In the North Atlantic, halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands, 18 islands, are home to more than 50,000 people. The rugged, treeless archipelago is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and has been inhabited by humans (and sheep) since the early 8th century, although they politically aim for higher independence. The local economy relies heavily on fishing and maritime industry. The unique landscape and location attracts photographers with its fantastic play of light between sun, cloud, meadow, cliff, and sea. Most visitors to the islands come between early July and late August.
The Faroese tourist season is very short. It begins in May and ends by September. Most visitors come between July and August by far. If you would like to avoid the busiest season, it is best to visit the Faroes in late May or early June. The Faroese weather has its own temperament and is a lot like the weather in neighboring regions, just more unpredictable.One of the main reasons that people visit the Faroe Islands is the incredible nature and scenery. The Faroe Islands turn extraordinarily green during the summertime. The fresh air, the deep blue ocean, the vertical sea cliffs and the green mountains with their picturesque valleys, is something which would amaze anyone who enjoys being surrounded by nature. A part of that culture is grindadráp, a traditional whale hunt when long-finned pilot whales or dolphins are seen between the islands. There are bus rides, horse trekking, mountain hikes and boat trips which allow you to enjoy the magnificent wild green landscape. Sometimes the summer fog creates a mystical landscape, in which you may vividly imagine the great history and mystical stories belonging to the islands. Some have said that when the landscape is surrounded by this sort of weather it reminds them of the landscape in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Today the population is 48,511 (1st November 2010). About 19,870 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velbastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir (Tórshavn Municipality). About 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the islands. 4,750 people live in Suðuroy, the southernmost islands (1 January 2010) and 1330 people live on Sandoy island (1 January 2010). Faroese is the national language; it is rooted in Old Norse.
Towns in Faroe Islands
- Tórshavn – The capital and largest city
- Klaksvík – The main industrial city
- Hoyvík – Located north from Tórshavn and now effectively a suburb.
- Tvøroyri – The second largest city on Suðuroy
- Vágur – The largest town on Suðuroy
- Runavík – The largest village in Eysturoy, kind of an agglomeration together with Toftir and Saltangrá
- Fuglafjørður – Has a cultural centre that has become one of the main cultural attractions in Eysturoy
Villages in Faroe Islands
Collected here are images of the Faroes from recent years.
1. Political Map of Faroe Islands.
2. Satellite view of Faroe Islands
3. The harbor of Tórshavn, capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands, photographed from an arriving ferry, on June 23, 2008. Original here.
4. Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands, on March 30, 2010. Original here.
5. Tindhólmur, a small island in Sørvágsfjørður, a fjord on the west side of Vágoy in the Faroe Islands. Each of the small peaks has its own name: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi. Original here.
6. Funningur, a town on the northwest coast of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands. Original here.
7. A Faroe Islands village, photographed on April 19, 2011. Original here.
8. Tjornuvik village, located on Streymoy, photographed on October 14, 2012.
9. Mykines, the westernmost island in the Faroe Islands, is shrouded in clouds as seen from the village of Gasadalur, on August 11, 2009.
10. Tourists climb Slave’s Edge near Leitisvatn in the Faroe Islands, on May 23, 2007.
11. View from the ferry, shortly after leaving Tórshavn. Original here.
12. A cliffside view near Gásadalur, Faroe Islands. Original here.
13. Sundini, the strait between Streymoy and Eysturoy, seen on October 14, 2012.