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Living Europe Experience The Legend of Kalsoy, Faroe Islands

This is a not-to-miss stop on your visit to Kalsoy. And yes, it is easy to do the whole island in between the morning ferry drop-off and 5pm pick-up. The statue really was beautiful. Make sure to read the story on the trip down or up. Once you get down walk over the rocks to the waterfall. It is stunning. 

Seal people are people who, drowning in the sea, took their own lives. According to legend, the seal people gather on Mikladalur's shore once a year on the eve of Three Kings. They are shedding their sealskins, becoming human again and dancing away the night. They slide back into their skins before the sun rises and disappear into the ocean. A Mikladalur young man, who wanted to see if the legend was true, was hiding on the shore behind a rock. It was, and he saw an exceptionally beautiful woman among the seal people. He snuck out of his hiding place while the seal people were dancing and stole her sealskin to prevent her from going back to the sea.

The seal people put on their sealskins before the sun came up, and they jumped into the water one by one. Finally, there was only the seal woman left, crying because she couldn't find her skin. The man finally came forward, telling her that her only option was to come with him.

 

They've gone home. The man locked in a chest the sealskin and kept the key tied at all times to his belt. As husband and wife, the man and the seal woman lived together, and they had children.

 

One day he noticed that the key was missing when the man was out fishing. He shouted agonizingly, "Today my wife will leave me!”. To prevent the woman from leaving, the men rowed back to Mikladalur as quickly as possible. But he saw his kids sitting on the bench when the man came home. The fire was cold, hiding from the kids all the sharp objects, so they wouldn't hurt themselves. The chest was open and the sealskin and the seal woman were missing.

The years passed but one night before the men were going on a seal hunt in Mikladalur, the seal woman came to the man in her dreams. She begged him to have compassion on her husband and two sons. She told him how they looked and where they would find themselves in the cave. But the man ignored the dream, and he killed all the seals in the cave together with Mikladalur's men.

 

The man got his share of the murder, and he cooked the seal meat for himself and the kids when he came home. While eating, the door was ripped open, and as a terrifying troll, the seal woman entered the room.  She shouted, "There is my mate's head and my sons ' hands and feet. You've had your revenge–and now Mikladalur's men will be visited with revenge. Some will drown at sea, others will fall from the cliffs, and so it will continue until as many have died as it can connect arms around Kalsoy's entire island. The seal woman disappeared after cursing the man and the village, never to be seen again. 

By falling from cliffs or drowning at sea, a large number of men from Mikladalur have lost their lives. And yet, to link arms around Kalsoy, they are still too few. And so the curse of the seal woman remains unfulfilled.

A seal woman's statue stands on Mikladalur's shore. She holds the sealskin in her hand and looks at the rocky ground where the legend says the seal people dance once a year.

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jorge Muller Mykines, Faroe Islands

Mykines–the Faroe Islands ' westernmost (and in fact pronounced "meech-ih-ness") –is known for one main thing: it is an abundant variety of bird life that explodes with nesting seabirds during the summer months. There are gannets and cormorants and razorbills and petrels and kittiwakes of fulmars and storms... and puffins of the Atlantic. And the puffins are the stars of the show here for most people.

TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION If you are planning to visit Mykines, we always recommend that you start your trip. Because the weather makes it possible to be stuck on Mykines. This rarely happens, but every year it always happens a couple of times. It's also recommended that you get to know the weather on Mykines.

There are two options for transportation to Mykines Helicopter and Boat during high season. There are a few options for accommodation in Mykines. Follow the respective links for more information on these.

DO AND ABOUT The main attraction of Mykines is the guided walk to the islet of Mykineshólmur, a tourist attraction that is very much loved. The eventful journey to the islet will take you to the lighthouse at the end of the world through steep climbs, a walk through a highly populated area of puffins. We offer the Mykines Sunset and Puffin tour as a new offer from May 2019–a quiet experience with a local guide.

There are two cafés on Mykines offering light snacks, meals and drinks. A breakfast or packed lunch can also be pre-ordered.

Sámal Joensen-Mikines, one of the most renowned Faroe Islands artists, was also born and lived most of his life on the island of Mykines, as well as some legends are attached to the island, the three most famous gifts for Mykines.

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AWAYN Editorial

This is Giulia Woergartner

Giulia Woergartner is a travel and commercial photographer, based in northern Italy. Growing up in the heart of the Italian Alps, Giulia was surrounded by beauty, which helped shape her love for natural beauty and photography. Because of this, the Dolomites were the earliest subjects of her pictures, an opportunity many photographers can only dream of. Giulia loves exploring, hiking, camping, and taking in the beauty of the mountains and wilderness right at her doorstep. With her yellow jacket and a camera in her hand, she is constantly chasing the adventure and exploring beautiful corners of this world.

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Tell us a bit about yourself Giulia

My name is Giulia and I am a travel/ adventure photographer. I live in a small village in the heart of the Dolomites in northern Italy. I have always been a very creative person and love to inspire people with my art. I properly got into landscape photography about one year ago when I purchased my first full frame camera and I haven’t looked back ever since.


How would describe your photography style Giulia?

I do a lot of landscape and combine it with lifestyle photography, I prefer moody and rainy weather but also the colors in the early morning light. I like to mix warm orange tones with cold blue tones and have a very vivid tone palett to my pictures. I think it is really important to find a harmony in color and attending an art school for 5 years definitely helped to learn about composition and colors. 

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How did you get into photography? was there a specific moment?

I have always loved to take pictures and I remember I used to hang out with my best friend to shoot creative pictures & portraits with her camera. When I was 14 I got my first DSLR camera for my birthday and took pictures of my friends and my travels. I used to go shoot now and then but I really got into it when I bought my first full frame around one year ago, I somehow rediscovered my love for photography and fell in love especially with capturing landscapes because you can create art, be in the great outdoors and make beautiful memories with friends, it is every time an adventure.


How do you pick your subjects?

I often visit places that I already saw online or in magazines and try to go to get my own unique shot of that place, I know a lot of people, especially in the Instagram community, say it is not really creative to go to the places everyone has already a seen, but for me this is different: I think it is more a challenging to go to a place that everyone knows and create your own unique version no one has seen yet.  I  try to keep my eyes open while driving or while hiking and look out for a potentially good picture. I also like to incorporate people in the landscapes to give a scale and just make the viewer feel more a part of it somehow.  

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What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?

I think for now it has to be the Faroe Island I visited back in April this year, it was such a wonderful trip exploring the island and see landscapes that are totally new and unique to me. I visited the Faroe Islands with my mother and sister but they weren’t always ready to join early in the morning for a sunrise missions but I was okay with it, in the end, the whole trip it was an experience I won't forget. 


What advice would you give to someone embarking on their first adventure?

 

The best thing is to just get out there as much as possible and if you don’t live somewhere close to mountains or the coast just try to plan a trip to somewhere with your friends and family to make some unique memories. I think nowadays it is really important to go outside and to take a break from the virtual world we are constantly in.
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jorge Muller Explore Mulafossur Waterfall Vagar Icland

Go along the southern coast towards Sandavagur on Vagar Island. This village is characteristic of its red and white church dating back to 1919. The inside of the chandeliers is very clear and richly decorated. Note the painting above the altar, representing seafarers, as well as the boat model suspended from the roof: these two elements are found in all the Faroese churches, and they remind you that most islanders still live off fishing. From Sorvagur to Bour, discover the West Coast. The journey offers a spectacular view of Mykines Island, Gasholmur and Tindholmur Islands ' neighboring island.

The waterfall is just a5-minute walk from the picturesque village of Gásadalur in the western part of Vágar with less than 20 inhabitants. You are driving through the one lane tunnel that is an experience on its own. You can see the little village after about a minute or so. There's a sign showing you where to go to the waterfall. If there isn't much going on, you can park on the street, but I would recommend driving into the village. There is a parking lot that also offers a very clean toilet. From there, the waterfall is only a5-minute walk away. The view is incredible and a truly unique thing. At its best, nature. Don't forget to walk on the other side of the waterfall through the small stream. It's safe if you're not near the fall.

Most visitors stay above or at a distance from the waterfall to see the village of Gásadalur and Múlafossur, creating beautiful pictures. The flows up and around when the weather becomes windy, creating a view that is truly unique.

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Outdoor Ambassador Exotic Skateboarding to Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are packed with unique and authentic adventures for every kind of visitor. The setting is an exciting and genuinely stunning place.

The islands are home to some of the most fantastic sea cliff and waterfalls as well as unusual and unexpected spots. With its unique culture and being a hard-to-reach, lesser-traveled corner of the globe, the great skate views will have you content being disconnected from the rest of the world.

The Faroese nature is genuine, always challenging you to explore it by sea or land. Just be ready to give it an open mind, and you will have the experience of a lifetime. The Information Offices around the islands are eager to help you make the most of your trip. The infrastructure on the Faroe Islands is excellent, connecting every small village either by road or by ferry. You skate down from one end of the islands to the other within hours. Make the most of the freedom and stop wherever you like. Take the scenic roads with the best view and visit all the remote places. Experience the most fantastic thing ever while skating above the fog, ‘Heaven on Earth.’

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