THE NORDIC SERIES, DAY 6
Another hike was on the cards today but unfortunately the weather had taken a change for the worse.
WE COULDN’T SEE AND COULDN’T STAND, IT’S JUST TOO DANGEROUS
Arriving on the Northern Island, Vidoy I could see the high winds and low lying clouds so I already expected to arrive at the foot of the mountain take one look and then turn back.
Villingdalsfjall is not the most popular hike and one of the more difficult ones when the weather is calm let alone what it’s like today! As soon as I arrived 5 guys from America had just came back so I asked them how it was and how long it took them.
“We got to below the clouds which took about 1hr 30mins and then turned back. We couldn’t see or stand, it’s just too dangerous.”
What a way to fill me with confidence. Anyway I was sure even if I got half way like they did I’d still get a good photo and then turn back if I needed to, so on I went.
The hike is flat for the first few hundred metres and then from there is a steep climb. A rest every 5minutes is necessary until you’re well warmed up. The wind was strong and at times completely overwhelming as I had to spend a good hour crawling my hands. I had to wait for the wind to calm down before running from boulder to boulder for cover. It was here, about 1km in when I realised why the other group had turned around but I just took my time and kept going.
IT GOT WORSE
About 100m from the top I told myself no, this is impossible, turned back and began walking down again as the wind was almost unbearable. But being ultra competitive I had to go on, I wasn’t content in getting this far. From there every rock I climbed over appeared to be the summit until I got to the next ridge and I was met with the same scene, little did I know there was still 1km to go. From here the views were the best as you began climbing over the mountain away from the view of the town, Vidareidi.
IT STARTED TO CLEAR
As I began to get closer the clouds had started to clear from the peak which could’ve been a life saver, you just don’t climb a mountain when the visibility is so poor! Still running on my hands and feet I made it to the next high point and could finally see the summit, another few hundred metres but it was definitely it this time! At this point the wind although strong was considerably less than before which helped.
THE FINAL FURLONG
The last 800m are rocky and needs to be done relatively slowly, this is where boots would have come in handy. The peak was covered in snow so you just don’t know where you are putting your feet but in all honesty I was in no mood for hanging around and needed to keep going before the clouds came in again! Once I made it to the peak I bolted to the edge for a few photos and tried my damndest to soak it all in while trying to keep an eye on the cloud cover. Somehow it was a lot more sheltered up here but I seriously couldn’t relax. I am definitely glad I done the hike, although if it were the same conditions I wouldn’t be going anywhere near it! If you are in the Faroes and the weather is relatively calm then I couldn’t recommend it enough. Yes it can be difficult but anyone can do it with frequent breaks.
After the hike I made my way to Gjogv and again the drive took me through landscapes that would challenge anywhere else in the world, I still couldn’t believe my eyes! Gjogv has a special charm about it, it was quintessential Faroese with its many dark wooden, turf roofed houses. Typically, the village sat in a bay which was pounded by the aggressive seas of the northern Atlantic. After finally coming to terms with its magic I headed to the natural harbour, a small sheltered cove used as a slipway, stunning!
I was in 2 minds what to do tonight, I usually like to drive when its dark, as long as I’m not missing out on anything as it saves me the drive in the morning. After again looking at the choices on booking.com I had no option but to stay. There was availability in only 4 hotels in the entire country but Gjaargardur Guesthouse proved to be a decent choice and meant I could enjoy the same village in the morning again.
Just glad I didn’t get stuck up there!
The most charming village in the island! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
- Have you been to the Faroe Islands?
- Did you do any hiking, where?
- What was your experience like?
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