A Cool Place is the Faroe Islands

By no measure does the North Atlantic sound like a pleasant place to be, but the Faroe Islands, which are situated slap bang in the North Atlantic, about half way between Scotland and Iceland, has a climate that is considered mild in that region so far north.

The reason for this almost agreeable climate is because the weather in the Faroes is influenced by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Now, the climate could in no way be considered tropical, and in many parts of the world it would be thought to be atrocious, but in their region, the Faroes experience fortunate weather patterns.

For instance, it only rains there on about 260 days of the year, the water in its ports hardly ever freeze over, and the average winter temperature remains above freezing at about 3.5 Celcius.

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islands. These islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks and the coasts are mostly cliffs. Between them, the islands house a population of about 50,000 people and politically they are a self-governing dependency of Denmark.

The capital and largest town is Torshavn, which is located on the east coast of the island of Streymoy. The town was established by Viking settlers in the 9th century when farming and fishing were the main industries.

Compared to other island groups nearby, such as the Orkneys in Scotland, and Iceland, the Faroe Islands do not entice a large number of people to visit, and those who do are usually looking for some form of adventure activity such as hiking or fishing.

The islands do attract a lot of birds, which, in turn, attract a lot of bird watchers. The rugged coastline cliffs and strong winds provide ideal conditions for sea birds to flourish. Of particular interest is the world’s largest colony of Storm Petrels which gather on the island of Nolsoy. In order to protect these birds, visitors need to be accompanied by an ornithologist.

The islands only have one airport, but many of the outer islands are serviced by helicopter. The most economical way to get around between the islands is by ferry. The Faroe’s have their own airline, Atlantic Airlines, which has limited routes, mainly to Copenhagen and Reykjavik in Iceland.

This is a place to go if you wish to get away from it all and visit somewhere that is scenically spectacular and rich in nature.

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