31 Jan Faroe Islands
Last week we were talking about the Northern Lights, so this week we’re concentrating on the Faroe Islands, which is also a well known location for Northern Lights viewing. While we’d highly recommend going to this quaint, unknown, and unexplored area of the world, we may not recommend it for wintertime, unless, of course, the Northern Lights are your only goal. Most of the tourist hotels and stores (which number only around a dozen anyhow) are closed for the winter, but we’re highlighting it now for your spring and summer travel plans.
The Faroe Islands are part of Denmark and the people, the Danes, that live there speak Danish and English. There are just over a dozen islands that make up the compact area, most of which are linked by tunnels and bridges and there are only 50,000 people that live here year round. Why go? Because it is idyllic and has waterfalls coming off of its mountains everywhere you look (at one point I counted over a dozen waterfalls in view from the road – they are truly everywhere!). It feels like modern worries, modernization, and generally the world as we know it has not impacted the islands. There are no major fast food chains (or any stores that you’ll recognize) instead everything appears to be locally owned and operated shops, restaurants and inns. The hiking is amazing (cliffs, green tundra blanketed by moss as far as the eye can see and vistas like you’ve never seen), the air is clear, the water is clear and the people are warm and friendly, seemingly happy to greet tourists.
It is fun to go somewhere so remote yet still accessible and we’d recommend taking the journey here if you are already planning to be in Scandinavia or Scotland (you can get to the Faroe’s via a short-ish flight from Copenhagen, Norway or Scotland). Just an idea to try