Trøllanes is the typical starting point to reach the Kallur Lighthouse on the sparsely populated island of Kalsoy, in the Faroe Islands of Denmark. The Wikipedia page for Trøllanes has all of six sentences. One of those sentences notes the local meat specialty: garnatálg, which is a Danish twist on haggis for intestine connoisseurs. One sentence simply states, “The 2005 population was 23.”
The Faroe Islands are right out of a fairy tale, geographically speaking. Dramatically rising out of the North Atlantic Ocean and about halfway between Iceland and Norway, there are lakes trapped in high cliffs above the ocean (near Vagar) and waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet from the plateau to sea. With no reference to this wild geography anywhere else in the world, it’s easy to let imagination take over. In the typical foreboding light of these northern reaches, the lighthouse seems home to mythical witches or general misanthropes. But when a burst of sun breaks through the fog, the grass-covered ridges are far more reminiscent of kindly sprites and fairies.
Fairy tales, indeed. In reality, the Faroe archipelago is a visual wonder that is home to seafaring people whose ancestors settled the islands back in 400 A.D. Their lives are not children’s stories, and their heritage is not without controversy – namely in their persistent hunting of whales.
But if for a moment we can divorce from the social reality and focus on a fantasy come to life, the Trøllanes lighthouse would be the home at the center of many an ideal dreamscape. It sits upon green hills whose angle of repose defies the laws of gravity and physics, and it’s crisp white solitude protects you from the elements and just about everything else.
The lighthouse isn’t for rent, but the dream is available year-round for free.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.
Photo by Gregoire Sieuw, via 500px.com/gregoiresieuw