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FAROE ISLANDS (Denmark)


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Torshavn; Population - 50,000; Currency - Denmark Krone

The Faroe Islands are a Danish territory located in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland. I visited them in August 2008 on my way to Iceland.

 

faroesnoteThe Faroes krone has the same value as, and is interchangeable with the Danish krone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes12The harbour with the Tinganes peninsular and Havnarkirkja church behind - Torshavn

 

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faroes11Torshavn harbour

 

 

faroes8The clock tower of Havnarkirkja church - Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes9A reflection of Havnarkirkja - Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes57A view of Torshavn harbour from close to the Christian monolith

 

 

faroes10The picturesque harbour at Torshavn

 

 

faroes48Tinganes is the historical part of Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes16Tinganes peninsula, Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes17You have been told - Tinganes, Torshavn

 

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faroes19Tinganes and the harbour by full moon - Torshavn

 

 

faroes35Moored at Torshavn harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes24A traditional turf-covered house in historical Tinganes, Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes26The turf acts as an insulating layer - Torshavn

 

 

faroes28My friend Joanne walking the paths of Tinganes, Torshavn

 

 

faroes29Attractive houses in Tinganes, Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes30A membrane is laid on the roof and squares of turf placed on top - Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes45Wandering around Tinganes, Torshavn

 

 

faroes33Bright colours in Tinganes, Torshavn

 

 

faroes36aThe backstreets of Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes44A World War II gun sits in front of the lighthouse and Skansin fort, Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes4118th century cannons point towards the Atlantic, Torshavn

 

 

faroes46I don't know what this represents but it was in the industrial area of Torshavn harbour. The colours are the same as the Faroes' flag (see below)

 

 

faroes50The Faroe Islands' flag - Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes51At the southern entrance to Viðarlundin Park, Torshavn

 

 

faroes53Viðarlundin Park is a few minutes walk north of central Torshavn

 

 

faroes59A lovely view of the Atlantic and Nolsoy island from the Historical Museum - Torshavn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes61Walking back to central Torshavn from the Historical Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes64There must be a better place for a trampoline? - Torshavn

 

 

faroes65On one day of the year brave/mad swimmers make a dash for Nolsoy island from Torshavn. You can see one of them in his wetsuit - Torshavn

 

 

faroes87The majestic Vestmanna cliffs are well worth a trip, especially when it's a blue-sky day.
On this particular day Torshavn was engulfed in fog but it was sunny on the west of Streymoy island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes77A stone arch cut into the Vestmanna cliffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes79This is known as the baby elephant - Vestmanna cliffs

 

 

faroes75My rather poor attempt at photographing a puffin - Vestmanna cliffs

 

 

faroes83The captain guides the boat through rock arches - Vestmanna cliffs

 

A guide to Vestmanna here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes84Rock pinnacles that have separated from the mainland - Vestmanna cliffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes85Birdlife on Vestmanna cliffs

 

 

faroes89On the way back from Vestmanna we stopped off at Kvivik, the site of Viking remains from the 9th century, shown here in the foreground

 

More about the Vikings here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes91The small building is a dryhouse, used to dry out lamb and whalemeat - Kvivik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes95Klaksvik, on Bordoy island, is the second largest town in the Faroes

 

 

faroes94Fish hung out to dry - Klaksvik's harbour

 

 

faroes98A great view driving past the village of Funningur on Eysturoy island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes104As Loyd Grossman would say, Who lives in a house like this? The village of Gjogv, on the northern coast of Eysturoy

 

 

faroes105Boats rest in a natural harbour - Gjogv

 

 

faroes106Joanne near the cliff's edge at Gjogv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes108The circles just offshore are trout/salmon farms - Vagar island, on the way to airport

 

 

faroes3Flying past Vagar island

 

 

faroes2Mykines is known for its puffins, gannets and bird cliffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faroes1Atlantic Airways flight to the Faroe Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website and content copyright © 2008-2011 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.

 

LINKS

www.visittorshavn.fo - info on Torshavn and the rest of Streymoy island

www.faroeislands.com - tourist guide

www.visit-faroeislands.com

http://faroeislands.dk - a guide to all villages and towns in the Faroes

www.ssl.fo - bus and ferry timetable

I am not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

 
 
 
   
 
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