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The amazing Faroe Islands

February 10, 2008

I recently stumbled on some nice photos of some very interesting looking islands. On further investigation I found that these were the Faroe Islands and that they lie north, north west of the UK approximately 300km from the top end of Scotland and between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. All of the photos are by Olavur Frederiksen and I highly recommend that you visit his website links at the end of this story to see many more of his photos.

Klaksvik, second largest town located on island of Bordoy
Faroe Islands, Klaksvik, second largest town located on island of Bordoy
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur
Faroe Islands, Klaksvik, Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Information on the Faroe Islands


Not much is known of the earliest history of the islands, Irish hermits (monks) settled on the islands in the sixth century, bringing with them sheep and oats as well as early Irish language.

Around 650 AD the Vikings replaced the Irish, bringing with them the Old Norse language, which has evolved into the currently spoken (Faroese) language which is spoken today. These viking settlers came from Norwegian settlements in Shetland, Orkney and islands in the Irish Sea.

Norwegian control of the Islands continued until 1380, when Norway entered into the Kalmar Union with Denmark and control gradually transferred to Denmark. When this union between Norway and Denmark was dissolved as a result of the Kiel Treaty in 1814, Denmark retained control of the Faroe Islands.

During World War 2 the British army occupied the islands so as to strengthen control of the North Atlantic, however after the war control reverted back to Denmark and a home-rule regime was implemented granting a high degree of local autonomy.


So where on Earth are the Faroe Islands, see below
Faroe Islands
Image: Google Earth

18 main islands make up the Faroes
Faroe Islands, 18 main islands make up the Faroes
Image: Wikipedia


“The Faroes declined to join Denmark in entering the European Community (now European Union) in 1973. The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify the economy. Support for independence has grown and is the objective of the government.”

The Faroe Islands have come back in the last few years, with unemployment down to 5% in mid-1998. In 2006 unemployment declined to 3%, one of the lowest rates in Europe. Nevertheless, the almost total dependence on fishing means that the economy remains extremely vulnerable. The Faroese hope to broaden their economic base by building new fish-processing plants. As an agrarian society, other than fishing, the raising of sheep is the main industry of the islands.

Petroleum found close to the Faroese area gives hope for deposits in the immediate area, which may provide a basis for sustained economic prosperity. Since 2000, new information technology and business projects have also been fostered in the Faroe Islands to attract new investment.


As discussed above the Faroe Islands are approx 350 km north north west of the top end of Scotland, making them not far from the southern end of the Arctic Circle. Considering their high latitude the islands are not as cold as you might expect, with average temperatures of 3 degrees Celsius in winter and 11 degrees Celsius in summer.

Faroe Islands during colder months
Faroe Islands, during colder months
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, during colder months
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen


The Faroe Islands consist of eighteen separate islands. The whole area of the Islands is approximately 1399 square km (540 sq Mles). There is 1117 kilometes (694 mi) of coastline. There are no land boundaries with any other country. The only island that is uninhabited is Lítla Dímun.

“The Islands are rugged and are dominated by tholeiitic basalt lava which was part of the great Thulean Plateau during the Paleogene period.”

Litla-Dimun, the only uninhabited island of the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands, Litla-Dimun, the only uninhabited island of the Faroe Islands
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, St.Dímun
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Gásadalur, located on the west-side of Vágar Island
Faroe Islands, Gásadalur, located on the west-side of Vágar Island
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, Mykines
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen


“Vágar Airport has scheduled service to destinations from Vágoy Island. The largest Faroese airline is Atlantic Airways.Due to the rocky terrain and relatively small size of the Faroe Islands, its transportation system was not as extensive as other places of the world. This situation has changed, and today the infrastructure has been developed extensively. Some 80% of the population in the islands is connected by under-ocean tunnels, bridges, and causeways which bind the three largest islands and three other large islands to the northeast together.”

Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands, Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Torshavn Harbour
Faroe Islands, Torshavn Harbour
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Aurora over Tórshavn
Faroe Islands, Aurora over Tórshavn
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Aurora over Kollafjordur, a village on the Island of Streymoy’s east cost
Faroe Islands, Aurora over Kollafjordur, a village on the Island of Streymoy’s east cost
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, Tórshavn
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Kirkjubø by Night, with traditional grass covered roofs
Faroe Islands, Kirkjubø by Night, with traditional grass covered roofs
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Pilot Whales
Faroe Islands, Pilot Whales
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Klaksvík, second largest town in Faroe and on the Island of Bordoy
Faroe Islands, Klaksvík, second largest town in Faroe and on the Island of Bordoy
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, Tindhólmur
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

Faroe Islands, Tindhólmur
Photo: Olavur Frederiksen

One final thing, I have made myself a promise that I will travel to the Faroe Islands sometime in the future.


First and foremost I must thank Olavur Frederiksen for allowing me to use some of his amazing collection of photos. Please see his website links below if you are interested, he has many more wonderful photos.




All other information for this post was obtained from Wikipedia.

Faroe Islands on Wikipedia


154 Responses to “The amazing Faroe Islands”

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  2. Delph on June 2nd, 2008 12:24 pm

    Fuck off, they do a tourism shot about pilot whales, not precising that every years they killed hundred of them as part of a stupid freaking rituals. They cant even eat the meat anymore due to the high level of mercury in the pilot whales.
    if you dont trust me here are some links to articles and video



    They wont get my tourist money as long as this barbaric praticce continue!

  3. Robert de Bock on June 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm

    I never knew these islands existed… Might be a little dumb, but okay. They look -very- nice. Thanks for the collection of photos!

  4. paul on June 3rd, 2008 3:04 am

    Have to book my flights to this place 🙂

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    can rocky run up these mountains you think!?, to best ellistrate, i have done this animation

  7. Obbop on June 3rd, 2008 10:55 am

    A tsunami would really ruin your day.

  8. Luke S'ford on June 3rd, 2008 2:04 pm

    I’ve been there. Very beautiful indeed. It’s a place to go and be silent, to listen and watch and think.

  9. Bones on June 3rd, 2008 2:35 pm

    Ya tyebya lyoobloo

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  11. Jon Joensen on June 3rd, 2008 6:42 pm

    I live there, and you are all very welcome to visit my beautiful islands 🙂

    See you around!

  12. GoodShit on June 3rd, 2008 8:18 pm

    what it says…

    The amazing Faroe Islands : Get A Look At This……

  13. superficialdiva on June 3rd, 2008 8:34 pm

    Amazing photos and Faroe Islands is one great place to visit.

  14. Jose on June 3rd, 2008 11:07 pm

    Puta que pariu!

  15. Craig on June 3rd, 2008 11:10 pm

    I agree with you Delph that the whale kill in the Faroe Islands is appalling. It doesn;t however mean that I wouldn’t go there to visit. If we decided to not go anywhere where officials did bad things than we wouldn’t go anywhere.

    I could say I am not going to go to the USA because George Bush’s administration invaded Iraq and he has consequently been indirectly responsible for allowing the US soldiers to die over there.

    I could say I am not going to the USA because of the appalling treatment of the African American population in many parts of the country.

    I still will go to America, I just don’t agree with the treatment of some of it’s citizens.

  16. D Legal on June 3rd, 2008 11:16 pm

    The landscape looks amazing! though I’m not sure what the heck I would do if I were to visit.

  17. tom on June 4th, 2008 12:10 am

    hey craig,
    As a citizen of the US I’m confused as to what parts of the country you find appalling treatment of african americans? I personally live in NY city and have traveled all over the US and guess what, it’s not 1940 anymore, If anything there is preferential treatment given to minorities to make up for past wrongs that my generation had nothing to do with. Time to put past mistakes to rest and move on, otherwise your only going to upset a new group of people that had nothing to do with past atrocities.

  18. Smarter than Craig on June 4th, 2008 12:49 am

    Craig is an idiot, first off let me agree on the President Bush slams, he is dumb as well.
    BUT – we do not have African-Americans her in America. We have Blacks with an identity crisis. They were called Negroes, Colored, People of color, Black, and this generastion now wants to be called African-American. Craig- Recent Gallop studies have show that 97 % of Blacks have never been to Africa.
    In addition, 98% of Blacks have to go back at least 6 generations to find people that were NOT born in America. America is and always has been a melting pot, but you cannot force a race to claim what they really are.
    Next subject – Blacks receive more handouts than every other race combined. They are allowed into college with MUCH lower scores than EVERY other race. MOST of our welfare goes to the Blacks although they only make up 12% of our population. Over 60% dropout of highschool. One in every four black men is, or has been in prison. The prisons are currently housing 77% blacks.
    You know nothing of what you speak CRAIG.

  19. Miquelon on June 4th, 2008 1:57 am

    Yes ! The Faroe Islands – always wanted to visit, I consider them the sister islands of St Pierre et Miquelon (www.spm.org) on this side of the Atlantic – where I’m from.

    For Delph : go eat some tofu

  20. Lisa Smith-McCullen on June 4th, 2008 4:55 am

    Well, anywhere where there is snow and cold, that’s where I will avoid. There are enough tropical destinations out there for me that will keep me happy!

  21. Dave Owens on June 4th, 2008 5:50 am

    I lived in Kodiak, Alaska for two years. It looks a lot like this.

  22. XenonII on June 4th, 2008 8:40 am

    These islands would make a wonderful addition to the United Kingdom!

  23. Davur í Dali on June 4th, 2008 10:53 am

    The people commenting on pilot whale hunting have no idea what they are talking about.
    to delph: It’s not a ritual. It’s a way of getting food. Like when cows, pigs etc are killed every where else in the world. When you say that we cant eat the meat, you are VERY wrong. Every single bit of the whale is eaten, and very much enjoyed. If you think we’re bad for killing animals, you should realize that all countries in the world kill animals. And to a much further extent than the Faroe Islands. Meat Is necessary for humans to survive. And pilot whales are in no way an endagered species. They thrive in millions all over the globe. Simply calling us barbaric because we eat a “cute” animal is ignorant. If you use that argument, you should really grow up.

    If you want something else to rabble about – consider this

    I think that’s very disturbing, and remember. That’s how they are killed ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  24. Davur í Dali on June 4th, 2008 10:58 am

    to D Legal:

    There are lots of things to do in the Faroes 🙂

    We have shopping centers, bars, nightclubs etc. like any other city. it’s hard to understand if you’ve never been here, but we don’t just sit around being bored all the time :b Tourists mainly come here and take walks on mountains and stuff like that. You know, just enjoy the scenery. Then in the afternoon they go to bars, and “party” with the locals :b

  25. Jungle Peter on June 4th, 2008 11:28 am

    What is wrong about killing whales? I dont hear people crying about fish getting killed. Is it because the whale is bigger? You somehow have more feelings for this bigger fish. Well come on! Why dont you cry about cows getting killed. I really dont get you people. Did you fall in love with flipper or something? Pilot whales are NOT an endangerd species. They give lots of good food. Some mongoloid flipper lovers say the whales are left to rot on the beach. This is a COMPLETE lie. Not a single piece of meat is wasted! And its delicious btw. so fu! and we dont want you to come here flipper lover. go hug a tree! and eat it

  26. Jana on June 4th, 2008 11:36 am

    Someone mentioned whalekilling. Well, I live there and I would like to tell you a bit about it…

    Many people have the idea, that whalekilling is something we do for sports, and that it goes like this: Some men think that today is perfect for whalekilling, so they gather a lot of boats and sail out to find some whales, chase them around untill they reach the beach, where they brutally kill them and then party over the “catch of the day.” Well, thats not how it goes!

    This is how it really goes: A sailor spots a whale at sea, while he is out in his fishingboat (or something like that) . He calls for other boats to come, so they can get the whales to the beach, where other men as quick as possible kill the them, and get them to a place where they can cut them up and get the meat. Everyone who participated in the whalekilling write their name on a list, so they get their share, and if there is a lot of meat, all houses in the village will get some. Some years we kill only a hundred, and some years thousand, it depends on how many travel in our direction. Long time ago, it often saved the islanders from starvation, but now its just an addition to the regular dishes. Yes, we still eat it!

    I am not trying to get any of you to say that whalekilling is ok, Im simply trying to show you, that we are not doing it for fun!

  27. Craig on June 4th, 2008 1:38 pm

    In reply to smarter than Craig.

    Firstly, I am making some sort of parallel between the Black population in America as the black population here in Australia.

    The statistics that you speak of regarding African American people seem to be much the same as our native Aboriginals. Huge percentage have been in prison, they are given handouts, etc etc.

    But this does not seem to work does it. If someone is given handouts than they are not going to learn to appreciate things as they would if they had to work harder for it.

    What then happens is that the white population start to resent the fact that the black people are given handouts, with resentment comes scorn, ridicule, some members of the white community start to have bad feelings toward the black community and then the black people get there backs up and feel like they are victimised, therefore they start to walk around all day with their defenses up and ready to fight back.

    Consequently, when black people go to job interviews, or any other place where they are being judged, the result isn’t always in their favour.

    You just have to go to any poor neighborhood and see how big a percentage of the people are black.

    I think the best thing that we can do is gradually cut out the extra funding that goes to the black people and use this money to educate everybody about tolerance and start to all get along.

    Always treat everybody with respect, instead of having preconceived ideas about what sort of person they are.

    I once was in a situation where a friend and I had contact with a Lebonese person who looked like he was angry and would have fought at the drop of a hat. When my friend approached this person and spoke nicely to him I was so amazed at how quickly this persons persona changed to being relaxed and at ease.

    When we spoke further with this person, it came out that he had been treated badly since he was a young kid, other kids used to give him crap at school and so he fought back and was always on edge. When treated with respect he was a whole different person.

    So don’t get me wrong, when I say that blacks are treated badly, I don’t mean that they are treated as they were in the early 1900s, I just mean that there are a much bigger percentage who are living in poverty and I think there are better ways of improving their standard of living than just giving them handouts.

  28. Stephen Spry on June 4th, 2008 6:50 pm

    Hey Craig…

    Isn’t it funny what happens when you simply try to show a few nice piccies of a place…

    And the next thing you know you’re up to your neck in the poo facing accusations about whale killing, having a go at black americans, AND the bonus… getting called an idiot in the process???

    What IS the world coming to?


  29. Craig on June 4th, 2008 9:36 pm

    Hey Stephen, Thanks for the comment.

    Yes, lovely isn’t it. Oh well I guess it’s a great big wide world out there and many different people have many differing opinions. That’s what makes the World Wide Web tick I guess.

    Oh and just one other thing for SMARTER THAN CRAIG to ponder, If you were a black person from America and your descendants came from Africa, would you not be an African American, or put another way, an American of African descent.

    One more thing for SMARTER THAN CRAIG, Can you honestly say that if you were a black African American from New Orleans, or Queens or any other lower socio economic area that you would have every opportunity afforded a white person from say Boston for example?

  30. EwanBlackmane on June 4th, 2008 11:53 pm

    What a beautiful place! Anyone who lives there wanna chat?

  31. Craig on June 5th, 2008 12:08 am

    Another Point for smarter than Craig. I saw on TV here in Australia about 6-8 months ago a story regarding a Black man who was I think in his late 50s or early 60’s who was shot by swat police who broke into his home mistakingly while looking for another black man who had committed a crime. The police crew opened fire on the elderly black man as his wife looked on and shot him dead, even though he was sitting in his lounge watching TV.

    The police had got the wrong house, on the wrong side of the street, the person they were looking for was I think something like 20 or 30 years younger and I’m not sure about you but I would have thought alarm bells would have been ringing for the swat crew when they saw that the bloke was that much older than the one they were looking for, but no he is black so he must be a bad ass and we might as well shoot him while we’re here to save us another trip!!!

    I have heard stories of a similar nature regarding police and their shoot first ask questions later attitude towards black people. Funny though that I hear many less stories of this nature re white people.

    Something is wrong in the system and it needs to be fixed with education, reasoning, respect, kindness and a fair go for everyone unless they specifically do something not to deserve it.

  32. meneame.net on June 5th, 2008 12:10 am

    Paisajes remotos: fotos de las Islas Feroes…

    Lindos paisajes, cielos naranjas y auroras boreales vistos en las Islas Feroes. No se si las fotos estan un poco "Photoshop-enhanced", pero vaya, estan bonitas….

  33. Benjamin Matras Absalonsen, Faroe Islands on June 5th, 2008 1:50 am

    To comment number 2, Delph:

    Well hi there retard. We kill pilotwhales in the Faroe Islands, but not hundreds like you said, and as a matter of fact, we eat them. The mercury level is too high, but still it is good food, and the whalefat is extremely healty with high levels of Omega 2 and 6 fat. So check your scources for real before you write lame comments about things that you don’t know anything about.

  34. Hans on June 5th, 2008 1:51 am

    I live there, and i want to clarify a little thing about whaling.
    We do NOT hunt for whales, we only take the ones that swin in at up arund the islands.
    We do NOT look for whales and when we kill whales it is only when they are found by fishermen or other boats sailing around the islands
    We use EVERY single peace that comes from the whale for food, artifacts, and other usable stuff.
    Greenpeace has stated that pilotwhaling in the Faroe Islands is not a danger to the population.
    Everyone is welcome to visit the islands that by the way has the oldest still working democraticly electet parlament in the world – dates back to around and before 600 bc
    Be very welcome

  35. mario on June 5th, 2008 6:39 am

    please write to local autorities to stop the incredible whale killing!
    its not right to show just beautifull pics!
    its amazing how deep can stupidity go in humans!!
    this is one of the most shocking things i’ve ever seen!
    this is not europe!
    please fight agains this poor human beings!

  36. Davur í Dali on June 5th, 2008 12:02 pm

    to mario:
    You obviously haven’t done your homework

  37. John R on June 5th, 2008 2:40 pm

    Your points about African-Americans are not without merit, but to describe the situation as “appalling” is hyperbolic. You cannot make a convincing argument with anecdotal evidence, so it is useless to roll out. Your call for an end to “handouts” has been the subject of academic studies, their results falling on both sides of the argument. Affirmative action programs (that’s what we call them) were necessary when they were created, but most were implemented with the idea they would be faded out over time. The disparities in prison populations and poverty are a holdover from the past, and they continue strong today, but you cannot make a generalization that includes all African-Americans in these groups. Truth is, race relations vary on a regional basis, and it is not just a matter of rooted pockets of racism and discrimination. Poverty is very hard to break free from, education and social programs are underfunded, and those fortunate enough to be economically above the lower class have an easier time arranging for private school and such. The poor have less time to invest in their children’s upbringing due to the amount of hours spent at multiple jobs, but many still handle it very well, and might break the cycle of poverty for their children. All the same, the bulk of Americans are not hell bent on maintaining the faults you seem to fixate on. That is why we have harsher punishments for hate crimes, social programs that target poor areas, and any number of talking heads who make a living arguing about this much better than you or me. It is a slow climb to the utopia you expect from my country, but perhaps if you write a letter to the world explaining the fastest way to correct the past and mold every single individual to your ideal, your head might not explode the next time you hear of bad things happening to innocent people.

  38. roberta on June 5th, 2008 2:55 pm

    Kill, don’t kill, whatever. But meat is most certainly not necessary for humans to survive.

  39. Anni :) on June 5th, 2008 10:04 pm

    Faroe Islands is the perfect place to be, if you want peace and quiet. The people are very VERY nice people, and they will help you in any way, if you have a problem.

    The whale thingy. it’s not what they do daily. You are not to be affected by this. 🙂

    You should come the Faroe Islands. If you like adventures, you will LOVE these 18 islands. AND the whether experts say, that this summer is going to be lovely.

    come to førjar, it’s lekkirt!

  40. Jacob on June 5th, 2008 10:05 pm

    People would survive without chicken as well, but does that stop you?

    And to Delph, none of the meat goes to waste, don’t listen to does videos etc., because they know just as little as you do. Come visit us if you want, but stop fucking blaming us for something that isn’t true. Amen.

  41. Jacob on June 5th, 2008 10:13 pm

    Craig, could you please just leave? This is about my beautiful home, <3 and you’re just making an ass of yourself, and talking about something that has nothing to do with the topic, bye.

  42. Craig on June 5th, 2008 11:08 pm

    The Faroe Islands definitely seem to stir the emotions, they are truly an amazing place and I will definitely be visiting them in the future.

  43. mrsleep on June 6th, 2008 2:42 am

    Meat is not necessary to survive.
    I’ve been living without meat for 20 years.

  44. Andru Emil on June 6th, 2008 11:17 am

    I am from the Faroe Islands, and this message i to Delph:

    Yes, we do kill Pilot Whales. It may seem barbaric, but in truth, it isn’t.
    And we kill maybe 500 whales a year, even less some years. And we do eat it.
    The Pilot whale is not endangered, only in the Faroese ocean there are aproximatly 400.000 whales.
    And the next time you eat your pork, think of the imprisoned life, the pig had, instead of a great and free life the whales had.

  45. jasmine celion on June 6th, 2008 5:15 pm

    beautiful island ilove to go there

    jasmine celion

  46. antiques on June 7th, 2008 12:06 am

    Very cool site. Wish I could visit myself

  47. MBP on June 7th, 2008 1:24 am

    To Jana and all the others who seem to remain ignorant about killing whales. Do a little research first. You will see that the main concern for YOUR people is that the pilot whales are contaminated with Mercury. Eat the meat and yes, you too will be affected. Perhaps, you already are though. You just don’t get it.

  48. sir jorge on June 7th, 2008 4:22 am

    those are amazing

  49. ... on June 7th, 2008 8:46 am

    Delph, you stupid f**k ! you have no idea about what the f**k you are talking about, we kill the whale for food, not for fun you stupid f**k !
    and that shit about the mercury is bullshit ! we wouldn’t hunt it if we couldn’t eat it !
    Killing the whale is not as brutal as stuffing pigs and chicken into a small cage and feed them with all kinds of faster growing shit !

    I just f**king hate people like you. you stupid f**k !
    anyways, thanks for the great article 🙂

  50. Amelia on June 8th, 2008 2:53 am

    I tell you what, it’s simply unbelievable how some people cannot respect each other. I read the whole page with the comments and some simply screw up others . The point is, doesn’t matter if people from Faroe islands eat or not the pilot whale, the fotographs shocks everybody, it’s so much blood . That is the point, the picture!!!!!!
    So stop to screw up each other and look at Africa, they’re starving there. This picture is the worst !!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Sóleyg on June 8th, 2008 12:47 pm

    Here we go again…

    I think it’s very impressive that yet AGAIN, a very nice article about my beautiful country, was poisoned by the never ending discussion about killing whales. The fact is that most faroese people kill it, eat it and love it. GET OVER IT! -it’s a fact of life as so many other things are. In other parts of the world, people are treating animals in all sorts of ways that I think is VERY wrong, but that would never stop me from coming there and seing the beauty of their country. There are places where people eat cats and dogs, which I find absolutely horrible, but there is not a damned thing I can do about it!

    Regarding the mercury levels in the whale-meat, doctors do tests all the time and for eksample pregnant women are advised not to eat it, to prevent possibly negative effects. So we are being cautious, and not just to damaged by it, like a person mentioned above..

    This article was ment for showing people around the world the great islands up north that I think everyone should be lucky enough to see at least once in their lives. So how about using it for its purpose and if you cannot stop nagging about issues that should not be discussed here, then you guys take each others e-mail adresses and take the discussion to a different place, where people who actually understand the beauty and spirit of this country, will not have to read about it. It’s rubbage, totally irrelevant and really, really annoying!

    Anyway.. To the writer: I would like to thank you for writing this article. It is always nice to see that other people are as fond of my homecountry as I am myself! 🙂 Nice work.. 😉

    Eg elski Føroyar! <3 Gleði meg at koma heim í summar.. og fáa turkaða grind! 😉

  52. woodman on June 8th, 2008 2:13 pm

    This wouldn’t be for me less than a short visit. There are no trees

  53. Hugo on June 9th, 2008 5:43 am

    Come and visit Klaksvík on the Truck festival. Big trucks and a lot of fun 🙂

  54. Isha on June 9th, 2008 5:54 am

    i m flabbergasted!!!! why isnt this place as famous as hawaii and other islands .i got to go to this place although i hav never heard of it before .this place is like a heaven on earth . A special thanks to the writer . I am a natural beauty lover . this place has increased my love for nature .again THANKS A LOT!!!!

  55. ViddaVolpe on June 9th, 2008 5:56 am

    Where are the trees? Were there ever any? How did they keep warm before gas central heating?

  56. Docstudent_from_Oz on June 9th, 2008 9:25 pm

    To Jungle Peter who wrote, “You somehow have more feelings for this bigger fish.” Well…sorry my dear fellow, but take a science class and pay attention; killed for food or whatever, a whale (and PLEASE read this carefully) – a whale is NOT a fish; it is a MAMMAL. So is a dolphin, or “flipper” as you eloquently put it.
    Bummer hey? It kinda waters down your argument…not that I really care whether you eat whale or not. Oh…and by the way, I have more issue with the Japanese killing Minke whales for their so-called “scientific research” and the barbaric slaughter of the pup fur seals by the Canadians. So hey…if the Pilot the whale population is secure and you don’t mind a little ‘Hg’ poisoning (that’s Mercury – I learned that in a science class because I paid attention – cool huh?) then, bon apetit!

  57. jko0329 on June 11th, 2008 12:29 am

    these treehugging morons are f***ing stupid. i happen to think that cows are cute and i am just absolutely appalled at the human race because of their barbaric slaughter of millions of cows each year.
    oh my god what the f**k is wrong with these dipshits. stupid tree-hugging fairies.
    these whales are not the same as the endangered ones being killed elsewhere in the world. so what the hell is wrong with killing them. humans are not a herbivore species we have survived our whole existence killing and eating many different kinds of animals. seriously these people crack me up

  58. jko0329 on June 11th, 2008 12:34 am

    by the way great site.

  59. Halgir Winther Nagata on June 11th, 2008 1:29 am

    Great article. 🙂

    Great to see people having interest in visiting this place.

    Sorry for the few Faroese people here who can’t refrain from crude language, but this is a very touchy subject which hits a nerve with many.

    But yes, like others say, think of other things going on in the world. Most animals which are eaten by humans are either kept in cages, where they literally can’t move, or strapped up, and never touch the floor in their life. They are force-fed so they can be fat, and finally slaughtered, often in inhumane ways. Our whales live their whole lives free, and are since killed in seconds. There are a multitude of laws ensuring that whale killing is as fast, painless and humane as possible, and any unnecessary cruelty is punishable.

    A lot of you do make valid points about high mercury levels in the whales. There is a lot of research going on in the Faroes regarding this, and our projects have shown negative effects on humans at exposion to mercury. We are aware of this, and we do have recommendations on how much whale is safe to eat. It is advised that women completely abstain from whale meat their whole life, until they’ve decided not to have more children, so as to not expose the children to unnecessary risks.

  60. Katie on June 11th, 2008 3:38 am

    I live in England and I have never even heard of these islands! I’d love to visit!

    What nationality do the people class themselves as?
    What languages are spoken there? I’d love to know more about it.

  61. kyjay on June 11th, 2008 10:59 pm

    Well said Soleyg, all that other crap is irrelevant – can’t we all just enjoy the natural beauty of the place?! 🙂

  62. Heidi on June 12th, 2008 4:24 am

    To Delph,

    I just fell over this website and your comment. I guess you live in a city and never lived close and in harmony with nature. Persons only getting their food and drink from supermarkets and in cartons wrapped boxes, should not speak their mind of any matter conserning living animals of any kind.
    And I think we can live without your tourist money. Here aren´t that many torists comming this way anyway…that´s what makes this place so unic….but those who find their way with a positive mind are all very welcome.

    Heidi a Faroe Islander

  63. Alessio in Asia on June 12th, 2008 5:27 am


  64. wendell on June 12th, 2008 1:04 pm

    Great article on what looks to be a very unique place.

    Too bad about the gong show that ensued.

    Life feeds on life and nobody in North America has any more excuses anymore for anything.

  65. former neighbor on June 13th, 2008 5:49 pm

    This articule was a great read …… bad luck about the negative and sometimes silly comments that followed. This side should be about beautiful scenery and interesting places to visit. For those so called animal rights campainers ….. take a hard look at yourself and clean up the weed in your own garden before you judge others. Well if you can’t visit country because something is, to your standard, done wrong there than I don’t wanna visit yours for one simple reason = you live there!!!!!!

    To all the people of Faroe Islands ……. I used to live in one of your neighbor countries and I was never fortune enough to visit the country. But I will come and visit one day and I am sure I will enjoy EVERY minute of it. These islands are a real treasure and the people is simply wonderful. I have met few of you guys and the city sleakers around the world could learn a lot about life-in-general from you!!!!!!!

  66. Wale on June 14th, 2008 5:34 am

    If you say anything apart from the amazing Faroe island, you are a nut.
    Forget about blacks, whale killing etc.
    I think the Island is truly amazing.
    How do you get there from Houston?

  67. Muster on June 15th, 2008 12:10 am

    Who needs whales anyway. Kill them, cook them, eat them. Yum Yum.

  68. Halgir Winther Nagata on June 15th, 2008 2:51 am

    To Katie: Our nationality is Faroese, as is our language. We start learning Danish in the second grade, and English in fourth or fifth, so by that time everyone speaks three languages. In eight, you may learn German as well, and by the time we’re 18-20, everyone speaks three languages, a lot of people speak four or five, and some speak even more. That’s one of the things that makes it great for tourists, there’s no hassle finding someone who can help you out in a language you understand.

    You may find this interesting: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/islandsrated0711/islands.html

    It’s an article done by the National Geographic magazine, in which the Faroe Islands are rated as the number one island tourist destination in the world.

  69. Shirley Chaplin on June 15th, 2008 10:04 pm

    I have been to Torshavn and was amazed as I toured the countryside that there were no trees. It has a quiet beauty.

  70. subrashankar on June 16th, 2008 10:34 pm

    I never imagined there could be such serene and captivating islands just off the coast of Scotland. I have visited on business some of the channel islands and liked Guernsey the most. These however are a much larger and serious cluster with economy driven by what the abutting seas offer rather than someone stashing away money or seeking tax shelter.It is very interesting and the various accounts including some written by the locals makes it an interesting summer proposition,
    By the way what is the controversy that is being raged about race and race related issues in this informative piece.I cannot help myself but express that oppression of any ethnicity in the past for long years leaves a scar so deep that it is etched in the gene.So why lament about efforts -mostly apparently genuine-made to uplift some unfortunates in any way.Affirmative action by whom and for what,just to gloat about being just and equitable. My foot. In the first place none of the descendants of the African-Americans ever could be blamed for the feelings of rejection,dejection,despair and desolation they suffer and so react.Correct the cause and administer a remedy of social bonding and acceptance of all not the few who stand out in Sport,Entertainment and the like.I personally feel that the parents of the last generation failed to rise up and admit that their ancestors were wrong in discriminating humans by race and ethnicity.It is funny though sincere that the Australian Parliament unanimously resolved and apologized for the wrongs to aborigines and their children in the past and that too deliberately and systematically. A year or so ago when I was in Toronto the Canadian government openly apologized to the Chinese migrants and now citizens of Canada for the wrongs to the indentured labor that they used and mostly Chinese to build the railways.I think humans are such a phenomenon that they make others gullible and smacking stupid with some public display of apology and make it appear like a celebration.At least the very young and impressionable children will get the correct message imprinted in their minds and will bury the history and get on with life.One of few good things about globalization is that there is greater awareness about rights of people and any violation is viewed in a humane and much broader perspective.
    I actually stumbled upon the islands and may be got into the controversy about race.

  71. Pile of idiots on June 17th, 2008 3:15 am

    What the hell is WRONG with you people? You all seem to act like 5 year olds, discussing who gets to play outside longer, I mean, what the hell?
    If you hate the Faroes killing whales so much, then take it to Greenpeace or some other organization that can DO something, instead of trying to make others follow your ridiculous mindset.

    Truth is, there’s no point, I’d be upset too if they were endangered, but as it is, they are far from. So let them do it. Some people kill deer and other wild, just to keep the population down, it’s the same thing, it makes no difference to nature weather a couple of hundred of whales are killed each year, there’s millions left still.
    So stop your petty arguments, they’re revolting.

  72. Guy on June 17th, 2008 7:56 am

    Hey, y’all ain’t gonna believe this. But I was just looking at the UEFA cup qualifiers rankings. I literally came here from that page. I went there because I was surprised my boys under the cross of king george didn’t get in. I mean, England got evicted by the reds and the croats? Weak. Anyways, I’d never really heard of The Faroe Islands, but I noticed they were in the qualifiers and didn;t do too well. No respect, just a spit of land out in the water. Never compete against the might Frogs and Italians. Even against countries like Ukraine and Scotland, no hope. But I think the effort is valiant. Anyways, I thought it was cool as hell that I was just looking at them in the UEFA page then I come here. Especially cause I’m a yank, so what’s the chance I would be on the UEFA page in the first page. But, no, I love football. Tomorrow Italy is going to wreck France, Romania, unfortunately is going to lose to the Dutch, but they put up a hearty effort.

  73. bloger on June 17th, 2008 9:35 am

    nice places, thanx.

  74. james on June 17th, 2008 8:35 pm

    I have been to the Faroe Islands. A place with remarkable scenes of nature, with the pure bright blue sea of the atlantic, the scent of freshness in the air combined with the beauty of the green mountains, it truly has a spellbinding effect on a persons soul.

    To comment the whale killing.
    Ignorance is the mother of mistakes. I would like to give a comment to some of the powerfull organisations, which I always have thought had it in their hearts to tell the truth to the worlds habitation.
    It’s easy to capture hearts when you can get stars (our idols) to narrate twisted stories, in which the main igredient is ignorance.
    The whales are killed with a large knife, which is thrusted into the spine, killing the whale immediately, then the cut of the neck continues. There is no slow death for the whale. It is bloody, yes, that we can never be without, if we want to kill an animal fast. But it is also humane.
    People should rather focus and make harder efforts on stopping the real torture of animals; Like the “bull fighting ” in Spain or the huge fur market in China, which would sicken the most of us.

  75. Robert McMenomy on June 18th, 2008 9:53 am

    It does get my traveling juices going. At this time of year they must have the mid nite sun. Love to be there just now. WoW !!

  76. Manuj on June 20th, 2008 4:06 am

    This is really amazing. One of the places i must visit before I die.

  77. Christine on June 20th, 2008 11:28 am

    OMG! Is it heaven? Look at the Aurora. Amazing! It’s indeed a small island but it still preserve the essence of what a real world should be like. I’m curious about the people over there. Wow… I just can’t stop admiring. This is a place that not every tourist knows. I want to be one of those who knows about this place. I want to be there and experience everything about this island.

  78. Halgir Winther Nagata on June 20th, 2008 11:45 am

    That’s right Robert, at this time of year it doesn’t get dark. It’s very nice. Sort of depressing in mid-winter though, as it’s dark almost the entire day.

    If you come here in the summer, there are some places you can go to catch a beatiful sight. You can watch the sunset, but before the sun seems to dive into the ocean, it starts rising again. Beautiful.

  79. Brent Harding on June 20th, 2008 4:39 pm

    My, that “Delph” fellow is obviously a highly cultured and intelligent individual. How can you tell? Well, he starts off with an obscenity and it goes steeply downhill from there.

    What exactly does this mean: “not precising (sic) that every years (sic) they killed hundred . . .”

    Please, someone take away his keyboard and give him back his crayon.

  80. Neil Parker on June 24th, 2008 3:31 pm

    I stumbled upon this great site about the faroe islands. and im amazed i knew a guy called Nikolai from the faroe islands in my first year of university and he never said how beautiful his country was. great images i might visit one day !

    also on the subject of pilot whale killing, whats everyones problem? i hate vegetarians/animal welfare enthusiasts who try to force their ridiculous views on the rest of society. if you dont want to eat meat for health, moral or any other reason then fine, but don’t try to convince an entire society that an age old part of their culture, is wrong. moreover i like that when you follow the link that delph posted you get to an article which is full of inaccuracies, the funniest of which is “They have become more and more autonomous since after “World War II” in 1948″ World War II ended in 1945 stupid idiot vegetarian.
    and finally if people weren’t meant to kill animals for food, then animals wouldn’t be made from delicious meat.

    PS i would like to eat a dolphin whats everyone think about that?

  81. sam on June 25th, 2008 6:49 am

    the grass covered huts are nice……

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  83. John in Colorado on June 27th, 2008 3:05 am

    I am grateful for the places like yours that still have beautiful scenery and great people from what I have read from some of the Faroese responses. I would love to meet you and get to know you. I now live next to the Rocky Mountains of the United States and would welcome you to visit here and experience our scenery which is known world-wide. You would have to get use to the trees as much as I would have to get use to seeing very few trees on your islands. But that is what traveling is all about – experiencing new ideas, things and people!
    I have some questions – How did your ancestors heat their homes and eat something else instead of fish and whales.? (I do support your decisions on harvesting whales). Do you have geothermal electric power like Iceland? What is not imported to the Faroes? If you don’t answer these – that’s okay, for my interest has risen to find out about you by educational sources. Thanks!

  84. kenneth finn on June 27th, 2008 10:42 am

    Robert de Bock on June 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm I never knew these islands existed… Might be a little dumb, but okay. They look -very- nice. Thanks for the collection

    its got to be the most stupid thing some one as ever said! must be a yank

  85. Mayur on June 27th, 2008 10:53 pm

    nice post! moderator, kick craig and smarter than craig out please. they ruined the post unlike other people who just ignored digressing comments.

  86. girish on June 28th, 2008 11:50 am

    awesome……………. thats it…. faroe islands

  87. Jonata on June 28th, 2008 2:52 pm

    I like it, I like it alot! Hows the climbing? I feel so free looking at those photographs. this place looks like it has good culture. Thanks for sharing a piece of your joy all of you faroenians, or what ever you call yourselves. I think ill take a gander over and yonder Faroe, See you there.

    Tourism in Faroe? not a chance. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 watch out its coming, oh wait never mind, you’re already looking at it.

  88. ajb on June 28th, 2008 4:10 pm

    To those of you harping on race relations on a blog, John R went to college. Listen to him because he’s right and the rest of you are closet racists. People who say racism doesn’t exist in America and that people don’t do, think, and say horrible things based on race/gender/sex/religion are either ignorant or arrogant.

    The Faroe Islands, on the other hand, look magnificent. I definitely want to see this place before I kick it. And the people sound awesome, according to Hans and Halgir. Very excellent pictures, good article. Thanks Stumbleupon.

  89. Wait on June 30th, 2008 7:31 am

    Crying over the killed whales babes! why don’t you stop eating your mcdonald’s burgers and get on a vegetarian diet? Most of the stuff you eat comes from a dead animal. Yes, murdering an animal isn’t always one of the most crowd-pleasing things done, but people have always survived off preying and hunting. As long as it doesn’t go out of hand, there’s nothing wrong with it. With killing for food people just have to make sure they sustain a reasonable number of animals, so they wouldn’t go extinct.

  90. bruce on July 8th, 2008 6:13 am

    stunningly beautiful, what an incredible place. its a must visit .

  91. The Dove on July 10th, 2008 12:38 am

    “Got something to say ?”
    “Speak Your mind”

    so it says… at this section… at the end of a very long page…..

    well you people certainly have…

    Lovely pics btw

    I read this whole page through, twice… the second time I was giggling…

    and THEN I noticed Reflux remedy.com has an ad on the right hand side way way up near the top of the page..

    “I cured my acid reflux” …

    perhaps some of you people may need a dose….. or two


  92. tyooo on July 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm

    Very nice article! Thanks for this!

  93. Janus on August 10th, 2008 1:20 am

    Another website with a bunch of nature photos from the Faroes is http://www.faroenature.net/gallery

  94. Olga on August 21st, 2008 2:25 pm

    To the people of the Faroe Islands, thank you for explaining the tradition. I have to admit I was falling into the category of those who simply act /react instead of doing my own research.

    Like many I was shocked when looking at the pictures. I can only imagine a tribe’s man from Ethiopia and his reaction if he walked into our modern slaughter houses. Well, I dont have to go that far….anyone’s reaction to a slaugher house would be of concern and disgust (hopefully).

    Some can also argue that plants are alive and eating them is also wrong. We can discuss this here all night ….all I can hope for (and we should all demand it) is that we are somewhat “humane” when catching/ killing our food.

    Can we all get along?

  95. iraninfinito on September 4th, 2008 2:01 pm

    nice view

  96. rick on September 17th, 2008 12:25 pm

    I skipped to the bottom after the first several comments, but am glad to see that Olga said what I had planned to say. While to those of us from different cultures the idea of killing pilot whales may seem “barbaric,” that’s just a very ethnocentric way of looking at things — I have no problem with it, especially if its for food. Even if it was for ritual, its fine because this is their island. if you don’t like it, don’t go there!

    For me, I’d love to visit this place. I’ve never paid attention to it before, having only heard the name without knowing anything about it. It looks absolutely beautiful, and I hope to someday make the trip out there.

    I’m hopeful that the Faroe Islanders are open to outsiders but would understand if you want to keep all of it for yourselves!

  97. Panic on September 24th, 2008 10:45 am

    As a faroese native I find it interesting to read through the comments on here.
    I highly recommend the Faroes as a travel destination. People there are better educated than most places on the planet seeing as the country is only 48.000 people strong and education is free, even sponsored by the government. The infrastructure is second to none (again, because the country is so small) and nature there is absolutely breathtaking. The weather is shit most of the time but it’s well worth it. The whaling, i have to add, is purely for food. It’s heavily regulated and commercial whaling has been forbidden for decades. The sea is our pantry as opposed to countries with a bigger landmass.

  98. bren on September 25th, 2008 9:12 am

    i notice on the map above, that you have the ‘united kingdom’ written over britain but you havnt labled Ireland with its own name, making this map appear to include Ireland as part iof the UK. Ireland IS NOT PART OF THE UK!

    That map is as offensive to me, as the disgusting culture of the Faroe islanders towards the Dolphins and especailly given that the british carried out many similar massacres of the Irish throughtout their tyranical rule here. Just as bloody, just as evil. Please relable your map to show ireland as it is, a seperate country that is NOT part of the UK.


  99. Inge on October 13th, 2008 1:26 pm

    Andru Emil: you are soooo right about what you said.
    Any one that eats meat should think about what they say.
    Boy, I love you Islands, yet have never been there and can’t wait to visit.
    I am from the Netherlands(Nederland) and now live in Canada – Ontario.
    Hope when I visit, I get to meat you all and eat what you guys eat. (hope I like it)
    Love to learn some words…

    see ya over there..tot ziens dan maar!

  100. Inge - Canada on October 16th, 2008 10:45 am

    Saw the Aurora on some of the sights, that is beautiful!
    Do you Faroers have that there every evening and night?
    I showed my husband about your Islands and he just loved the pictures.
    HE had never heard of your beautiful islands, I was shocked.

    By the way, be proud of what you guys eat! People eat to live – simple as that.
    What you eat depends on where you live.
    I get tired of Canadians being accused for fishing and either releasing them or eat them for food.

    For Bren – the Netherlands always get called Holland, while the Country only has the name : the Netherlands, while Holland (South and North) are provinces in the Country it self. Does this really matter? No! Point to all this is – website _ Faroe Islands and what they have to offer and how beautiful and rustic they are.

    How do you get to your islands? Do you go by plane from Norway or Denmark or by boat? When is the best time of the year to go? and what can we bring for you people who live there as a need gift? What kind of bread do you guys eat?
    What is are your main vegetables besides Potatoes? I am a real cook and love to bake, just love to see your dishes you have to offer and what you guys bake. I have so many questions about your islands as you guys can tell. How many days do you stay to make it worth it to see all there is to see? Are things more expensive then as in Europe or North America? Do you guys have to import a lot of things? DO you guys worry about fashion (I hope not) like as where in the world?
    I better stop! ha!

    Just love to go and meet you all.

  101. Marita Gulklett on October 18th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Dear Craig.

    Thanks for a wonderful article about our beautiful islands. I am deeply sorry for some of the comments, that you had afterwards. Unbelievable…
    Here is another link to all of the churches in Faroe Islands http://www.jenskjeld.info/kirker.htm

    The very best regards

  102. Craig on October 18th, 2008 9:34 pm

    Thank you Marita for your nice comments. I am going to come and visit your islands one day, it is an amazing place.

  103. Eva on October 31st, 2008 6:55 pm

    I must say that I’m sorry for the people of those Islands. They really do terrible things to the whales (I saw the pictures) but they don’t even realise it.
    Of course it has been a long tradition etc blabla.

    In Belgium it has been a long tradtion in a certain village that one day a year a little fish that’s still alive is put in a drink and swallowed alive.
    This might seem nothing to you people, but the animal rights organisation in Belgium protested against this and now it’s forbidden!

    Just to say that the rest of Europe has apparentely other standards about animal rights than the people of the Faroe islands.

    Please don’t give me the argument that I don’t feel compassion for pigs, cows, other kinds of fish. I don’t eat any meat or fish, I’m vegetarian.

    What is importaint to an animal acitivist is the suffering of the animal. This must be as little as possible. Even more: we would like to avoid any suffering that isn’t necesarry.

    The way the whales are killed (with hooks) is really terrible. I suppose these animals really suffer a lot. And that’s the whole point. No animal has to suffer for my consumption.

    I hope one day you will have insights about this.


  104. Janus on November 10th, 2008 7:03 pm


    When you don’t have full insight into something, you shouldn’t demand it of other people.

    “They really do terrible things to the whales (I saw the pictures) but they don’t even realise it.”
    – People killing whales are fully aware of what they are doing.

    “The way the whales are killed (with hooks) is really terrible.”
    – They aren’t killed with hooks, but with knives.


    Go to http://www.whaling.fo

  105. Guillaume Tell on November 14th, 2008 4:49 am

    See this and have your own idea about the feroe. :

  106. Jan de Stoter. on January 15th, 2009 1:46 am

    Is this realy happening out there?
    Because if so I think it’s quite sick.



  107. Andy on January 15th, 2009 2:43 am

    Whoa, this is awesome!! It’s quite far away though. I’ll be coming to Europe next Summer, but it is still not just around the corner. Can one get there by plane or are there only ferries?

  108. Craig on January 15th, 2009 6:51 am

    They have one main airport on the Island of Vágar. This airport was built by the Brittish armed forces during World War 2. Vágar Island connects via a toll road Tunnel to the Island of Streymoy, upon which the Faroese capital Tórshavn is situated.

  109. Jake the Cake on January 26th, 2009 8:09 am

    I find it funny how a forum about a country in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean, with a (probably) 1-2% black population, can become a discussion about black Americans… What the hoof? Grow up and pick on a KKK forum for fuck sake! At least I get to stay home eating pilot whale meat. 😉

  110. Helder on February 17th, 2009 10:54 am

    What is an Orca? It is a human without an internet connection.
    Read this article and then stop wasting time and enjoy the view of the Faroe Islands

  111. mot&daut on March 30th, 2009 6:43 am

    My daughter had the faroe islands in her devotion book by Rebecca St. James,who has visited your beautiful islands. We were curious and looked them up online. We were amazed at the beauty just in the pictures. Pictures usually capture a small portion of what would be enjoyed in person and the pictures are breathtaking. I see why so many enjoy visiting and living there.

    We would like to one day visit and take in all the wonderful sites and culture. Thank you for sharing.

  112. ALLAL Monique on April 3rd, 2009 6:50 pm

    Je viens de lire les commentaires concernant cette pratique qui consiste à chasser le baleine en bord de mer pour des jeunes qui ne connaissent que la violence et non pas l’amour de l’être qui existait avant nous soit l’animal et je suis terrorisée de voir que nous n’avons pas plus évolué que les prédateurs. Je suis membre Greenpeace et SPA je ne peux tolérer de telles pratiques. Apprenez à nager avec ces êtres dénués de méchanceté comme je l’ai fait et vous comprendrez mieux que nous avons tout apprendre d’eux et sur nous-mêmes. Les coutumes ancestrales et primaires doivent être révolues une bonne fois. Evoluons ! cela ne pourra qu’être bénéfique pour le genre humain, tout le monde s’indigne devant les guerres mais il y a certains massacres qui ne devraient pas exister, apprenez à reconnaître les êtres d’amour, et n’oubliez pas ils étaient là avant nous alors cessez de vous placer au dessus de la chaîne
    Pour ma part, si je dois visiter ce pays qui doit être magnifique je me rendrais certainement dans ces îles afin de combattre ces massacres. Merci

  113. Craig on April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm

    Thank you Monique for your nice comments.

    I have translated using google translate so that others can read your comments (see below)

    “I just read the comments on the practice of hunting whales in the sea for people who know only violence and not the love of being that existed before us is an animal and I’m terrified to see that we have not evolved as predators. I am a member Greenpeace SPA and I can not tolerate such practices. Learn to swim with these beings devoid of malice as I did and you will understand better that we learn from them and about ourselves. Ancestral customs and primary should be gone once. Evoluon! this can only be beneficial for the human race, everyone is outraged at the war but there are some massacres that should not exist, learn to recognize the beings of love, and remember they were there before then we cease to place above the chain
    For my part, if I visit this country must be beautiful I made certainly in these islands to combat the killings. Thank you”

  114. pearljamcrazy on July 1st, 2009 10:24 am

    The Aurora is so beautiful! Looks lovely!

  115. Petra on July 24th, 2009 12:40 am

    My grandfather is buried on Suduroy…I went there last year to visit his grave with my father…These pictures do NOT even compare to the absolute beauty and tranquility of the islands. It was almost too beautiful to be real. We went in the summer time so it was light 22 hours a day. We were taken away with the people, the landscapes and the isolation of the Faroes. If you are a nature enthusiast i recommend you travel there! There is so much history, beauty, wonder, friendly locals and absolutely amazing scenery! I will be returning one day..until then, i have my photos and videos to look back on.

  116. Terry Pardy on August 17th, 2009 12:52 am

    Bren, get real man, it does not say United Kingdom on Ireland and neither does it say France, Germany, Belgium etc. Does that make those countries look like they belong to Denmark!

    Anyway, lovely photos with a comments thread soured by sidetracks about whaling, racism and who knows what else. WE ARE HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTOS!!!

  117. Lisa Cotton on September 22nd, 2009 5:28 pm

    I am here right now on holiday and so far t has been the worst holiday I have ever had. If you come here only come here in July and August when you MIGHT have some chance of good weather. If the weather is bad when you are here it can completey ruin your holiday. You can’t see the famous views, you can’t go anywhere because the wind is so strong and this time of year everything is closed.

    The only thing this place has is the nature and views so if you can’t see them its pretty boring.

    Whale killing.. I have been staying with a local for a few days of this trip. The people constantly look out for whales. As soon as they see one they call the police who then notify the fishermen to go out and kill the whales. We saw a grind that lasted at least 4hours, we watched them chasing the the whales that to us looked very tiny. We later found out that they were dolphins that are rare to The Faroes, it was actually the first time they had been seen in the islands. Even though they locals know they are not allowed they killed 3 of the dolphins anyway. A sad event especially as the people do not even eat dolphins. They ust killed them for he sake of killing them.

    The locals do kill and eat pretty much everything that moves. They even kill and eat Puffins. One local joked to us that not even dogs are safe. He told us of a farmer cooking and eating a poodle because it looked like a sheep.

  118. rtrtyy on November 17th, 2009 1:12 am

    These dumb inbred f*cks must be shot in the balls while their children are being gutted like the dolphins they so enjoy killing, its just a sport to these barbaric…no f*ckin words to describe them.

  119. Pavel on November 30th, 2009 6:40 pm

    Whales are sensitive, social animals with highly developed nervous systems. They have a profound capacity to suffer distress, terror and pain. Each year, the Faroese kill pilot whales and other small cetaceans.

    Islanders in motorboats first drive the whales into a bay. The chase may be lengthy. The exhausted, terrified and confused whales are eventually driven into the shallows. Here the bloodbath begins. The islanders repeatedly hammer 2.2 kg metal gaffs into the living flesh of each whale until the hooks hold. A 15 cm knife is then used to slash through the blubber and flesh to the spinal column. Next the main blood vessels are severed. The blood-stained bay is soon filled with horribly mutilated and dying whales.

    The Faroese celebrate the butchery of their victims in an carnival atmosphere of entertainment. Indoctrinated from an early age, children are often given a day off school to watch the fun. They run down to the bay and clamber over the carcasses of slaughtered whales.

    Every year around 2,000 whales are driven ashore and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands, mid-way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. For centuries the Faroe Islanders have hunted pilot whales, driving entire schools into killing bays, where they are speared or gaffed from boats, dragged ashore and butchered with knives. Although the Islands are a protectorate of Denmark, they have their own Government and regulations governing the pilot whale hunt or “grind” as it is known.

    Aside from the fact that the number of North Atlantic long-finned pilot whales is unknown and they are listed as ‘strictly protected’ by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, this is an act of barbarism and pointlessness. By slaughtering 100 whales at a time, the Faroese are wiping out entire pods and family groups. They are removing building blocks from the gene pool of the species and damaging the web of life in the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

    The drive hunt is a practice abandoned elsewhere many decades ago, and now outlawed by other European states. The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have no subsistence need for whale meat, and much of the flesh is left to rot and be dumped; it cannot be exported, as it is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins and therefore cannot meet EU heath standards for human food.

    According to Faroese legislation it is also permitted to hunt certain species of small cetaceans other than pilot whales. These include: Bottlenose dolphin; Atlantic white-beaked dolphin; Atlantic white-sided dolphin; and Harbour porpoise (There are also specific regulations for the hunting of harbour porpoise. Harbour porpoises are killed with shotguns).

  120. maple on December 15th, 2009 1:29 pm

    very beautiful island with a cruel people!!!! i just saw the photo album that someone post on facebook that they kill 100 of pilot whale overthere the whole bay turned to red color and those people having fun!!!!!!!! Oh my buddha, my heart is bleeding

  121. dvd on December 22nd, 2009 5:36 pm

    read through these but the ones

  122. Interesting Reading… – The Blogs at HowStuffWorks on January 12th, 2010 3:41 am

    […] The amazing Faroe Islands – “I recently stumbled on some nice photos of some very interesting looking islands. On further investigation I found that these were the Faroe Islands and that they lie north, north west of the UK approximately 300km from the top end of Scotland and between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea…” […]

  123. CCork on January 31st, 2010 12:41 pm

    I would never visit a place like this. As beautiful as it is it is spoiled with a population of disgusting humans.

    There are petitions around the world raising awareness of what these sick individuals do.

  124. Nikki on February 27th, 2010 8:26 am

    I will NEVER EVER visit Denmark or the Faroe Islands, because of the ignorance there. The mass killings of whales and dolphins is pointless, and sickening. I will tell everyone not to waste their money visiting there. To all those participating in this event, GO TO HELL!!!!!!!

  125. Me on March 3rd, 2010 8:19 am

    Look up denmarks dolphin killing festival and check some pics out its very sad their oceans are stained with blood I am very dissaponted

  126. vhs on March 4th, 2010 3:53 pm

    very beautiful island

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  128. Julzzy on March 15th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Oh yeah, the islands are really picturesque… until the scenery is just slightly overtaken by the sight of thousands of pilot whales being ritualistically slaughtered as children splash in the blood and help their dads trap them.
    F%$@ the Faroe islanders.

  129. Julian on March 20th, 2010 10:13 am

    The Faroes look beautiful, and I am sure they are wonderful – but I do believe that the whale-killing is brutal, and something that I would hope people would have moved beyond. It seems to be a celebration of killing, and I cannot respect that. Factory farming does not deserve any respect either, but that is something else I avoid. I am saddened that whale-killing is still a significant part of the Faroese cultural heritage.

  130. jho on April 4th, 2010 8:14 am

    faroe island? i have a question.. do you still up to now kill whales??? cause if you islanders still kill them i don’t think i wanna be with a bunch of crap. yes cows, pig and chicken are killed too. but isn’t their lives not enough for you? do you still want to take another animal’s life even if you really don’t need it?? your tradition is full of crap. it just says that you people don’t have contentment with what you have. you’re not contented with chickens, pigs and cows?/ the difference with whales and those 3. is that the 3 animals can be raised. while the whales they multiply by themselves. if you people are civilized you should have thought about that. for my own opinion all of you in that island are morons. mga inutil kayo. gago!

  131. jho on April 4th, 2010 8:26 am

    mga gago kayo faroe islanders! sana ma-tsunami kayong lahat pati mga anak niyo! para walang mabuhay sa inyo!!!! mamatay na kayo!!!!!!!!! mga ulo! putang ina niyo! tarantado!

  132. Rich on August 3rd, 2010 10:19 pm

    Faroes is a great place to visit. Have been 20 times or so and the people are genuine friendly people. There is plenty to do in the capital Torshavn with plenty of places to eat, drink and party.
    If you like walking then this is a great place with some of the best views you will ever find also if you have an interest in birds its also a great place with a good variety to see.
    Ref the whales. The faroese do kill wales and they eat as much as possible of the whales including the blubber. I have tried the meat several times and find it very tasty with a roast beef type texture. I don’t feel any guilt for eating the meat as it’s not endangered with over 400,000 in the water around the faroes. I guess the faroes kill less than 500-600 per year so not a significant figure percentage wise.
    The faroese also eat much fish and lamb from the local resource with a little beef that is raised on the small areas of suitable land they have.
    If these whales where endangered then us people of larger counties (mine being the UK) have to ask ourselves why are the endangered? Is it because of the 40,000 faroese people continuing to do what they have done for hundreds of years or the pollution and over fishing and greed of larger counties has been by far the largest contribution to the decline of sea mammals.
    PS the beer is very good in the faroes!

  133. Mery Bordoy on September 25th, 2010 9:17 am

    I never imagine that the world has a Island with my last name. Its beautiful, and totally natural. I love the aurora in the sky.

  134. The non-hypocrite! on December 1st, 2010 9:05 am

    Delph, you are an IDIOT. There is nothing ritualistic about the whale killings. It’s the whales swim too close to shore, people go out in boats and guide them on shore. This doesn’t happen very often. And YES, people in the Faroes do eat the meat; that’s why they hunt the whales. There is no native ritual that includes whale hunting (to my knowledge there are no such coming of age rituals at all in the Faroes, except maybe the Christian confirmation thing). All the whale propaganda is sickening! I hope you’re a vegetarian, ’cause if you eat ANY kind of meat after dissing whale eating, you are the world’s biggest hypocrite! All of you who give the Faroese crap for eating whales, unless strictly vegetarian (no, make that vegan) are hypocrites! Have you seen what happens to cows, swine, chickens etc.? Battle that instead! These whales live their lives out in the open, eat what they’re supposed etc. and, despite what you may choose to believe, die are killed as swiftly as possible (unlike some boiled alive chickens many of you have probably eaten). STOP THE PROPAGANDA!

  135. The non-hypocrite! on December 1st, 2010 9:06 am

    Correction, they don’t even *hunt* them, as that means actively searching for, and pursuing them. They go out with their boats, when the whales swim too close to shore (visible from the mainland), period.

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  138. Tim on May 13th, 2011 5:15 am

    I really want to go there and try the whale meat. Maybe they’ll trade some good american Bambi steaks for some.

  139. Dolly.M on July 17th, 2011 4:28 pm

    So tough and beautiful at the same time, now I have one more dream – to visit this place.

  140. kirankumar on December 7th, 2011 1:44 pm

    hi i have just registered in flip…i saw amazing photos of nature..its really beautiful and spectacular….!!!!!!!

  141. Whale & Dolphin Lover on March 25th, 2012 2:14 am

    Hello, everyone. I’m an eleven year old girl in the United States. And I just must say how despicable I think Faroe Island are. Every year, they kill hundreds of innocent, sweet dolphins/whales. It is terrible. Worst part: They cannot even eat the meat they give off. They just kill the majestic creatures to symbolize them becoming adults. This type of behavior is one of the worst thing ever. It is a terrible, awful behvior to Mother Nature and the Lord. How would you feel if many evil animals came in with big hooks and sliced you up not once, twice but three times and you died in the blood of your family and friends. Because that is what the Faroe Islands do. On one of the wesites below, there is a picture of several children sitting upon a murdered whale/dolphin. Just sitting there, without a care in the world. Do they not know that their families and friends are killing innocent creatures? Because they are. Please help raise awareness of this.



  142. Daniel Sales on May 15th, 2012 7:22 am

    i found out about this country because of a band called TYR…anybody heard of them?

  143. Richard Moss on June 9th, 2012 7:42 pm

    Has there ever been an effort to transplant trees from similar climates (perhaps Alaska or Siberia)?

  144. Richard Moss on June 9th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Has there ever been an effort to transplant trees from similar climates (perhaps Alaska or Siberia)? A partial reforestation could enhance the beauty of these islands and possibly provide a new economic resourse.

  145. Reaper on June 24th, 2012 6:48 am

    Omg Pik spiller 🙂 food is all they want

  146. Carlos on October 25th, 2012 4:41 am

    The Faroe, are home to some of the most beautiful women on earth

  147. jamaima on November 8th, 2012 5:14 am

    Romantic scenic beautiful lovely place to visit these islands racists are not only in uk usa europe asia they are everywhere specially english speakers are more racists but it don’t mean to reduce the value of any place eating meat or whale have nothing to do with these heavens on earth jealous ridiculous people stay away to come here if any problem with them only decent respectable peace lovers are welcomed not lovers of idiot bush war monger mad old toad.

  148. Mark on December 10th, 2012 9:17 am

    The pics are great. The commentary from some of you are just plain hilarious. It is a pity that a set of pics for an isolated beautifual area of our worls has been kidnapped by a few who want to discuss their gigotry.
    Interestingly I had a girl from the faroe Islands stay for the week. She commented that she did not like the taste of whales. She preferred fish.

  149. Dxpat.com Pictures website for Faroe Islands | Dxpat.com on April 2nd, 2013 3:06 am
  150. Richard Hansen on June 12th, 2013 9:52 pm

    Where can I buy a DVD showing the beautiful nature and wildlife on Faroe Islands.

    I have tried and tried but cannot find anything.

  151. Alex on March 27th, 2014 7:35 am

    Faroes Island – your in my list to visit 🙂 just please no killings of whales /dolphins.

  152. Ingridr on June 10th, 2014 3:08 pm

    When ever things get too stressful at work. I go to images of the Faroe islands on my computer and let my imagination wonder. Than back to the rat race.

  153. Richard A.Wianiuk on February 12th, 2015 9:35 pm

    Beautiful ! ! Faye and I did all the travelling we could when we were young enough to get around without tour groups that had complaining others bunched in with us. Nothing like Americans giving their opinion about other peoples customs, houses, cars and choices of food. Your Islands look very beautiful, Thankyou for givng us a chance to see them. I one gets the chance ,please post some regular citizens of your country going about their lives before too many whale factory ships come aroung doing research and landing on your lovely Islands to drink themselves stupid stinking up the place.
    For those who want to see another beautiful Island chose Cuba. Do it soon, because Obama (who has brains) is going to try to mend the feelings of the cuban people.After he gives back the Torture base(Guantanamo area) which the americans forced the Cubans to rent to them in 1902 as part of the constitution they wrote and made the Cubans sign. An American Senator Platt’ made an amendment to the Cuban constitution The Americans called it an “agreement,” usually it meas two parties need to be in favour off a plan , but the Americans pay Cuba about $2,500. U.S. Dollars a year, to controll it for Naval Coaling Base,to refuel steam ships. But the agreement statted that the Americans can hold on to it for ever as long as they need it for that purpose. Those days are gone, Castro refuses to accept these payments, claiming they no longer need nor use it to refuel ships ao the agreement has been violated.The Americans have used it to threaten the Cuban people with invasion (just like Panama and Grenada)and use it as a torture site to get around international laws. Those are the international laws we need to to worry about and enforce, not whether the people on your Islands use a few hundred whales for food as they are allowed under international agreements. I agree with people who have fought long and hard for laws to protect species that are endangered around the world and I encourage them to continue . However Their words would best be spent telling the rest of the world to visit your Islands and go whale watching .Stating that if more people visit and increase the value of tourism, those lovely whales swimming in a nice pod will be around so your, my. and their grandchildren will be able to see them .
    Faye and I both agree your home country is a beauty.

  154. Brittany@GreenGlobalTravel on April 26th, 2015 12:01 pm

    This was a wonderful history lesson and the images of the Faroe Islands are beautiful. Tindholmur is especially breath-taking! Thank you for sharing!

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