During February this year, my bestie and I went to the Faroe Islands for a week. We love travelling together, and since she grew up on the Faroes, we thought it would be fun for her to show me around there. In a few years, I might return the favour and show her what it’s like in the Basque Country 😀 Anyways, I pratically knew nothing about the Faroes before we arrived. It’s truly a place that deserves more recognition, and I will show you why! Here’s 7 things that I learned on the Faroes. All pictures in this post are from our trip back in February ❤
1. Lots of sheep. Cute sheep :3
There are more sheep on the Faroes than people (about 70,000 sheep, 50,000 people). They’re not very sociable, but super cute! Faroese sheep also look a bit different from the sheep I’m used to. They vary a lot more in colour and they simply just look more fabulous.
2. Cold water is free, and among the purest in the world!
The water on the Faroes is very pure and comes straight from the mountains. It has sort of a mineral/metallic taste, and if you wanna get some water from the sink, it’s SUPER COLD. Of course you have to pay a bit for warm water, but cold water is completely free! Awesome, right?
3. The nature is friggin’ beautiful
As the name suggests, the Faroe Islands consists of a bunch of small islands. In the picture above, you can see three small islands in a row. All these islands and mountains result in a somewhat rough-looking landscape, which I think is really unique and beautiful. It’s a huge contrast to the Danish landscape I’m used to. Also, there are pratically no trees on the Faroe Islands (ikr, wtf?). It’s so weird, but it’s true.
4. They have a huge mailbox
They have this huge mailbox on one of the islands. It’s as tall as a house, and I have no idea why lol.
Forgot to take a picture of this But you can look it up online! Skerpikjøt is a delicacy on the Faroes, and I’ve gotta say that it tastes REAL GOOD ❤ You usually wind-dry the legs of a mutton for several months, and the meat ends up having a strong smell. When the meat is ready, it’s normally sliced into small pieces and served on top of a slice of light brown rye-bread with butter and salt. Yummy!
6. It rains a lot
See how the weather in the picture above is sort of “misty-looking”? It’s acutally just A LOT of rain. It rained SO much while we were there I don’t remember my clothes ever being that drenched. So, if you consider going to the Faroe Islands (which you should), remember to bring a rain-jacket with you lol. The weather can be really stormy as well.
7. The Faroese language is awesome!
Faroese is only spoken by around 80,000 people. It comes from Old Norse, as one of the only languages which are not extinct (another one being Icelandic). I could actually understand a few things here and there, but the language is still vastly different from Danish, despite the fact that both are Nordic countries. I realised how exotic and rare of a language it was.
Have you been anywhere exciting lately? Or maybe a long time ago? And would you ever consider visiting the Faroes? Lemme know ❤
- Emmy xo