Nolsoy, Faroe Islands
After 36 hours from leaving home, spending 12 between Oslo and Copenhagen (don’t ask) we finally arrived in Vagar, all the cars hire place were closed, i tried to call, go online to no avail we couldn’t hire a car, I had booked a hotel close by so we thought we would try again in the morning.
We had two options, walk around along the road or cut through a car park in the dark, using our mobile phone flash, I know I was delirious but I said to my daughter, ‘was that sheep?” Thanks Hotel Vagar, slept like a log, and thank you Maria for trying to help us get a car in the morning, like you said, it’s Sunday everyone is asleep, that’s fair
We tried again in the morning with Maria’s help, still closed we would have to wait until 2pm until the car hire opened, the lady at info said there was a bus to Torshavn in about an hour, this time in the daylight we walked through the car park, Sheep!!! told you i heard sheep last night! We grabbed our stuff and back to the airport we went to catch our bus. With only 6 days we thought let’s just keep moving, we’ll get a car at the next stop.
The bus driver pulled in and suggested we get on the bus and go for a ride, back to the airport then on our way to Torshavn we went, here’s the great thing about public transport, they will drop closer to your destination, how’s that for service?!
Finally arriving at our apartment (Central Apartments) we had booked for 4 days, made sense to have a base as most of the places we wanted to see were mostly about an hour away. Really cool apartment, close to everything you need, (very helpful host via email), including an Irish pub for my well earned cider and a real nice burger.
On the internet I went to find a car, nope nothing open, it’s Sunday, off we went to explore, easy enough to walk around, very pretty indeed, through the old town and up to the lighthouse just past the bus station.
Actually not as cold as we thought it would be, must be all those layers. Monday rolled around, finally! a car and delivered, what a manual? on the right side of the road, mmmm I think not, we went to the bus station, buses only run to and from once a day to most places, the ticket lady suggested we hop on a ferry to Nolsoy. Having wasted half a day as the days are short in November, we thought why not.
Population 213 not including us, it was a small quiet island and it looked like something out of a fairytale, very cute, you would think toy makers live in these colourful homes, we took off in different directions to explore on our own, it didn’t take long. I did enjoy the quiet, coloured houses, bursts of light on the landscape, inquisitive sheep, rugged coastline and the sunset.
What do you mean the ferry comes at 5pm? so we walked around to the other side having 3 hours to kill, the sun set, it was dark and our ferry finally arrived. To think it was only 5km, 20 minutes ferry ride bad, still very pretty, just as well we bought our lunch.