Monday, August 30, 2010
As we were getting ready to leave Seydisfjordur (north eastern Iceland), the Captain announced that we could either travel south (on the east coast) to Reykjavik through a horrendous storm, or head north, then west, then south, to avoid the storm. He decided to take his "Beautiful White Lady" the alternate route (marked with asterisks)so that we would have a smooth sailing. Everyone was excited about traveling above the Arctic Circle.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
One of the reasons we decided to take this cruise was due to the fact that we would be able to visit 5 ports in one of our favorite places, Iceland. Seydisfjordur is located in the northeastern part of the island. As you can tell by the photos, the weather was overcast and just starting to rain.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The western side of the Faroe Islands have been pelted by centuries of intense weather. The cliffs are very steep, but covered with edible grass for the sheep. One wonders how the sheep can keep from falling into the sea. They share their space with a variety of birdlife who nest in the cliffs. This is a very scenic area.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sightseeing boat to the cliffs
Remote building near a deep ravine. The face of these mountains are very steep. They send the sheep here to graze. The quality of the meat is superlative to any lamb worldwide, we were told. It is quite a challenge rounding up the sheep as winter approaches.
Abandoned community near the opening to the sea.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
When you don't have much vegetation, you create interest by using varied colors.
Country home and Faroe Island sheep. Later, I will show some very steep hills where the sheep graze during the summer. Because of the distance, the sheep are hard to see.
Tunnel through the mountains. The driver took another route back (so he wouldn't have to pay the tolls.)
Always remember to bring a lightweight raincoat to the Faroe Islands. The weather can change very rapidly. I love the Faroe Islands cloud formations.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The Faroe Islands are located midway between the Scottish Shetland Islands and Iceland. This is a view of the protected port of Torshavn from a hill overlooking the harbor. The Ocean Princess is the larger of the two ships (on the right).