Where are the Faroe Islands? Capital, population and sights of the Faroe Islands
The terrain, distinguished by the harsh climate, undeservedly forgotten by Russian tourists, is located at the very end of the world, however, holidaymakers who have been here admit that for the sake of amazing landscapes you should stop everything and go on an exciting journey.
Lost on the edge of the earth corner
However, not every person will show where the Faroe Islands are located on the world map. Although they are part of Europe, most people will not find them on the globe. Such a distance from civilization has benefited a place lost in the Atlantic Ocean that has preserved its virgin nature and originality.
Finding the Faroe Islands on the world map is quite difficult, especially for those who have not heard anything about them.Located between Iceland and the UK, they are located in the north of the Atlantic. Officially owned by Denmark, the Faroe Islands are a small state of 1,399 km2. The archipelago consists of 34 municipalities, and more than 100 cities and villages are located on the islands.
Green oasis on our planet
Repeatedly Faeroe Islands, on which there are practically no trees, were recognized as the cleanest on the planet. Emerald meadows and a unique landscape attract not only brave tourists, but also photographers who capture the amazing beauty that asks for the covers of magazines.
The archipelago, recognized as the most picturesque in the North Atlantic, is a rocky area. The steep banks are steep and very high, but it is the numerous hills that attract travelers and collectors who make pictures of unusual landscapes.
It is known that the first settlements appeared on the territory where the Faroe Islands are now located, in the VIII century. Initially, the Scots lived here, who soon left the region due to the raids of the Norse soldiers. For many centuries the area served as a transit point for the Vikings, who considered that this region is very suitable for them, and put down their roots here.The modern inhabitants of the Sheep Islands (namely, the name of the archipelago is translated) are descendants of glorious heroes who inherited the will and strong character from their brave ancestors. The Faroese cherish old traditions and lead a lifestyle that is unlike any other. They are even proud of their old-fashionedness: instead of lawn mowers, they have sheep, and the roofs of houses of men cover with turf with green grass.
The population of the Faroe Islands is almost 49 thousand people. These are people who have maintained a good relationship with nature and take care of it.
In the XIX century, the lost corner, for which Denmark and Norway fought, becomes Danish. After World War II, the islands wanted independence, but the government of the most southern Scandinavian country granted them partial sovereignty.
So who owns the Faroe Islands? No researcher will give a definite answer to this question. Formally, the Queen of Denmark is considered the head of the archipelago, but all the processes taking place on the islands are led by the High Commissioner. In terms of international law, the Faroe Islands are not an independent entity.The local parliament (Lögting) consists of 33 deputies who are vested with special powers. Representatives of six political parties decided to refuse to join the European Union.
The Kingdom of Denmark, in whose parliament there are two representatives from the archipelago, helps the islands financially, solves questions of justice and defense, and the Faroes government independently deals with problems of public policy other than foreign. To this day, there is talk of gaining independence from Denmark.
Climate and weather
As it was already noted earlier, not every person who is used to comfortable conditions of rest can withstand the harsh nature of an exotic town. The weather in the Faroe Islands will not please everyone. Here the sun very rarely looks out, it often rains heavily, but even in clear weather strong winds blow. Maximum precipitation falls between September and January, but snow is a very rare phenomenon in the archipelago.
In summer, temperatures do not rise above 17.aboutC, and lovers of the sun and heat will be disappointed with the rest. Therefore, those who prefer to soak up the white beaches, it is better to go to the Maldives or the Bahamas.The water around the islands does not warm up above 10aboutSince, fashionable swimsuits and sunglasses are not useful here either.
In winter, the cold reigns, which chills to the bones due to high humidity, so at this time the tourists do not visit the archipelago, where the weather changes so often.
The administrative center of the islands
In Torshavn, which is the main port of the archipelago, is the capital of the Faroe Islands, in which live about 20 thousand inhabitants. Without her visit acquaintance with an amazing edge will be incomplete. The most interesting place is considered the Old Town, and tourists admire the cute colored houses, carrying in a real fairy tale.
The administrative center, founded in the 10th century, is located on Stremyma Island, and here it is necessary to stay at least for a few days. Art galleries, a historical museum, cozy cafes and restaurants, trendy shops - all this will allow you to experience the amazing flavor of the capital of the Faroe Islands.
The most beautiful landmark of Torshavn is the magnificent and high waterfall of Voss.
The unique lake on the edge of the abyss
The main attraction of the lost corner is virgin nature,which is perfectly preserved due to the harsh climate and remoteness from the civilization of the Faroe Islands (Denmark). High cliffs, emerald fields, endless ocean, gray fogs and delicate clouds, almost touching the ground, leave no one indifferent. Even the most demanding travelers speak with admiration of the landscapes of a wonderful land.
Vagar Island attracts the attention of tourists with an amazing reservoir whose beauty is beyond description. Located on a stone platform, it seems to float in the air, not breaking from the edge of a high cliff. The "hanging" lake Sorvagsvatn (Faroe Islands), located above sea level, is a sight that is difficult to forget. For travelers who admire a natural monument only in pictures, it often seems that this is a professional photomontage, and in fact the reservoir lies in different planes with the Atlantic Ocean. And only after visiting an attractive region, many realize the uniqueness of this masterpiece.
The clear waters of the lake flow into the ocean through a waterfall hidden in the rocks with the unpronounceable name Bossdalsfossur.
Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, one of which is completely uninhabited. People do not live on Tindholmur, although scientists assume that they lived here centuries ago.
The island of Streyma, which is the largest, is loved by all fishing enthusiasts.
Nolsoy is famous for a huge number of seals.
Sandoy enthralls tourists with a magnificent landscape: here are the most beautiful sand dunes.
Fugla, whose name translates as “bird island”, was indeed chosen by birds. On the high cliffs lodge various representatives of birds.
Mykines Island is famous for the fact that it is home to only 13 people. This is the quietest corner you can only dream of.
Estureux is a picturesque place, connected by a bridge with Stremy Island. Deep fjords create an unforgettable landscape. The Slattaratindur mountain is about 900 meters high here.
At Rinkusteinar, the main natural attraction is two huge stones swaying in the waves. Locals believe that the boulders are Viking dragons, and once upon a time an evil sorceress turned warships into cobblestones.
Kalsoy is an island whose coast is rocky cliffs. All settlements here are connected by numerous underground tunnels. To the north is the famous Catlur Lighthouse.
Munkastovan Monastery is the oldest architectural monument of the Faroe Islands. Landmark in the XVII century, experienced a terrible fire that raged in the city. Munskastovan survived only thanks to the masonry.
Historical fortress Skansin locals call the most peaceful on our planet. The defensive structure protected from the raids of pirates, and now pleases tourists with an excellent panorama, which opens from the observation deck.
Diving and fishing
Divers rush here to explore the underwater world. Where the Faroe Islands are located, several dozen dive sites have been organized, and the only diving center is located, and even beginners will be able to test their strength here.
Fishing is a real passion of the indigenous population, and many tourists go to the water in the company of local people who give valuable advice. This is an unforgettable experience and a unique opportunity to see the magnificent landscapes.You can go to sea on a fishing boat and throw the fishing rod there, where you can never get from the shore. This is a real adventure that remains in memory forever.
What else to do for tourists?
You can go on a tour of the caves by boat and visit the underground kingdom concert of local musicians.
Extremes wishing to tickle their nerves, choose scuba diving or rafting on a kayak.
Where the Faroe Islands are located, hiking trails are very popular. However, be careful, because in dense fogs you can get lost, behind the group, or break off a steep cliff. There is even an old legend that says that single travelers are thrown off a cliff by the so-called hidden inhabitants - huldufolk. Mystical creatures in gray, merging with stones, clothes, live in the rocks and are unfriendly disposed towards the lost.
In the summer, a large number of tourists come to the islands to see the colorful event and take part in it. At the end of July, the Olafsök Festival is held, coinciding with the national holiday of the archipelago. On the streets of Torshavn (Faroe Islands), residents are dressed in beautiful costumes, musicians give concerts, and everywhere there is a cheerful atmosphere.
Archipelago's Heavenly Gate
In the 60s of the last century, the archipelago was occupied by Britain, and the airport built on the Faroe Islands was used for military purposes. For more than 40 years the spacious building stood abandoned, and it was only at the beginning of this century that it was modernized: the throughput of the heavenly gates now stands at 400,000 passengers a year.
Located a few kilometers from the village of Sorvagur, on the island of Vagar (Voar), the airport provides both domestic and charter flights to Europe. In addition, it is connected with the helicopter and the entire archipelago.
The building has a waiting room, medical room, lockers, several cafes, a duty-free shop. Here you can arrange car rental.
Faroe Islands: how to get there?
Russian tourists who want to enjoy the delightful landscapes of untouched nature should know that there are no direct flights from Moscow to the archipelago. First you have to fly with a transfer to Norway or Denmark, and only then get to the only airport of the islands. Despite the distance, it is very easy to get to Faroere from the megalopolises of Northern Europe: the flight takes only two hours.And between the islands runs a ferry, the services of which can be used, and a helicopter can get to the most remote places.
Russians to visit the Faroes, which are an autonomous region, require a special island visa (Schengen is not suitable). Despite the fact that officially an exotic place belongs to Denmark, the islands live by their own laws. So that the journey was not overshadowed, you will have to take care of the visa in advance. It is processed by authorized visa centers in Moscow, Vladivostok, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Samara and other major cities. The consular fee is approximately 1,500 rubles, but depending on the rate of the Danish krone, its cost may increase. The term of a visa - from eight days to two months. If you use the services of a travel agency, its employees will process all documents on their own.
Where to stay?
The Faroe Islands, the time for which runs unnoticed, provide tourists with comfortable conditions for recreation. You can stay in three-star hotels offering comfortable rooms, or choose more budget options in hostels and guest houses.Lovers living in tents will be able to settle in special campsites, but they will have to remove all trash before leaving. In addition, there are convenient accommodation options for those who come for a few days: hotels of the "breakfast and overnight" format.
Those who are going on a trip on their own should book rooms for 2-3 months. Prices depend on the tourist season, as well as the season. But do not forget about warm clothes and special shoes for walking in the mountains.
Most often come here when you want solitude with nature. As tourists admit, they are overwhelmed with indescribable emotions, because not everyone can be at the very edge of the earth. Guests note the amazing cleanliness of the air and the striking beauty of the local landscapes. The unusual nature inspires awe to all travelers, and a huge number of sheep, wandering even on the rocky cliffs and not breaking down, surprises Europeans.
As holidaymakers admit, beautiful valleys and roads meander along steep cliffs, as if created for autotravels. The distances between the islands are small, and a variety of routes will appeal to both beginners and experienced tourists. It is nice to go there where the soul orders and calls the heart.And wherever you go, there will always be about 10 minutes to the sea.
The often changing weather sometimes becomes a cause for discontent, and foreigners will be able to survive all four seasons in a day. It is best to come here in the summer when there is a chance to catch the sun.
Russian vacationers warn that to warm up with alcohol in the region with a harsh climate is very difficult. In the 30s of the last century, when vodka was sold uncontrollably, men were drinking alcohol. Women who have won the right to vote have done everything to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages. The authorities have imposed very strict requirements for the sale of vodka and beer, and now not all stores have the right to sell them. But where you can buy alcohol, it is sold with a huge surcharge.
In addition, in the territory where the Faroe Islands are located, there are no security problems. According to police, one crime is committed here in a few years. Lost wallets are returned to the owners, and the locals do not lock their homes. If any problem arises, law enforcement officers always come to the rescue of tourists.
The ecology of the islands, which have been recognized as the best on our planet in the field of tourism, does not threaten anything, since there are no industrial enterprises here.And travelers, avoiding mass destinations, choose a relaxing holiday in the lap of pristine nature. It is no coincidence that guests who see how the planet becomes polluted every day rush into the “clean” area, where the Faroe Islands are located, and rest belongs to the category of exotics.