Entertainment and attractions of the Faroe Islands
The main city of the Faroe Islands is Torshavn on the island of Streymoy, and it is quite picturesque and specific. But, of course, those who travel to the Faroe Islands do not come for city sightseeing. The main thing for which people come to the Faroe Islands is the amazing nature, solitude and the feeling that you are on the edge of the earth.
The capital of the islands, Tórshavn, has a mixed atmosphere: part port, part metropolitan, part even some kind of rural. Here it is worth visiting, first of all, the ancient Munkastovan Monastery, built in the 15th century and surrounded by a stone wall. In the 17th century, a major fire raged in the city, but the monastery escaped destruction. The main museum on the islands is also curious – the historical one, which contains a variety of examples of applied art and worship, traditional household utensils and household items of villagers, fishermen and sailors. The main cultural center of Tórshavn is the Nordic House, where a conference hall, a concert hall, a library and an art gallery are open. On summer nights, special introductory events for tourists are organized here.
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Faroe Islands: Fugloy, Kalsoy, Sandoy
Sights Faroese is each island separately, each with its own special nature, pretty rural houses under colorful roofs (and often covered with turf and grass), coastal cliffs in a foggy haze. On some you will find old Lutheran churches, on most – numerous flocks of sheep in green meadows, and on all – the purest air and cold blue skies, not polluted by industrial enterprises, which are not here.
Many of the islands have earned special fame due to the peculiarities of the landscape, climate, flora or fauna. So, for example, on the island of Fugloy (“Bird Island”), sea birds nest in huge numbers. Here, high, more than half a kilometer cliffs, favored by millions of birds, crash into the water. The even more mountainous Kalsoy (“pipe-island”) is surprising, however, not with mountains, but quite the contrary – with underground passages and caves. And the most “flat” of all Sandoy is famous for others: here you can admire wide sand dunes near the coast, and two beautiful lakes are located on a hill.
On the island of Vioy is one of the highest cliffs in Europe, Enniberg, which climbers have been unsuccessfully trying to conquer for many decades. And to the north of Skarvanes, on the island of Kalsoy, the cape ends with a sharp prong sticking up – Trötlkonufingur, “Troll’s Finger”. Amateur fishermen should go to the island of Streymoy, where the most fertile lake Pollur in terms of fishing is located: there you can fish not only banal salmon, but also large halibut and eels. Vagar Island is famous for the Slave rock with a lake located high in the mountains: the water from it overflows over a rocky cliff near the village of Gasadapur and breaks straight into the ocean, and together with a rocky ridge in the background and a village in the middle, all this is such a sight that is certainly worth see.
Vagar Island is famous for the Slave rock with a lake located high in the mountains: water from it overflows over a rocky cliff near the village of Gasadapur and breaks straight into the ocean.
Culture and customs of the Faroe Islands
The own culture of the Faroe Islands developed far from European civilization and therefore has largely retained its exclusivity to this day. This is a bizarre interweaving of Danish and its own cultural heritage, which is well reflected in local folk festivals. For example, Faroese round dances are a very special phenomenon, without which not a single entertainment event can do. You can look at them, for example, at the festival of St. Olaf (Olafsek), who once baptized Norway, at the end of July, as well as at traditional rowing competitions between villages, equestrian competitions, and painting exhibitions. Oulavsöka embraces all the islands with fun, without exception, but other parts of the archipelago also host other festivals throughout the year – July Vestanstevna in the west, Noriyastevna in the north, Jouansjoka in the south.
One of the specific traditions of the islanders, which causes at least an ambivalent attitude among the guests of the Faroe Islands, is the summer slaughter of whales.
For more than a millennium, the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have been fed to a fair extent by whaling. Having found a flock of whales (or rather, dolphins) that have entered the bay, they are surrounded by boats, driven to the shore and there, in the literal sense of the word, they are slaughtered with knives, which is why all the water near the shore changes color. The tradition is resented by animal rights activists, but it is as characteristic of the local culture as dances, and at the same time much more urgent for the region, whose only sources of income are in fact fishing, sheep breeding and agriculture. Whale meat – a traditional and very favorite dish on the islands – is neither exported nor sold: it is eaten by the miners themselves, as in prehistoric times.