Surrounded by fog and deep cold waters, there is something special to be found in the middle of the North-east Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Scotland and Iceland: the Faroe Islands.
An archipelago of 18 little islands characterised by impressive high cliffs, narrow fjords, harsh weather conditions, more sheep than people and millions of birds, including the funny puffins and the majestic gannets.
70.000 is the number of sheep, and 54.000 is the number of the inhabitants of this tiny country. Despite the raw nature and frequent bad weather conditions, people are able to have a really good and simple life with a strong connection with nature.
Nature rules here, and people are aware of their limits.
Hunting pilot whales (dolphins) and other mammals, also called the Grindadràp, is one of the few ways to obtain local fresh food. It’s not an easy matter that can be explained in just a few words, so I wrote a longer post about it on my Facebook page. More info can also be found on whaling.fo.
Probably because of this small and isolated community, the Faroese are proud of their country and traditions. Here, it’s plenty of events and festivals like Ólavsøka and G! Festival which are great occasions for people to have fun and sing all together. Faroese love to sing and dance!
The Faroes can claim to have some very talented artists like Eivør, Teitur, Greta Svabo Bech, Kristian Blak, Týr, Byrta, Heidrik, Marius Ziska, Konni Kass, Janus Rasmussen, Jasmin, Guðrið Hansdóttir, Son of Fortune.
In 2007, National Geographic rated the Faroe Islands top of the 111 island communities worldwide with the verdict: “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”