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.
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.
<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>
<ul><li>Sea, green hillsides , sharp cliffs and mountains, strangely shaped islands, turf-roof houses : so are the Faröe. </li></ul>
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>
Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese løgting (parliament), and is now part of Tórshavn. The name means "parliament point" in Faroese .
Tinganes is now an area consisting of government offices and residental dwellings . http://www.rgu.ac.uk/sss/research/page.cfm?pge=32685
<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 .
<ul><li>Houses of the federal government </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Faröe art museum , Listasavn Føroya </li></ul>
<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”
<ul><li>Café Nature, the most well-known restaurant in Tórshavn </li></ul>
Café Natur is an unexpensive pub with very good beer and decent food. Very good for breakfast.
. <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>
The national park at Tórshavn, one of the few places where you can find trees
<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>
Hvalvik (pop. 210) is a village on a valley on Streymoy’s east Coast.
<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>
The church is built with wood bought from a ship that ran aground in Saksun.
<ul><li>The pulpit dates back to 1609. </li></ul>
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
<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.
Saksun is a picturesque village in the bottom of what was once an inlet surrounded by high mountains.
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.
<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
<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.
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 .
<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
<ul><li>Koltur (pop. 2 !) is also the name of the village – a farm – on the island. </li></ul>
<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