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Last week I got to go the Faroe Islands, a trip which I had won at a tbex competition. Before going, one of my colleagues asked me: “So, is that a place people actually go to?” Well, now I can say, yes and it is, it’s fantastic!!   The weather was bad (as expected), there where lots of sheep (as expected) and the landscapes where simply stunning (also, as expected). And here’s a bit about what I learned during those 3 days that surprised me!


Exploring the Faroe Islands and it’s secrets. Foto: Lea

10 facts you didn’t know about the Faroe Islands

  1. The Faroe sheep like to lick the salt off the roads, instead of taking a walk down to the ocean to get some.
  2. Some farmers have started putting reflective straps on their sheeps’ legs so they won’t get run over as much in bad weather and poor visibility.
  3. All public buses within Torshavn are for free and the rest of the buses are ‘sheep’.

  4. Buses are sheep, get it? Foto: Lea

  5. Faroes love Austrians. In 1990 they won against them in soccer and they are still proud of it. Austrians still suffer a little when they’re reminded of that game.
  6. There are three traffic lights on the Faroe Islands, and all in the capital, Torshavn, and very close to each other.
  7. Streymin bridge is the only bridge over the Atlantic Ocean in the world, connecting the island Streymoy with the island Eysturoy.

  8. Streymin bridge, Foto: Lea

  9. There are few insects on the Faroes – it’s simply too cold, even in summer. Bees came in on some artificial turf (for a football field in the capital) just last year.  The same goes for trees.  She eat all of the saplings. But, there is an artificial park in the capital.
  10. There is no prison on the Faroe Islands. Long-term prisoners get sent off to Denmark.
  11. A lot of the houses have traditional grass rooftops.  Safer in a storm than brick-roofs.
  12. Gásadalur is a small town on Vágar. The village is divided from the rest of the civilization by mountains, but in 2006 a tunnel was completed, which was then reserved for the population of Gásadalur only (everyone had a key). The postman had to walk over the mountain every day before the tunnel opened up! You can still walk the old postman’s trail across the mountain. It looks steep.

  13. The tiny town of Gásadalur, Foto: Lea

    There is more about the Faroe Islands to be written, check back here for more stories!

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5 Comments

  1. Megan EavesNo Gravatar
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Fascinating! What a wonderful trip to have won. What language do they speak on the Faroe Islands?

  2. crazysexyfuntravelerNo Gravatar
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    the pics look amazing!!! I lived in Scotland for a year so I can imagine the nature and all the sheep there :D

  3. Justin MorrisNo Gravatar
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Wow, looks like you had a wicked time Lea! I had no idea how much of a hidden gem the Faroes are.

  4. Allan ChinNo Gravatar
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Megan, they speak Faroese on the Faroe Islands! They also have to learn Danish (and English) because the Faroes belong to Denmark. Faroese is descended from Old Norse, and its closest living relative is Icelandic (spoken in Iceland).

  5. ShumonNo Gravatar
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    This post is very nice. I want to travel in this place. Kindly anyone can help me by giving information about it.

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