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Pain and pleasure: Hiking the hills of the Faroe Islands

Take a walk for more than a few minutes in the Faroe Islands and you’re guaranteed to come up against a big hill. The terrain of the 18 islands of this sub-Arctic archipelago is so uneven that pretty much anywhere offers a view of an intimidating mountain

Torshavn – the capital that’s more like a small town

Torshavn is not your typical capital city. Home to barely 20,000 people and with a modest selection of restaurants and bars, for most of the year it has the feel of a small provincial town (if you arrive during the annual St Olaf’s Day wild celebrations your experience will certainly

To Mykines, in search of puffins

The moment 8 of us stepped out of the helicopter, we pretty much doubled the population of the island. Only 9 permanent residents remain on Mykines, the westernmost of the Faroe Islands and yet as I walked between the 40 or so houses in the island’s only

Island hopping by helicopter in the Faroe Islands

On my recent trip to the Faroes I was excited to visit the island of Mykines, famous for its huge colony of sea birds. Even more exciting was the prospect of heading to the island by helicopter. Unless you live on a remote island, or are ridiculously wealthy, helicopter

Summer of fun in the Faroes

In recent years the Faroe Islands have become an increasingly popular holiday destination. Just an hour’s flight north of Scotland and two hours from London, these small dots of land in the North Atlantic draw thousands of visitors who come mainly to enjoy the islands’ wild landscapes

Faroe Islands: a bird watching paradise

The Faroe Island may be located in a rather inconvenient place for human visitors – let’s face it, you’re hardly likely to pop in on your way to somewhere else. For birds however, it’s an altogether different matter. The islands’ isolated location some 200 miles north of

Walking in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands lie to the north of Scotland and for those who haven’t heard much about the rugged beauty of the islands they may only be aware of their existence from tuning in to the shipping forecast. This is certainly not a destination for sun-worshippers or

Faroe Islands and the British occupation

When you step from the plane on arrival in the Faroe Islands, you may be hard pressed to imagine the islands as a critical location in the Second World War. Yet look a little closer and you’ll uncover many clues about the important role the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands: an encounter with living folk culture

The Faroe Islands are frankly exotic. They’re a self-governing Danish territory located about 360 km from Lerwick in the Shetlands, slightly closer to Iceland in the west than Norway in the east. They are hardy, their dramatic, vast landscapes characterised by a relative lack of trees, towering

Koltur – a new national park in the Faroe Islands

It’s too small an island to justify a regular boat schedule. A helicopter stops by three times a week to deliver supplies (and presumably news) from the mainland. Yet for the two residents of Koltur, one of the smallest of the 18 main Faroe Islands in the