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Faeroe Islands

Faeroe Islands Travel Guide

The Faeroe Islands is an area of 1,399 square kilometres and has around 46,500 people living within that region, who are either Nordic or Danish and who speak either Faroese or Danish. The country makes most of its money from construction, shipbuilding and handicrafts by trading with countries such as Germany, France, US, Norway, Denmark and the UK.

The first settlers to the Faeroe Islands, were Irish monks, in the 6th century. No one else arrived until the 9th Century, when the Norse came to the area, to live off the land. By the 10th century, the Faeroes people converted to Christianity and by 1035 were a legitimate part of the Kingdom of Norway, who became a part of the Kingdom of Denmark by 1380. By now the Faroes people were using the Danish system of law and justice and by 1849, the Faeroes were legally integrated into Danish legislature. When WWII arrived, so did the British, who made sure the Faeroe Islands didn’t follow Denmark into German occupancy. By 1948 the Faeroe islands' official position changed from 'County of Denmark' to 'self-governing community within the Kingdom of Denmark', and whilst Denmark opted to join the EC, the Faeroe Islands decided against it. The islands got their own flag and made their own decisions, whilst the only control Denmark had (and had to pay the islands for) was with banking, insurance, foreign relations, defence and justice.

There’s a lot of outdoor fun to be had whilst in the Faeroe Islands, from hiking to trekking to shipwreck exploring, with many towns to visit including Tinganes, whose trendy town centre and narrow streets are filled with great places to shop. There are also many interesting buildings to be seen in Tinganes, one of which is the Skansapakkhúsið, a place that was once an artillery depot, but during the 1808 war with Britain, it became trashed. Another interesting structure is the Munkastovan, a 15th century, stone-walled building that used to be a monastery, there is also 2 museums in the town, one of which is the Historical Museum, where maritime artefacts, boats, household and navigation items can be found, dating from the Viking age to the present day. The other museum is the Faroese Museum of Art, which has a collection of art by Faroese painters and sculptors and also hosts musical and theatrical performances and special exhibitions. The Nordic House within Tinganes, with its exquisite architecture and turf roof is used a theatre, concert, conference and exhibition hall.

Travellers wanting to get from island to island can jump onto a helicopter which will take visitors to any of the islands at a ridiculously cheap price! If wanting to just travel around an island, the roads are well developed, with tunnels present to get around any difficult terrain. The bus and ferry service on the islands are frequent and well priced but can build up if wanting to travel to every nook and cranny of the island. Driving a hire car may be a bit more expensive but probably easier in the long run than bringing one from home, with the added freedom of choice of where and when to travel around the island. Highways in the Faeroe Islands are well surfaced and broad, giving the extra option of cycling around the area, but protective gear is a must.

Travellers can reach the Faeroe Islands during April and September, via Atlantic Airways, which flies to the islands from Aberdeen, in Scotland, once or twice a week, and from June to August flies from Glasgow, in Scotland, once a week. Visitors can even get here by ferry, during May and early September, departing from Iceland, Denmark and Norway, but remember the journey time will be much slower. The best time to come to the Faeroe Islands is between June and September, with festivities on the islands being held at the end of July.

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