January 28, 2014

Travel Tuesday: The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Norway and Iceland. The islands inhabit 48,193 people. Oyrareingir is the largest island and home to 19,000 people.  Klaksvik, the second largest island inhabits 4,600 people. The other islands are Torshavn, Kikjubour, Velbastaour, Nolsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvik, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Nororadalur, Syoradalur, Hvitanes, Sund, Kollafjorour, and Signabour. The islands are rugged and treeless.  This archipelago is part of Denmark. Faroese is the national language but English is widely spoken. 80% of the locals are evangelical Lutherans and 10% are Christian brethren. 97% of the islands export is from the fishing industry. The weather is ever changing, one day it's foggy or raining and the next its sunny. The Gulf Stream that encompasses the island tempers the climate which is 3.5*C in the winter and 12*C in the summer. The islands are self governing with their own parliament and flag. All trade is governed by special treaties.  The islands are not part of the European Union.
Multicolored cottages and grass roofed wooden churches add focus to the treeless moorlands. Puffins, skuas, and fulmars glide over the islands. Wave ravaged headlands end in breathtaking cliffs. The biggest island is Streymoy, it's capital is Torshavn. The cities are filled with art and music and it's said that the locals are friendlier than you could ever imagine. The tourist season begins in May and ends in September. If you feel the need for some fresh air, deep blue ocean, vertical cliffs, green mountains, and picturesque valleys remnant of something out of a J.R.R. Tolkein story, then come to the Faroes islands and get lost in the mystical landscapes. 

Work Cited:
Wiki travel.com. 
All pictures courtesy of google images

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