REAL-GUNS. :D. This area with four different buildings on each side are going to look amazing in your photos. I will share with you people a B&W version of the picture I clicked.

As you can see people are also using Hoverboard to see places. I think that’s a cool way to see places. A must try I feel.

The good thing is that you can atleast visit the museum here and get to know about Danish Royal Family’s history. You can hire a guide there which will prove to be very fruitful for you if you are interested in Danish history. I, who always used to fail in history also loved it :D.

 

Just in front of the Amalienborg Palace, is the Frederik’s Church which is famous for its rococo architecture. You might have heard about it as The Marble Church. It was closed due to something when I was in Copenhagen (sad right?) but if you do get the chance, certainly pay a visit inside. Then, let me also know how it was. I will go there someday <3.

I have this audacity of not leaving a single attraction in the city. You never know what may strike your heart <3.

Frederik’s Church
  • Visit Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

Now The Little Mermaid!

Well, this place and this statue wouldn’t eat too much of your time. You can spend 10 minutes here MAXIMUM. But you would wanna spend a nice amount of time at the park where The Little Mermaid is located. It’s called the Langeline Park.

The Little Mermaid

It has many little little attractions to see like the Gefion Fountain and St Alban’s Church and the Prinsesse Marie(another famous statue). All these attractions start with the Churchill Park.

Gefion Fountain
St Alban’s Church

As soon as you will cross the Fountain, on you right hand side you will see a sea-side restaurant names Toldboden. You must try this if you have time which probably you will. If not, atleast try the cocktails.

 

FACT: They always have super-sexy cars parked around them all day. Certainly not a bad way to attract customers.

Outside of Toldboden.

Apparently, our day has come to an end but the night has just begun  :p.

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Farvel Danmark!
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