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Ferocious Faroes

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Arrived at 3am Friday morning in the pouring rain and darkness, first time I have seen night in over three weeks. We setup tent at the campsite in Torshavn, which is closed for renovations. We are soaked but it clears briefly in the morning. We head out on route 50 towards Vagar, another island connected by a 7km long tunnel. I pull in the clutch on the Moto Guzzi and my right hand twists the grip to full throttle... we go momentarily deaf as the engine red lines and the noise reverberates through the tunnel. Just for shits and giggles! We dodge some hardy looking sheep and admire the many waterfalls cascading down the luminous green, near vertical slopes. The wind is pretty damn strong and then it starts to rain, after five minutes it is sunny again. We drive through the tiny villages with the traditional grass roofed houses and savour the views of the jagged cliffs and razor sharp islands, all hanging beneath the grey blue sky. The clouds blow over again and it looks threatening. We ride through one more tunnel to the tiny village of Gasadalur on the western side of Vagar. The postman must be happy about the tunnel that was completed in 2006 as previously he had to climb over mountain to deliver mail, you can still see the path today. There is a waterfall and old winch down the cliff that was used to haul supplies brought by boat before the tunnel.
Next we headed back along the same route, but I followed a sign to Trollkonufingur, which sounded cool even though we didn't know what to expect! The road winded upwards changing from smooth tar to rough tar, then to two strips of tar with a grass patch in the middle. I picked a strip and followed it over the potholes to the end. We got off the bike, looked at the ominous clouds and headed off through a gated field with some leary looking rams in it. At the end of the path we had a great view of what I am guessing is maybe translated to the trolls finger? I was able to snap one photo before we were blitzed by a thunder storm. Screeching winds blowing the huge rain drops horizontally into our faces. Instant numbness and wetness. I was actually stinging. The weather here doesn't mess around. I was impressed. Although it was not fun putting on dry bike gloves and helmet on wet body parts. Visor keeps misting up and helmet has a funny smell now, haha
We then road to Vestmanna via route 40 to seek shelter but there was none until we found the tourist info centre that had a restaurant as well. We had a coffee and then headed to the bleak looking campsite that was just a gravel parking lot...but the facilities are new and there is a good shower and small indoor area to shelter in, plus free WiFi. Nice
This morning we plan to ride out to see the rest of the Streymoy and Eysruroy islands and hopefully the NE islands as well.

Posted by XJR1300 02:10 Archived in Faroe Islands Tagged ca ferry motorbike

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