The small nature universe of the Faroe Islands
In the northernmost part of Denmark, in the North Atlantic Ocean, you will find the Faroe Islands. It can hardly be called an overcrowded area: there are only 50 inhabitants for its 18 islands. And that's just what makes it a haven for relaxation, with good panoramic views and nature, among many other things.
The Faroe Islands belong to Denmark; local time is Greenwich Mean Time (that is, one hour behind mainland Spain) and they have their own currency. The currency of the Faroe Islands is the Faroese crown that in change is as good as the Danish crown.
This year is a special year for this natural paradise, where landscapes and culture come together in a society that in the 21st century does not forget or deny its traditions. The outdoors, picturesque villages, the birds and sheep make this an ideal place to rest.
Right now, the National Geographic magazine presents the Faroe Islands with the 2015 Reader's Choice Award for best tourist destination chosen by its readers. Definitely the Faroese should be proud, should they not?
Visitors do not only to go to see the sights and enjoy the natural tranquility and silence, away from large cities and towns elsewhere in Europe. You will, for example, see many birds: puffins, guillemots and up to 300 more species that are best seen in the spring and autumn seasons. But there are lighthouses and also the 18 islands, including uninhabited islands or the Stóra Dímun island inhabited by a single family; these are, along with the (mostly musical) cultural events the most important attractions of these islands. So tourism in the Faroe Islands has great appeal.
The Faroese National Day is celebrated between the 28th and the 29th July, the day that conmemorates the death of St Olaf, who was the King of Norway between 1015 and 1028. The day is also celebrated with summer music festivals such as the Summer Festival and the G-Festival.
In the Faroese capital of Tórshavn the main attractions include the old quarter of the city, Reyni, with its picturesque and colourful wooden houses painted many years ago, along with the atmosphere and its landscapes − a most pictorical area to see.
Also, in the Art Museum of Listaskalin you can feast your eyes on Faroese contemporary art and if you like this you will like many others too. Why not complete the visit by going to Sandur? Sandur has opened a new art museum that collects the works of Faroese artists such as the Mykines, Ruth Smith and Ingálvur av Reyni.
Ultimately the Faroe Islands are a natural paradise which, although found in this latitude of northern Europe, enjoys a relatively mild climate because of the Gulf Stream.
To travel there, you must fly to Vagar Airport, the Faroes’ only airport. Flights to Faroe Islands depart from Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway with the Faroes‘ national airline Atlantic Airways. Only 56 kilometres separate Vagar Airport from Tórshavn.
Photographers: Picture 1: Adam Burton
Pictures 2, 3 y 4: Ólavur Frederiksen
Translation: Catherine Parker