Relatively recently, the Faroese people managed to create a very useful alternative for Google Translate for those who are interested in learning the Faroese language and visit the Faroe Islands. The small Nordic nation of the Faroe Islands (which is composed of a small archipelago of 18 main islands and several other islets located roughly…
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Below you can read a list comprising 10 key facts you should know about the geography and the climate of the Faroe Islands: 10. Geographic location The Faroe Islands are a small archipelago of 18 islands situated between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. The islands are also located almost halfway between Iceland,…
The tradition of building houses with turf roofs in the Faroe Islands and Iceland dates back to the Viking Age. These architectural structures are the result of the climate on these islands, the requirements of the Norse society that settled them during the early Middle Ages, and last but not least of the local environmental…
In Icelandic and Faroese folktales, the ‘hidden people’ (or ‘Huldufólk’ as they are known in both Icelandic and Faroese) are supernatural beings that reside in, beneath or behind the rocks. The term ‘huldufólk’ is a synonym of ‘álfar’ (meaning ‘elves’), and has been in use since at least the beginning of the 19th century in Icelandic folklore….
The Norse colonisation of the Faroe Islands is documented in the ‘Færeyinga Saga‘ (literally translated as the saga of the Faroese people; also known as ‘The Saga of Thrond of Gate’), an Icelandic saga written in the early 13th century. Unfortunately, the medieval manuscript was lost in time but several passages from it were written…
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