The Faroe Islands were first inhabited by Christians who arrived here sometime in the late 800s. In 1388, the Faroe Islands, along with Iceland and Greenland, became part of the Kalmar Union, and later became part of Denmark-Norway until 1814. The islands achieved autonomy in 1948, and have had full self-governance since June 2005.
When it comes to tourist destinations, visitors can explore the fantastic rugged countryside that is made up of rocky cliffs, fjords, and rolling hills. You can also discover a range of ancient ruins and historical sites such as the Kvívík Church. Many come during winter months to witness the dramatic cliffs covered with snow or bask in the natural beauty of the midnight sun during summer months. There are also various outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, riding ponies, and hiking that one can enjoy at any time of year.
The Faroe Islands have a mild oceanic climate characterized by cool temperatures year-round. The best time to visit is during summer when days are longer and temperatures are warmer.
As for cuisine, you can expect to savour some traditional Faroese dishes such as skerpikjøt (sheep’s meat), ræst kjøt (fermented meat), dried pilot whale meat, potatoes boiled with turnips called raspeballer and a variety of seafood from fish to mussels and lobsters.
The population of the Faroe Islands is estimated at around 56,000 people. It covers an area of about 540 square kilometres (208 square miles). The main language spoken here is Faroese which is derived from Old Norse but English is widely spoken as well.
The currency used in the Faroe Islands is the Danish Krone (DKK). The cost of living and travelling there can be on the higher side compared to other nations in Europe due to its isolated nature; however, accommodation and public transport are still quite reasonably priced.