Dagfinn, our driver/guide, was mostly right about where to find the best weather. Not once did we have to abort an activity due to poor weather and our drive along the Faroese coastline and through small villages was very pleasant.
There were some small flowers to enjoy too.
Most Faroese plants are Arctic-alpine – made up of low growing wildflowers, mosses, lichens and grasses. The upper slopes of the craggy peaks are usually barren.
Sea-birds dominate the bird population along with those who prefer open ground. There’s no woodland here. The Pied Raven has become extinct while many other birds have developed distinct Faroese sub-species. Puffins are very common and are still part of the Faroese diet.
There are only three species of wild land mammals to be found on the Faroe Islands. All three; the Mountain Hare, Brown Rat and House mouse, were introduced by man.
Over the last 1200 years common animals such as the pony, cow, sheep, goose and duck have been domesticated.
Again, we passed through quaint villages with their brightly painted houses but didn’t stop. We just continued to drive further up-country through beautiful, beautiful scenery.
One place we stopped at was an abandoned whaling station called, Vid Ai.
Abandoned building sites are great places to find plants that like a disturbed environment. Many are weeds.
It was good to wander around this old, abandoned site but we had more to see on this drive – and that’s for next time. D