Discover Europe’s best kept secret – mysteriously tucked away like a figment of a child’s imagination. Adrift in the whirling rhythmic North Atlantic Sea, a different world lingers. A place like no other on earth.
Experience the luxury of slowness The speed of one’s thoughts slows. Stillness takes over the restlessness and hectic tempo of daily life. The clock slows down. Time moves less fast. There is more space between heartbeats. The soul ages at a lesser pace. The ease of existence is felt as an inestimable luxury. Silence descends upon man and land, and the days languish. Do you feel the easy pulse of an existence where delay and peace of mind are valued as a quality and as a welcome part of life?
An exploratory journey through the Scandinavian heritage Small, turfed wooden houses lean against young, straight buildings of glass and steel, where the sun’s rays reflect angles and expressions that reveal the will and courage to tread new and different paths. The materials and styles of modernity in villages and towns at times make up a provocative and awkward, at other times a humorous, cautious and respectful interplay with the heritage of the past, which is continued through the resonance of the young generation.
Challenge the mountain, engage nature’s might Steep mountains surround the villages and towns. They carry millennia on their backs. Cleft by black gorges, separated by deep valleys, lakes and brooks. By the violent force of the storms. They bear witness to the struggle for survival. The grand, untouched landscape lies unexplored before your feet. Nature unfolds in all its might and roughness in front of your eyes. Occupy those mountains. Challenge the heights. Meet nature.
Feel the fresh sea breeze The meeting with the ocean evokes thought and wonder at the movement of the earth. Ebb and tide. Life’s cycle and brittleness. The encounter of sky and sea, the contact between man and nature. A stay on the billowing element. A nation of fishermen through centuries. Survival or loss. Dependence and surrender. Faith and hope. Fish, whale, seaweed, mussels and the creatures at the bottom of the sea live their secret life in the salt water. The fish is fresh, the sea breeze is refreshing, and breathing is unrestrained.
The town’s young pulse beats in the old street The 200 year old Cathedral shares the streets of Tórshavn with modern, sparkling architectural gems, cafés, boutiques, churches, corrugated roofs, parks, cinemas, museums and little outhouses in an attractive jumble. Go on a discovery in a town where faces are recognizable, where sailboats and fishing boats lie lolling in the harbor, where the evening is filled with laughter and adventure. Where the lighthouse at the old fortress throws its beam across the fjord, where the scent of sea and tar mix with newly ground coffee and happy voices.
The smallest capital in the world The Løgting first met at Tinganes in Tórshavn around 850 and is therefore one of the oldest parliaments in the world. The Vikings had a tradition of placing their Thing (assembly) at a neutral and central place, and with its location in the middle of the islands, Tórshavn became the natural hub and venue in the Faroe Islands. The town with its present population of 20,000 is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
The Faroe Islands are a Scandinavian country situated between Norway, Iceland and Scotland.
The population originates from the Norwegian Vikings, who came to the islands around the year 850.
The first settlement on the Islands was made by the Irish monks and dates back to the year 625.
The total population of the Islands is just below 50,000 Tórshavn is the capital, it has 20,000 inhabitants.
The Faroese language has its origins in the Old Norse language It is a governing nation within the Kingdom of Denmark.
The Faroe Islands boast one of the world’s oldest parliaments, the Løgting Fishing is the main industry of the Faroe Islands.
The Islands has a Michelin starred restaurant: Koks.
How to get to the Faroe Islands: Throughout the year there are good connections to the Faroe Islands from neighboring countries both by plane and car-ferry.