Nordic Obsession Tour – Part 6

The last day of our tour was a full one.  We first went to Kirkjubøur, which was the church and cultural center of the Faroes during the middle ages.  The small white parish church has been an active church since about 1100.  The majestic stone cathedral, built in the 1200’s now has a protective roof to prevent more deterioration. The old log smoke-house and museum contains many interesting artifacts from Faroese history.

After lunch we drove north on Streymoy along the sound facing Eysturoy.  Our first stop was at the octagonal church in Haldorsvík, where we met with Stanley Samuelsen for a short private concert, first in the church and then in his grandfather’s home nearby.  We had time for conversation, music, and coffee.

Our special farewell dinner was at Koks restaurant on the hill overlooking Tórshavn.  Two of us ordered the wine menu with the dinner, pairing a wine with each course of the meal – a total of seven wines.  Fortunately, I had a friend nearby who finished off each glass for me.  This restaurant was recently reviewed in one of the American gourmet magazines.  I read the review on facebook.

The next morning I returned to Fuglafjørður, Jon went to the airport, and the other 3 went to Gøta for the G! Festival.

 

 

 

Nordic Obsession Tour – Part 5

On Sunday, four of us went to church – an Anglican, a Presbyterian, a Mormon, and a Charismatic – in a Lutheran church in Old Town Tórshavn.  The guest preacher was Uni Næs, my former priest in Fuglafjørður. During the afternoon we were joined by Arni Zachariassen and Jákup á Lakjuni for a discussion about religion, politics, and everything else.  Símun and Kári, my relatives, let us use their living room for our discussion, and then then provided cakes, tea, and coffee afterward.  Immediately following the refreshments, our tour returned to the hotel to have dinner and discussion with Birgir Kruse.

The next morning we caught the early ferry to Suðuroy, a two hour boat trip, passing several islands on our way south.  We were met in Tvøroyri by Mortan Holm, our tour guide for the day (in our now cosily crowded car).  We visited every town on Suðuroy, though I am not sure which town is which.

Our evening ended with a private concert with Elin Heinesen and her daughter in Elin’s home in Tórshavn.  Beautiful.

Nordic Obsession Tour – Part 4

Our tour took us to my town of Fuglafjørður, where my neighbor Oddur served as tour guide, and then he joined us for lunch at my house.  Sorry, I was so busy I forgot to take pictures.  From Fuglafjørður we headed to the northern islands, going through two long, dark,one-lane tunnels.  I was glad someone else was driving this year.  We had a late dinner back in Tórshavn, since the restaurant in Klaksvík was closed.

The next day we met up with Tollakur, who was our tour guide on the island of Vágar.  We stopped for a late lunch at the airport, where we saw the stained glass birds by Tróndur Patursen, back home from their trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  We viewed some of the boat races in Miðvágar, and I saw the boat from Fuglafjørður win its race.  In the evening, we were the only guests for a concert with Marius Ziska and Heðin Davidsen at the home of Elin Heinesen.  It was a full day.

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