puffins are sometimes called sea parrots
tourists on the rocks
kittywakes have absolutely no fear of heights
a line up of guillemots that show us their rear end
kittywakes occupy the rocks
guillemots peddle along near to the boat
puffins wave us goodbye
one of the buildings on the island, in summer they are used as vacation home by the owner
sheeps roam relatively free on Papey. Ma leads the way downhill
she knows she is beautyful
Papey
Papey is a small island a few kms east of the hamlet of Dj˙pivogur.
 
It was inhabited by a few Norse families from the 9th century through 1966.
Some believe the name refers to Irish monks that had settled here before the arrival of the Vikings, but sofar there is no conclusive archeological proof for that.
 
The island is now owned by a family that maintains the house and a small wooden church here. The church is rumoured to sit on a huge treasure.
 
Papey is an ornithologists paradise for its large populations of seabirds like puffins, auks, guillemots and kitywakes.
 
It is also common to spot harbour seals.
 
In summer there is a daily ferry to Papey that conveniently includes a guided tour. 
 
We took the ferry in July 2015 and despite the fog enjoyed all the birds and seals, and even had a peek inside the church.
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the fog shrouded cliffs of Papey Island
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harbour seals keep an attentive eye on us when we sail by
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on the island there is ample time to sneak up to the birds
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an auk peaks from behind the rock
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time to leave, the ferry is waiting
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the wooden church, it is said there rests a treasure below it
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