French pirates in Foroyar
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From a distance you could see it with its neighboring village and the marina that they shared.
I passed some sheep (well, I passed many sheep) that were spray painted pink near their head. I assure that if for owner identification. It looked funny.
I kept rounding the many curves of the fjord and the view just kept becoming more spectacular with every step. I’m so glad that I decided to do this. It was just me and Foroyar, up close and personal. That’s what most of this journey had been.
The mountains here are very unusual, like I haven’t seen before. They erode strangely. There looks to be layers that do not erode and force the water over it and to erode the layer below. You see this everywhere. Then, when the falling water gets closer to sea level it seems to scatter and you end up with toe like lines near the base of the mountains and some of the islands. It’s very fascinating.
I rounded a corner and the
There was the most picturesque low stone house at fjord-side that, with Nolsoy in the background, made a dramatic view. Sadly when I walked down the path to take a closer look, I saw the barely recognizable remains of a sheep. It was very sad.
Along the fjord I cam upon a trailer from an 18 wheeler. At first I didn't pay any attention, I just thought it to be an eyesore. Then, I noticed a houses front door on the end. I think that some one lives here.
I could now see three villages in the distance around this curve in the fjord. I knew one of them was Hvalvik.
The first one, of course, had some wonderful waterfalls but not really anything else of interest.
Next village, Hvalvik (means whale bay), shares the valley with Streymnes. Together they have around 400 people. Some interesting facts about the
The quaint church in Hvalvík is a traditional wooden church with turf roof built in 1829, the oldest of its kind in Foroyar. The church is built from wood bought from a ship that ran aground in Saksun. A new church had to be built as the old church dating to 1700 was destroyed in a terrible storm. The pulpit originates from the church in Tórshavn and is dated from 1609. Some notches can be seen in the pulpit. Rumors say that these are cuts from the swords of French pirates who robbed the church in Tórshavn in 1677. The front door has a crown and two four leaf clovers.
The windows have wooden protective coverings over all but the top arches. The storms near the opening of the fjord are terrible.
In the fjord, just offshore of Hvalvík, the wreck of an old wooden ship can be seen. I tried but couldn’t find it and I tried. The rough seas were probably the cause.
The village has many turf houses as well. It’s placement on the fjord affords it some fantastic views out to sea and to Nolsoy. There was a pier, covered over with much seaweed, which I went out to the end of to have a view of the village and the others in the valley. I am amazed that they let it go, like they have.
Well, I’d had a nice walk around the little village and now it was time to catch the bus back to
Some of the villages have just a bus stop marker and some have little 3 sided wooden stops and some have metal and glass 4 sided buildings with a large opening, but no door. I’m telling you this because. I’d gone the whole village walking journey with no rain on me! Literally, within moments of entering the little building, it started to rain and most rain here is the sideways kind. I couldn’t believe it so I stuck my head out of the building and was left with a terribly wet face and my hat was blown off. How lucky was I!!!