Discovering the Hidden Beauty of the Faroe Islands: A Journey Through Nature’s Masterpiece

Murafusu Waterfall is a famous attraction in the Faroe Islands. It is known as the “curtain of the Faroe Islands” and is often featured in postcards and promotional videos.

Without the laziness of tropical beaches, the Faroe Islands have a very northern temperament. With a kind of unrestrained nature, grandeur and ever-changing beauty, they easily won the highest praise from the National Geographic Traveler magazine. This conclusion is compared with other places around the world. After 111 islands, tourists who like alternative travel regard the Faroe Islands as a beauty that the world has forgotten. This kind of alternativeness is exactly what I like. Maybe there is some kind of power that summons me here.

Atlantic Airways flies to Vagel Airport in the Faroe Islands. Sometimes a trip that seems out of reach actually becomes easier once you start. It’s just that the Faroe Islands are too unique. Not only is the location remote, but the weather conditions are even worse. Strong winds, rain, and dense fog account for almost three-quarters of the year. There are an average of 260 rainy days every year. The best time to travel is July and August.

The map of the Faroe Islands is like a broken mirror. The small islands are like 18 pebbles scattered on the sea. The names are also difficult to remember, so the largest island, Stromo Island, I call it “Big Island” for short; it has a population of about 10,000 The second largest island, Isteloi Island, is the “East Island”; the third largest island, Vogar Island, is home to 3,000 people; and the fourth largest island, “San Island”, is located in the south of the big island, with about 1,500 people. Although each island is not big, you don’t feel like you have too much time to visit. In addition, there are several beautiful islands across the sea, such as the “Big Diamond Island” – Dadimen Island. There is only one family living on it. I jokingly call it “One Person Island”. Little Dimen Island, which often appears in magazines with the “hat cloud” on its head, is the “Little Diamond Island”, which is uninhabited in the south of Big Dimen Island. Because the island is located at the intersection of the warm Atlantic current and the cold Greenland current, the top of the mountain is mostly surrounded by clouds and fog. Sometimes the white clouds on the top of the mountain look like hats, sometimes like running water, and sometimes like waterfalls. It is colorful and has many of the scenery of the Faroe Islands. All the blockbuster films come from here.

On both sides of the seaside road from Da Dao to Dong Dao, you can see picturesque villages, mountains and waterfalls everywhere, with cattle, sheep and horses grazing leisurely in the wild.

Travel between islands
The coastline of the Faroe Islands is long and winding. Picturesque villages, mountains, fjords and waterfalls can be seen on both sides of the winding seaside road. The overall feeling is that the natural scenery of Faroe is a fusion of Iceland, Norway and Scotland: the unpredictable weather of Iceland, the green and majestic Norwegian fjords, and the rolling hills of Scotland. No wonder that in Norse mythology, this chaotic and beautiful world is the work of the main god Odin.

The most fascinating thing about the Faroe Islands are the fjords, the “wounds” cut by ancient glaciers. Deep in the fjord, isolated small towns or villages face the vast Atlantic Ocean, proving that even though they are remote and lonely, there are still people who enjoy such a quiet life. The Saxony Gorge on the Big Island is a must-see for all tourists, and it is a popular attraction in the inaccessible Faroe. The church here is a charming little wooden house with a thatched roof, but it had a troubled life: the church once stood in the heart of the village of Tonwick before it was demolished and moved here in 1858. The church is very simple inside and outside, but the surrounding environment is very “luxury”: the sun shines among the green mountains and green fields, and a clear waterfall of white water flows straight down, like a beautiful oil painting written by an artist. I could only use the lens as a paintbrush, but I could only record less than one tenth of it.

Abundant rainfall provides the Faroe Islands with abundant water sources. The water is clear and the grass is lush everywhere. Cattle and sheep have been grazing in the wild since they were born. Looking at the horses and sheep’s leisurely demeanor, this kind of happy life is beyond the reach of other livestock on the earth. Bar. The small yellow flower on the grass is called “Arctic buttercup”, or “Sólja” in Faroese, and is the “national flower” of the Faroe Islands. The yellow color is dazzling and dances with the wind. Then I remembered that I didn’t seem to see any trees along the way. It turned out that Faroe is very windy and no tree species can survive in strong winds. Therefore, there were only these weak-looking plants crawling on the ground. The power of life is actually not determined by the strength of appearance.

Human life in the Faroe Islands has also gone through a process of adaptation. For more than a thousand years, most of the islands have had traces of human life. Near the village of Nororadalur (Nororadalur) on the big island, we looked at the island of Koltur (Koltur) in the distance. It is said that there is only one family on it and they make a living by herding sheep. It must be very lonely. The ruthless waves of the North Atlantic seem to have the power to swallow everything. However, the towering cliffs are a breeding ground for birds. Under the sun, we are intoxicated because of this beautiful scenery that has been forgotten in the world.

The terrain of the Faroe Islands is mountainous, and the roads are built along the sea. There are few people and cars on the road, but the road facilities are built to the same level as mainland Denmark. Going from the big island to the second largest island “East Island” used to require a ferry. Now a several kilometers long undersea tunnel has been built, so there is no longer the feeling of crossing the island. After passing the tunnel, the weather gradually became clearer, and “dream blockbusters” began to be staged along the highway: blue lakes, emerald hillsides, quiet canyons, and dots of white flowers were all amazing. My mood also changed from gloomy to sunny, and I suddenly became enlightened. The guide shrugged, “This is Faroe. At the same time, the weather on each island is different.” It seems that the Faroe Islands’ “four seasons in one day” reputation is not in vain. Well, Iceland, with its equally ever-changing weather, finally has a rival.

During the short summer in Northern Europe, the warm currents turn green the small islands in the North Atlantic. It seems that they are especially favored by God, making these islands so unique: winding coastlines, crisp air and secluded villages. The scenery, even under the hazy sky, still blooms with amazing beauty. From being amazed at the beginning, I gradually adapted to the picturesque green mountains and clear waters, and became more and more curious about the life of the Faroese people. I was even more curious about a tin house with a thatched roof, but shaped like a workstation from an alien planet. I walked over and took a look, and it turned out to be a youth hostel for backpackers. For Western young people, Faroe is an ideal travel destination. There are no luxury hotels or commercial tourism projects here, only the uncanny natural beauty.

The only ferry we took in the Faroe Islands was to the island of Sand. The car went to the island with the ferry and drove onto the land. I thought the scenery here was similar to the previous islands. Unexpectedly, when we walked to the coast, a row of towering cliffs suddenly appeared. It was completely different from the pastoral scenery along the way, which was windy and sunny. I was so excited. Braving the strong wind, I ran towards the beach with my camera until I reached the rocks on the shore. Suddenly a big wave hit me. I had no time to retreat and most of my body was wet. The camera was also affected. Only then did I realize that Faroe The wind and waves were so fierce that we quickly returned to the shore.

As far as the eye can see, the jet-black cliffs are jagged and stretch for several kilometers along the coast. The slender end maintains the same steep posture and disappears into the Atlantic Ocean. This precipitous cliff was apparently formed by tectonic movements and the impact of Atlantic waves, and its wonderful geological formations have lasted for millions of years. What’s amazing is that there is a natural freshwater lake on the inland side of the cliff. It is as smooth as a mirror, quiet and gentle, in sharp contrast to the wild “man” opposite. In the lake, a group of Canada geese are cruising leisurely, the nearby paths are winding, sheep are walking or napping on the roadside, and small flowers everywhere are swaying in the sea breeze, making the tough and magnificent cliffs a little more soft and delicate.

The car drove along the coastline road, and on one side there were huge waves hitting the high cliffs, and on the other side there was a gentle pastoral atmosphere. We stopped at a cliff just to feel the waves of the Atlantic again. The roar of the waves and the screams of seabirds travel through time and space. Seagulls are hovering near the cliffs. The windy and rough life has invaded their bodies and souls. Isn’t it the same for the Faroese? Having lived here for generations, I am like a captain accustomed to wind and waves.

This is the Faroe Islands, a “soul station” on the North Atlantic, with hills and wilderness, full of romantic, rough and lonely natural beauty!

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