Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the
northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten
track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life,
or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky. BY
Located in the Northeast Atlantic, the Faroe Islands comprise 18
small islands, characterised by steep cliffs, tall mountains, narrow
fjords – and a population of 50,000.
The Faroese language derives from Old Norse, which was spoken by the Norsemen who settled the islands 1200 years ago.
Through the centuries, the Faroese have defied the harsh nature and
living conditions. Enduring today is a nation in which the living
standard is one of the highest in the world. A highly industrial economy
mainly based on fisheries and aquaculture continues to flourish, while a
Nordic welfare model ensures everyone the opportunity to explore his or
her own potential. Faroese maritime expertise is widely renowned
and the Faroe Islands export seafood to all six continents.
Positioned strategically between Europe and North America, the Faroe
Islands are only a couple of hours’ flight from the metropolitan centres
in Northern Europe. Upon arrival, the scenery renders visitors a
ravishing natural experience in a society with advanced infrastructure
and digital networks.
Centuries of relative isolation have resulted in the preservation of
ancient traditions that to this day shape life in the Faroe Islands. The
unique mixture of traditional and modern culture characterises the
Faroese society, constituting a strong sense of local community and an
active outlook as a globalized Nordic nation.