The Faroe Islands are a group of unspoiled islands that rise from the sea in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately halfway between Iceland and Norway, 250 miles (402 km) northwest of Scotland.
The 18 islets together form a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, with a total area of approximately 1,400 km² (540 sq mi), and a population of almost 50,000.
These enchanted islands are of volcanic origin. They are rugged and rocky with giant and steep coastal cliffs up to 880 m high that flow to the sea dramaticaly, some elevated peaks and deep fjords. Basalt has been transformed into magical sculpted shapes and forms.
Another characteristic that stands out on this breathtaking landscape is the blindingly green grassland that carpet the islands from the base up to the highest mountains, although few trees survive because of the relentless North Atlantic winds.
The craggy protrusions visible in the mountains are the vestiges of enormous layers of basalt laid down by gigantic volcanoes some 60 million years ago. Each basalt layer represents one or more volcanic events.
Faroe Islands is a place like nowhere else on Earth with stunning picturesque views almost everywhere you stand. Where silence is only broken by nature’s own sounds (birds, water tricking over rocks), and where sheep is your only witness.
It has a “out of the world” landscape, with magnificent bird cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, and offers fantastic hiking and bird watching opportunities.