“The Faroe Islands. Some may have heard of them recently lately, perhaps because of their prime location this past March when they were one of two places to witness the total solar eclipse. Or some may have heard of them when they defeated Greece in the Euro qualifiers – twice!
Belonging officially to Denmark, they lie (roughly) between the Shetland Islands of Scotland and Iceland. They were settled by Viking colonizers in the 9th century AD and were first subject to the Norwegian crown, followed by the Danish crown. In more recent history, they were overseen by the United Kingdom during WWII as Denmark was occupied by the Nazis. Nevertheless, many Faroese wish to strike out on their own from Denmark to become a fully-fledged independent nation.
So why would you wish to go to the Faroe Islands? Where to begin? The landscape is dramatic, affording huge vistas across many of the scenic roads found throughout the islands. Many of the villages feature traditional turf houses and friendly locals. Bird spotting features highly on many a visitor’s list with the potential to get up close and personal with puffins, gannets, and more. But what is palpable when you visit the Faroes is the sense of being at the edge of Europe and subject to the raw elements of the North Atlantic.”
“As you can see, it is a remarkable place of breathtaking scenery and still reasonably free from high tourism numbers. Featured as a top destination in Lonely Planet for 2015, I would suggest planning your visit soon!”