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Faroe Islands,Iceland & Greenland

Our first port of call was Tórshaven, the capital city of the Faroe Islands, which lies mid-way between Scotland, Norway and Iceland but belongs to Denmark.

Torshavn town highland cattle
Tórshavn is a small city with a population of about 15,000, and very quiet as it was Sunday afternoon. A few minutes walk and into open countryside, reminiscent of Scotland.

lace curtains in window
I even spotted a house with lace curtains at the windows.

Our next visit was to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

lava field lava
We travelled across the Reykines lava fields....

Blue lagoon misty Blue lagoon sunny
....to the Blue Lagoon, a naturally warm outdoor swimming pool.
Compare the misty photo as we saw it with a postcard picture taken on a sunny day

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After two days sailing we awoke to icebergs floating outside the cabin window as we sailed along the Prins Christian Sound.
Awesomely beautiful, still, and bitterly cold. I wore two of everything that morning.

Later that morning we arrived off Qaqortoq in South Greenland.
The ship was too big to dock so we went ashore in the tenders.

Qaqortoq church Qaqortoq fountain
We explored the town. This is the church and the oldest fountain in Greenland

Narsarsuaq quay Narsarsuaq airport
The next day we arrived in Narsarsuaq.
Very remote, with a population of less than 200, but the ship was able to berth at the quayside, and they have an international airport.

During WW2 Narsarsuaq was an important stop-over for flights between Canada and Europe and a large American military base and hospital was built. Today there is a small museum with artifacts dating mostly from that time, but also some older Innuit items.

Some of the icebergs are huge; the fishing boat is about 20 feet long. This photo was taken as we left Narsarsuaq for the voyage home.

After two days of very rough weather on the North Atlantic (the injection for sea-sickness worked wonders!) we arrived back at Iceland again. This time at Akurayri in the north, just below the arctic circle.

votn maetast
Our excursion took us across Vötn mætast,

to the Godafoss waterfall

and then to Húsavík wherewe went on whale watching trip and saw Minke whale in Húsavík Bay.

We sailed home via Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) and Invergordon to Leith in Scotland.

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