Travel to Faroe Islands, a greenhouse in the Atlantic
Travel to the Faroe Islands, the green rocky islands to the north of the Atlantic Ocean, where you fish the ocean and write world-famous novels and eat homegrown vegetables prepared by excellent chefs reinventing old recipes and traditions.
The Faroe Islands are a very different destination. Here follows an intro to the Faroe Islands as a travel country. The Faroe Islands are known for their raw nature, and the stunning mountains that are surrounded by the wild sea. It creates a beautiful setting for the exciting culture that also defines the islands.
Go to the Faroe island by air or ship?
The adventure starts already on the journey to the Faroe Islands. Most choose to fly up there, some despite – and others just to experience the landing at the small Vagar airport. The descent through the clouds and the navigation between the high mountains is known as a great experience in itself. In a little while, the travel adventure begins. If it sounds too dangerous, it is possible to sail from Hirtshals in Denmark and north with Smyrilline, past Norway and on towards the Faroe Islands. The ships are equipped with delicious restaurants, a spa, a cinema and much more, so the 33 hours on board quickly disappear in every conceivable activity, and before you know it, you are on deck and enjoying the view of charming Thorshavn.
A brief history of the Faroe Islands
The islands balance the old traditions that live in the society and the modern development, which is a distinguished way has been absorbed, without stealing the attention. Ancient churches and farms are hidden around the islands, which you can visit to sniff around the exciting history that the country hides. Around the settlements you will also find a relic from the past: the stone monuments, where travelers used to add a stone to the pile, to help the next passers-by navigate. Today, they are not needed in the same way, as the well-developed infrastructure ensures that nature is easily accessible via good roads and long tunnels that make their way through the mountains. Just remember to be aware of the sheep that like to roam the roads.
For many years the Faroe island has been a part of Denmark, as well as Greenland is with self-government.
The Faroe Islands and the wild nature
The Faroe Islands are perfect for those who want to experience true wild nature, whether on horseback or on foot, and places like Gásadalur (Gåsedal) and Gjógv are places that with its extreme nature can take the breath away from most nature lovers. Gásadalur is with its 18 inhabitants per. 2012 an extremely unspoiled natural area where huge mountains meet the sea in a waterfall that completes the experience. Gjógv, located on the northern part of Eysturoy, is a similarly small settlement that sets the framework for beautiful scenery when the sea rumbles in over the rocks and into the gorge, where the dark blue sea turns into a white, foamy mass. Here it is also possible to spot a couple of the puffins that the Faroe Islands are known for.
Faroe Islands “Parrots” Hiking on isolated Faroese bird-rich islands
If you are looking for puffins, however, there is no way around Mykiness (Myggenæs). The island is accessible by boat (May-August) or helicopter, but departures depend on the changeable weather. On Mykiness there is a hiking trail that leads along the mountains out to the tip of the island which houses a lighthouse. The puffins are not at all to be overlooked on the road when they dive towards the sea to return with their beaks full of fish. It is a unique hike in the varied landscape and with the sea on both sides of it, there is nothing that breaks the beautiful scenes. One can appropriately enjoy the rare opportunity to be in a place where one can not just drive home, but where one has all the time in the world, to enjoy the surroundings. And if it gets too much there is a delicious little cafe that serves delicious cake and a little drink.
On the Faroe Islands, the national days are called Olavsøkan / Olaifest
Every year, the Faroe Islands’ national day Ólavsøka (Olaifest) is celebrated, where the whole of Thorshavn is at the other end, and people flock to participate in the festivities of the day. The locals put on their beautiful traditional clothes, which makes the atmosphere quite adventurous. You meet for a rowing competition in the harbor, which is one of the big events of the year, and the festivities culminate in chain dancing and singing in the center of Thorshavn. Here it is just a matter of taking the person next to you by the hand and then taking part in the simple steps that make up the dance that all present participate in. It is a festive day with a wonderful atmosphere and the cultural culmination of the benefits the country offers.
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