Early morning on Tinganes Peninsula – dividing the two harbors into east and west
Tinganes – oldest section of the city. Former warehouses and now home to theHome Rule government of the Faroe Islands.
Løgting – ParliamentThe first Viking þing (parliament) metin Tórshavn in 1000 ce. However, theFaroes came under Norwegian andthen Danish control forcenturies, starting in 1035. Denmarkimposed a trade monopoly from1535 to 1856. With the fall ofDenmark to Nazi Germany and theAllied occupation of the islandsduring WW2, the Faroeseindependence movementgrew, leading to more autonomy in1948 as a self-governing nationwithin the Kingdom of Denmark. ThisHome Rule allowed the Faroes to optout of joining the EU when Denmarkbecame a founding member.
Skansin FortBuilt in 1580 by merchantMagnus Heinason to protectTórshavn from pirates. At thetime, pirates plied the NorthAtlantic waters. Turkish piratesattacked the south island ofSuðuroy in 1629. Skansin sawaction in 1677 during a raid onTórshavn by the French, andagain in 1808 when the BritishHMS Clio attacked during theNapoleonic Wars.More recently, the fort wasused by the British during WW2as the local headquarters of theoccupying Royal Navy.
An open boat used by local sailors for fishing and whale-huntson the North Atlantic as recent as the 20th century.
Medieval national treasure of the Faroes – thewoodwork of Kirkjubøur, the Viking-era cathedral.Dating from the 1400s. When the cathedral wasrenovated in the 19th century, these pieces ofFaroese cultural heritage were sent to Denmark.After years of asking for them back, Tórshavn finallywelcomed the Kirkjubøstólarnir home in 2002.
Madonna & Child, 1250St. Judas Thaddeus pew end
Hoyvíksgarður – 19th century farm, now an open-air museum
Haybarn, where thewinter feed was storedfor the livestock.
Soccer and a horse pasture – everyday neighbors in Tórshavn
Tórshavn nightlifeChoices are limited, but weekends in Tórshavn are a city-wide party in cozypubs, where the action starts at midnight and continues to dawn. Weeknightsare more subdued – here Café Nátur draws a Wednesday crowd for quiz night.
Café Hvönn A trendy café of French press coffee, artistic desserts, and occasional live music. Great for conversation with new hostel friends Mike and Geoff.
Hal at the Irish Pub.A quiet place for cheap pubmeals on weekdays.Transforms into a hive ofdancing and laughter onweekends when a live folkband performs.I left the camera at thehostel on the weekends, buthere I engaged in the mostfascinating conversationswith locals over half liters ofsmooth, rich local beerbrewed in Klaksvík.