Faröe Islands

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Faröe Islands

  1. 1. Faröe – the islands far away
  2. 2. Situated half way between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faröe Islands ( Føroyar , meaning “Sheep Islands”) are an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands, with a total land area of some 1400 Km 2 and a population of just over 47 000. The language of the Faröe Islands, Faroese, is a Nordic language derived from the language of the Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago.
  3. 3. These include the living marine resources, trade, fiscal, industrial and environmental policies, transport, communications, culture, education and research. As a self-governing territory under the sovereignty of Denmark, the Faröe Islands legislate and govern a wide range of areas.
  4. 4. <ul><li>The currency of the Faröe Islands is called the Krona (pl. Kronur). The Faröe Krona is valued at parity with the Danish Krona . </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sea, green hillsides , sharp cliffs and mountains, strangely shaped islands, turf-roof houses : so are the Faröe. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tórshavn , the capital city Pop. 13 000 <ul><li>Tórshavn lies to the south on the east coast of Streymoy island. </li></ul><ul><li>The city has all that it takes to be a little capital: shopping centre, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, tourist information... Even a camping-site can be found. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese løgting (parliament), and is now part of Tórshavn. The name means &quot;parliament point&quot; in Faroese .
  8. 8. Tinganes is now an area consisting of government offices and residental dwellings . http://www.rgu.ac.uk/sss/research/page.cfm?pge=32685
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Vikings founded the first parliament on Tinganes around year 900. </li></ul><ul><li>It is one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world. </li></ul>The løgting has since moved to the north of the city, but the federal government still sits here. The island's cathedral is also here .
  10. 10. <ul><li>Houses of the federal government </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tórshavn’s old town
  12. 12. <ul><li>Dried herring in a Tinganes house </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Old commercial street </li></ul><ul><li>The houses were made of drift wood, since there were no trees on the islands. Driftwood was because of this a precious commodity. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The old town by the water. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Windows of Tinganes
  16. 17. <ul><li>The Faröe art museum , Listasavn Føroya </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>The H. N. Jacobsen bookstore </li></ul><ul><li>( founded in 1865) </li></ul>H. N. Jacobsen was a bookbinder who founded a bookshop in Tórshavn. He supported “the protection and preservation of the Faroese language”
  18. 19. Tórshavn's dome church, the Havnar Kirkja.
  19. 20. <ul><li>Painted white, and roofed with slate, it was established in 1788 </li></ul>
  20. 22. Torshavn’s west harbour Vestaravág
  21. 23. <ul><li>Vesteravág in the rain </li></ul>
  22. 24. The east harbour Eystaravág
  23. 25. <ul><li>Tórshavn’s dome behind Vestaravág </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Fishing boats in Tórshavn harbour </li></ul>
  25. 27. The east port at dawn
  26. 28. <ul><li>Café Nature, the most well-known restaurant in Tórshavn </li></ul>
  27. 29. Café Natur is an unexpensive pub with very good beer and decent food. Very good for breakfast.
  28. 30. . <ul><li>Tórshavn in Saint Olav's Day - Faroese national holiday. No one uses umbrellas - due to strong winds it's completely impractical there. </li></ul><ul><li>The national sheep-wool clothing is waterproof due to quite unusual content of lanoline. The boy wears such sweater. </li></ul>
  29. 31. The national park at Tórshavn, one of the few places where you can find trees
  30. 32. <ul><li>The Islands </li></ul>
  31. 33. <ul><li>Nólsoy Island </li></ul>
  32. 34. <ul><li>Grønidalur </li></ul>
  33. 35. The village of Nólsoy (pop 40) 20 minutes from Tórshavn by ferry
  34. 37. In recent years many young families have moved from Tórshavn to Nólsoy where the houses are cheaper
  35. 38. <ul><li>Nólsoy harbour </li></ul>
  36. 39. Sheep at Nólsoy island
  37. 40. Nólsoy - church
  38. 41. Nólsoy lighthouse
  39. 42. <ul><li>Eysturoy island </li></ul>
  40. 43. Eysturoy farm
  41. 44. Eiði pop. 652
  42. 45. House in Eiði , on the n orth-west tip of Eysturoy island.
  43. 46. THIS is green!
  44. 47. <ul><li>Waterfall </li></ul><ul><li>near </li></ul><ul><li>Eiði </li></ul>
  45. 48. ‘ Risin og Kellingin’ , the giant and the witch, near Eiði in Esturoy island.
  46. 50. Faröe sheep in Esturoy
  47. 51. <ul><li>Gjógv (pop. 50) is a charming little village located on the north-east tip of the island Eysturoy. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Gjógv’ is the faroese word for ‘ravine’ because of the natural harbour in a ravine next to  the village </li></ul>
  48. 53. The church in Gjógv is from 1929
  49. 55. Gjógv
  50. 56. <ul><li>Turfed roofs </li></ul>
  51. 57. <ul><li>Small watermill at the local </li></ul><ul><li>Stream. </li></ul>
  52. 58. <ul><li>Gjógv ’s small natural port . </li></ul>
  53. 59. <ul><li>The fishing boats are dragged on a ramp from the bottom of the ravine. </li></ul>
  54. 60. <ul><li>A small boat leaves the port. </li></ul>
  55. 61. Cliff near Gjógv
  56. 62. Leirvik (pop. 870) in Esturoy east coast
  57. 63. <ul><li>The Bank in Leirvik – a traditional house with grass covered roof. </li></ul>
  58. 64. <ul><li>Sandøy </li></ul>
  59. 65. Husavik
  60. 66. <ul><li>Husavik (pop. 80) is an old village on Sandøy’s east side . </li></ul>
  61. 67. A farm house near Husavik
  62. 68. <ul><li>Sandur ( = sandy beach ) is a village on the south coast of the island of Sandøy (pop. 700) </li></ul>
  63. 69. Houses at Sandur
  64. 71. Church at Sandur
  65. 72. <ul><li>The potato fields by the seaside are lush and green . </li></ul>
  66. 73. <ul><li>This is the only beach on the Faröe Islands with … </li></ul>
  67. 74. … dunes and beach grass.
  68. 75. <ul><li>The largest mailbox in the world, near Sandur. </li></ul>
  69. 76. <ul><li>Vágar island </li></ul>
  70. 77. An island of unbelievable scenary.
  71. 78. Gásadalur
  72. 81. Gásadalur (pop. 14 – endangered village) is located on the west-side of Vágar island. In 1940 a stairway was built from the beach up to the village, that is located high on the cliff.
  73. 82. <ul><li>Bøur (pop. 70) , in west Vágar </li></ul>
  74. 85. <ul><li>Streymoy island </li></ul>
  75. 86. <ul><li>Kirkjubøur (pop. 80) , after a legend, was the place where the first settlers - irish monks - arrived in Faröe Islands in 6th century. </li></ul>
  76. 87. This is one of the oldest villages in the Faröes.
  77. 88. <ul><li>Kirkjubøur is the southernmost village on Streymoy island. </li></ul>
  78. 90. <ul><li>View from the small port </li></ul>
  79. 92. <ul><li>The Roykstovan Farmhouse, in Kirkjubøur. This is the oldest inhabited wooden house in Europe. </li></ul>
  80. 94. Red-painted door of Roykstovan
  81. 95. The Roykstovan Farmhouse at night
  82. 96. This old timber house is partly turned into a private museum by it's owners.
  83. 99. The ‘Olavskirkjan’ is the oldest of the three churches in Kirkjubøur. It was built in the 12th century and is the only church from the middle ages still in use in the Islands.
  84. 101. <ul><li>Another residence house of the Kirkjubøur farm </li></ul>
  85. 102. <ul><li>The old episcopal residence. </li></ul>
  86. 104. <ul><li>Winter in Kirkjubøur </li></ul>
  87. 105. <ul><li>Kvivik (pop. 370) is a very small village on the Streymoy Island. </li></ul>
  88. 106. Some trees in Kvivik ! .
  89. 107. <ul><li>Houses in Kvivik built on the slope down to the sea </li></ul>
  90. 108. <ul><li>Toy horse found in the excavation of the Viking Age settlement in Kvívík.  </li></ul><ul><li>(Stamp from 1989) </li></ul>
  91. 109. <ul><li>Water cascades near Kvivik </li></ul>
  92. 110. <ul><li>Boat </li></ul><ul><li>Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Leynar, </li></ul><ul><li>Kvivik </li></ul>
  93. 111. Hvalvik (pop. 210) is a village on a valley on Streymoy’s east Coast.
  94. 112. <ul><li>The church in Hvalvík is a traditional wooden church from 1829. It is the oldest one of its kind in the Faröe Islands </li></ul>
  95. 113. The church is built with wood bought from a ship that ran aground in Saksun.
  96. 114. <ul><li>The pulpit dates back to 1609. </li></ul>
  97. 115. One of the biggest attractions in Northern Streymoy is between Hvalvík and Haldarsvík, the highest waterfall in the Faroes. The river cascades some 140 metres over several rocky ledges into the sea. This mountain river is fed by several smaller streams and connects to a lake on top of the mountain. Fossá waterfall
  98. 117. <ul><li>Saksun </li></ul>was once an inlet surrounded by high mountains. The inlet formed a deep and good natural harbour. However a storm blocked the inlet with sand. So now there is a lake below the village where there was an inlet in the old day.
  99. 119. Saksun is a picturesque village in the bottom of what was once an inlet surrounded by high mountains.
  100. 121. The local farm and tipical grass rooftops.
  101. 122. Dúvugarðar farm museum (stone church just below) The old turf-roofed farm house is now a museum, a well-preserved example of a Faroese farmhouse of the 19th century. On display here are many old domestic utensils and household objects and furniture, which displayed in their original context help to give a lively impression of traditional life in the Faroes.
  102. 128. <ul><li>Repairing the grass roof… </li></ul>
  103. 129. Church in Saksun
  104. 130. The church in Saksun was built in 1858
  105. 134. Holiday cottages in Saksun : Summer
  106. 135. Same holiday cottages in Saksun : Winter
  107. 136. <ul><li>Borðoy island </li></ul>
  108. 137. <ul><li>Klaksvík (pop. 4670) is the second largest town of the Faröe Islands. </li></ul>
  109. 138. <ul><li>Klaksvik is located on both rivers of a small fjord </li></ul>
  110. 140. <ul><li>Klaskvik harbour </li></ul>
  111. 141. <ul><li>A smoky pub, as you'd expect busiest on Friday and Saturday nights. If you want to meet locals you can do no better than spend an evening here, everyone is very friendly and after a few drinks eager to chat about what you think of Klaksvík and the Faröes . </li></ul>Roykstovan pub (smoke room) in Klaksvik
  112. 142. Klaksvik in winter
  113. 143. <ul><li>Mykines </li></ul>
  114. 144. <ul><li>Mykines is the western-most of the main 18 islands in the Faröe Islands. There is one settlement on the island: Mykines (pop. 20) </li></ul>Mykines is hard to reach by bad weather, so it often remains isolated. In winter there is no ferry, you can reach the island only by helicopter.
  115. 147. Turfed roof covering house in Mykines
  116. 148. Church of Mykines
  117. 149. Traditional faroese boat in the small port of Mykines
  118. 150. The Mykines lighthouse
  119. 152. Koltur island This small island in front of Kirkjubøur has no harbor because of the coastline. The only way on and off is by helicopter from Mykines .
  120. 153. <ul><li>In the year 1989/90 the island was abandoned and stayed uninhabited for some years. In 1994 a family of Kirkjubøur moved to Koltur. Still there is only this couple living on the island. They are farmers and have 160 sheep. </li></ul>This side is 478 m high
  121. 154. <ul><li>Koltur (pop. 2 !) is also the name of the village – a farm – on the island. </li></ul>
  122. 156. Koltur has a peculiar shape
  123. 157. <ul><li>Lítla Dímun </li></ul>Lítla Dímun island It is the smallest of the 18 islands, being less than 1 km 2 in area, and is the only uninhabited one.
  124. 159. Its shore is cliffs all around, preventing any boat from landing there.
  125. 160. <ul><li>The birds </li></ul>
  126. 161. Puffins (Lindú ) ( Fratercula arctica )
  127. 163. Gannet (Súla) ( Morus serrator )
  128. 164. <ul><li>Faröe oyster catcher </li></ul><ul><li>(tjaldur) (Haematopus ostralegus) </li></ul>
  129. 166. Driving on Faröe roads
  130. 169. The Faröe Islands have good roads and many tunnels. The roads are mainly asphalted dual track carriageways and bridges connect some islands. Inter-islands ferries operate on all major routes.
  131. 171. <ul><li>Winding road </li></ul>
  132. 175. <ul><li>Tunnels (13 presently) </li></ul><ul><li>and bridges are an </li></ul><ul><li>important part of the </li></ul><ul><li>Faroese transportation net </li></ul>
  133. 176. <ul><li>Leaving… </li></ul>
  134. 177. <ul><li>Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Photos and text excerpts from </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Denmark/Other/Greenland/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.faroeislands.dk/pages/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pbase.com/world/faroe_islands </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.markovits.com/nordic/faroe.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.panoramio.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Selection and slideshow by Mario Ricca , 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Published at </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/marioricca/fare-islands-presentation/ </li></ul>The Faröe islands – A land far away

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