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Faroe Islands - A view from our expert author
I soon realised that I was somewhere quite extraordinary; the combination of wild weather and unforgiving landscape in the Faroe Islands is like nowhere else.
To be honest, there are few people who really know anything about the Faroe Islands let alone who are able to accurately place them on a map. Often confused with Britain’s Shetland Islands or the Outer Hebrides, the Faroes remain all but a blur to the non-Scandinavian world. However, that’s precisely their charm. Indeed, those in the know understand that these eighteen islands lost in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland hold a very special charm – it’s with justification that the Faroes have been voted the world’s most appealing islands in a survey by National Geographic Traveller magazine. The Faroes are one of the few places in Europe to remain authentic and unspoilt. A holiday to the Faroe Islands offers a chance to commune with nature like nowhere else: whether it’s hiking past crystal-clear, cascading mountain streams or visiting rustic villages dotted with traditional turf-roofed houses or watching thousands of seabirds sweeping past soaring cliff faces – a very special experience awaits. There are barely 48,000 people who call the Faroes home – life here is enviably slow and sedate – this is a place where people take the time to talk to each other and where honesty and openness are much cherished. Come and see how things used to be.