Category: Islands of the North Atlantic

  • Countdown clock is becoming more urgent — we’re off again soon

    Countdown clock is becoming more urgent — we’re off again soon

    Time to warm up the travel paraphernalia, such as this blog.  Make sure that the workings haven’t suffered bit-rot.  Bookings are all in order, I believe (flights, car hire and accommodation).  Should probably cross check once again.  Extra clothes and camera kit is mostly in order. We’ve done this enough times now that some of […]

  • On the move, in Brisbane

    Notes for beginners: Yes, it is a good idea to take a couple of extra days of leave before flying. Finishing up a work project on Friday leaves you too tired to pack on Friday night, so all of the packing is left until Saturday morning. Regular file server maintenance does have risks, if following […]

  • Made it to Copenhagen

    The flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong was a real eye-opener. Going to be tough to go back to flying steerage long haul. Flat-bed sleeper class is totally worth it. The other advantage of splurging on the ticket class was that it got us into the Qantas lounge in Hong Kong, which was nice, for […]

  • On the Faroe Islands OK

    Car hire took a little longer than expected, because somehow I had lost the extra hour of time zone, so we actually arrived at 1:30PM, instead of the 2:30PM that it would have been had we still been in Copenhagen. The car was booked for 3PM, so we had to wait a bit… There are […]

  • A good day

  • Yesterday: Streymoy, Tjørnuvik to Kirkjubøur

    Started with a visit to Saksun and hike to the ocean inlet. Picnic lunch at Saksun, then drive the east coast to Tjørnuvik. Then back to the apartment for a nap. Headed south then to see the mediaeval church and cathedral at Kirkjubøur before the planned five course home-cooked dinner nearby. Big day. Got home […]

  • Mykines trip to puffins cancelled! Investigated Nólsoy instead. Sometimes it has puffins.

    Mykines trip to puffins cancelled!  Investigated Nólsoy instead. Sometimes it has puffins.

    Not today though. Fog/drizzle/weather visibility about twenty metres most of the day, so might have passed a few and wouldn’t have noticed. Did, however, have a fantastic late lunch of cod and potatoes at a cafe on Nólsoy. Real find. Wasn’t much point taking the car on the ferry: more trouble on the island than […]

  • Northern Isles

    Northern Isles

    Road trip: Klaksvik (impromptu but necessary morning coffee break). Amusing part about this part was that somewhere just near the edge of town Google Maps, our navigation Flossie, totally wigged out, and had us going around the block, looking for the way out. Three times. Eventually we ignored her, stayed on what seemed to be […]

  • The celebrations of St Olaf

    The celebrations of St Olaf

    Cath and I went back into town around 10:30PM on the 29th, to soak up the atmosphere, and perhaps a little beer. Even at that time, parking was near impossible to find, and I had to back out of what turned out to be unnavigable one-lane alleys on more than one occasion. At last we […]

  • Puffins!


    The morning started out a little rocky, as not a cafe in Torshaven (or any of the other villiages we went through along the way) was open. Breakfast plans thwarted. In the end we bought some cold chocolate milk and pastries and blocks of chocolate from the little supermarket near the ferry terminal. Did I […]