Faroe Islands (Torshavn), Denmark

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The unspoiled Faeroe Islands lie far off the beaten track in the North Atlantic. Discovered by Irish hermits in the 8th century AD, the 18 islands were settled by Vikings 100 years later. While Faeroes means "Sheep Islands," the people of these weather-beaten rocks have always turned to the sea for sustenance. Trshavn, with a population of about 15,000 souls, is the capital of the archipelago. The islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, though they possess their own parliament, language and currency.

Colorful houses surround the harbor at Trshavn. The town's older houses present a unique image with their tar-colored walls and green-grass roofs.

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  • Trshavn Trshavn

    Trshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands, and the Vikings founded the first parliament here around 900 years ago. Its old fortress, dating back to 1580, was built to defend Trshavn from pirates.

  • Kirkjuboe Kirkjuboe

    Kirkjuboe is the southernmost village on Streymoy, and an important religious center. It is home to the ruined Magnus Cathedral which dates back to 1300, and a historic 900-year-old farmhouse.

  • Kvivik Kvivik

    Kvivik village sits on the small river Stora, and has less than 500 in habitants. It's one of the oldest settlements in the Faroes and boasts excavations that have shown the remains of Viking houses.

  • Leynar Lake Leynar Lake

    Beautiful Lake Leynar is famous for its hand-built salmon ladders, while the charming village of Leynar, on Streymoy's pretty west coast, is home to many talented craftsmen including wood turners.

  • Vestmanna Vestmanna

    The tiny fishing port of Vestmanna translates as 'west man', and is home to cliffs that rise to over 1,800 feet. Here, you will find some 40 species of sea birds, including puffins and kittiwakes.

  • Sandavagur Sandavagur

    The former seat of the King's Minister from 1555 to 1816, it has been voted the most well-kept village in the Faroes. The red-roofed church is home to an ancient rune stone dating back to 1200 A.D.

  • Saksun Saksun

    With a population of less than 50 people, remote Saksun is famous for its church that was originally built in Tjornuvik, a village in the north of the island, but was reassembled in Saksun in 1858.

  • Velbastadur Velbastadur

    From this vantage point, gain a breathtaking view of the islands of Hestur, Koltur, Vagar, and Sandoy.

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