Scientific Outline and General Schedule: The following is a brief outline of the localities that will be visited. This is still provisional and may have to be adapted to correspond with updated ferry and flight timetables.
Day 0 (Friday, 15th August 2008): Fly from Copenhagen, Denmark or Oslo, Norway to the Faroe Islands with Atlantic Airways. Bus journey from the airport to Hotel Tórshavn. Evening talk on the geology of the Faroe Islands at the hotel.
|Day 1 (Saturday, 16th August 2008): Boat trip from Tórshavn to Vestmanna examining the lava flows of the Malinstindur and Enni formations as well as the large Streymoy saucer-shaped sill. Highlights include the Trøllhøvdi lava tube and the bird cliffs north of Vestmanna. If time permits then there maybe a number of roadside localities during the bus journey from Vestmanna to Tórshavn. Overnight accommodation at Hotel Tórshavn.
Day 2 (Sunday, 17th August 2008): The day will begin with the ferry journey from Tórshavn to Suðuroy (09:30-11:30) taking in the geology as we sail past the islands of Nólsoy, Sandoy Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun. Upon arrival we will head to the Rókhagi coal mine and examine the workings and units of the coal-bearing Prestfjall Formation. After the visit a number of roadside localities will be visited in Hvalba area which will include looking at the sheet lobes and interlava units of the Beinisvørð Formation, the coarse tuffs of the Hvannhagi Formation and the compound flow lobes of the Malinstindur Formation. We will also visit the Soyðistangi viewpoint and look at the contrasting lava morphologies of the Beinisvørð and Malinstindur formations. Overnight accommodation and evening meal at Hotel Øravík.
Day 3 (Monday, 18th August 2008): The day starts with a 1 hour walk into the secluded Hvannhagi Valley. The day will be spent in the valley. Highlights include the rafted blocks and irregular intrusions that have intruded the sediments and volcaniclastics of the Prestfjall and Hvannhagi formations, the Stapin vent deposits and also the pyroclastic and mass flow/floodplain deposits of the Hvannhagi Formation. Depending on when we return from the valley a number of roadside localities looking at the lava morphologies and interlava units of the Beinisvørð Formation will be visited in the Tvøroyri area. Overnight accommodation and evening meal at Hotel Øravík.
Day 4 (Tuesday, 19th August 2008): The day will be spent visiting a number of roadside localities from the Beinisvørð Formation. Highlights include the view of the ~500 m high Beinisvørð cliff section, the multi-tiered flow at Hov and the faulting at Vágseiði. The trip will end with the ferry journey back to Tórshavn (15:30-17:30). Overnight accommodation at Hotel Tórshavn.
Day 5 (Wednesday, 20th August 2008): The day will be spent visiting a number of roadside localities from the Malinstindur, Sneis and Enni formations between Tórshavn and Klaksvík (i.e. islands of Streymoy, Eysturoy and Borðoy). Highlights include the volcaniclastic conglomerates at Norðradalur, the í Bugum fluvial sediments with abundant plant fragments, the lava tube at Rituvík and the Argir Beds at Norðastahorn. Overnight accommodation and evening meal at Hotel Klaksvíkar Sjómansheim.
Day 6 (Thursday, 21st August 2008): The morning will be spent on a boat trip around the islands of Kalsoy, Kunoy, Viðoy and Borðoy examining the geology of these islands that include the lava flows from the Malinstindur and Enni formations, but also the volcaniclastic rocks of the intervening Sneis Formation. The afternoon will be spent visiting a number of roadside localities from these formations including the Viðareiði sedimentary section on Viðoy. The bus will then return us to Hotel Tórshavn for the night.
Day 7 (Friday, 22nd August 2008): Return to Vágar airport for flights to Copenhagen and Oslo. Depending on participants departure times and number of roadside localities can be visited around the airport including excellent views of Tindhólmur and Mykines.
|Figure 2. View of the cliff section to the north of the Soyðistangi viewpoint where the basal sheet lobes of the Beinisvørð Formation contrast markedly with the overlying compound flows of the Malinstindur Formation. This should be visited on Day 2.|