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The heavens opened and bright rays of light shined down from Heaven.

I got to the port and found the ferry and boy was I surprised. I shouldn’t have been, but I was. The Ritan was small, old and quite rusty. It was a nice day, yes but, the wind was fierce again. I knew the ride on this boat was going to be fun!!!

 

On board, I took a few pics of the Tinganes peninsula from the water and then as we were heading out, I enjoyed the fantastic views of the whole city. The old town being so prominent on this peninsula really makes the city stand out.  

 

The clouds had lifted enough that I could finally make out clearly the shape of the taller mountain on Nolsoy. It is very dramatic! It looks a bit like a limpet shell (look that up), but many of the islands mountains have this shape.

The village gate, a whale's jaw bone

 

The sky kept clearing. There was a break in the clouds over the southern peninsula of Streymoy and it looked like God was shining light down from heaven….magical. However, he wasn’t helping with the sea. The boat was up and down the big swells like a rollercoaster. I was fine, surprisingly.

 

The horizon was clearing to my left and I could see more islands. There were so many and so dramatic. I could see the two southern peninsulas of Esturoy, Sandoy, and even as far as Bordoy in the north, amazing.

 

As we got closer to the Nolsoy, I could make out the colorful little village.

There is a cluster of houses and then there are several that are by themselves at the foot of the opposing (taller) mountain.

 

Nolsoy is basically a low mountain and a high mountain with a flatter area in between. It is basalt, volcanic, and the side of the island that is facing the open Atlantic is shear cliffs. This is the case with all of the islands of Foroyar.

 

We landed and everyone got off. It was obvious that I was the only tourist here, today. This had become a regular theme on this trip, a theme that continued.

 

I walked around the marina trying to get my bearings as the ferry headed back to Torshavn.

The large mountain was in full view now and was magnificent, majestic, monumental, many M words.

 

I walked though the “gate to the village”, which is, yes ladies and gentlemen, the jaw bone of a whale. That’s a first! I started walking through the village and its interesting architecture, ruins and maintained housing. It is very quaint.

I kept hearing the crash of waves as I was walking through the village. This was distracting me as I am a beach lover. This wasn’t coming from the side facing Streymoy so; it must be on the other side of the island, a five minute walk. I had to check this out first.

 

OMG, I was rewarded for this effort. What unfolded in front of me was one of the most picturesque coastlines that I have ever seen, and I have seen many. It’s the postcard that everyone wants to see, from a movie you love, or from a poster that is just so captivating.

WOW! The massive pounding waves that this side of the island receives have carved up the most interesting of shapes. It is breathtaking. There must be no slope to the sea bottom here as the waves come in full force and seem to be surprised that there is a tall wall of basalt in their way. There are rock formations and groups that cause some of them to break early causing a dramatic tower of water and spray….intense. The waves seem angry about it. I tried to get some shot here but the mist coming up, even with the extreme height, was soaking me.

 

I proceeded to climb up the shorter mountain as to get great views of the larger mountain and be able to see the cliffs where all the action is taking place.

 

Ok, first of all. I cannot discuss all of what I did to get to some of the places that you will see and I will write about. Rob would never let me out of the house, again. Even though, this is far from the first time as I will do just about anything for a view.

This is the dramatic coast of Nolsoy, just of the coast of Streymoy, in Foroyar (The Faroe Islands.

 

So………I “made my way” around to a nice spot where I could see the force of the water as it met Nolsoy. There was so much power and energy being smashed into these cliffs. I’m glad that they are so strong.

I was really surprised by the color of the water, here. The deep blue became a vibrant aqua which became many different shades when it hit the rocks. It was a blue color explosion.

 

I continued up and around the curve of the mountain. I found an outcropping that looked like a great spot. It was very pitted from the erosion but, was rocky, not grassy, much better. I did notice a strange thing here, used shell casings. Someone had been shooting here. There were many casings…..creepy. There was also a lot of water on this outcropping……which is many hundreds of feet off water’s surface….

waves crashing into the bassalt cliffs of Nolsoy. The spray climbs up over the cliffs and washes over the island
WOW! I would not want to be here when those waves came rolling in.

 

The clouds continued to dissipate and there was only some lingering over the taller mountain.

 

I continued up the mountain, along the cliff facing. I climbed over fences and braved sheep poo, and fought the terrible wind that was pushing me very hard. The good thing is that the wind was pushing away from the sea or I don’t think I could have stayed on the cliff’s edge.

 

I continued up, over, and around. I found a wonderful view of the taller set of cliffs with amazing swirls and jetties forming as the water was pushed and pulled around this one piece of a cliff. I couldn’t believe I was here with this view, on a beautiful day. I was so lucky!!! As a backdrop, bits of Bordoy and Svinoy.

Close up of local ducks

 

I kept looking back, though, and watching, in awe, the power and beauty of the crashing waves in the area of the central cliffs.

 

I climbed to the highest point that I could reach on this end of the island….safely. I could see all of the grazing land of this mountain and a wonderful look back at the other mountain. I would not today, but, will have to come back and climb it. I must!

 

I kept being mesmerized by the waves, now below me, the color explosions as the hit and shot skyward. It was hypnotizing. Even from this height (over 1000 ft cliff), the clarity of events most people see in a documentary or the Travel Channel.

 

I did finally decide that I was along way from the village, I wanted to see more of the village, and I wouldn’t mind a break from the wind.

Tasty?!?
So…..I started back. I, mistakenly, thought that I could just climb down the mountain wherever I wanted. I thought this only for a while. I trekked toward the center of the mountain and down…….and was stopped by a mini cliff, way to tall for me to tackle. I had to backtrack and go back the way I came. You would think that this would be easy and obvious. It wasn’t. I kept being distracted by the power and beauty of nature and paid no attention to how I got to where I was going. As I was making my way down……the clouds started rolling in. At least I had a wonderful sunny climb. I was okay with the clouds returning.

 

Long story short, like that’s possible, I found my way after being worried a time or two that I was going to slide off into the sea, but I didn’t, Rob, I didn’t.

 

I entered the village, again, now looking for all its intrigue, charm, and character. It had it in bundles.

 

There were many wooden houses with turf roofs. These are common to me, here but, the view behind makes them special.

 

On one of the little streets, someone’s boat rest behind a workshop, the Neptun.

 

I was shocked and very excited as I rounded one corner. The smell should have been the clue but, there they were. You see them on some of the postcards, the lines of drying fish. This is not for tourists, this is life here. That’s so great to witness.

 

I made my way around to the church and a little stone house from ages gone by.

Sunset on the rocky coast facing Streymoy
They sit right on the water’s edge. This is another common theme here. May fishermen prayed for safe return here. Some made it, some did not. The ones who did would make an offering to the church.

 

I walked down to the rocky beach to watch the sun setting behind the mountains of Streymoy. It made for some beautiful colors and amazing light for the final views of the day.  I stood there and thought about my day and all that I had witnessed, all that I had enjoyed. I was the only one on this mountain today, taking in this nature, this beauty. Today, it was all mine. How special is that.

 

The ferry docked and so I had to say goodbye to Nolsoy. We had a great time! I took some last shots as the light was growing dim.

 

On the way back, I got some dramatic pictures of the ski slope of a peninsula at the end of Streymoy. The last warm color of the sun, the grey of the clouds, and the dark blue of the sea made it a memorable journey back.

bloggerguy says:
Beaiful Islands, isn´t it. I was there in june. :) (Glad I don´t live there thought
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
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The heavens opened and bright rays…
The heavens opened and bright ray…
The village gate, a whales jaw bo…
The village gate, a whale's jaw b…
This is the dramatic coast of Nol…
waves crashing into the bassalt cl…
waves crashing into the bassalt c…
Close up of local ducks
Close up of local ducks
Tasty?!?
Tasty?!?
Sunset on the rocky coast facing S…
Sunset on the rocky coast facing …
Approacing Torshavn old town from …
Approacing Torshavn old town from…
Below deck on teh ferry
Below deck on teh ferry
Ferry door
Ferry door
Fronr of the ferry - Nolsoy in fro…
Fronr of the ferry - Nolsoy in fr…
The ferry leaves and the larger mo…
The ferry leaves and the larger m…
Great old house with cart
Great old house with cart
roof held together by fishing net
roof held together by fishing net
Traditional wood house with turf r…
Traditional wood house with turf …
A great old boat
A great old boat
Nautical decor
Nautical decor
The catch of the day
The catch of the day
Gate to the church
Gate to the church
Church window
Church window
Colorful stern
Colorful stern
Tiny window
Tiny window
stone wall and little window with …
stone wall and little window with…
A great view of Nolsoy. I climbed …
A great view of Nolsoy. I climbed…
See where I was?
See where I was?
The village of Nolsoy at sunset
The village of Nolsoy at sunset
Nolsoy
photo by: davidx