The tiny village of Saksun - Faroe Islands
The stunning, remote Faroe Islands are an archipelago located between the Norwegian Sea and the wild North Atlantic, around halfway between Norway and Iceland. The islands are an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, with a total population of just 50,030.
The Faroes' terrain is rugged, reflecting the islands' subpolar oceanic climate: windy, wet, cloudy and cool. Despite the northerly latitude, average temperatures remain above freezing throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream - the deep ocean current bringing warmer water from the Caribbean to northern Europe.
The village of Saksun is on the northwestern coast of Streymoy - the largest and most populated of the Faroe Islands. The village is located at the end of what was once a narrow fjord with high mountains on both sides. The river Storá (The Great River) has its source at Saksun and runs to the sea between Hvalvík and Streymnes.
In around the year 1600, a heavy storm blocked the mouth of the fjord with sand, so that today there is a lagoon inside the bay at the foot of the settlement. The old natural harbour became a seawater lagoon, only accessible by small boats at high tide.
When the inhabitants in Saksun wanted to attend church, they had to walk all the way to Tjørnuvík - a long walk over the high mountains to the north. In the year 1858 the church was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun. The church got the new name Saksunar Kirkja (Church of Saksun).
Despite its majestic beauty, Saksun is a remote place - it currently has only 14 inhabitants, with the population having dropped dramatically over the last few years. In large part this is as a result of emigration, with people choosing to move to bigger villages and towns with greater population. Many of the houses in Saksun have become summerhouses or holiday homes.
This is a magnificent place - and even though the Faroe Islands are remotely located in the North Atlantic Ocean, reaching the islands is much easier than most people think. There are two airlines flying to the Faroe Islands, and from Denmark and Iceland you can also travel by sea.