1994 Vacation in the Faroe Islands
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The rugged Faroe Island archipelago consists of 18 islands separated by narrow sounds and fjords. It is located in the North Atlantic Ocean almost midway between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. Shetland at 162 nautical miles (300 km) to the southeast is the closest land to these lovely islands. The total land area of the Faroe Islands is nearly 1400 sq km, but counting the intervening sea areas, the islands cover a geographical area of 118 km north to south, and 79 km west to east.
The islands make up roughly four geographical areas - 1) the centrally located islands of Streymoy and Eysteroy that are the most populous along with the nearby smaller islands of Koltur, Hestur and Nølsoy, 2) the western islands of Vágar and Mykines, 3) the rugged fingerlike northern islands of Kalsoy, Kunoy, Borðoy, Viðoy, Svínoy and Fugloy, and 4) the southern islands of Suðuroy, Sandoy, Skúvoy, Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun.
When completed, this blog will describe and illustrate the breathtaking flight over all of the northern and western islands, as well as the larger central islands of Streymoy and Eysteroy. It also will describe five days of travel on land taking in the capital city of Tórshavn as well as day trips to the northern villages of Gjógv and Saksun, holiday festivities at Miðvágur, boat trip to bird cliffs and grottoes of northwest Streymoy, and ancient cathedral ruins at Kirkjubour.
Tourists were few and far between when I made this jouney in July of 1994, as the beauty of the Faroe Islands was not yet fully recognized as a major tourist destination. Since then tourism has developed into a major industry in the Faroe Islands, which was recognized in 2007 by National Geographic Travel magazine that rated it as the number 1 island vacation of 111 islands considered in their survey. The following brief description summarizes part of the basis for this number 1 rating:
Faroe Islands (Denmark) (SCORE: 87) "Lovely unspoiled islands-a delight to the traveler." Remote and cool, and thus safe from overcrowding, the autonomous archipelago northwest of the Shetlands earns high marks from panelists for preservation of nature, historic architecture, and local pride. "Spectacular waterfalls and harbors."
I am certain that my travel blog will further support this high rating. In my mind, the Faroe Islands are without doubt a number 1 travel destination.