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At Lerwick’s busy harbour we were greeted by the Jarl Squad, then whisked away on a tour of Western Shetland.  We saw an oil rig in for decommissioning with mussel and salmon farms.

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After a village with a solitary house out on a promontory, we visited Carol’s Shetland Ponies and then enjoyed the Shetland Jewellery workshop and sales.

In Scalloway, the second town, we saw the castle, museum and viewed the cottages where David stayed with the family back in 1986.

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The Cutch Kettles were used for re-coating the fishing nets after use.

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An Iron Age Broch (fortified stronghold) was the last feature on our tour.

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Later we enjoyed shopping in Lerwick high street.

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After docking in Torshaven, port and capital of the Faroe Islands our tour took us into the mountains, in misty rain along many hairpin bends.  The so called Only Bridge Over the Atlantic  enabled us to pass from the largest island Stremoy to Eysturoy where we viewed Eidi village and then stopped at Gjogv, where we enjoyed tea and pancakes with jam and cream.  Brave souls walked through the village, saw the gorge with rollers for fishing boats and a statue of children.  We returned via many more hairpins to the ship.

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Torshaven harbour

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View over Eidi village

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Village with fish farm

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Our hairpin road

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The Only Bridge Over the Atlantic, through rain speckled window

 

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Drying hay for winter fodder

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The pancake house

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Blue scabious and other flowers

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The gorge with rollers for launching fishing boats

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Husavik is a charming port from which we ranged far and wide over paved and unmade roads, seeing a variety of landscapes from barren desert to fertile valleys, raging waterfalls and extraordinary cliff formations.  Brilliant sunshine turned to mist, then cleared again just as quickly.

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Giant cruise ship, Holland America Line, Konigadam enters Husavik

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Husavik’s beautiful little Lutheran church

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Historic yachts in Husavik harbour

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Little village church behind great lava slabs

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Tectonic divide, where the American Plate pulled away from the Eurasian Plate, in a line from NW to SE Iceland.

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Giant waterfall Dettifloss,  the most powerful in Iceland

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Asbyrgi, The Fortress of the Gods, the Island with people on top

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Bird cliffs with a great view

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Return to misty Husavik and then the mist clears.

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Our fifth glorious day in Iceland began at 4.15am with a sun which never really set. We docked in Akureyri after sailing up the beautiful wide fjord Isafjordur.  The modern cathedral can be seen.

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Our tour took us first to Godfoss over which the pagan gods were thrown in 1000 when Iceland became Christian.  Amazing lava formations are in the river here.

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They can also be seen everywhere around Lake Myvatn.  There are extensive lava fields and collections of pillars said to be trolls, around Dimmuborgir!

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In the distance there are flat topped volcanoes which formed under heavy ice.  It is amazing to be sunbathing in northern Iceland.

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At Namaskard there are amazing geothermal fields beside the Namafjall Mountain, mud pools, sulphur deposits, steam vents and fumaroles.

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Isafjordur is a remote port on the strangely shaped north western arm of Iceland.  Green sweeping mountains enclose the little town, which is connected to other tiny communities by a major tunnel through the mountains, built in 2010. There have been catastrophic landslides and avalanches hereabouts.

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We visited some old fisherman’s huts and were shown the rudiments of early fishing.  Sadly midges enveloped us at this point.

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Next we visited a Lutheran Church where a seventeen year old sang folk songs to us and David enjoyed a seat in the gallery.

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At the waterfall we drank fresh clean water and then visited the fishing museum back in the town.

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Arriving in Reykjavik we toured the Golden Circle in an intimate small coach.  Much flat landscape produced distant glaciers, a large magma hole, two wonderful waterfalls and a field of fumeroles with spouting geysers. We appreciated Heckla the volcano which disrupted flights in 2010 and the place where the first democratic parliament was held in 1000.  There was an enjoyable display of the skills of the Icelandic Horse (of many colours) and we said goodbye to our friends from the USA who were flying home.

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Presentation

We were honoured by the Master of Silver Wind and the Voyage Consultant as we have now sailed with the company for 100 days ….. and are entitled to free laundry!

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