Back in 1944/45 my father in law was a serviceman based on the Faroe Islands. These remote, North Atlantic islands had been taken over by the British and were part of a chain of listening and radio transmission stations which helped to control shipping which might have been going to or from the then enemy.

But Doug, for that was his name, had time to take photos and here is one of his showing Sorvaag across the bay.


Let’s zoom in a bit.


We can see a decent road (it links the village and the wharf) leading around a sheltered bay with the village nestled under the sheer slope of the mountain. Virtually all Faroese places are in that kind of situation for in times past communication between places was by sea so settlements were by the water.

Now we’ll fast forward 60 years to 2005 when we visited the islands – a wonderful experience. We managed to find just about the identical spot for a photo.


I have zoomed out a bit for I felt the picture was better with all of the mountain and some sky in it.


That’s about as similar as I can make it. There’s no doubt the village has grown but the road and the wall look just about identical.

But what a difference colour makes. In Doug’s photo Sorvaag looks a rather forbidding place but with colour (and a bit of sunshine) it looks colourful and pretty. It was probably just as colourful back in the days of World War II.

But fishing boats, at the wharf, would not have looked a bit like this.


Well what do you know? It’s the good ship Venus!


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4 Responses to “Sorvaag”

  1. Reviva Orthia Says:

    I enjoyed your post very much. Interesting how some places thrive with time and others wither.

    • locksands Says:

      The Faroes, generally were bustling and thriving back in 2005. I hope they have weathered the financial problems which hit Europe after that.

      • Reviva Orthia Says:

        As far as I can remember, the Faroes Islands aren’t part of the EU but they still were not safe from recent the turbulences of the European economy. They were pretty badly hit (boycotted in fact) by the EU sanctions against their fishing practices in 2013… but the beauty of the islands remains every so vivid

      • locksands Says:

        You are right. They are not part of the EU – and the beauty is beyond compare!

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