We wanted to drive as far as we could so we went towards the island of Vidoy to do a hike. It was such a beautiful drive! The islands aren’t very big and it doesn’t take too long to go across. It took about an hour and a half to get to Vidareidi on Vidoy.
We attempted to hike Villingardalsfjall, it was a doozy! It was straight up the hill and through lots of mud and rocks. We were almost to the top and we could see the rain starting and it would have been a nightmare to come down in the rain, it would have been so slippery and pretty dangerous on the steep hillside. We were probably about a half mile from the top. We heard that the views were incredible from the people coming down earlier from the hike, so we will have to try and tackle that one next time!
On the map that you get at the airport there are a lot of Buttercup Routes that are points of interest. On the way home we hit a few of those and that was so fun searching for the Buttercups and they weren’t just scenic views, they were some of the most epic drives I have ever been on. The views were unreal. To find the Buttercups they are pointed out with the name of it with a buttercup on the sign and then on the road you will see signs with Buttercups on them assuring you that you are on the right road. Most of the Buttercups were on small narrow, one way roads, and usually a decent cliff off of one side or the other, don’t let this keep you away from them, just a warning for the driver. Cole got a little nervous with me trying to look at the amazing scenery while staying on the tiny road! Haha! We were able to see these Buttercups that night: Oyndarfjordur and Hellunar.
We tried to just do a cheaper dinner that night and had pizza and a pita at the local pizza shop not the best food decision. But we were tired!
This was one of our favorite days, even though they were all so good and everything was so amazing!
First we went to Saksun and it was so beautiful!! We did the hike Ut a Lonna, it starts in Saksun and goes along the river and then it connects to the beach. Make sure to go at low tide so you can go as far as possible. It was such a relaxing walk, we really enjoyed it! I loved the black sand! We were surrounded by cliffs with small homes and waterfalls everywhere!
In Klaksvík there is a little bakery, Bakeriid Hja Jorun that we got some sweets and rolls and cheese at for our lunch.
We caught the 2:10 ferry from Klaksvík to Kalsoy. We had enough time to drive to the end of the island and hike to the Kallur Lighthouse. It was an amazing hike!!! The view of the cliffs at the lighthouse were so beautiful. It was so windy and muddy that we couldn’t hike down below but I can only imaging what it would have been like. I loved the green hillsides that we were able to hike right along with the sheep. It was incredible. With it being their off season the ferry was limited, so we had to make it back to the ferry by 5:35 pm, and it was close! They let 15 cars on and we were number 12 in line and then 2 workers cut in front so we almost didn’t make it! We even arrived at 5:10, so I would recommend getting back to the ferry as soon as you can, if we would have missed it we would have had to wait until 10:00 pm for the next ferry.
On the way back we tried to fit in a few more Buttercups and we were able to get to Elduvik and the views at the tiny village were so amazing! There wasn’t enough time to get to all of the Buttercups and I can only imagine how beautiful they all are!
Later that night we ditched our hiking clothes and went back to the nice restaurants and ate at Aarstova for a 3 course meal, Cole enjoyed the Shoulder of Lamb and I got the poached Cod and it was so amazing!!
Black and White film photo from Cole on the ferry to Kalsoy.
On our last day we just had the morning and we were a little sad our trip to The Faroe Islands had to come to an end!! We hadn’t been through Tórshavn while shops were open so we went and shopped around in the morning and I bought some yarn I am excited for!! I will try to be a knitter again!
There is a Buttercup going out of Tórshavn so we made that drive on our way out of town. This one was on top of the cliffs and above the usual route back to Vagar. When we were down below I knew the mountains were tall around us, but when we were on top of the mountains I realized how tall they were and the road was nice and narrow right on the cliffs!! And it was super windy and rainy! We soaked in our last drive back to the airport!
We arrived in the domestic Reykjavík airport around 4:20, and I had planned to just store our luggage and go back and walk around Reykjavík for the evening but luckily I looked at our car rental, I knew it was at the other airport, but I thought the rental company would be open later. It closed at 6! So we had to rush over there. The FlyBus didn’t have any departures until 8:00 pm, so we had no choice…. we had to take a taxi and it was $145!!! And then all of the shops would be closed in Reykjavik so I couldn’t get another pastry and my plates…. I know real problems here! Haha. It worked out and we got our car and we thought we booked a hotel for our stay but it was really an AirBNB that was still under construction. We stayed in Keflavík and ate a a cute restaurant Library. Later we drove to a little lighthouse and had the most amazing views of the Northern Lights, it was unreal!!!! This world is such a beautiful place!!
Because of how flights worked out with The Faroe Islands we had an extra day in Iceland. We chose to drive along the southern Ring Road, we made it to Vik, it was about a 3 hour drive but with the stops we made it took us about 5 hours.
When I bought my yarn in Tórshavn, I realized after that I had bought two different whites. As we were driving through Selfoss I told Cole to watch for yarn balls so I could try to get the right one and two seconds later I was turning the corner and Cole didn’t know what had happened! Hahah, I saw some yarn balls on a little hand made signs and found the right yarn!
After that our first stop was at Seljalandsfoss there were 3 beautiful waterfalls to walk around and you could hike behind the main one. It had felt like a long drive from Keflavík to this point so it was nice to be walking around the beautiful scenery. After this point there were a lot of beautiful things to see. Skógafoss was the next waterfall and I loved that you could walk right up to the base, the black rocks and sand were so beautiful! It was amazing when the sun came out it seemed like the rainbow was going to make a full circle! This drive was so breathtaking, the green mountains and cliffs were so beautiful! We made a quick stop to look at the glacier and then moved on.
We stopped at the Black Sands beach to view the Reynisdrangar, I loved seeing all of the pillar rock formations, it was quite the spot for everyone getting their IG photos! Haha! I knew there would be a lot of tourist in Iceland, but I totally underestimated how many people would be at each stop. It was like visiting Zions National Park in the middle of summer, there were people everywhere!
We made it to Vik and I thought it would be a bigger town, but it was pretty small so we ate dinner at one of the two places offered and it was cafeteria style, I was hoping for something a bit better but we were hungry. We chased the last light back and I was hoping to find some fun Icelandic horses but we couldn’t find them until after the sun went down. It was definitely a short little journey in Iceland and it would have been nice to not be rushed but we did what we could in a day. We made the journey back to our place and it took 3/4 hours with our stopping a lot to take photos during golden light.
Our flight left Reykjavik Keflavík International airport at 11:10 am and we laid over in Dallas and got into Salt Lake City at 6:00 pm, it is so nice coming home and gaining a day and not getting home super late. It was a trip of a lifetime, probably one of our favorites!!!
When we go back to The Faroe Islands, the first things on our list will be Mykines Island, Ragnin Hike in Vágar, ferry to Nolsoy and Sandoy, looks like we have our next trip already planned out! Who wants to go?? 🙂