The Faroe Islands is an archipelago and an independent country in the Kingdom of Denmark. Torshavn is the capital city of Faroe Islands. The islands are situated between the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic Ocean and this holiday haven is barely 2 hours from mainland Europe. There are about 18 mountainous islands covering the whole of Faroe region. It offers tourists and vacationers with 1,289 kilometres of uninhabited and unpolluted coast line and pristine beaches for a joyful ride or leisurely walk. The islands are separated by a mere 5 kilometres which makes traveling between them a breeze.
The close proximity between islands helps you experience the wilderness of nature to its fullest extent. Enjoy sipping a cup of Danish coffee sitting on the green grass and fill your lungs with freshest oxygen, so rare to find in cities and polluted areas.
Travellers Tips which you need to keep in mind are
- Always bring your sun glasses and sun screen lotion, if you are planning to visit the island destination during summers.
- Do not forget to carry your binoculars and camera, for a fascinating session on photography of wild birds and astounding natural scenery.
- The Faroe Islands are tied to the Denmark Immigration policy. Nordic citizens are not obliged to carry their passports; however they too need to display a document of identification, in case the same is demanded by the customs authorities.
- However, other foreign nationals are required to have a valid passport from their respective nations, if they need want to visit Faroe Islands. A tourist visa can be obtained by making a visit to the Denmark Immigration Center.
- Bring warm clothing as well as summer clothes, to be able to combat both cold and warm weather conditions as sea winds change the unpredictable atmosphere in this area.
The islands are sparsely inhabited by human population and have been naturally preserved from ravages of nature. You can find a couple of rugged yet wonderful and amazing buildings in the heart of Faroe. The finest of them include remains of wooden churches which were built from about 1830 to 1850. You can view the white washed stone foundation, black tarred boarding, white windows and white bell hung above the roof top. The interior is a veritable treasure of detailed woodwork in unpainted scrubbed pine. The design is humble, yet elegant in its simplicity. The best known buildings known for their explicit architectural value include Catholic School and Church, Theatre building in Torshavn and the Art Museum.
Art works in Faroe Islands
The quality of Faroese art is remarkably high though the island nation was inhabited by only 49,000 people until the middle of the twentieth century. Faroese works have been displayed abroad and the painters and sculptors have been acclaimed world-wide for their astounding talent and high quality paintings. A large exhibition of Faroese art was exhibited in the Copenhagen Art Gallery named ‘Den Frie’ concluding that nature is the driving force behind the Faroese artist. Other pioneers of Faroese visual art were Niels Kruse (1871-1951), Kristin í Geil (1877-1935) and Jógvan Waagstein (1879-1949), who were all self-taught painters.