ARCHIVE Bergen 🇳🇴 → Tórshavn 🇫🇴

ARCHIVE Bergen 🇳🇴 → Tórshavn 🇫🇴

21.08 → 31.08 • 10 days, 500 miles
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Norway, the Shetlands and the Faroe Islands all in one go. 500 miles, 10 days.

During this stage we’ll make two rounds, 150-200 miles each: first, from Bergen to the Shetland Islands, and second, from the Shetlands to the Faroe Islands. Ten days, lots of tough ocean sailing - and off the charts beauty all around.

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Bergen → Sandøyna, 40nm

We go westward from Bergen, toward the Shetland Islands. And if there's a need to wait for suitable weather for crossing, we will stay in the vicinity of Bergen. There is a lot to see there: both fjords and islands and fjords on islands.

The little island of Sandøyna, with its anchorage, is just a random place. In truth, we can just stand wherever we like best. And then it’s time to explore the Norwegian Sea.

Sandøyna → Lerwick, 185nm

The first of two lengthy crossings of this stage is 185 miles. It's gonna take about a day and a half. At the end is a stop in Scotland, in the Shetland Islands.

Lerwick is the islands' administrative center and only burgh, and also the most northerly town in Scotland. Its architecture is stark, almost British fortress-like, very different from that of Norway or even the Faroe Islands.

Lerwick → Foula, 55nm

Foula is the furthest inhabited Scottish island and home to the last record of the vanished Norn language. If the weather permits it, we will be part of their list of exclusive and rare guests.

The entire area of Foula Island is a treeless nature preserve, and there are 35 times as many sheep as people (wow!). There are no trees here, but there is a natural arch in the ocean and cliffs plunging straight into the ocean. Want to travel to the Faroe Islands after all? Chance favors the prepared mind!

Foula → Vágur, 160nm

The second lengthy crossing will again last a day and a half. Our goal is the Faroes, a realm of sheep, puffins and stunning cliffs. It is a self-governing archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark, with its own flag. At this point, we're aiming at the southern part of the islands, not connected to the central part by bridges or tunnels.

Our first possible stop is the town of Vágur on the eastern shore of Suðuroy Island. It is believed to have been founded in the 14th century. The first hydroelectric power station was built here as well.

Vágur → Lítla Dímun → Stóra Dímun → Skúvoy Sandur, 30nm

From here we follow the southern islands further north. The closest secure and all-weather anchorage is on Sandur Island. However, there are remarkably beautiful islands along the way. Some are uninhabited, some inhabited just a little, and some some quite heavily populated.

Lítla Dímun and Stóra Dímun are two lonely rock islands on our way. The first, a small island, is mentioned as early as in "The Faroese saga" of the 13th century as a place where the locals left their sheep and cows to feed. The view is simply stunning. And there's nowhere to dock, except for drones.

The second, larger island belongs to the seven people who keep the farm. It is only possible to stop by it in very calm weather. Which doesn't stop deadheads and jocks from stopping and breeding there. All the time.

The third island along the way is Skuvoy. It has a single creek and the only village on the east side, the rest of it has sheer cliffs everywhere.

And finally, Sandur Island. The western part of the island belongs to a large colony of guillemots, northern seabirds with black beaks. They settle in big groups, forming a 'bird bazaar'. And, of course, there is the magnificent harborб which is a joy to behold.

Sandur → Bøsdalafossur → Tórshavn, 50nm

Sandur is not too far from the capital, Torshavn. If the weather and time permits, we will go to Bosdalafossur Falls on the way. It connects the mountain lake with the ocean, better to see once than to hear about it a thousand times.

Just a few more straits and rocky islands, and we're in Tórshavn, ‘Thor's Harbor’. It is the capital and largest city of the Faroes. It was founded in the 10th century, and is named after Thor, god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology.

As one of the cloudiest cities in the world, Tórshavn receives less sunshine than any other city on the planet. But we will be there at the best time of year, and the chances of seeing it under the beaming rays of the low subpolar sun are high.

This is the finale of another stage. Join us on the next one: the continuation of the Faroe Islands and the transition to Iceland.

🛬  Bergen [BGO]

🛫  Vágar [FAE]

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