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.

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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.

James Proctor

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