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Føroyar Og Atlantic Airways: Tórshavn, A319, RJ85  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11552 times:

Føroyar og Atlantic Airways: Tórshavn, A319, RJ85

Hi everyone and thanks for reading my report! Comments and questions are always appreciated.

OK, you know how this goes—it was spring break, and I just had to go somewhere. Where could I go... Texas? Mexico? Other Spring Break destinations? Hell no. Why ever would I do that... I'm not interested in getting drunk. I decided, along with M, to go somewhere way more interesting.

Looking at one-way transatlantic flights to Northern Europe, three airlines stood out. These were LOT, Air Berlin and Icelandair.

Well, soon it was decided what we'd do. Fly with LOT from Chicago to Copenhagen via Warsaw. Also, we'd be returning with Icelandair, Keflavik to Boston. What to do in the middle? Good question. Well, after conferring, we decided to try Atlantic Airways. BOS-ORD would be done directly on JetBlue's E-190, a new aircraft type for me.

Here's the full trip summary:

LO 2, ORD-WAW, 763, 23MAR, SP-LPA
LO 461, WAW-CPH, E75, 24MAR, SP-LIF
RC 453, CPH-FAE, 319, 26MAR, OY-RCG
RC 401, FAE-RKV, RJ8, 27MAR, OY-RCD
NY 166, RKV-AEY, F50, 27MAR, TF-JMR
NY 167, AEY-RKV, F50, 28MAR, TF-JMO
FI 631, KEF-BOS, 752, 30MAR, TF-FIA
B6 925, BOS-ORD, E90, 31MAR, N190JB

So, why these airlines? And why these destinations? Well, as I said before, price was a big factor. However, to get to the Faroes there's not much choice... Air Iceland is again the only airline flying on our required route to Akureyri. JetBlue offered me a nice new aircraft for the log... And LOT... was supposed to be a 787. Nevertheless, Poland is a new country for me. Icelandair was supposed to be a 753... and since I found out at the gate it wouldn't be one... I held a grudge against them for a couple of hours.

Anyway, that's about it for the introduction.

Here's a link to the first part: LOT 763, E75, Warsaw And Copenhagen (by dc9northwest Jun 19 2013 in Trip Reports)

At some point, M said: “why don't we go to the Faroe Islands?”. I said, “oh, you want to?”. The next day, we had finally decided on our schedule to get from mainland Europe to Iceland—via the Faroe Islands of course.

Booking on Atlantic Airways' website was quick and easy, and soon we had our tickets for these two segments. The site also looks quite nice and has a lot of information on the Faroe Islands as well. It is not possible to choose seats upon booking (or, at least, was not possible in March and earlier).

The harder part was finding accommodation in Torshavn. At first, I tried to book a room at a guesthouse—but I received no reply. Maybe it closed down. Maybe it was closed in late March. I don't know. Since, aside from guesthouses, there seem to be 4 hotels in Torshavn, the prices are a bit high. The cheapest one had a rate of roughly 160 USD/night, the Hotel Streym. Well, that's what I finally booked.
In any case, the Faroe Islands are a very interesting place to see... somewhat different to other destinations in Europe, though certainly sharing certain similarities.

Tórshavn, BTW, is not at all a village. It's a built-up town of 20,000 people with everything you might need (assuming you can afford it   ). And a very nice one at that.

Anyway, I had left off on our return to Copenhagen airport. When we arrived, T3 was quite full of people. Still, the T3 landside building is quite nicely designed. Self-check-in desks are everywhere, and one can only assume that, this being SAS territory, you can print out the baggage tags and affix them to your luggage yourselves.

CPH T3:


Faroe Islands on the FIDS (surprise, the UA-coded flight has a delay :P):


Anyway, we had to proceed to T2, where the Faroe-bound flight would have its check-in. I should mention again that we were able to check-in online and choose our seats for this segment. Nevertheless, we had to drop off our bags and get our boarding passes at the check-in desk. This didn't go too fast; in fact we had to wait for a while to receive our boarding passes. There was only 1 desk dedicated to this flight, womanned by SAS agents (?). It would open 3 hours before the flight was supposed to leave. This would ensure everyone can get checked-in in a timely fashion.

T2 Check-in Hall:


Well, after not a large delay we had everything we needed and proceeded through security, which was rather fast. My 100ml liquid container attracted the attention of the security agents but this was dealt with in a swift manner and I was free to go through the duty-free shop. Yes, there was an alternate route, but explaining what I was doing would have been too hard. Plus, maybe M wanted to see what was on offer here.

Afterwards, it was time for a bit of exploration and spotting. Among the highlights were a SAS MD-80 and a gold-liveried BA A319.

Among the last MD's around here:


The BA golden 319:


Looking towards the D gates... There doesn't seem to be anything or anyone there. Quite bizzarre.

This looks very empty:


CPH airside:


Next we headed towards the A gates... Nothing much there either. Quite empty at this time of day.

Towards the A gates:


That said, there was some artwork on the window in the corridor towards the domestic gates.

Mural (window-al?):


Next, we headed to our gate, B5, and awaited our A319 to arrive from Vagar. I uploaded photos to my computer, M went to see if she could shop for something.

Our flight leaving from B5:


CPH certainly has some nice seating areas for your tired selves.

Comfortable seating area:


Well, OY-RCG finally showed up at B5. What an exciting moment  

And here she is:


Yup, that's it, the Faroe Islands:


Then, I headed to the bathroom, and explored some more of the B concourse here.

View of the B-terminal:


It was boarding time, not too much later. We let most of the people board first, before lining up to board. Once on board, we discovered this wouldn't be a very full flight...

RC453
CPH-FAE
Atlantic Airways
A319, OY-RCG
Seats: 18E and 18F

There were 2 newspapers (1 Danish, 1 Faroese) on each row of 3 seats.

A319 seats, and newspapers:


The safety card said “Airbus 319”. That means it's currently only for this particular aircraft. I believe, however, that RC have two more Airbuses on order. It's a shame, then, that the Avros will soon be gone (perhaps they won't... but that's wishful thinking!).

Ah, what a beautiful language:


The A319 is brand new, delivered in 2012, and features the new style of seats, in blue leather with orange headrests.

Slim seats in blue laeder:


Atlantic Review is Atlantic's very own in-flight magazine. Yes, they have this magazine only for themselves. Quite cool. It's seasonal, so I assume one edition every 3 months. Still, very nice by them...

Atlantic Review (RC's own in-flight mag):


Next to our aircraft was an FI 757-200, operating to KEF... But more about that combination later  

Icelandair 752—we'll be seeing more of this!


The A319 was sparkling new—in pretty good shape, of course! As you can see, not very full, and no Business Class. From the picture, it looks about 80% full today (it's emptier towards the back).

Cabin view:


New style Airbus cabin. Not as cool as Boeing's Sky Interior, however.

Modern A319 (almost brand new):


All exterior pictures on this segment are by M. First, here's a picture taken soon after take-off, over Denmark.

Danish coastline:


Upon take-off:


Did I mention that RC offer an in-flight map on drop down monitors? Well, they do!   Oh hey, Halmstad's on that map... It's also on my flightdiary map as a future airport 

In-flight map? Yes indeed:


Here's a better cabin view (but sorry about the lighting).

More cabin view (sorry about the one-sided view—protecting the privacy of a medevac(?) passenger):


And, yes, RC even offers an in-flight meal. Not unexpected on a two-hour segment, but still nice of them. Of course, given no competition on this route, they can charge enough to afford this. That said, the prices were not unreasonable. More expensive than in other places, yes, but not unreasonable. I believe I paid roughly 150 Euros for a one-way ticket, CPH-FAE.

The meal was OK, and while not a culinary delights, it was also not a meal drowned in sauce, like most airlines like to offer... Definitely better than other Euro-airlines... Not to mention US airlines.

Atlantic Airways' meal:


They even gave us a dessert—Cadbury Crunchie. I didn't particularly like these myself.

Dessert:


Their logo is quite prominent on the orange leather headrest. Atlantic Airways, however, is a rather uninspiring name. Something like Føroyar Flogleiðin sounds much better (sorry about my bad Faroese if this is incorrect grammatically).

Atlantic Airways logo:


Neyð is a cognate of words like nood, nød or not in other Germanic languages. Dyr and door are quite similar. Faroese is an interesting but very difficult language. Like English, but without French/Latin influences.

Neyðdyr (neyð=emergency, dyr=door):


After a nice flight, we were approaching the Faroese archipelago. I'll let the pictures do the talking here, for the most part.

Approaching:


Some more islands:


We overflew Torshavn on approach to Vaga Floghavn.

That's Torshavn:


Nolsoy island, a prominent island straight across the straight from Torshavn.

I believe that's Nolsoy:


Aerial view of Torshavn:


The cliffs in this part of the world slightly remind me of those in Longyearbyen. They can be quite steep, as seen below. You can imagine it may be difficult to find space for an airport on these islands.

Cliffs:


Steeper cliffs:


Beautiful landscapes:


Village with its own artificial football pitch:


That said, there is one. The runway has been extended to 1800m long, which allows the A319 to operate without restrictions (it's neither hot nor high, here). Formerly, the 1350m runway might have posed some problems for the A319 operating to CPH with a full load of pax and freight. The Avro RJ, though, didn't have such problems. They are working on a new terminal... A bit more about that later.

After arriving on runway 31:


Welcome to the Faroe Islands. The weather was good, partly sunny and a balmy 7 degrees Celsius. Might not seem like much, but after -10C and 0C, it was much appreciated!

The terminal at FAE is quite tiny...

FAE terminal:


A nicely decorated A319 at Vagar...

Close-up view of the A319 in nice weather:


Flog=flight, havn=harbor. Lots of aviation terms are taken from shipping, after all!

Vaga Floghavn:


Maersk used to operate to FAE sometime in the past, it seems.

A Maersk 737... what a find:


Soon, after paying 90 DKK, we were onboard the coach taking us to Torshavn city. We passed some wonderful scenery, as well as a flurry, on the way there.

The scenery is superb.... Barren mountains, with streams everywhere. As you can imagine, the climate in the Faroes is a cold and wet one. That said, it almost never gets really cold in winter, nor really warm in summer. You're lucky if it doesn't rain at all during your stay there.

Faroese Village:


Mountain Streams:


At some point, to expedite the drive from the capital to the airport, the Faroese government built an underwater tunnel between Streymoy and Vagar islands. This quickened the journey to the airport by quite a bit, eliminating the need for a ferry service between the two islands. Nice and modern solution, respecting the natural landscape of the place. I'm not sure whether a bridge was ever considered.

Approaching the end of this island:


Streymoy is, if I'm not mistaken, the largest and most populated island of the Faroese archipelago. It is the location of the capital, as well.

Faroese Landscape:


While on the road to Torshavn, we even saw one of the famous sheep grazing by the side of the roads. A nice wool sweater is perhaps the classic item to buy here—they're worth roughly 200$ in the gift shops in Torshavn.

Faroes:


Soon after (the drive took about 50 minutes IIRC) we reached Torshavn's city center and the central bus station (right next to the harbor). We then walked the 200 meters (if that) to our hotel, Hotel Streym. After a warm reception, we walked up two flights of stairs to our room. The hotel decorates its hallways with witty slogans regarding the rooms, aka “rooms 313 and 315 have left to make it big in Hollywood” or something similar. Interesting stuff here.

In Torshavn:


Low-Cost Hotel in Torshavn, the Streym:


After relaxing for a bit, we walked out and headed towards the Northern House via the City Center. The first stop was the Skansin Fortress, which provided a nice view of the neighboring Nolsoy island. As you might be able to see, the weather was slightly stormy and breezy. That said, it was rather warm. There was a feeling of calm in the outskirts of the city...

Cannons at Skansin:


Storm over Nolsoy:


As we walked towards the center itself, we noticed a most noble and ancient tradition... grass on the roofs of the houses. I like this. If I ever will own a house, I'll try to figure out how to have grass grow on top  

Nice place to put the grass:


That said, Torshavn isn't a remote village. It's a small city with all the convenience of modern life. The city center is quite built up. You don't have the feeling that you're at least an hour away by air from any large city...

Built-up Central Torshavn:


Overall, central Torshavn is pretty nice, if not exactly bustling   What can I say, I like how they promote their own products and bands, like the metal band Týr, one of my favorites.

Nice town center:


Walking north, we passed through a nice city park (nice, pleasant and rather empty—good combination). On the edge of this park were a church, an art museum. Across the road was the sports complex, including the national football stadium. A few hundred meters north, we found the Northern House, a sort of convention center in Torshavn.

Some church:


Central Park:


Next, we proceeded back to the city centre. We found a nice and small garden right next to the Cathedral, basking in the twilight. The cathedral building is nice, although not all that impressive, all things considered. Would you need a bigger building? No, probably not.

Nice Gardens in Central Torshavn (by the Cathedral):


Cathedral:


Next was our walk on the Tinganes peninsula, with the traditional houses and the government center of the Faroes. This looked very different from other government centers I've seen around the world. All in that traditional black-painted wood housing, preferably with grass on the roof. I really liked that.

Nice houses:


Biggest attraction in Torshavn, I suppose:


At the end of the Tinganes Peninsula:

Afterwards, we looked for a restaurant. We found a place, but they had an hour wait. So we looked for others—nothing interesting around, unfortunately. So, an hour later, we returned to the original place (Brasserie Hvonn) and waited a bit longer for a table. The food here ended up being excellent. I had a thai curry and M some fish and chips.

Afterwards, we took a night stroll back to the Streym hotel, where I basically crashed for the night, but not after going to a supermarket and getting a couple of drinks.

After a meal, the Cathedral at night:


After a night's sleep we had some breakfast at the hotel, but not long because our airport shuttle was already waiting for us. For 150DKK, the shuttle took us to the airport. Once there, the card reader didn't work so I had to withdraw 300 crowns from the ATM.

Here are some views from the tiny Vagar airport, after we printed our boarding passes from the self-check-in machines and tagged our bags to RKV.

Sjalv-Innskriving (self write-in?):


Here's the place to buy tickets.

Ticketing Office:


You can get a coffee while you wait landside... Which is what you should do. Better views and more stuff to do.

Cafe at the Airport:


Landside:


The A319 getting ready to go to CPH:


I decided to snap some pics from the outside while M decided whether she wanted a wool sweater.

Vaga Floghavn from the outside:


There was a project for a new terminal displayed in the landside area. Including destinations like New York on a possible future destinations map.

New Terminal:


The airside at FAE is incredibly small—a small shop, toilet and one gate... Probably holding no more than 100 people in total. Then again, the population of the Faroes is just 50,000. They likely don't need more at any given time... RC has to stagger their departures for this, though  

Airside (really tiny):


Soon after, it was time to board our RJ-85, OY-RCD, on the way to Reykjavik. The flight was, surprisingly for me, quite full. Maybe not 100%, but not much less than that, either!

RJ-85 bound for Reykjavik:


Well, since I was on the apron, and the Faroes are quite laid-back in many aspects, I took the opportunity to photograph our plane from a few angles. The best are presented below.

The aircraft itself was quite albino, but its 4 engines make up for that easily 

Engine view:


OY-RCD... Under the wing!


Close-up:


Atlantic Airways:


Finally, and a bit reluctantly, I boarded the Avro and headed to my seat, 15F.

RC401
FAE-RKV
Atlantic Airways
Avro RJ-85, OY-RCD
Seats: 15D,15F

The configuration of the RC Avro is 3-3, with the last two rows (15, 16) being 3-2 and 2-2 respectively. 15F is a bit far from the window, but close enough to see outside.

Seat back view:


The legroom is decent enough. For me it wasn't a problem. The way the seats were aligned with those in front is a bit weird, however.

Legroom:


The cabin itself was in pretty good shape, even though this isn't the newest airframe. Typical view from inside an Avro, the wing lessens the overhead bin for a few rows...

Cabin view:


The end of runway and some rather menacing clouds... Nothing unusual in this part of the world.

Faroese Weather:


Soon (too soon), it was time to take-off... Unfortunately, the Faroese adventure was now over. Next up, the Icelandic adventure.

A couple of shots below, to tell you about the beauty of the Faroe Islands...

Take-off:


More cliffs:


Now that's an interesting way to make darkness!

Interesting window shade:


Even RC does the safety card quite well... Can't see why KE uses a 747 template with 2 engines in theirs...

Safety Card:


Our very aircraft depicted in the in-flight magazine.... OY-RCD, a 95-seater with 4 “Honywell” engines...

OY-RCD:


We were served a small breakfast on this flight. Not bad. However, when it was time to be given drinks, the F/As just skipped us. Not good. I had to use the call button. Luckily, they arrived immediately after, and we were given something to drink. Interesting. I don't think I'd been skipped before (when awake, of course).

Breakfast offering:


Here's a better cabin view while I was waiting for the lavatory to become empty...

Cabin view:


Here's a view of the engine—the glass itself was a bit unwelcoming to picture taking... It wasn't all that straight, so some pictures ended up looking weird.

Engine:


After not too long, we were over Iceland. The cloudy weather welcomed us to this small nation in the Atlantic.

Icelandic landscape:


Here we are over the city of Kopavogur and ready to land on runway 01 at RKV.

Landing:


Looking towards central Reykjavik after landing.

Runway:


Some action on the RKV ramp... Dash 8-200s and Fokker 50s.

Flugfelag's Dash 8:


Once we landed at RKV, we were in for a “treat”. The international arrivals hall at RKV is not too large. Imagine your living room, split it in half... That's the size of this area. Not try to pack 80 people in there... See the problem? There isn't exactly a luggage belt, per se. Along two walls, there is room for baggage... As long as everyone's there and takes their baggage on time... There's only room for 20 pieces of luggage at any one time. And they don't cycle through them.

The only airport where I've seen such crowding in such a small area is another city airport... BBU, Baneasa. And I wasn't a big fan of that one either.

Once we exited this area, the crowding wasn't over... An international flight was leaving, and there was a queue for the security control... blocking almost the entire check-in area. There was no room to move around. No room to reach the left luggage lockers. In the end, we did so and left M's bag there (we'd leave for Akureyri the same day). I'd decided to leave mine at the bus station in Reykjavik for a couple of days.

Crowding caused by bad design:



Oldie:


After we'd left M's bag, we decided to walk to the bus station. While Reykjavik provides sidewalks to whoever desires to walk around, Air Iceland didn't think to built a sidewalk connecting to this sidewalk network from the terminal...

Well, what's the point to have a city airport if you can't walk to it properly, then? Bad planning. So far I wasn't enjoying Iceland very much. Would this change? If you don't know where my facebook cover photo is from, stay tuned for the next part and find out.

While walking towards the bus station, while on an overpass, I noticed something moving on the adjacent runway—it was OY-RCD, getting ready to leave back to the Faroes. Here are a couple of pictures of the departing flight.

Some spotting:


Bye bye:


So, what do I think of the Faroes? I only have positive thoughts. Torshavn? Same. A really nice town all around.

Atlantic Airways tries to offer good service. Of course, they have no competition, so they could offer any service and people would still use them. That said, they're not content in offering just the very basics. Perhaps the premium due to the lack of competition enables them to offer better service... Or perhaps they just want to make flying as comfortable as possible without going bankrupt. Either way, well done. The flight attendants I find are a bit more careless than they should, however...

The Faroes are a nice place to relax... and it would have been nice to have more time to spend there. That said, it's an expensive place to visit, so keep that in mind. That said, it's worth it.

Thanks for reading my report. I hope you've enjoyed my pictures from a rather unusual destination, and my opinion on Atlantic Airways' service on these 2 segments.

Stick around for the next part, for Air Iceland, Akureyri, Icelandic landscapes, Reykjavik, and Icelandair. As well as Boston and jetBlue!

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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11429 times:

Hey Alex,

Finally on to the (really) good part(s). .

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
At some point, M said: “why don't we go to the Faroe Islands?”.

She's a keeper!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
This looks very empty:

Reminds me of your average German airport (except FRA). Loving it.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
They even gave us a dessert—Cadbury Crunchie. I didn't particularly like these myself.

I remember those from when I lived in the UK. Nasty. There was a "Fry Bar" next to my house in St.Andrews, Scotland, where you could have those deep-fried. I'm not a big fan of sweet foods but this one in particular was extra-awful.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
That said, Torshavn isn't a remote village. It's a small city with all the convenience of modern life. The city center is quite built up. You don't have the feeling that you're at least an hour away by air from any large city...

I recall another recent TR about the Faroes and how the author had made a similar observation. To be honest when I imagined Torshavn I did think of a village-esque settlement.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I had a thai curry and M some fish and chips.

Oh come on, you had thai food in the Faroes? What happened to the good old whale meat, some blubber or some crunchy puffins?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Interesting. I don't think I'd been skipped before (when awake, of course).

That's because you haven't flown with AZ enough times...

On a serious note: Excellent stuff my friend. Loved the photos. The Faroes look good even in the winter. Breathtaking landscapes. I'm glad you guys had such a good time over there. Even though your welcoming to Iceland wasn't as stellar I trust that you had a great time there too? Looking forward to the next part  .

Thanks,

Stojan



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10702 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Hey Alex,

Finally on to the (really) good part(s). .

Hey Stojan,

Yeah, that's what I thought...  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Reminds me of your average German airport (except FRA). Loving it.

I've only been to FRA and NRN myself... doesn't remind me of either 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I remember those from when I lived in the UK. Nasty. There was a "Fry Bar" next to my house in St.Andrews, Scotland, where you could have those deep-fried.

Och, deep-fried Mars bars and Crunchies? No wonder Britain has a terrible reputation for food!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I recall another recent TR about the Faroes and how the author had made a similar observation. To be honest when I imagined Torshavn I did think of a village-esque settlement.

It's a common misconception, I suppose. But it's a small town, nevertheless.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Oh come on, you had thai food in the Faroes? What happened to the good old whale meat, some blubber or some crunchy puffins?

Whales might not be fish, but I prefer not to eat them  The locals can go right ahead... You may know I'm rather picky regarding food.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
That's because you haven't flown with AZ enough times...

LOL

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
On a serious note: Excellent stuff my friend. Loved the photos. The Faroes look good even in the winter. Breathtaking landscapes. I'm glad you guys had such a good time over there. Even though your welcoming to Iceland wasn't as stellar I trust that you had a great time there too? Looking forward to the next part  .

Thanks very much, Stojan!

Oh, it was really nice in Iceland--you'll see! Of course, I'm starting my job on Monday so I'm not sure when you'll see   but I'll do my best.

Thanks again for reading.


User currently onlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10665 times:

Hi Alex!

Great report on FAE! As I'm only an hour away from there, I have to test those beautiful Avro's sometimes soon! 

Faroe Islands look nice, pretty similar but not the same as Iceland. Also, the language is like a 3 year old Icelandic baby speaks Icelandic. Almost the same words, but much more simple.  

Looking forward on reading your take on my country! Unfortunately I wasn't here to show you around (was relaxing in the sun in Florida) but hopefully you'll come again one day and we could meet!  

Btw, I know that overpass very well. Go over it at least once a week while biking into town to my dad's office.  

Regards,
Sveinn  



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10359 times:

Hi Alex!

Very nice report with very nice pictures !

Great to see what Faroyerna look like! It seems very similar to Iceland but a lot smaller. It will be very interesting to hear your comparison between the two.

The language seems very similar to Icelandic and very funny to hear Sveinn's explanation.....

Flights seem okay and nice that you got to try two different types. Nice also with an international flight into RKV.

Looking forward to the next part!

The777Man



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10244 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
Hi Alex!

Great report on FAE! As I'm only an hour away from there, I have to test those beautiful Avro's sometimes soon! 

Hey Sveinn,

Come on, do it  
Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
Faroe Islands look nice, pretty similar but not the same as Iceland. Also, the language is like a 3 year old Icelandic baby speaks Icelandic. Almost the same words, but much more simple.

Well the pronunciation really isn't that simple!   Like in English, the vowels are all messed up!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
Looking forward on reading your take on my country! Unfortunately I wasn't here to show you around (was relaxing in the sun in Florida) but hopefully you'll come again one day and we could meet!  

Thanks, Sveinn! We'll see.

I might be in Iceland next summer as I want to go to Greenland then as well, but many trips are to be planned before that one  
Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
Btw, I know that overpass very well. Go over it at least once a week while biking into town to my dad's office.  

Seems to be a spotter's delight given its location  

Thanks for reading, Sveinn!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Hi Alex!

Very nice report with very nice pictures !

Great to see what Faroyerna look like! It seems very similar to Iceland but a lot smaller. It will be very interesting to hear your comparison between the two.

Hi L.,

Thanks very much. In some ways they are quite similar to Iceland, in some ways different (multiple islands so actually the Faroes have more dialects... in Iceland I was told there's really not any 'dialects' to differentiate people from different parts of the island)

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
The language seems very similar to Icelandic and very funny to hear Sveinn's explanation.....

It is similar, but the pronunciation seems a bit more different than I'd've expected!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Flights seem okay and nice that you got to try two different types. Nice also with an international flight into RKV.

All around a good experience with RC.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Looking forward to the next part!

Thanks, hope to deliver soon.

Alex


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10154 times:
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Hello again Alex!

Great second part here, was looking forward to this one!
The Faroe Islands sure are beautiful with amazing landscape! I must get myself there soon  
RC looks quite nice here, good to hear they offer a nice product despite having monopoly on this route!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Faroe Islands on the FIDS (surprise, the UA-coded flight has a delay :P):

Yes I am as SAS is Europe's most punctual airline  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
This looks very empty:

Yeah, CPH has a lot of room for growth!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Including destinations like New York on a possible future destinations map.

Hmm, who would operate that?

Thanks once again for sharing and looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10138 times:

Wow what an excellent read! Lucky you to travel to such a great destination, the pictures look wonderful. Love pitoresque airports. It remembers my flying to Palanga in Lithuana, when they were no Schengen. That was funny, too  

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9926 times:

Hi Alex

Interesting report and high quality pics again!
Atlantic Airways has not been covered to much over here, they look pretty good! Nice to log the RJ85 in addition as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9768 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):

Hello again Alex!

Great second part here, was looking forward to this one!

Hi Brendan!  

Thanks very much!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
The Faroe Islands sure are beautiful with amazing landscape! I must get myself there soon  
RC looks quite nice here, good to hear they offer a nice product despite having monopoly on this route!

Yeah, I guess you should. It's a bit out of the way, but given your (awesome) crazy itineraries I'm sure you can handle it!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Yes I am as SAS is Europe's most punctual airline  

Hah. Indeed they are, at least according to themselves.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Hmm, who would operate that?

Most likely? Absolutely no one. Even random airports in Romania say they'll be able to handle 767s after the runway lengthening... Including SCV which had 2 737s land there in its entire history.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Thanks once again for sharing and looking forward to the next part!

Thanks again for reading, Brendan!

Quoting reifel (Reply 7):

Wow what an excellent read! Lucky you to travel to such a great destination, the pictures look wonderful. Love pitoresque airports. It remembers my flying to Palanga in Lithuana, when they were no Schengen. That was funny, too  

Thanks, reifel!

Yeah, FAE is quite pitoresque. If you want to see something really pitoresque try SCV airport. Well, at least they have a luggage belt which is more than some Romanian airports have!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Hi Alex

Interesting report and high quality pics again!
Atlantic Airways has not been covered to much over here, they look pretty good! Nice to log the RJ85 in addition as well.

Hi Marc,

Thanks very much.

Yeah, RC is quite good. RJ85 is a new addition, though I had flown the 142 before. Nice jumbolinos.

Cheers, everyone!

Alex


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9136 times:
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A very good day to you Alex,

How nice to see a report of this exotic carrier and destination here. The Faroe Islands’ landscape look really stunning from above (and on the ground). There’s probably not much else to do than marvel at the delights that mother Nature has decided to put there? Atlantic Airways look like nothing out of the ordinary really but a decent service, a brandnew plane and a classic older type are always much appreciated.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Atlantic Airways' meal

Hmm, what a small portion. The amount of pasta is just right to fill a hole in your tooth 

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
ice place to put the grass:

Yes a good idea. In Belgium you pay plenty-o-money for such a roof. It is however environmental friendly and it insulates very good. A ‘must have’ probably on the Islands.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The configuration of the RC Avro is 3-3, with the last two rows (15, 16) being 3-2 and 2-2 respectively.

The same config as on the CityJet Avro’s. I do however prefer the SN and even more the LX Avro’s (but the latter will be gone soon...).

Sultanils



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User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9109 times:

Great TR Alex.

I'm glad someone else was able to cover RC. How such a beautiful place hasn't been written about more often amazes me.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I recall another recent TR about the Faroes and how the author had made a similar observation. To be honest when I imagined Torshavn I did think of a village-esque settlement.

That was me! And not a village by any means. Super modern. Just super small. I honestly wouldn't mind living there someday

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Atlantic Review is Atlantic's very own in-flight magazine. Yes, they have this magazine only for themselves. Quite cool. It's seasonal, so I assume one edition every 3 months. Still, very nice by them...

I found it a good read. Lots in english

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
And, yes, RC even offers an in-flight meal. Not unexpected on a two-hour segment, but still nice of them. Of course, given no competition on this route, they can charge enough to afford this. That said, the prices were not unreasonable. More expensive than in other places, yes, but not unreasonable. I believe I paid roughly 150 Euros for a one-way ticket, CPH-FAE.

The meal was OK, and while not a culinary delights, it was also not a meal drowned in sauce, like most airlines like to offer... Definitely better than other Euro-airlines... Not to mention US airlines.

I was more surprised than you were. In the US we dont get meals on such flights. Let alone all the free booze RC offered.
I thought flight was a little expensive for what it is but would gladly pay it again

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I had a thai curry and M some fish and chips.

You should have had some Faroese Cod or have tried the Pilot Whale. You are in the Faroes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9013 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
A very good day to you Alex,

A very good day (night) to you too, Nils!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
How nice to see a report of this exotic carrier and destination here. The Faroe Islands’ landscape look really stunning from above (and on the ground).

Thank you very much for reading and commenting--I appreciate it.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
There’s probably not much else to do than marvel at the delights that mother Nature has decided to put there?

The nature is the main part, I agree. That said, if you enjoy walking around new and unfamiliar towns, Torshavn isn't a bad place to be. Actually I'd say it's one of the nicer places to be!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Atlantic Airways look like nothing out of the ordinary really but a decent service, a brandnew plane and a classic older type are always much appreciated.

I guess so. And both on time, despite some iffy conditions the 2nd day!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Hmm, what a small portion. The amount of pasta is just right to fill a hole in your tooth 

Hmmm... That comments sounds somewhat out the American handbook   Remember, Nils, it's not the size, (mate,) it's how [strikethrough]you use it[/strikethrough] good it is.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
The same config as on the CityJet Avro’s. I do however prefer the SN and even more the LX Avro’s (but the latter will be gone soon...).

Ah, soon, soon, but not before I get on one, I hope!

Quoting mikeology (Reply 11):

Great TR Alex.

I'm glad someone else was able to cover RC. How such a beautiful place hasn't been written about more often amazes me.

It amazes me as well--and you know what amazes me more--that it's not even that popular. J class reports with 3 pictures of food and maybe one of the nose of the plane get more views. Strange to me... And I'm not referring to mine in particular.  
Quoting mikeology (Reply 11):
Super modern. Just super small. I honestly wouldn't mind living there someday

I'll +1 that.

Quoting mikeology (Reply 11):
I was more surprised than you were. In the US we dont get meals on such flights. Let alone all the free booze RC offered.
I thought flight was a little expensive for what it is but would gladly pay it again

Hmm... I think a US airline would charge 700$ for such a flight, honestly. And give you peanuts, if that  
Quoting mikeology (Reply 11):
You should have had some Faroese Cod or have tried the Pilot Whale. You are in the Faroes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My only problem with Scandinavian countries (and Japan) is that I can't eat their local cuisine... since I don't eat fish and lots of traditional fish dishes are popular...

Whale isn't a fit but it seems a waste to kill such a big animal... I'm not against it but not for it either.

Thanks for your comments, mikeology. Was looking through your report and it looks a pretty similar experience on RC.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8809 times:

Hi dc9northwest,

nice review once again, great to see a report about Atlantic Airways and the Faroe Islands. The scenery there is awesome, wouldn't mind to make a visit.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Since, aside from guesthouses, there seem to be 4 hotels in Torshavn, the prices are a bit high. The cheapest one had a rate of roughly 160 USD/night, the Hotel Streym.

Due to a lack of competition, I guess.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The safety card said “Airbus 319”. That means it's currently only for this particular aircraft. I believe, however, that RC have two more Airbuses on order.

The airline recently added a former Air Malta A319, no other planes are on order currently.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
New style Airbus cabin. Not as cool as Boeing's Sky Interior, however.

So true.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
I believe I paid roughly 150 Euros for a one-way ticket, CPH-FAE.

Which is not bad.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Atlantic Airways, however, is a rather uninspiring name. Something like Føroyar Flogleiðin sounds much better

It would be a nightmare for the marketing department.  


PH



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8508 times:

Hey Alex,

Thank you for very interesting report.

I had no idea there is so much to see and do on Faroe Islands, looks like very interesting place. Yet, whenever I check flight prices to the Islands they are astronomic.

Thx, Jonathan



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8322 times:

Hi Alex...wow what a fantastic and exotic TR. I really am kicking myself for not making it over there when I was in Reykjavik a few months ago. What beautiful place! Stunning actually. I did not realize that RC flew into the domestic airport. That surely is convenient! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will


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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8091 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):

Hi dc9northwest,

nice review once again, great to see a report about Atlantic Airways and the Faroe Islands. The scenery there is awesome, wouldn't mind to make a visit.

Hi PlaneHunter,

Thanks very much for reading/commenting. Yeah, I suggest you do it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Due to a lack of competition, I guess.

Probably so. Torshavn is a rather small town, anyway.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
The airline recently added a former Air Malta A319, no other planes are on order currently.

Hmm... I thought two more A319s would be delivered. They didn't specify if new or old. I think it was in the Atlantic Review.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
It would be a nightmare for the marketing department.  

Nah... Foroyar Flugleidin--Fly F. F. For Fabulous Friends.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):
Hey Alex,

Thank you for very interesting report.

Hi Jonathan.

Thank you for reading!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 14):
I had no idea there is so much to see and do on Faroe Islands, looks like very interesting place. Yet, whenever I check flight prices to the Islands they are astronomic.

Ah, there's a bit to do, and depending on your interesting a few days there might be just right... The prices aren't low. I suppose that it's better to buy 2 tickets, one to CPH and another to the Islands.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 15):
Hi Alex...wow what a fantastic and exotic TR. I really am kicking myself for not making it over there when I was in Reykjavik a few months ago. What beautiful place! Stunning actually. I did not realize that RC flew into the domestic airport. That surely is convenient! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will

Hi Will... It's a really beautiful place indeed!

Yeah, for some reason RC flies into RKV. Not sure why they chose it but I'm glad.

Thanks for reading!


-Alex


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7667 times:

Hi, A.,

now that´s for sure something out of the ordinary. A good read.
I´ve tried to do the Faroes also for some time but it doesn´t fit at all till now.
Well, with you´re pictures, we will see!.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

OY-RCD... Under the wing!

That´s what I like, you know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Hi, A.,

Good morning, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
now that´s for sure something out of the ordinary. A good read.
I´ve tried to do the Faroes also for some time but it doesn´t fit at all till now.
Well, with you´re pictures, we will see!.

It is out of the ordinary indeed  

Thanks very much. I can only recommend going there!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
That´s what I like, you know!.

I know   I went to the end of the wing especially the get that pic.

Cheers, Markus!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7172 times:
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Another great report, Alex!

Interesting to read your report on Atlantic Airways and your trip to the Faroe Islands. I've been to Iceland before, and the views of your stop on the Faroe Islands look similar to the views I remember from Iceland. What beautiful views, and I can tell how the weather seemed so fresh during your visit as well.

Looking forward to your next review with Icelandair!

Matthew


User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6850 times:

Great report Alex...

I've been looking in to a potential North Atlantic adventure for next Summer FAE-RKV-GOH-YFB and your report came at the right time!

Atlantic Airways' A319 looks in great nick (saw it at LGW recently) and look forward to a ride on that and on one of the RJs.

Keep up the good work!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

Hello Alex, great report! Atlantic Airways and the Faroe Island sure is something we don't read about everyday. Seems like very interesting destination. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Another great report, Alex!

Hi Matthew, and thanks very much!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Interesting to read your report on Atlantic Airways and your trip to the Faroe Islands. I've been to Iceland before, and the views of your stop on the Faroe Islands look similar to the views I remember from Iceland. What beautiful views, and I can tell how the weather seemed so fresh during your visit as well.

I guess they are similar to Iceland in certain way. To me they seemed to resemble Svalbard more than Iceland, but I guess they're not all the different from one another.  

Yeah, the weather was quite good for March, I think!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 19):
Looking forward to your next review with Icelandair!

Thanks, I'm trying to post it within the week  
Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 20):
Great report Alex...

Thanks very much, 02hilliert!

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 20):
I've been looking in to a potential North Atlantic adventure for next Summer FAE-RKV-GOH-YFB and your report came at the right time!

Hah, that sounds like a nice itinerary. To be honest, I also have Greenland on my list for next Summer. Not YFB, though, due to circumstances beyond my control (and the very high price of getting home from YFB   ).

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 20):
Atlantic Airways' A319 looks in great nick (saw it at LGW recently) and look forward to a ride on that and on one of the RJs.

Yea--it's brand new (well, was, at that time) and I trust the Faroese work to make it look spotless.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 20):
Keep up the good work!

Thanks! I'll try  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Hello Alex, great report! Atlantic Airways and the Faroe Island sure is something we don't read about everyday. Seems like very interesting destination. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Robert,

Thanks very much! Glad to bring something a bit special to the table!


Thanks for reading, guys!


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6269 times:

Hi Alex,

What a really super, super report. These kind of ones make A.net so special. Ever since I borrowed the Lonely Planet guide to Iceland, Greenland & the Faroes from the local library as a teenager I have been fascinated by these countries. Thank you for including so many pictures too, Torshavn looks just like I expect it to.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Well, OY-RCG finally showed up at B5. What an exciting moment

What a beautiful bird. And those winglets! Gorgeous.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
They even gave us a dessert—Cadbury Crunchie. I didn't particularly like these myself.

No, it gets stuck in your teeth, doesn't it? The meal doesn't look too inspiring as you say, but at least you get offered something, that's nice to see these days.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Faroese is an interesting but very difficult language. Like English, but without French/Latin influences.

Some of the words even look a bit Welsh.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The cliffs in this part of the world slightly remind me of those in Longyearbyen. They can be quite steep, as seen below. You can imagine it may be difficult to find space for an airport on these islands.

That's exactly what I though wheh I saw your photos taken on approach. I love the fresh dusting of snow on them, beautiful.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
What can I say, I like how they promote their own products and bands, like the metal band Týr, one of my favorites.

Will have to ask the husband if he knows that group.

Thanks again Alex for such a special report.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
Hi Alex,

What a really super, super report. These kind of ones make A.net so special. Ever since I borrowed the Lonely Planet guide to Iceland, Greenland & the Faroes from the local library as a teenager I have been fascinated by these countries. Thank you for including so many pictures too, Torshavn looks just like I expect it to.

Hi Infodesk!

Thanks very much for reading and commenting on my report!

Yeah, I have to agree--they're fascinating places!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
No, it gets stuck in your teeth, doesn't it? The meal doesn't look too inspiring as you say, but at least you get offered something, that's nice to see these days.

Yes, it does... The meal was OK. Indeed, something's better than nothing. If nothing else, and it's really bad, it gives you something to complain about  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
Some of the words even look a bit Welsh.

I'll have to ask Stojan (widebodyroga) about this since he lived there for quite some time  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
That's exactly what I though wheh I saw your photos taken on approach. I love the fresh dusting of snow on them, beautiful.

Yes, the landscape is amazing--both in the Faroes and in Svalbard... To be honest, Greenland's not far away on my "where to go" list. Perhaps next summer...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
Thanks again Alex for such a special report.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Thanks for your kind words!

Happy flying to you as well (if you've got something planned), and hope to see you along with a few other people at ZRH in mid-October  


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5736 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

Hi Alex,

What a fantastic trip report, about a place that I can sadly only dream of. Other than that they existed, reading this TR made me realise that my knowledge about the Faroe Islands is shockingly lacking, and this was therefore a real adventure for me. Torshavn looks like a sweet place, and the scenery is stunning.

It looks like Atlantic were a decent little airline. It was certainly nice to catch the ARJ-85, not many of those left!

I can't wait to read the next part  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
Faroese is an interesting but very difficult language. Like English, but without French/Latin influences.

Some of the words even look a bit Welsh

I can see where Hannah is coming from. I didn't pick up on it, but after seeing her comment I went back and looked again... there is a vague similarity in some words, but whether that's linguistic or coincidental I have no idea!

Now I've got to go ponder whether there ever was any interaction between the Gaelic peoples and the Faroese. Maybe in the Shetlands?   

Apologies for my normal off-topic ramble!!!

Cheers,
Alex



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 26, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

Great report Alex, with some stunning pictures.....I really want a trip to the Faroes now! Thry used to fly from London with a stop in ABZ, but I think they've dropped that route now.


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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 27, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5108 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 25):
Hi Alex,

What a fantastic trip report, about a place that I can sadly only dream of. Other than that they existed, reading this TR made me realise that my knowledge about the Faroe Islands is shockingly lacking, and this was therefore a real adventure for me. Torshavn looks like a sweet place, and the scenery is stunning.

Hey Alex,

Thanks very much for reading and commenting. What can I say, except that the Faroes are beautiful and you should try getting there next time you're in the area. But I'd say that about most of Northern Europe!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 25):
It looks like Atlantic were a decent little airline. It was certainly nice to catch the ARJ-85, not many of those left!

Yeah, they're gonna disappear in the not too distant future, although there are still chances to fly on some in Europe.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 25):
I can see where Hannah is coming from. I didn't pick up on it, but after seeing her comment I went back and looked again... there is a vague similarity in some words, but whether that's linguistic or coincidental I have no idea!

Well, aside from its famous difficulty, I don't know much about Welsh... I guess the Shetlands is as good a guess as any where the Gaelic and Faroese people met. Honestly have no idea!  

Thanks again for your comments, Alex!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 26):
Great report Alex, with some stunning pictures.....I really want a trip to the Faroes now! Thry used to fly from London with a stop in ABZ, but I think they've dropped that route now.

Hey Gabriel,

Thanks very much! The Faroes are quite cool... Don't think they fly through ABZ anymore but I believe they fly to STN, maybe on some variation of Avro... So not bad, anyway.

Cheers,
Alex


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 28, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4986 times:

Hi Alex,

finally time to get through your report on Atlantic AW. Really nice so to say! I am indeed impressed by their service, you won't get much better even in Europe for a 2 hr flight in Y. The price isn't bad for the flight it seems, to such a niche destination.
I have to applaud for the great destination pics! Would love to give it a visit at some point  

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 29, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):

Hi Alex,

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
finally time to get through your report on Atlantic AW. Really nice so to say! I am indeed impressed by their service, you won't get much better even in Europe for a 2 hr flight in Y.

Thanks for reading!

Yeah, their service was quite good, better than expected...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
The price isn't bad for the flight it seems, to such a niche destination.

I don't mind paying so much for a quite rare flight to the Faroes; that's for sure.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 28):
I have to applaud for the great destination pics! Would love to give it a visit at some point  

Thank you, Eric! Yes, I only have good words about it!

Cheers, and sorry for the late reply,

Alex


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