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Day 15 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Shetland Panorama and Ponies

rain 59 °F
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Lerwick is the largest town in the Shetland Islands, which are an archipelago of 100 islands north of the Orkneys. The total population of the Shetlands is about 20,000, of which about one-third live on the largest island, called Mainland, where Lerwick is located.

The Shetlands were populated by the Norwegian Vikings, but given to Scotland (along with the Orkneys) as a wedding dowry in the 1400s. The people retain close ties with Norway. The leading industry is fishing and we saw at least half a dozen large commercial trawlers in the harbor. The North Sea oil platforms also transfer oil and gas by pipelines to the Shetlands for shipment elsewhere in the world. We were surprised to learn that North Sea oil production peaked in 2004 and has been declining ever since. The agriculture is basically all sheep farming.

As you can see in the first picture, we arrived in a heavy fog, left in a heavy fog, and had fog and rain for our tour. Other than the ponies, there was no panorama for us to see. We can say that everything was green.

The ponies were cute and friendly. They are very smart and very strong. They were used in the coal mines to pull carts of coal out of the mine. They can pull twice their body weight. Horses on the other head can only pull half their body weight.

As you can see below, the weather forecast does not look good for Bergen tomorrow either. With that said, we have enjoyed good weather on this trip, and the fog and rain are to be expected this far north. Bergen has 257 rainy days a year!

Beautiful Lerwick

Beautiful Lerwick

Shetland Pony

Shetland Pony

Una - 12 Years Old

Una - 12 Years Old

Carole and Her Girls

Carole and Her Girls

Judy and Una

Judy and Una

Shetland Foal - 4 Months Old

Shetland Foal - 4 Months Old

Weather Forecast

Weather Forecast

Posted by longjerr 19:16 Archived in Scotland

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