Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Torshávn in the Faroe Islands
Photos August 5 - 6, 2014
We spent a delightful few days in the Faroe Islands, mainly in Torshávn on the island of Streymoy. The population is less than 20,000.
It is possible that the first settlers were Irish hermits (and I presume other people or they would have died out). The Vikings were next and they established a parliament "Thing" as early as 850CE. The sod roofed houses you see at the end of the Tinganes peninsula is about where it was located.
There are a number of sod-roofed houses in the Faroe Islands - both historical and modern. The dark wood houses above were for the working class people.
The red coloured houses were owned by the merchants and shipping magnates. This area, while no longer the place where parliament actually sits, is still home to many offices of members of the parliament.
The islands are close to each other and are connected by bridges and tunnels. To get from the airport (on Vágar) we went through a 7km tunnel under the ocean to Streymoy.
These horses were in a field around the corner from the house where we stayed (I love the eyelashes). In another field were sheep. Sheep seem to be everywhere on the hills - small groups not large flocks.
And once again I was impressed with the amount of public art.
More photos at: Iceland and Faroe Islands album