18 islands The Faroe Islands is an archipelago of 18 islands some 450 miles south-east of Iceland. The country's natural beauty and unique culture make it a definite must for the traveller searching for something refreshingly different and exciting.
To their credit, this island nation has successfully kept its ancient language and Nordic heritage very much alive; here is a society that has learned to balance a closeness to nature with the benefits of a modern lifestyle.
Thorshofn The capital Thorshofn, founded in the ninth century by Norwegian Vikings, is today a lovely modern town of 15,000 inhabitants. Apart from the enchanting beauty of the islands, which has long captured the eye of artists and photographers, there is so much for the visitor to choose from.
Hiking and bird watching There are for example excellent hiking routes and opportunities for bird watching. The country's fine road and ferry network make travelling both easy and enjoyable.
Museums and culture In Thorshofn you can stroll about in a relaxed atmosphere and take in the sights. There are several museums, as well as the architecturally impressive Nordic House, the country's main cultural centre.
Come dancing! Another fine sight is the fortress Skansinn, at one time the strongest fortification in Northern Europe. And of course you simply can't leave the islands without experiencing the famous Faroese chain dancing. Wonderful to both watch and participate in, this is an ancient communal dance that can go on for many hours to the rhythmic chanting of epic folk ballads.