Day 7 |
Jun 18, 2008

Cruise & Explore the Faroe Islands

By Robin West, Assistant Expedition Leader

Streymor – Saksun

This morning we woke up to a very cloudy and overcast Mykines.   Mykines is the easternmost island in the Faroe Island group and is therefore very exposed to the elements, and today was no exception.   After arriving at our anchorage position, we soon realised the ocean swell coming from the south was too large for us to make a safe disembarkation or landing onto the island of Mykines.   Our Expedition Leader, Brad Rhees, and Captain made the decision to cancel our landing at Mykines.  

Having been onboard the Prince Albert II for only a few days now, we were all slowly beginning to realise what expedition cruising was all about.  Being in these really remote areas meant that the weather determined our day-to-day plans, and even the best of plans were always subject to last minute changes.   The news came over the public address system that due to weather and sea conditions, we were going to cancel the landing, but at the same time, Brad made it very clear that alternative plans were underway.   Brad had decided to head northeast to Streymoy to a very small community on the northeastern tip called Saksun.  Here we would hopefully be protected from the southerly swell, allowing us to disembark.   Saksun was only 15 nautical miles away and it would take no more than an hour or so before we would be at our new destination. 

Arriving at Saksun, it was very clear that conditions were more favourable for disembarkation.   The scout boat was lowered and the decision was made to go ahead with disembarkation.  The plan for the morning was to do a Zodiac cruise of Saksun and the surrounding areas.   When we boarded the Zodiacs, we were greeted by 200m high dramatic cliff faces, rising out of the ocean like giant sky scrapers.

Once in the Zodiacs, wildlife was the focus of the morning.   It was not long before our experienced expedition team was pointing out, Eider Ducks, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Skuas, Fulmars, Guillemots and the odd common Seal. 

The highlight of the morning Zodiac tour was when the expedition team took the Zodiacs into a very large cave, which turned out to be a tunnel as we exited out of a different opening.   Inside were as many as 60 pairs of nesting Kittiwakes.  

It was finally time to make our way back to the Prince Albert II for a welcoming mug of hot chocolate and a well-deserved lunch.

The afternoon was spent relaxing onboard as we made our way towards our next destination, Jan Mayen.