Tag: Faroe Islands

10 Key Facts On The Geography And Climate Of The Faroe Islands

Below are listed 10 key facts you should know about the geography and the climate of the Faroe Islands: 10. Geographic location The Faroe Islands are a small archipelago of 18 islands situated between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. The islands are also located almost halfway between Iceland, Norway, and the Shetland…


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…


The History Of The Turf Houses In The Faroe Islands And Iceland

The tradition of building houses with turf roofs in the Faroe Islands and Iceland dates back to the Viking Age. These architectural structures are the result of the climate on these islands, the requirements of the Norse society that settled them during the early Middle Ages, and last but not least of the local environmental…


Huldufólk (Elves) In Icelandic And Faroese Folklores

In Icelandic and Faroese folktales, the ‘hidden people’ (or ‘Huldufólk’ as they are known in both Icelandic and Faroese) are supernatural beings that reside in, beneath or behind the rocks. The term ‘huldufólk’ is a synonym of ‘álfar’ (meaning ‘elves’), and has been in use since at least the beginning of the 19th century in Icelandic folklore….


Vikings In The Faroe Islands

The Norse colonisation of the Faroe Islands is documented in the ‘Færeyinga Saga‘ (literally translated as the saga of the Faroese people; also known as ‘The Saga of Thrond of Gate’), an Icelandic saga written in the early 13th century. Unfortunately, the medieval manuscript was lost in time but several passages from it were written…