Gjógv is situated in the highest part of the Faroe Islands, on Northern Eysturoy. It has a surreal atmosphere, and feeling. It is remote, it has tranquility, it has breathtaking views all the way, it has the quaintest harbour, where the boats are pulled out of the water so as to stop them from being battered by the elements.
The first time I was in Gjógv it was in summer, and I was on a guided tour. The tour was in a party of 6 or 8 people from different countries. We had lunch at the Gjáagarður Guesthouse. It was a fish dish and was delicious. We did have an opportunity to wander around the area a little bit. I wandered up at one point and had a look at the little church. Chldren were playing with little boats, in the stream which runs through the village, and in front of the beautiful and quaint houses. The little streets are so small and to wander around here made me a little uncomfortable. These are peoples back yards, and it seems a little rude and intrusive to be here. On the way to the cafe one pases a house where the owners have been busy deorating it with garden gnomes and other quaint structures. it is very beautiful, colourful, and so interesting
I can not speak about the accomodations of the guesthouse, as I did not use them
The second time I came was in winter, and the term 'winter wonderland' is so appropriate. This time I was here with a lovely man who had taken me for a drive into the area.
On the way up it was magical. Snow was everywhere, the area was blanketed, and it was such a wonderful sight, and a real pleasure. The high mountains, in fact the highest peak in the Faroe Islands is very near here. On the way I asked my companion about the sheep, that run all over the road, . I was told it is a crime to hit a sheep, that a fine is applied, and is payed to the farmer who owns the poor sheep. I was amused by this because I had already been told that this was applicable, and a little story told to me, that some believe, behind every sheep knocked by a car there is a farmer encouraging his sheep to run on the road, because as well as the fine, insurance can be claimed. I can not vouch for the authenticity of this story.It was told to me with a broad smile on the face of the story teller.
But this day the drive was wonderful, and eventually we arrived at the guesthouse, where we went in, and ordered 'pancakes' They were served warm with jam and cream, coffee and tea.
There is little shop where souveniers, including faroese jumpers, and knits, can be bought.
The little harbour is so lovely, it has a narrow opening between two cliffs. It is I suppose a gorge, of type, and I was told there are over 90 steps to climb to get to the bottom. If one is energetic, it is a lovely thing to do. However this day I did not, but the first time I was here, I did walk a little way.
This day with the snow everywhere the whole area, so spectacular, It is remote, with mother nature at her very best. Today no children played in the stream, with their little boats, there were no other people in sight, just me an Aussie woman, a lovely Faroese gentleman, and the friendly lady who served us pancakes, and stood talking with us for a bit.
So to describe this place called Gjógv, breathtakingly beautiful, spectacular vistas, remote, quiet, with mother nature at her very best. Just to stand and listen to the sounds of silence is a great honour. But then, this is the Faroe Islands, and this is everyday existance here.
Just remember to breath, every now and then.
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