Saksun and the Heljardalsa Waterfall

The town of Saksun is a must-visit when taking a trip to the Faroe Islands.  A series of grass-roofed homes sit near a church, with the buildings facing an inlet to the sea.  Above the town, waterfalls cascade down the steep sides of the mountains.  Sheep roam the area, and save for a few tourists like myself, it was a pretty quiet place.

Saksun
Saksun

 

I climbed up the cliffs a bit and positioned myself next to one of the waterfalls.  I took a few photos from up there, this one will have to do.  You can see the church below.  The houses in the photo above would be on the left of the photo below, I would have needed a wider lens to get it all in one shot.

Heljardalsa Waterfall
Heljardalsa Waterfall

 

The road to Saksun is a “Buttercup Route”, which means it is particularly scenic.   It’s a narrow, one-lane road through winding through a valley.  The roads do have pullouts every so often, so if you see a car coming towards you, one of you has to get over so the other can pass.

 

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