The rain and mist had set in before we left so we didn’t get to see the waterfall from the lake on Vagur but at least now with the new AIS system we could see the other boats around us although we still have a regular look out as some could be travelling under the radar as we have always done up until now!
The tides in Faroe are something which have really surprised us with their strength and pull they are stronger even than Shetland’s “Da Roost” and I would imagine could even give the West coast Corryvrekin a run for it’s money! We thought we were getting an advantage from the North flowing tide around Mykines but after we passed it started pulling us North East which was largely unhelpful as we were trying to get west into a patch of wind that would be in our favour. We never managed....
Best bunk on the boat!
There follows a long tale of the most motor sailing we have ever done on a passage with a storm and clam bits in between. Thankfully the stormy bit was at the only point the wind was actually in a favourable direction.
As Saturday morning dawned and the seas and wind were still against us we despaired of getting to Vestmanaeyer by night as we had hoped because it was Kaylee’s birthday and the poor girl had been so sick we wanted to be tied up by night so she could eat at least! But then the wind died and changed direction Unst slightly so we could motor sail the whole way along the South Coast of Iceland which was beautiful to see. We drove the Highway 1 last year along here and it is even better to see from the water as you can see all of the glaciers and mountains, truly spectacular!
By 9pm we had reached Heimaey of the Vestmannaeyjar all had showers as we were pretty grisly after three days in the same clothes and were ready for what we thought would be a lovely quiet dinner with a few beers. As it turned out this Saturday night was an all night party to mark the anniversary of the “End f the eruption” in 1973 when a third of the island was covered in lava and a new hill was formed.
Cave on the entrance to Heimeay
Pizza to fill the empty girls up!
A massive street and bar party which went on until 5am
Midnight drunky selfie!