Trongisvagsfjordur and heading out for the south

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Skarvatangi - the cape entrance to the Trongisvagsfjordur

Part I

 

Enough of that, we’re almost to Suduroy. It is the southernmost island and the fourth largest. Its distance from Torshavn and the rest of Foroyar has them feeling forgotten. The 5000 residents are known for having the most friendly and emotional, a very un-faroese trait. They are much more like the Mediterranean cultures as they talk with their hands. It’s only 30 km (15 mi) in length and less than 5km (2.5 mi) at it’s widest, it’s a very up and down kind of place with it’s many mountains and valleys. The island has only one road running its length and has basalt cliffs in the northwest as high as 473 meters (1400 ft).

 

We round the peninsula and enter the Trongisvagsfjordur and head for Suduroy’s largest city, Tvoroyri, population 850. For this island, this is the big city!

 

Some clouds had moved back in but, there was still much sun to be had. At this point I was red from sunburn and windburn. I didn’t know which was the one hurting me. It was probably the combination of both.

 

Tvoroyri’s ferry point is across the fjord at Drelnes. Bus times are coordinated with ferry schedules. They make it easy.

 

Tvoroyri looked like an interesting little mountain side / fjord side village but, it would have to wait. I got on the bus to take me to the southern destination of Vagur.

 

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A building for Holy men....as I translate

Part II

 

To the bus stop. He arrived a bit late but, as long as he picks me up….I’m good. We make our way back, passing the lovely Hov and Oravik.

 

Back in Tvoroyri, I get out and have about an hour to look around. I want to make a connection to go to Famjin, a beautiful, remote and special place to the Faroese.

 

I walk around the town and get a feel for it. There was a really colorful (mostly red) building with a fantastic door! The colors and design are very unusual, even for Foroyar. Over the door is Hellige Herren. I will have to find out the meaning.....back to you on that one.

 

Walking along the fjord (Trongisvagsfjordur) and enjoyed the now familiar craggly peaks that Foroyar is known for.

 

There was a little “art park” along the water where I had read about the interesting things to be seen. There was a whale’s jaw bone that was brought back by a fisherman from Suduroy. It was huge!

 

There was a column of rock looking like the cliffs and bronze gulls atop. There was also, in the center, an anchor, fish, and bird sort of sculpture…very interesting. Also, at one end was an……I don’t know……evil fighting fish???

 

These were all apart of the Gallari Oyggin, that was just across the street.

 

There was also a large interesting rock that was removed during the excavation of Hovstunnel, 2006. It has Kalkspat and red iron.

This is the largest village and ferry point for Suduroy. It's surrounded by amazing mountains.
There are wonderful crystals and mineral colorations within the rock.

 

I took a few pictures of the art in the front yard of the gallery. There artists have a very unique point view, very creative.

 

At this point, I determined that I had a problem, a BIG one! My camera’s battery light was flashing, going dead. I pulled out the trusty second battery and it immediately started flashing, as well. It was out of juice, too. AAAARRRGGGGHH!!!

 

So, I know that I can probably get a few more pics out of each battery. I have to be strategic and perfect with the picture taking. I can’t exactly just come back to this remote place, easily.

 

I was on my way to the quaint little church in town….

Front doors of the town church - trim details are wonderful
.strategic picture taking! Fortunately, all of the pics that I took turned out, well. The Tvøroyri church is quite unique. It was built in Lillestrom, Norway and shipped in sections to Suduroy in 1908.  

 

So, I enjoyed the little town and was now ready to go to Famjin. Ok, the reason it’s so important is that on hung in a glass case on the back wall of the village church is the original Foroyar flag (Merkid). The red cross fringed with blue on a white background was the idea of Jens Oliver Lisberg and two of his friends. They had the radical idea of creating a flag for their country to further their own dreams of independence for Foroyar. It was first flown following a church service in Famjin in June 1919. It took several more decades before it as officially recognized. With the advent of Home Rule in 1948, the Merkid had finally come of age and was adopted as the national flag.

 

I waited at the bus stop for the 15:10 bus.

The approach to Tyoroyri along the Trongisvagsfjordur.
I needed to then catchthe 17:40 bus back to Tovoroyri, to catch the ferry back to Torshavn at 18:30. This all had to click or no go.

 

I waited and waited and 15:10 passed, 15:25 passed, and then at 15:40 I walked across the street to the bus station, where someone was still working, and told them that the 15:10 never showed up. The guy (Jans Pieter) was very surprised. He checked his schedule and said that he should have come. He tried to call several times and had no luck. He went to ask someone else about an option and returned with nothing. A lady looking at the schedule told me that I would have not been able to get back as there are only return busses on Tuesday and Friday.

 

AAAARRRGGHH! I was not going to get there. I told Jans Pieter that I had really wanted to see the beautiful village and the first flag of Foroyar.

 

Surprise of all surprises, he says he will take me himself. He said that it would be a terrible shame to come all this way and not make it. I thanked him, profusely. We got into his little car and sped away.

Skarvatangi - the cape entrance to…
Skarvatangi - the cape entrance t…
A building for Holy men....as I tr…
A building for Holy men....as I t…
This is the largest village and f…
Front doors of the town church - t…
Front doors of the town church - …
The approach to Tyoroyri along the…
The approach to Tyoroyri along th…
Rounding the cape - entrance to Tr…
Rounding the cape - entrance to T…
The approach to Trongisvagsfjordur…
The approach to Trongisvagsfjordu…
Skarvatangi - the northern cape of…
Skarvatangi - the northern cape o…
Close up of erosion layers
Close up of erosion layers
Skarvatangi - to the left and Litl…
Skarvatangi - to the left and Lit…
Trongisvagsfjordur and the village…
Trongisvagsfjordur and the villag…
Close up of the craked cliff
Close up of the craked cliff
Last view of cape and Litla Dimun
Last view of cape and Litla Dimun
The western shore of Trongisvagsfj…
The western shore of Trongisvagsf…
Tvoroyri - spread out along the mo…
Tvoroyri - spread out along the m…
Tvoroyri - the church and surrounds
Tvoroyri - the church and surrounds
Cute little house on the fjord.
Cute little house on the fjord.
The village house for holy men.
The village house for holy men.
Decoration on the door to the hous…
Decoration on the door to the hou…
Roofs of fishing houses, below and…
Roofs of fishing houses, below an…
Near ferry point at Drelnes, weste…
Near ferry point at Drelnes, west…
Built in Lillestrom and transporte…
Built in Lillestrom and transport…
Fantastically detailed front doors
Fantastically detailed front doors
Tvoroyri
photo by: delsol67