What it's really like to swap city life to live on one of the worlds most remote islands

NICKPOWER16 me at workNick PowerNick Power swapped his life in London.

It is not unusual, at some point in your career in a big city, to think about jacking it all in and having a completely different pace of life.

And, at 37-years-old, Nick Power did just that.

Power drove ambulances around London and also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the capital as well as at events across the country.

But when an off-beat job cropped up to become a salmon farmer on one of the most remote islands in the world, he jumped at the chance a new pace of life.

The Island of Sanday is one of the inhabited islands of Orkney that lies off the north coast of mainland Scotland with only a tiny population of under 500 people. To get there from London, you have to fly as north to Kirkwall, then take a ferry or air service to the island.

“The people who live here are genuinely wonderful and will go out of their way at a moments notice to help you out,” said Power.

“Across the UK, people speak about a loss of community spirit — but that’s not the case here. People care and people pop round unannounced to see people need anything. People are always busy doing something here but they are never stressed or bored.

“People will wave as they pass in their cars and regularly stop for a quick chat and catch up. They way you usually spot someone who’s not from the islands is if they don’t wave. It is a bit of a running joke around these parts.”

Power spoke to Business Insider about what life is really like on the island and shared his personal photos.

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This is Nick Power, who is 37-years-old.

Nick Power

He lived in Sutton, a borough of London, for most of his life.

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Long exposure of a London Cab at Sutton Surrey rail station.

He worked around London at at events around the UK as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), while also driving an ambulance and working in hospitals.

Nick Power

However, he has a degree in marine biology and always wanted to work in the field. He said 'luckily my incredible girlfriend Kate Edwards has always backed me and, in fact, was the one to find the job for me. She said 'you should apply for this job you'll get it and you'll love it.' She was of course right, I did.' So Power travelled nearly 800 miles north to live on the remote Island of Sanday, Orkney to work on a salmon farm.

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His job title is now 'Marine Fish Husbandryman' where he says 'there is no such thing as a typical day as it's very dark in winter and it doesn't get dark in summer.'

Nick Power

Power said currently, he gets up at 6.30 a.m. every day to let the dog out. Here is one of the views from his house. After having a cup of tea and getting ready for work, his morning commute is now only 10 minutes. He gets picked up by his employer's work truck and taken to Loth Harbour by 7.20 a.m.

Nick Power

By 7.50 a.m. he gets to Eday Pier where him and his team have a quick meeting about what's going on that day.

Nick Power

Power says: 'I take a few minutes to enjoy the first light of the day with a cup of tea or coffee. It doesn't matter if it's cloudy or clear, the sunrises and sunsets are usually pretty spectacular.'

Nick Power

He and his team then head out to the site to load up with feed and get to the cages to feed the salmon.

Nick Power

'We then spend most of the day feeding the salmon, watching the seals and other wildlife that love to hang around the site,' said Power.

Nick Power

Once the fish are fed, Power and his team take care of any maintenance that needs doing around on the site or on the boats, and usually finish up not long after 4 p.m. and head back across to Sanday in the dark.

Nick Power

Power said, though 'I don't really have an average day. If we are harvesting or moving fish we can be working at any time day or night. During the summer we will be on site and feeding fish at 4 a.m. and be finished by midday. It changes day to day, week to week, month to month. But it's always enjoyable.'

Nick Power

Power's home is pretty isolated. But he says 'I've always loved small community island life and I've spent a lot of time on the Isles of Scilly (small group of islands off the south west of Cornwall) so the idea of moving to a small group of islands off the north east corner of Scotland appealed to the adventurer inside me.'

Nick Power

He says his favourite thing about living on Sanday is 'hard to say' but 'aside from the people I'd have to say the views and wildlife the island is quite stunning -- hills and cliffs on one side, and long sandy beaches and huge sand dunes on the other.'

Nick Power

The views are stunning.

Nick Power

'Living on an island, I have found some more time for hobbies, including walking. I never really thought I'd say that was a hobby but exploring the island never gets boring,' Power added.

Nick Power

Power does admit though that there are some downsides to living the way he does. 'I do miss my friends and family but I think the thing I miss the most is pie, mash and liquor -- my favourite food of all time. Despite best efforts I have had no luck in trying to recreate and cook myself.' He added that he also has to organise a long trip to the mainland if he wants to see a film.

Nick Power

But he says, 'I will be popping back to London from time to time to catch up with friends and family and gorge on pie and mash. I will also be popping down to Edinburgh and Inverness from time to time just to give myself a fix of big city life but I don't have any plans to move back anytime soon.'

Nick Power

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