10 Absolutely Spectacular Photographs of the Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are a small archipelago situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. They are an autonomous territory of the Danish Realm since 1948 with the capital city of Tórshavn on the Streymoy island, the country’s most populous one.
The isles were firstly settled by hermit Gaelic-speaking monks from Ireland and Scotland during the Dark Ages, being subsequently followed throughout the Viking Age by the Norsemen (these settlers were mainly of Norwegian descent but there were also Danish Vikings to a smaller extent).
The history of the Faroese Vikings is documented in the Icelandic sagas, most notably the ‘Færeyjar Saga’ and the ‘Færeyinga Saga’. These two sagas document the Norse settlement of the Faroe Islands and how the Faroese people were eventually converted to Christianity.
With respect to geography, the Faroese archipelago consists of eighteen major islands covering an area of 1,399 square kilometres which are located approximately halfway between Iceland and Norway.
Below you can admire a selection of 10 absolutely spectacular photographs depicting the Faroe Islands:
Documentation sources and external links:
- The official website of the Faroe Islands on www.faroeislands.com
- Faroe Islands: Geography on www.wikipedia.org (in English)
- Visit Faroe Islands Official Website on www.visitfaroeislands.com
- Faroe Islands Profile on www.lonelyplanet.com
- Photographs at www.pixabay.com (unless where otherwise mentioned)