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Travel Diary (Day 9) – Faroe Islands

IMG_6031This morning I woke up to my gorgeous Husband telling me that sunrise would be within the hour and although we were both tired, it would be an absolute shame to miss it. It took a while to get going, but with our Frank Green Eco-Cups (to see this incredible range click here & at the moment it is $7 flat-rate Aussie shipping), at the ready and Kathmandu jackets good to go, getting out that front door was easier than I would have expected!

It was incredibly early and the sky was beginning to flash her pink tones, so without certain knowledge of the area, we headed to the highest point we could before the sun rose. The wind and the temperature of it in the Faroe Islands are unlike anything I have experienced before. When you take into consideration its coordinates 61.8926° N, 6.9118° W and its average temperature of 7° to 10° during the month in which we were there, as well as 30km winds, then it is only expected to be cold. I have tot ell you though, it was worth it – here are some of our shots from our early morning.

Once we made it back to our Air BnB, completely blown-away by the beautiful sunrise over Tórshavn we had witnessed, it was time for breakfast (toast & coffee) and to map out an action plan for the day. We made our way from Tórshavn through to Viðoy, where we first able to stop and have a look around. Driving through those tunnells is abslutely wild in the Faroe Islands, I have my Husband to thank for making it through, beause I 100% would have freaked out driving through those lowly-lit one-lane tunnel for km’s on end!

Our journey toViðoy was around an hour and a half (with a few stops) it was our most far away destination for our stay so we really wanted to knock it out the first day. The weather was being kind to us, it was incredibly windy and raining on and off but then we would have these incredible bursts of sunshine, which is quite rare given the time of year! The drive from on side of Viðoy to the other is just amazing, the cliffs coming out of the sea in the Faroe’s, commanding attention is something I will not soon forget.

We ate our packed sandwiches, enjoyed the view and then drove around to visit the Viðareiði Church, it is located in one of the most beautifully scenic locations I have ever seen and it has an amazing history to it. Viðareiði is the northernmost settlement of the Faroe Islands, so it felt really special to be able to visit such a place. It sits on the ocean, facing the fierce winds and has behind it a lovely village. To the north, Mount Villingdalsfjall rises over 844 meters (2,769 ft) from the water and it provides an astronomical background to the area. The church itself is rich with history. In the 17th century it was destroyed by a storm, it is said that part of the cemetery was washed away by the sea and that the coffins were recovered in Hvannasund and reburied. The church which stands on the land currently was constructed in 1892 and the silver was a gift from the British government, thanking the Viðareiði citizens for their assistance in saving the brig Marwood, which was shipwrecked in the are in 1847.

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We had another beautiful, cold, scenic and jaw-dropping drive back to our Air BnB, had potato gems for dinner, drank wine and whiskey and cuddled on the couch. I think we may have even watched a horror movie, it was so typically us. To do something so calm and relaxed and ‘normal’ after experiencing something so astronomically beautiful!

Tomorrow was a new day and we had mapped out some big-ticket attractions for it!

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My favourite Camera Gear

Picking your photographic gear, is like picking a car. It is deeply personal. I remember saving for the Canon IXY DIGITAL 320 (2002), I had been going through two or three rolls of film a month and on my part-time Woolies deli wage, that just could not keep up.

So Christmas 2004 I skipped off to Harvey Norman and bought my brand new camera, the printer to go along with it and immediately started with it. In 2004, these were the specs of my first digital camera, which cost me, I think around $500 (possibly more):

3.20 Megapixels * 5.33 x 4mm Sensor * 2x Optical Zoom * ISO: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 * Min Shutter speed: 15 sec. My current love, ‘Dotty’ (my Canon EOS 80D) just for a small comparison to the above has the same specs of: 24.20 megapixels * 22.3 x 14.9mm Sensor * Digital zoom * ISO: Auto – 51200) * Min Shutter speed: 30 sec.

Safe to say, there is a noticeable difference, but one would expect that with 14 years difference! Before I purchased Dotty just before Christmas last year, I was the proud owner of Betty, a Canon EOS 550D with only the lens kit it came with, and she was my trusted Camera for eight long years and I cried actual tears when she stopped working.

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My current (every-day) gear includes: my Canon EOS 80D, a 24mm pancake lens, standard 18-55mm lens and my new toy, a 16-35mm lens. I bought my camera strap from Etsy years ago and I love it.

I also have two polarising filters, one for my 24mm pancake and one for my 16-35mm lenses.

I have not included all of my gear, but since I started to really utilising my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages I figured I would show the everyday gear I have.Camera House is where I have bought a fair chunk of my gear over the years and I have included the catalogue for them here.

-What do you use? 🙂

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Scandinavian Trip Prep – Hiking Boots!

Some people dream of outfits and shoes and hats and all the glitz and glamour when it comes to shopping. I on the other hand, love all my gadgets and travel gear.

Seeing as we are now officially TEN WEEKS away from departing Brisbane and heading off our first leg of our adventure, I thought I would share with you all some of the gear we are taking.

Boots – His & Hers

I am a big fan of Wild Earth, this year I have bought G’s shoes for our adventure – a pair of Merrell Moab Adventure Mid WP boots. They were the boots he had been eyeing off for quite some time and the price was 30% cheaper than Merrell directly. Normally I like to buy directly, but with prices like that it is hard to beat.

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They also have Afterpay – which is an absolute blessing when it comes to stocking up!

Wild Earth currently has  free shopping across Australia on orders over $99, for the latest specials and offers from Wild Earth click here.

Paddy Pallin is where I bought my shoes, I bought a pair of Scarpa Cyrus MID GTX Boots and I absolutely love them! I also took advantage of their membership option to save 10% on any future sales. At the moment they are having several different clearances and really, with some Scarpa, Icebreaker, Marmot, North Face and Patagonia gear up to 70% off, you really cannot go wrong!

We have taken these boots to New Zealand and really given them a good go, so we are really happy with our purchase. I’ve also taken them on a few different hikes / hush walks in Queensland. Including in the rain and climbing a very thin metal ladder up a tree. I know they are going to be the comfiest boots for our trip this September!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please ‘like’ or share the post so I can see! Please note, I have not been paid any sponsorships at all for this post. I may however receive a small affiliate commission if you follow the above links and make a purchase. only ever talk about my own personal experiences and adventures, places and locations which I love and think you will too!

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