Arriving in the Faroe Islands

My first view of the Faroe Islands was from the small window on my sparsely populated plane. I could see islands, looking like giant rocks jutting out of the sea. There was quite a lot of snow on the higher peaks.

Coming in to land at the airport on Vágar is quite an experience. The plane flies low along the largest lake in the islands, Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn, before turning, landing and stopping in a very short amount of time (thankfully I didn’t read my guide book section about the very short runway until after I had landed). The plane stops right outside the terminal, passport control was very quick, and I collected my suitcase and hire car. I remembered that the Faroe Islands drive on the right, in left-hand drive cars, as the snow started to fall… As someone used to driving in the UK, this was all backwards to me!

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The drive from the airport on Vágar to Tórshavn on Streymoy introduces me to my first sub-sea tunnel of the trip, a 5 km long tunnel under Vestmannasund, followed by two shorter tunnels through mountains. The journey only takes 45 minutes, and by the time I arrive, the snow has stopped.

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Tórshavn itself is a beautiful town, with colourful buildings interspersed with rocks and grass. My apartment has a wonderful view across the sea to the island of Nólsoy. Unpacking, I find all my equipment has arrived unscathed. I’m looking forward to my 3 weeks of fieldwork here.

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