A road trip in the Faroe Islands is a treat, with awe-inspiring vistas or colourful little villages whichever way you turn.
Around a bend in the road, this is what you might see this:
… or this:
Faroe Islands in Faroese is Føroyar, meaning Sheep Islands. So you will also see this:
On the island of Eysturey, you’ll pass by Eiði. With nearly 700 inhabitants, this is a large settlement.
The old Viking settlement of Funningur, on the other hand, is home to about one-tenth as many:
The Road to Gjógv
… and the fishing village Gjógv, our goal for the day, has even fewer inhabitants. Once home to a whopping 210 souls (and a fleet of 13 fishing boats), about 50 live in Gjógv today.
Curious about the pronunciation? It’s simpler than it looks: the first ‘G’ is silent, so just say ‘jog’ with a ‘v’ added at the end. Gjógv means gorge and it’s a gorgeous place with a natural harbour, a village church, a school for the three children, and a post office in a private house, open 1 hour every weekday. There’s also a helicopter pad and a guest house.
Plenty of space – and room to play with your garden:
The ancient landscape at Gjógv:
So beautiful and peaceful. I love how Eiði just pops with color. And that gorge is so cool. I’m kind of day dreaming about what it would be like to live there 🙂
It really is peaceful. You could probably walk for hours and only see sheep 🙂
Looks fascinating – and so green it almost hurts the eyes.
Incredibly green and verdant.
I just discovered your blog. It’s nice to come across a fellow writer, traveller, and adoptive mother.
Your photos are like postcards – stunning.
Thanks. And what fun, would love to hear more about you and your child(ren).
So beautiful and peaceful. I’d love to go there one day.
Hope you will, Ana.
So green! Reminds me of Ireland
Same area of the world 🙂
The landscape is such a rich green. The photo of Eiði with the colorful buildings on that green is quite beautiful.
The Faroes was named the world’s best island destination by National Geographic a few years ago. Very green!
Love those colorful little villages! It is all so mystical looking–did you find any fairys there?
Didn’t bump into any fairies. Just sheep 🙂
Looks so serene.
How gorgeous! The colors of the houses in the village just pop!
They fit very well with the landscape, I think.
Fabulous photos of stunning landscapes, never even considered the Faroes before but might have to rethink that now. Excellent post and pics, the colors of the houses are eye-popping.
Thanks Greg. Gorgeous islands they are.