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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Faroe Islands: First Impressions



View across Gota

Our plane was due to land at 9.15pm, around 45 minutes after the airport was, to all intents and purposes, closed. This we discovered when we looked up the bus timetable to get to Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroes, which is on a different island to the airport. The last bus left at 8.30pm. The hire car desk also closed at 8.30pm. In the end, we booked a taxi - and you do have to book in advance, so the car can come all the way from Tórshavn to collect you. At least we found this out before we arrived at the airport.

As we approached, the plane had to wait for ten minutes while they defrosted the (super-short) runway so we could land. That was when a group of Faroese teenagers started to sing, a mixture of local folk songs and badly-remembered English refrains. They burst into cheers the second the wheels touched the runway, and I wondered whether some of them were new to flying.

Not just the teenagers but the adults seemed to be mostly importing sweets and chocolate - sacks of Haribo, buckets of Maltesers, and boxes of Wine Gums filled their Duty Free bags. One gentleman strode off the plane, left his bag of chocolates unattended along with his coat and laptop on a chair in the baggage reclaim area, and wandered off to use the toilet; meanwhile, everyone else was preoccupied with collecting their bags and greeting friends and family.

And then we walked through customs to our taxi without even a cursory check of our passports; the immigration desk, like most of the airport, closed for the night.

19 comments:

The Good Cook said...

It looks beautiful there! So nice to get away isn't it?

Louiz said...

Wow! And I thought Tromso airport was tiny! Good thing you found out about the taxi before though.

lakeviewer said...

Where exactly are the Faroe Islands?

Hans and Shinta said...

Hahahaha! Welcome to the Faroes! It's a custom for the Faroese to cheer when the plane touches ground =)

Tabor said...

Sounds like an adventure to me. You don't get many adventures these days.

Jenny said...

Wow, what a beautiful place. Thanks for stopping by my blog today...and I think my post today (letter L) is probably more of a Mom/Grandma thing.

Holly said...

It would be surreal to arrive at an airport/place like that where the regulations and rules are so lax...like the old days of traveling.

It looks really beautiful!

ladyfi said...

So clean and crisp and beautiful!

KarmaPearl said...

Looks so pretty! Stopped by from SITS!

Kazzy said...

Interesting. I must admit I have never heard of these islands before.

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

Sounds refreshingly free!

I can't wait to read more about this exciting place!

Bells said...

so different to arriving at a major airport!

That photo just makes me dream.

Mary said...

Rachel, what terrific photos. I've just now found your blog, but really love what you are doing here. I'll be back often to see what you've been up to. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Mo said...

Looks lovely. Cant wait for secon impressions

Haddock said...

What a magnificent view.

Kel said...

Another fabulous picture! So breathtaking! I can't wait to hear all about your time there!

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Hil'Lesha said...

Very beautiful!

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