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    Hike to Knúkur

    by travelfrosch Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    Another interesting challenge is to hike to the 560 meter (about 1850-foot) high Knúkur peak to the east of Mykines village. Our guidebook said to follow the road uphill out of the village to make your way to the peak, while our host Katrina recommended we follow the stream all the way uphill to the peak. Unfortunately, we decided to follow the road and ended up at a dead end. Score one for Katrina.

    While we did manage to climb and make our way back to the stream, clouds were closing in on the peak by that time, so we decided to turn back. We got some nice views of the village on the way down, though.

    We never did make it to the peak, but that does give us something new to do on our next visit! :-)

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    Mykines Lighthouse

    by travelfrosch Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    If you make your way out to Mykineshólmur, you will see on the extreme western side of the island the lighthouse. This lighthouse, first built in 1909, is an extremely important landmark for shipping. Since this is the spot of land farthest west in this part of the Atlantic, this beacon points out the first land eastbound ships have seen in many days. For the hiker, it represents tremendous views of the ocean for this westernmost outpost of the Faroes.

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    Walk to the Mykineshólmur lighthouse

    by sarams Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Mark and I had a lot of fun walking to the lighthouse at the westernmost point of Mykines. The slopes to get there and back are steep, so watch your footing. And if you feel like it, stop and take a rest. This lighthouse is the on the first land ships see after several days of crossing the Atlantic, so it serves an important purpose to let the ship's occupants know the Faroe Islands lie ahead.

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    Neptun Memorial

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 11, 2007

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    Atop the hill to the west of the village is an unmarked monument. This memorial was constructed in 1939, in honor of 9 Mykines fishermen who drowned when the fishing trawler Neptun sank in the stormy Faroese waters. It is certainly in ideal point from which to look out over the sea and ponder its dual nature.

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    "Indiana Jones" Bridge

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 11, 2007

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    After your steep descent on the west side of Mykines, you'll come across a footbridge to Mykineshólmur, called the Atlantic Bridge. The first thing it reminded me of was one of those perilous bridges Indiana Jones had to cross during his adventures. Fortunately, the bridge is a lot sturdier than it appears from a distance. No sign of Nazis, hostile tribesmen, or any other of Indy's enemies, either.

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    Hólmsgjógv

    by travelfrosch Written Jul 10, 2007

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    The narrow strait between Mykines and Mykineshólmur is quite remarkable to see. Note also the large number of gulls and fulmars making their nests on the steep cliffs. This is definitely one of the highlights of the hike from Mykines to the "Holm."

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    Hike to Mykineshólmur

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 9, 2007

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    The most popular hike on the island (for good reason) is the hike to the twin island of Mykineshólmur. From the village, work your way towards the ferry dock until you get past the electrical generation building. Then, hike up the grassy path to the ridge. After that, turn left and follow the ridge line past a memorial stone. Awhile after that, the path takes a steep downward turn and you begin the more difficult part of the hike. The descent is steep and can be slippery when wet, but there are cables to hold on to if necessary. When you get to the bottom, you cross an "Indiana Jones" style bridge to get onto the "Holm," as the smaller island is called. From there choose from one of two paths to make your way to the lighthouse and the westernmost point in the Faroes. Magnificent!

    By the way, along the hike, you'll pass "i Lamba," an amazingly prolific puffin breeding ground. Be careful not to stray off of the paths, lest you disturb their nests (and risk spraining your ankle). You will see puffin by the thousands -- truly a birdwatcher's dream!

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    The gorge!!

    by Lunaina Written Jul 8, 2007

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    Between Mykines and Mykinesholmur you have to cross a bridge over a gorge. This is nice and you again will have some exciting views. You just have to experience it!! I cannot explain, I just loved everything on/about Mykines!!!!!!!

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    Birdwatching

    by Lunaina Written Jul 8, 2007

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    The best place to watch birds on the Faroe Islands is on Mykines. You will get to see an enormous amount of puffins if you do the walk towards the lighthouse. When we were on our way back the puffins decided to start flying. Hundreds of puffins flew over my head!

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    Walk... walk.... walk

    by Lunaina Written Jul 8, 2007

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    On Mykines you can do a few walks. The most favourite walk by visitors is to the lighthouse on Mykinesholmur. It is a walk of around 3 hours, there and back.

    It is a quite difficult walk. You have to climb a lot, on narrow edges. But you get lots of rewards... you get to see so many birds, so many puffins. Really awesome!!

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    Visit the church!!!

    by Lunaina Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    Mykines is only small and after doin' the long walk you can go for a stroll around town. You can visit the church and go inside!! There is lots of place in the church, so all the islanders can take many visitors along if they hold a mass. Still nice to see!! The Mykines Kirkja was built in 1879.

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    Make a stroll through town

    by Lunaina Written Jul 8, 2007

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    Mykines is a nice small town. Just make a stroll and enjoy the views and the people, the nice houses and just the quietness.

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