Favorite thing: If you really want to see a puffin up close, come to Mykines. Scratch that: if you want to see LOTS of puffin up close, come to Mykines. This is only one of the dozens of wonderful puffin photos I snapped (Sara took many even nicer puffin photos!). I'm not a birdwatcher, but I must admit, these guys are quite photogenic!
Favorite thing: It was a lot of fun looking the the HUGE flocks of hundreds (possibly thousands) of puffin. Walking up the steep hillside to start the walk to the lighthouse is an excellent way to see lots and lots of puffin. So there is absolutely no lack of puffin photos to choose from to put into this tip!
Favorite thing: These large sea birds have a colony on the western edge of Mykineshólmur, the twin island to Mykines. You can get a good view of them just past the lighthouse, looking down on the basalt columns. It's quite a sight to see -- I wish I had a telephoto lens.
Favorite thing: As you get to the lighthouse on Mykineshólmur, you'll notice some stark basalt pillars off the edge of the island. On these pillars, you'll notice a huge colony of Gannets. I didn't get a terribly good picture of this, but Sara did. I might be able to convince her to post the pictures at some point. ;-)
Favorite thing: Well, I did mention this was a paradise of SHEEP and birds, right? You will have absolutely no difficulty finding sheep on this island. Even though the sheep are rather shy, you're bound to run across a few. Even if you don't, you are absolutely certain to come across some leftover wool and or some of their "calling cards." Since our visit, I've read it's considered polite to pick up the leftover wool as you come across it. Oh well...
Favorite thing: As you arrive on the ferry, you enter a cove with very high cliffs. But it's quickly obvious there's more here than just the cliffs. From the sound and sight, you can tell there is an incredible number of sea birds nested along the ledges, most notably fulmars. An especially nice treat if you're a birdwatcher -- a mass sighting right off the bat!
We were wandering along the trail and admiring the lovely puffin. While we were doing this, one lamb seemed to take exception. He bleated incessantly as if to say, "What's the big deal about those silly birds? Why don't you take a picture of ME?!"
So I did.
Favorite thing: Among the birds you'll see here are Pink-Footed Geese. They're not at all afraid of people, so you can get quite close. They're also remarkably quiet... well, for geese, anyway...