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Most of the young people on my age prefer living in big cities – all my old classmates has left the countryside in Denmark, and now live in bigger cities where they – as some of them say – never get bored. But I moved far away from everything. The Faroe Islands is inhabited by 48.000 people, and is located hundreds of miles from nearest coastline. And they ask “why do you want to live there??”. It’s right – I can’t go shopping whenever I want to. There are not big parties every weekend. But I’m not interested in those activities anyway – I’m more interested in a quiet life, in a beautiful place.

And the picture below shows my village and the neighbouring village (Hvalvik, left side, Streymnes, right side) – and I think I’ve captured the beauty of the place very well. I took the picture at 12 AM. So it’s another picture of the midnight sun. That I have this view just outside my door is worth more than anything else, and I’m not missing the city life in Denmark. I’m a country girl, and I’m proud of it! 😉

HvalvĂŤ by night

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Allow me to complain a bit today. Since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamt of being able to braid my hair. I’ve tried to learn it so many times, and I just don’t get it. I can braid other people’s hair, but not my own.. simply because I can’t see what’s going on. And today, I tried again – and after several attempts, I could spend half an hour trying to comb it, because the only result I got wasn’t a braid, but a really messy hair.

I am a hair dummie – the most advanced hair style I can do, is the good ol’ ponytail. And the reason why I wan’t to braid it, is because the Faroe Islands is a windy place, so every time I’ve been outside, my hair is a big mess, and a braid could keep the hair in place. It’s also practical when climbing mountains, swimming, or other activities like these. Anyway… I’m pretty stubborn, and I guess I’ll keep trying until I’ve learned it. Or I’ll cut that hair short!

And to something not hair-related: It’s the longest day of the year. It’s 1am – and almost daylight! It really amazes me every year. Nights without darkness.. it’s so wonderful, that I forget everything about braiding! 😆

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Today, I went on another hike – this time with my boyfriend as guide. We went up on a mountain, from where we had a fantastic view. The mountain is 784m (2572.2ft), and the highest mountain I’ve visited so far. I know – this blog is almost becoming a photoblog, and one could get the impression that I’m not doing anything else than climbing mountains.. I’ll try to write about something else than the Faroe Islands or mountains in my next blog post..at least, I’ll try 😆

Ok friends, here we go:

First, on the way up there (at 500m altitude), we came across this strange boulder.. kind of impressive, it has been standing there the last 10.000 years, when the ice placed it there.. In the background, you can also see the village where we live.

And this is me, with the last 200 metres of the mountain in the background

And we made it! Another pic of my boyfriend, on the top of the mountain.

And a few other pics from the top.. here you see Heljardal Valley – a very, very special valley facing towards the Atlantic in the west

Ah.. ok, and this is me with Heljardal Valley in below.. just bragging 😆

Mount Mosarøkur – the mountains in the far west, are on the Island VĂĄgar

Pointing south, a view to the Vestmanna dams

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Midnight sun

Oh, here’s another Faroe photo for you. This shows the darkest hour of the night these days, and as you see – we are so far up north, that the sun really doesn’t set. I think it’s beautiful.. even though it’s also a bit confusing, because I don’t notice how late it is, because it doesn’t get dark 😉

It’s a view from our bathroom.

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Strength

I impressed myself today, as it seems as I’m getting in better and better shape for each day. I went up on a mountain today, without taking any breaks on my way up there.

From that mountain, there would have been a stunning view over the town KlaksvĂ­k, and to the islands of Kunoy and Kalsoy, but it was foggy so I couldn’t see a blooming thing. But walking in fog is somewhat special – because you can’t see much, all your other senses takes over. You hear the streams clearer, and you can smell the fresh grass and the salty sea breezes.

I really love these islands, thank you God, for sending me a sweet Faroese guy, and leading me to a life in a remote but special and wonderful country! 😀

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Silly thing, that I was too lazy to take pictures, now that my legs carried me up to no less that two beautiful viewpoints. But I did get a couple, though. To be honest, I prefer photographing, when the grass is green all over the country, that means in July-August. Right now, it’s still “yellow-ish” after the winter. But still.. this is from my hike Saturday 😉

 

Here’s the mountain that I considered climbing, or rather – walking. On the other side it’s not that steep, so you can actually walk all the way up, even though it’s a bit tough. I guess theres around 60-70 meters from where I’m standing, to the top.

And a few sheep.. cute animals, aren’t they? 🙂 I had too use digital zoom, as they are wild sheep – they aren’t talkative at all. Every time I took one step closer, they ran four steps away.

And finally, Fuglafjordur – “Bird Firth”. You can’t see the firth, as it’s hiding behind the mountain on my right side. It’s a nice town, with 1500 inhabitants.

I am planning other hikes, as I love walking in the mountains – and I can’t tell ya how happy I am to be back home!

 

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