Torshavn, Faroe Islands

The Perfect Beard

Forrest Mallard

My second day of the 2016 Ólavsøka National Faroese Holiday and I was determined to photograph as many people in their national dress as possible.

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We had a late night last night.

Woke up and had some coffee. It still seemed quite early for there to be any activity on the street today, as I could hear houses filled with people singing at the top of their lungs as I walked home at 3 am last night.

All alone on the streets of Torshavn.

And I was right, I was one of the first people to creep out of their house this day.

But then when they started to arrive, and I was a lot less shy about asking people to stop so I could take their photos than I was the day before.

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Chance meeting on the street, and a change of plans.

At 11 pm I will meet a group of friends by the Parliament House in the town square, and there we will wait for the 12 am sing-along, where everyone joins in national hymns (not church hymns) that tell stories about the history and culture of the Faroe Islands.

The sing-along eventually morphs into a chain dance, with about 15,000 to 20,000 people (about a third of the country’s population) linking arms and forming an endless line that winds like a bouncing, joyous, singing snake throughout the downtown area. I’ll be wearing my GoPro head-cam and hope to get 100s of peoples reactions as I randomly dance face to face with them.

Then, I will pick up my gear and run over to a 200-year-old barn-like theater where the real HARDCORE chain dancing continues until around 6 am tonight. It will be hot and sweaty (from what I hear), but it sounds like the experience of a lifetime. 🙂

Here are some photos from this morning (and by ‘this morning’ I mean, from 3 pm to 7:30 pm). 🙂

The Perfect Beard

The first three photos of the day were of a guy that had the perfect beard.
I yelled to him: “DUDE!! I NEED A PHOTO OF YOUR PERFECT BEARD!”
I figured being honest and to the point was the best option here. 🙂

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