You know, I’m from Sicily. I need warm weather and sea breeze. At least that’s what I thought before start traveling and discovering Nordic countries.
I don’t think I’ve ever finished reading Eat, Pray, Love and probably that’s the reason I barely remember the incipit: her sitting on the floor with the wish to just run until she reached Greenland. Since then there is a joke between me and my friend Giulia that peaceful, quiet and low density countries are synonym of happiness.
I traveled to the Faroe Islands last summer and to fully enjoy the experience I decided to accept Punkt challenge and be offline for 48 hours. It worked! And it was great.
As soon as the plane was approaching Vágar airport tears of joy came down. And as far as I know myself I get moved during take offs and landings only in Sicily and Hawai’i. – Yes, I have this thing for islands… 🙂
Unfortunately, sun was shining only the first day. So, instead of walking and hiking I focused myself on food and beers.
I tried to reserve a table at KOKS but they said it was fully booked, and that was before they won their first Michelin star. So if you are planning a trip to Faroe be sure to check KOKS out weeks before your arrival. I definitely want to go back for sure and try Poul Andrias Ziska’s creations. Reason #1 to go back.
Day 1 – Morning flight from Copenaghen to Vágar with Atlantic Airways.
As soon as we arrived we rented a car and drove to Gásadalur. When shooting landscapes in the area a dog led us to an old post office, now home of a nice family who welcomed us inside their place and show us what they produce using local wool. We promised them to go back and say hi before leaving but I got sick on the last day and we missed our promise. Reason #2 to go back.
In the evening we drove to Klaksvík and spend there the night.
Day 2 – Breakfast at Café Fríða and then off to Tórshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands.
If weather is nice take the ferry to Syðradalur, drive to the village of Trøllanes and hike out to the Kallurin lighthouse. Reason #3 to go back.
We drove to Tórshavn and checked in at Hotel Føroyar, then walked down to the city center. A local beer at the Irish Pub and dinner at Barbara Fish House. Few steps from the restaurant up in the hill there is a taxi station where you can get your ride back to the Hotel – truly recommended if you want to pair your food with local beers.
Day 3 – We explored Streymoy Island and then back to the city center for lunch. In the afternoon we were supposed to see a local couple to learn how to cook traditional Faroese food but at the very last moment they couldn’t meet us. Reason #4 to go back. So we got a warm salmon soup in a small restaurant in Søldarfjørður, one hour drive from our hotel.
Day 4 – We met Kári Kristiansen, head chef at Ræst, in the morning to interview him and finally learn more about Faroese food culture, starting from the name of the Restaurant which means fermented. When you live in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean you need to know how to preserve food, cod or even lamb, and how not to waste anything out of them. Sad to say, but is part of their culture, they also eat pilot whale meat, cut into long thin slices and then dried.
Menu changes depending on the seasons. Reason #4 to go back.
We met no puffins, so the island of Mykines is on my list for the next trip to Faroe. Reason #5 to go back.