Mimi Chen

Fjord Journeys day three: What’s for dinner?

We have a boat to catch to see the birds’ cliff this morning, and need to be on the van by 9:00. No fears of falling off a small horse or being stranded in water with sharks, we just have to be prepared for the wind, rolling plastic helmets and determined passengers seeking the perfect photo to show friends at home.

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Bill and Jessica. Photo credit: Mimi Chen

Bill and Evan are feeling their early morning merrymaking, and start fantasizing about pizza for lunch. They started talking about pizza at 11.

It doesn’t help that Bill missed breakfast. As the captain navigates us through impressively narrow spaces to see caves and waterfalls, we understand why the boat is so small. He also tells us about the salmon farming and sheep on the cliffs.

 

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Narrow Spaces. Photo credit: Scott Wiliams

Salmon

The 10,000 pounds of salmon have been there since April, and are only fed during daylight. Because of the location and season, it is daylight is most of the day, so the fish are constantly being fed? There are 87,000 fish per ring.

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Salmon. Photo credit: Stuart Barnett

Sheep

We pass by sheep on the cliffs. Some owners prefer to graze them on the cliffs by the sea where they believe there is better grass. The captain tells us that sometimes sheep go down and eat seaweed but they may fall into the sea if they can’t get back up.

Abandoned town

In 1980, 40 people lived in the town but the residents moved away because of a lack of electricity.

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Village. Photo credit: Stuart Barnett

Catching Puffins

Teams of two to three men will climb a rope up some of these cliffs to catch puffins. We do not eat puffin during our trip. Lunch is a creamy seafood soup and a strange salad buffet of pasta salad, olives, lettuce, pickled garlic, and other items. Some people avoided the soup, but I really enjoyed the langoustines and mini shrimp in a tomato cream base. Jessica, rebel that she is, ordered fish and chips that came with really fat, delicious French fries which she generously offers to the rest of us.

 

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Bird flying above. Photo credit: Scott Williams

Once we return to Torshavn, we have a little time to rest and walk around before meeting for dinner. Near the hotel grounds, Arne gets a little bit closer to the birds, and they let him know what they think of him. Roope asks if Arne went off the trail, and that the birds can be territorial. At the shops, Scott has successfully found a Faroese sweater that will be warm, and water repellant. Dinner was at Restaurant 11, which was rustically elegant, but Ayano’s favorite is Aarstova for its cozy feel.

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