My friend and photographer Philip was in the Faroe Islands in 2015 because he wanted to observe the eclipse there - the Faroe Islands were one of the few places in the world that were in the total eclipse zone at that time. When he came back, he was thrilled and just said to me: "You really have to go there to cycle! He said the islands were incredibly beautiful, with picturesque villages and steep, green cliffs rising from the dark North Atlantic. I immediately started researching and was thrilled with what I found. Quickly the plan was made to cross the islands from east to west by gravel bike.
Finally, in May 2018, the time had come: Together with Max Schumann, I set off on a journey to the archipelago in the North Atlantic, where an 182-kilometer (113 mile) long stretch of land with an altitude of 4180 meters (13714 feet) awaited us. In my luggage: a tent, a sleeping bag and a mattress. The adventure could begin!
I had already discovered a special feature of the archipelago in advance: Many of the islands are connected by long tunnels and I wasn't sure if they are even passable by bike. So I contacted a local rider via Instagram and just asked. He just said: "It is not allowed, but it is not forbidden either. Just don't forget your light and a jacket - it is cold and dark under the sea!'
We already knew that the weather in the North Atlantic is quite unpredictable, so we had planned the daily stages a bit more generously. What we experienced on site was still beyond our imagination. Especially on the first day it was so windy that it simply blew me off the road and into the ditch.
After three days we arrived in Gásadalur on the west coast of the islands, very exhausted, our ears ringing from the wind, but very happy. And we realized: Philipp was right! The islands are incredibly beautiful, rough and pristine and I can recommend it to everyone to come here once in their life. Anyone who has ever been to the Faroe Islands will understand why there is a certain, charming but undeniable, roughness to the people and culture: The weather up here is simply in a class of its own.
The first day in the Faroe Islands is mainly there so that we can get used to the islands and something. Nothing here is like anywhere else.
When we look out the window in the morning, rain and very strong wind await us. We still make our way to the eastern tip of the three main islands. The tour is not…
The second tour starts after breakfast in the bakery with a very, very long tunnel passage. For a long time we weren't sure whether the almost six kilometer long tunnel that connects the islands of Bordoy and Eysturoy was even allowed to be driven by bike. After a long research, we learned from a restaurant…
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The third day finally starts with sunshine and a little less wind. We start our ride on a small icy road directly on the shores of the North Atlantic and cycle around the fjord, which is cut deep into the island here.
After the day started very flat, it gets steeper shortly after the commune of Funnings…
After a relaxing night in the tent, we go for a cup of coffee to drive the rest of the route. Today there are only about 20 kilometers left, which we would certainly have been able to cover the day before if the weather was better.
We start relaxed and drive with the fully packed bikes towards the airport…
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