Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beautiful Landscapes of Faroe Islands in Denmark

Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. 

The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 and is 113 km long and 75 km wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead

Marked by dramatic landscapes where earth meets sea, the Faroe Islands, where the capital is inhabited by only 19,000 people, is one of the most stunning locations in the northern hemisphere.

The 18 island archipelago is located between Iceland, Norway and Scotland and has been a self-governing territory of Denmark since 1.948.

The Vikings had a lasting impact on the islands. 

The grass roofed houses in the capital city of Torshavn are remnants of the Vikings that arrived in the 9th century, and the Faroese language is the closest Scandinavian language to Old Norse. 

The volcanic landscapes on the Faroe Islands add to the sense of stepping back into the past. 

The rock forest on the island of Mykines features jagged, geometric cliffs, and the sea is a constant presence, never far away.

Despite being located north of the United Kingdom, the Faroe Islands have a mild climate due to the Gulf Stream, and the summer days last for up to 19 hours.

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