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Mykines Island: Bird Kingdom of the Faroe Islands

September 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 It was early on a Tuesday morning, and it was one of my last days in the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are a ancient volcanic archipelago in the northern portion of the Atlantic Ocean. While they were volcanic, there is no more volcanic activity on these islands. It is a territory of Denmark and can be found in between Norway and Iceland. The map gallery below will better explain the location of the Faroe Islands and the individual islands.

This was one of the day's I was looking forward to for a long time. It would be a lengthy day of hiking around the western most island of the Faroe Islands chain, known as Mykines Island. The goal for this day was to spend many hours observing and taking photographs of what the island is most famous for, it's bird population. More specifically, the goofy and awkward looking Puffins!

 

 

Like the Faroe Islands, Mykines Island is a unique island all in its own as well. It is thought to be one of the oldest islands of the Faroe Islands chain, and as of right now, it is estimated that the island has 6 people who are year round residents. There are also no official roads on the island or tunnels that connect to it, unlike most of the other islands in the Faroes. The only mode of travel on this island for visitors is by foot! The only village is Mykines which is named after the island. Mykines is located on the western side of the island.

 

There are only two ways to reach Mykines Island as a tourist. Your only options are taking the ferry or using the Faroe Island's subsidized helicopter transportation. I wouldn't be surprised that if popularity trends of visiting the Faroe Islands continue for another year or two, the cheap helicopter option will no longer be an option.

 

I departed from the small town of Sørvágur. The ferry launch can be found near the docks on the southwestern portion of the town. The ferry ride was crowded and quite cold. I couldn't help but have the memory of the first Jurassic Park pop up in my mind when approaching the island. More specifically, the scene where the helicopter approaches Jurassic Park from the sea. Approaching Mykines Island by way of the ferry is basically the same, right?! Cue the Jurassic Park theme music! If only I took the helicopter to Mykines, it would be pretty much identical. The island looks like a looming giant as you approach from Vágar Island.  I was excited! Finally, my dream to see the awkward but adorable puffins was coming true.  

 

It should be known for those who wish to travel here that flights and ferries are often cancelled due to weather conditions. It is definitely a extreme weather area as it is frequently quite windy, cold, and waves can be quite vicious. If visiting this island is important, make sure to plan several days in your itinerary to attempt to travel here, with back up plans in case transportation is cancelled for the day.

 

Arrival on Mykines