Mykines: part 1
My day spent on Mykines with AnnCharlott and Desi was magical! I really had no idea what I was in for, but we started by taking a taxi from the Torhavn bus terminal, which functions as the ferry/cruise/bus/taxi terminal. Its a hub of transporation, literally. The taxi driver was native to Torshavn and on the 45 minute or so drive to Vestmanna, she was fairly quiet but spoke when she had points of interest and views she wanted to tell us about, which was nice. For reference, the taxi cost just under $100. It was quite a bit more expensive than the bus, however the bus was still running on the Sunday schedule since it was Whit Monday. The holiday schedule would not have worked out for us to take the boat tour to Mykines.
Upon arrival in Mykines, it was very easy to find the right place to be as the harbor and tourist center were right in the same area. We purchased our boat tickets and then kept warm inside while perusing the gift shop, where I purchased a hat because it was cold. The boat tour had seating inside in the cabin with windows and seating on the upper deck. Due to the fact that it was cold, not smooth seas, and I don't really enjoy boats that much, I sat in the cabin, which was enjoyable if not a little rough at times.
The cruise to Mykines from Vestmanna was slower than the way back beause we pulled into several steep grottos made by the fjord cliffs. The puffins and other subarctic birds make their homes on the cliffs. The captain of the boat was very skilled in his navigating because these grottos were not large spaces! And they were rocky and rough. It was beautiful to look up at the rocks ad the sky when we were in the tight spaces. It was not a sunny day, but the water, sky, and rocks nicely contrasted with one another.
After finally reaching Mykines, we departed the boat to a long and steep set of stairs from a fairly primitive harbor Two of the adult male passengers jumped off to quickly tie the boat up and help everyone off, then they untied and tossed the ropes back on. I thought the boat would dock for the entirety of our stay but the harbor was extremely rocky and I would guess that if that boat stayed tied up there, it would have been destroyed. Apparently in winter, the small village is only reachable by helicopter. While we were there, a group of younger men from the hostel were departing on the helicopter and it dropped off a fresh crop of them. The helipad was small.
Being there was interesting, I'm pretty sure that sheep and puffins far outnumbered the humans on the island, population of 10.5 (the B&B owner of Marit's House is only there in summer) yet it had wifi, a cell signal, electricity, and modern plumbing. It was like stepping back in time, kind of. The three of us were hungry and immediately headed for Marit's House to see what we could get for a bite to eat. For about $18, we had tasty bread, fish cakes, locally made sausages, cheeses (some locally made), rhubarb jam, and pretty much unlimited coffee.
After our small feast and chat with the owner of the bed and breakfast, we set out to hike and find the puffins, which I will share more about tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos of the journey to Mykines and a few of the island/village itself.