Solar Eclipse and Brewing Beer in the Dark on the the Faroe Islands

Back in 2008, I visited my friend Mariann on the Faroe Islands and fell in love with the landscape, the shores, and the islands’ serenity.

Faroe Islands

Mariann just sent me this notification. For those of you with limited Faroese language skills, here is the English version of the announcement (source: VisitFaroeIslands on Facebook) for the Total Solar Eclipse and beer drinking happening on 20 March 2015.

Vagar Airport, the international airport in the Faroes, is located on the island of Vágoy.

The Total Solar Eclipse, which this year can only be seen in the Faroe Islands and Svalbar, is only 33 days away!

Føroya Bjór, a Faroese brewery, have produced a limited edition Solar Eclipse beer.

What’s special about the beer is that it is brewed only in complete darkness and when there is a full moon. The raw materials used are distinct. The water is Faroese, and there are three different types of beer- and wheat malt.

The beer is spiced with special hops imported from New Zealand called Nelson Sauvignon, which relates to the grape of the same type. The beer is golden like the sun, and leaves a dry aftertaste, making it resemble white wine.

If you’d like to come and enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime experience (and some Faroese beer), there are still flights, ferries and accommodation available.

For more information about the Total Solar Eclipse, visit

Faroe Islands in Pictures

Ever since my trip to the Faroe Islands in May 2008, I have become a big fan of this pristine location in the North Atlantic Sea.

One of my facebook friends, Tollakur Hansen, is an awesome photographer and regularly publishes his photos on facebook.

Quoted from the Faroe Islands Tourist Guide 2011:

Take a deep breath ! Fill your lungs ! Let them open all their folds and leaves and cavities, and from all directions the clean air of the sea comes flowing towards you, into you and through you.
Suddenly the dusty continents of the earth are far away; right now it’s only the winds and the seas and you.

The Faroe Islands

The Faroese Islands in Winter

A Faroese friend sent me these pictures after I had mentioned I would like to see what the Faroe Islands look like when covered in snow. She said one of her friends had taken them and I had permission to publish them. Thanks friend!

The colors of a good winter day #1

Sun light on the Faroese #2

A hidden coastal town on the Faroese islands #3

Clouds lining up in unison with the poles #4

The Faroese day ends early when the sun sets about 3:30 pm in mid-January #5

Winter in the Faroese islands #6

If any of you readers recognize some of the spots, please let me know by leaving a comment referring to the photo number.

Hej Føroyar: dagur 4 on the Faroe Islands

May 25, 08

Day 4

This was going to be our last complete day on the Faroes. Our first outing was to attend church next door. The service was held in Faroese. Well… this was the first time I fell asleep in church.

Taken in Rituvík with the island Nólsoy in view

Another spot to linger

Mountains and fjords – no matter where you look

Lake Toftavatn (vatn=water)

Margo asleep in the back seat – guess she forgot to put on her travelling shoes…

A few wind turbines

This tiny built-in slot is a Faroese mailbox

Some Faroese boys – I’d assume they are brothers the way they played with each other – enjoying a Sunday afternoon

Somebody’s house

There were times the Faroe Islands looked a bit Irish – which all depended on the light

Lots of light and shadow play

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you – this is a very black baby carriage. I had seen one parked outside the church earlier in the morning, but did not dare to inquire about the reason. I thought it might have been some ancient Celtic way of saying good-bye to a lost child. No – my friend Mariann told me this is the latest fashion to have a black baby carriage and most Faroese moms yearn to have one.

Interested? Click here:

Black baby carriages

Two moms (I was told they were sisters) on a stroll with their kids in black baby carriages

Sunday evening – the only time we had more clouds move in

Yeah, there we have it! Just before we had to leave the islands I got to see this beauty

This is Mariann’s house where we stayed for four nights

Margo getting beautified once more – last chance!

Margo getting a Pharaoh haircut on the Faroe islands

Some English speaking kids in Germany actually thought the Faroe Islands were in Egypt… they heard “Pharoah Islands”

Margo took this picture of Mariann. I could not have done this even if I had tried.

A Faroese beer bottle gathering

Again, on this last night, we did not get to bed till 1:30 a.m. And we had to get up at 4:45 to leave the house at 6 a.m. for a one-hour drive to the airport.

After our arrival on Thursday Mariann asked me if I had taken advantage of all the free drinks served on Atlantic Airways

I told her that I’d rather not drink on flights as some flights include enough swaying anyway. I’d rather have a drink on solid ground. Anyway, I had observed the flight attendants being very busy serving alcoholic drinks and I was informed this is to calm down nerves. Why? The Faroe Islands have the second shortest landing strip/run way in the world! Landing is therefore especially difficult in bad weather such as fog, etc. The local passengers – not ignorant tourists like me – drown their worries in booze.

Needless to say, when it came time to depart I was a bit more nervous than usual. I counted 19 seconds from the time the plane started on the run way to the actual take-off and then I looked out the window. We had 19 seconds to get enough power to lift off, because after that you are on water already.

Departures are easier than landings, I have been told.

I will fly again with Atlantic Airways.

See for yourself right here:

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Hej Føroyar: dagur 3 “experimental” on the Faroe Islands

As I was holding up the camera with the constant sun in my back and seeing my own shadow, the idea for capturing this grotesque moment came up.

Look closely – what looks like boot shafts are just my own boots!

Blame my craziness on the sunshine. I expected to see some rain or some of this notorious sudden fog. Neither one showed its face. We had constant sunshine throughout our stay and got a sun tan as a bonus.

No need for a rain jacket – should have brought a sun hat instead!!

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