Edu-Artic Expedition Diary, EduArctic Competition Winners, Feroe Islands

1st Day

Today winners of the Edu-Arctic competition from Spain and Greece visited the Geological Department “Jarđfeigi” at Tórshavn, where they were warmly welcomed to the Arctic Expedition! There we had the chance to learn more about Faroes Islands’ geological history, observe stone samples from all over the world and discuss about the green energy resources. Next stop was at SEV station the main energy supplier of Faroes Islands, which uses hydropower and wind power to make 35% of the Faroese energy supply. Field research was really fun and interesting as we had the chance to take samples of water temperature and flow. We observed that the water temperature ranged from 26oC to 10oC due to different geothermal activities.

2nd Day

Today we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity visiting Tindhólmur!!! There we had the chance to explore the stunning islet, while learning about its geological activity. Field research was done by measuring water temperature and flow of drinkable water from a spring. Tindhólmur is an uninhabited islet and an untouched attraction. You soon feel you have the unspoiled nature all to yourself!!! We went hiking exploring the north side of the island with a mission to investigate the flora and the fauna, the landscape as well as the dangers of the islet. We collected data, kept notes and afterwards we presented our findings. We observed the fjords learning more about the way they were formed. On our way home we stopped at Gásadalur, which was an almost isolated village till 2006 when the tunnel was built. There we stopped to see the waterfall and we went back home full of new experiences and great moments!!!

3rd Day

Today we visited Vágar island where we had a 6 hours hiking, while discussing the landscape of the place. We observed the different layers of the land, discussing how nature works among the years. We hiked through Bøsdalafossur, observing different rocks and how they were transformed. According to their structure, colours and minerals we could approximately estimate their age. In order to justify our hypothesis we collected soil samples from different places around the Lake Sørvágsvatn, close to Bøsdalafossur waterfall. The samples indicated that there were salty water erosions coming from the ocean. Besides that, we discussed about the erosions caused by the glaciers during the Ice Ages. Environmental consciousness is part of the @EduArctic program so we decided to collect any trash found as well as fallen wool from the sheep, with which we decided to make a net. Sheep fur fallen from their bodies is really strong, difficult to decompose and wraps around birds’ beaks causing them serious problems. Edu-Arctic developing a circular bioeconomy!

4th Day

Today we had a free day so we grabbed the chance to explore more Tórshavn and the Nólsoy island, a small island located 20 minutes by ferry from Tórshavn with a colourful village inhabited by friendly and welcoming people!

5th Day

Today we went at the Geological Department “Jarđfeigi” at Tórshavn, where we prepared our presentations and all agreed on the schedule of the event. The event started at 2:00pm mainly hosting researchers, students and teachers. Annelia Vakrinou, from Greece, began presenting her project which was about the effects of UV rays on Valerian plants. Then Tarik El Aichouni and Judith Zaragoza, from Spain, explained how they designed a model to represent Sun’s path in correlation to the Day and the place of the Earth. Next presenter was Yngva Lamhauge, a Faroese student, presenting an educative app she designed called “Arctic Explorer Game”, which was a game through which you could learn about Arctic topics via a quiz system. Then, Jordi Escofet, a Spanish teacher, as well as Eirini Siotou, a Greek teacher, shared their experiences of the Edu-Arctic programme and the Arctic Expedition. The event ended with the two winning teams of the Arctic Competition presenting the experiences they gained so far from the Arctic Expedition 2019 and having an AR tour experience over the geological history of Faroe Islands. During the evening we had the honor to have a private tour of the National Museum of Faroes Islands, Tjóðsavnið, guided by

Lis Mortensen

. The evening couldn’t end better, as we had a lovely dinner hosted by a really special Geologist!!!

 

6th Day

Today we experienced an amazing helicopter flight landing at Svínoy island, which is a small islet located in the north-east of the Faroe Islands. We were accompanied by two Faroese university students Sigfríður and Eigil, with which we had the chance to exchange ideas, have fun and build on common experiences. After landing we visited the water supply of the island, learning more about sand filtering and the important use of UV rays for killing bacteria. Next, we made a quick stop at a monument recently built, which was dedicated to the local people who died in accidents. It looked just like a droplet and was named: "A droplet on the sea of life"! Was so creative!!!

Eating pankakes at a cosy cafe while being interviewed by the organizers of the EduArctic Expedition was such a nice break in a full of activities day! After our break it was time for some field work! We asked questions, made observation, collected data, while listening to

Lis Mortensen

explaining the living conditions of the coast. Later on, we took the boat and travelled all the way back while singing on the deck.. To top it all off we had a delicious dinner at Barbara's house at Klaksvík... What a great day!!!Thank you Edu-Arctic for this amazing experience!!!

Judith Zaragoza López, Tarik El Aichouni Jouied, Annelia Vakrinou

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