Mykines and the Faroe Islands

Aug 21, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


There wasn’t a single person aboard who wouldn’t say that today was extraordinary. The morning started off with very close visits from a large fin whale (the second largest animal on the planet) followed by a very rare sighting of a northern bottle nose whale. We had three wonderful presentations as we finished the last of a nearly 230-mile journey from Iceland to Mykines. Mykines, is the westernmost of the Faroe Islands and has a year-round population of 14 humans. Nearly 20 of us decided to put our legs to the test and hike up the steep ridge line above town, while others walked the streets with our National Geographic Photographers; Diane and Len. The steep cliff faces were covered with puffins who seemingly didn’t mind our presence. In addition to the phenomenal scenery and wildlife encounters, the day was extra special as we were serenaded by Kata; a group of five beautiful local women who sang local folk tunes. 

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About the Author

Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

About the Videographer

Bradford McArthur

Video Chronicler

Bradford McArthur has been shooting film and photos since the 1990's (pre-digital dinosaur!) Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009. As a former professional rock/alpine climber and whitewater kayaker he has shot adventure films all over the globe for brands such as Arc'teryx, The North Face, Olympus and many others.

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