In 2007 Gásadalur, a village on the west side of Vágar in the Faroe Islands, had a population of 17. Vágar's mountainous terrain includes peaks to the north and east of Gásadalur that reach 2,400 and 2,345 feet respectively, so accessing the village was always somewhat laborious up until 2004, when a tunnel was blasted through some of the island's rock, enabling travel by car. Lush green fields tumbling towards steep dropoffs into the North Atlantic's Gulf Stream, combined with a colorful mish-mash of simple Nordic homes make for a dramatic, yet quaintly pastoral pocket of the world most of us will only ever experience through photographs.
The Faroe Islands
The Faroes are a collection of 18 islands that lie about 435 miles northwest of Glasgow, and halfway between Iceland and Norway. Though a self-governing region that is not part of the European Union, The Faroe Islands have been classified as member of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. Rooted in Old Norse, the official language is Faroese, though most inhabitants understand all of the Nordic languages, and English too is widely spoken. With 687 miles of combined coastline between the 18 isles, and no more than 3 miles separating an inland area from the ocean at any given time, it is no surprise that the Faroe Islands' predominant industry is fishing. Fish products account for over 97% of the region's export volume.
Second to fishing, the Faroe Islands enjoy tourism as their secondary source of income. Visitors absorb tilting slopes and soaring, layered cliffs of volcanic basalt interspersed with rambling fjords and sounds. Popular travel destinations include Streymoy, Tórshavn, kirkjubřur, Nólsoy, Hestur, and Koltur.
- The Faroe Islands: http://www.faroeislands.com/
- Torshavn Visitor Information & Tours: http://www.visittorshavn.fo/
- Nolsoy Visitor Information & Tours: http://www.visitnolsoy.fo/UK/index.asp
- Faroe Islands History: http://www.faroeislands.com/Default.aspx?pageid=9708
- Faroe Islands Regions: http://www.faroeislands.com/default.aspx?pageid=9816§ionid=295
- Faroe Islands Calendar of Events: http://www.faroeislands.com/default.aspx?pageid=9824§ionid=295
- Faroe Islands Accommodations: http://www.visitfaroeislands.com/Default.aspx?ID=8938
- Faroe Islands Restaurants: http://www.faroeislandshotels.com/restaurants.htm
- Faroe Islands Webcams: http://www.faroeislands.com/Default.aspx?pageid=10672