Tórshavn to Gjógv

So, our first full day. After a quick trip into town, in what I’d call a haar (no idea what they call it here; heavy mist perhaps) we set off. The actual driving distance to our overnight stop wasn’t that far, but we wanted to visit quite a few places en-route. 

The first stop we had was in Hvalsvik, known particularly for its church – the oldest of all the wooden churches in the Faroes. Next on to Saksun, a very attractive setting. This time, it’s particular claim to fame was the setting – above an almost circular lagoon. 

We then headed to Tjørnuvík, passing the only octagonal church (easy to see it) and the highest waterfall in the Faroes, which wasn’t as impressive as we’d hoped. Tjørnuvík was an afterthought, we thought we may as well continue the last few km up the road. We’re so glad we did! It’s in a beautiful location. The water was relatively quiet when we were there, but it faces straight out to the North – and the waves can be huge. It’s apparently a well known surflng location. Across the bay, there are 2 sea stacks; giants turned to stone when they argued. Within the village – a coffee and waffle seller 🙂 

Next, we headed for Eysturoy, via the only bridge over the Atlantic 🙂 Next it was Eiði, (pronounced eye-yuh) another very attractive village. We tried to see the sea stacks from behind – apparently possible here. We didn’t manage to find the vantage point, but we did find (yet another) waterfall, which, for me, was more impressive than the one that was meant to be the biggest. 

The final section was to Gjógv, taking us up high enough to look back over the sea stacks, and to see across one of the many isthmuses (isthmii??) on the islands. Spectacular views as we descended into the village. It’s yet another small village, kept alive, one can’t help but think, due to the Guesthouse, with its coffee shop, and I think they had the campsite as well. 

A fabulous start to the holiday (despite the interesting pudding at dinner … ) 

25th August: Lake Louise

We headed for Lake Louise – the shortest day’s travel so far (well, other than those days when we’d not travelled at all!), initially by heading for the Cave and Basin museum on the edge of Banff, where some CPR workers taking time off from Railway building “discovered” hot springs. It was also the first National park in Canada, so they’d got a display about the development of National Parks in Canada, moving from areas where First Nations people were completely banned from hunting to today when they’re closely involved with the development & maintenance of them.

Next stop off Highway 1a (the old highway, a much more pleasant drive than the main Highway) was Johnston Canyon, we walked up it as far as the lower falls. I’m fairly sure that was the same place as I’d been to when we came in Winter & it was frozen – and a location for an Ice Walk.

Then, it was heading up to Lake Louise itself. Pretty packed to say the least, though once we’d left the lake front, and headed up towards Lake Agnes Tea house, it got a lot less busy! It was a 3.4 km hike – with a height gain of 368m, so the afternoon tea was very welcome. Less welcome were the local critters, Ground Squirrels and Grey Jays, who clearly didn’t agree with the notices pleading with humans not to feed them – so resorted to stealing. They

were pretty nippy – take your eyes off your food for a nanosecond and they swoop. We lost half a scone to a Jay, the women on the next table lost the same to a squirrel.

By the time we’d got back to the lake, the crowds had diminished slightly, but the clouds had lifted, so giving a much better view. Our hotel was a small, heritage lodge immediately behind the Chateau, so an easy stroll for our post dinner Cosmopolitan.