Journey to Suduroy - The southernmost Island
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Ok, so I got up early, today. I got up for a reason. I can always do that, when I have a reason. I wanted to go to Suduroy, the southernmost
So, I got up and was greeted by none other than, the sun! It was sunny again. There were a few clouds in the sky but, the sun dominated. Yeah!!!!! I hurriedly got ready and had breakfast, and headed out. I packed a lunch and snacks, not knowing where I might end up and wanted the option of have lunch in the beauty of nature. This is why I am here.
I made the ferry with 10 minutes to spare.
While we were pulling out and maneuvering, I was below finalizing my thoughts about today’s plan. I had hoped the weather and the island’s transport would cooperate.
A good 15 minutes or so later, I decided to go up on deck and take some pictures. I didn’t know what I was in for, visually.
It started with some great views of Streymoy a tip end of Eysturoy, and Nolsoy. Then, Hestur and Sandoy came into view. I was able to capture the remote
As we continue on, Skugavoy comes into view. It’s only 10 square kilometers of bird watcher’s paradise.
Next up was Stora Dimun. Foroyar doesn’t get much more remote than this. It’s a diamond shaped island that’s halfway between Sandoy and Suduroy and on 2.5 square kilometers. The entire length of its west coast is shear cliffs at almost 400 meters (1200 ft) high. At no point are the cliffs lower than 100 meters (300 ft) high so, it’s a bit difficult to achieve it you desire to go there. There is a landing stage on the east coast but, it’s not commonly used as it can only be used in calm weather or in a northerly wind. The lone farmhouse is surrounded by a 2 meter (6 ft) thick stone wall anchored with steel ropes. This island sees the brute force of the wind and in winter it is rare that anyone leave the protective enclosure.
There was a point where you could see bit’s of all of these islands, a special view, that’s for sure.
Now with the length of Suduroy coming into view as a back drop, I could see the baby of Foroyar, Litla Dumun with its only 1 square kilometer of land. This island has never been inhabited by humans but, sheep were brought here for grazing in the summer months, since Norse times. It once supported a unique breed of brown sheep brought here by Irish hermits that first settled Foroyar. In 1844, they were all slaughtered to make room for another variety.
Twice a year, boat trips operate, taking you to this tiny island. You get around 8 hours on the island but the cost is high at 1500 kroner (200 euro) (300 dollars).
The names of Stora and Litla Dimun come from Celtic origin. Stora and litla mean big and little. The di mean’s two and muin means ridge or mountaintop.