The port town of Kollafjørõur – where we docked — served as our port of entry to the islands’ capital and largest town, Tórshavn, along with the neighboring islands that were accessible by vehicle over one bridge and several toll tunnels along with boats and ferries, Faroe Islands
From Ireland we sailed north towards Iceland and Greenland, stopping for two and a half days in the beautiful Faroe Islands. Our docking port was in the town of Kollafjørõur, serving as the entry to the island’s capital and largest town, Tórshavn. The port of Kollafjørõur is at the western end of a spectacular fjord (also named Kollafjørõur) on the island of Streymoy, on the edge of the village with a population of around 800.
The port of Kollafjørõur is at the western end of a spectacular fjord (also named Kollafjørõur) on the island of Streymoy, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands located 320 kilometers (200 miles) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean, connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Hikers and bird-watchers are drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy heathland, and steep coastal cliffs that harbor thousands of seabirds. The terrain is rugged; the climate is subpolar oceanic climate — windy, wet, cloudy, and cool. Temperatures average above freezing throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream. Between 1035 and 1814, the Faroes were part of the Hereditary Kingdom of Norway, which was in a personal union with Denmark from 1450. In 1814 the Treaty of Kiel transferred Norway to the king of Sweden, on the winning side of the Napoleonic wars, whereas the king of Denmark, on the losing side, retained the Faroes, along with the two other historical Norwegian island possessions in the North Atlantic: Greenland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands [population about 50,000 people and 80,000 sheep] have been a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. — Wikipedia
Note how the homes are along the shore of the fjord, not further up the mountains edging along the fjord, Kollafjørõur, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
A request for tourists to respect the neighborhood of old sod homes (see next photograph) near the ferry terminal in the capital city of Tórshavn (population 13,000), Streymoy, Faroe Islands
Due to the extremely high winds (all year long), older homes in the Faroe Islands had sod roofs (locally referred to as “turf-roofed”), as the weight and vegetation were strong enough to avoid having the roof (e.g., wood, tiles, etc.) blown off, Tórshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
The harbor before sunset at Tórshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands (#1)
“Located in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroe Islands comprise 18 small islands, characterised by steep cliffs, tall mountains, narrow fjords – and a population of 50,000. The Faroese language derives from Old Norse, which was spoken by the Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago. Through the centuries, the Faroese have defied the harsh nature and living conditions. Enduring today is a nation in which the living standard is one of the highest in the world. A highly industrial economy mainly based on fisheries and aquaculture continues to flourish, while a Nordic welfare model ensures everyone the opportunity to explore his or her own potential. Faroese maritime expertise is widely renowned and the Faroe Islands export seafood to all six continents. Positioned strategically between Europe and North America, the Faroe Islands are only a couple of hours flight from the metropolitan centres in Northern Europe. Upon arrival, the scenery renders visitors a ravishing natural experience in a society with advanced infrastructure and digital networks.” — www.faroeislands.fo
The harbor before sunset at Tórshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands (#2)
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