Faroe Islands: A True Fairyland
“Once a year, go to someplace you have never been before.” – Dalai Lama
Travelling is an extra-ordinary experience. Only a true travel enthusiast can understand the value of the aforesaid quote. It is not easy to explain the beauty of that experience with words. Truly speaking, the medium of writing is too powerless to explain the experience.
Travelling is a method of education. In reality, it is the most powerful method of education. The best part of this method is that it offers practical knowledge. It is one of the reasons why this method is considered superior to others.
A person, who has been educated through this method, cannot be defeated. He can overcome any circumstance with easiness.
To a traveller, his environment is his teacher. In a normal journey, he goes through hundreds of environments. Each environment is a book. In that sense, each journey is equivalent to hundreds of books.
What makes a travel enthusiast different is his attitude towards life. Even in his lowest point, he will not lose his hope and optimistic attitude.
Genuinely speaking, if a person has an attitude as that of a traveller, he can emerge successful in his life.
In this edition, our readers’ attention is invited to a fairyland. It is a magical world situated in Europe. It is a true fairyland. It is none other than Faroe Islands.
It is a magnificent Island situated near Scotland, Norway and Iceland. Though it is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it is an independent territory.
It is one of the least populated territories in this part of the world. As on August 2020, its total population is around 52,656.
It was in the year 1948 the territory formally became a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Notably, the Denmark government does not enjoy unchecked control over the territory. Its authority is limited to military, policing, justice, currency and foreign affairs. The local government enjoys absolute control over all those things which do not come under the aforesaid list of areas.
The territory is actually a fishing-dependent economy. Its economy is heavily dependent on fishing. Fishing is a main occupation in this territory (many of us may find it hard to digest the fact that there is a territory in the continent of Europe which is solely dependent on the occupation of fishing).
As the territory is a fishing-related economy, it gives huge important to maritime education.
The territory does get the support from Denmark – which yearly contributes a considerable amount of money.
The latest discovery of an oil reserve near this territory showcases the fact that the economy of the territory has huge potential.
It is pertinent to mention hear that for reasons which are unknown the region has not yet explored the potential of its tourism sector.
This land is actually a truly gifted territory. What makes the land special is its natural beauty.
The territory is blessed with stunning mountains, spectacular coasts, magnificent rivers, exceptional architectural buildings and many more.
The land is also known for its affection towards art and music. There are several open-air theatres in the region.
Torshavn, Mykines, Vagar, Gasadalur and Streymoy are the popular tourist destinations in this part of the country.
Torshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands. The region is popular for its old town, Tinganes. Torshavn Cathedral, which is one of the oldest cathedrals in this part of the world, is the popular tourist attraction in the region. The region is not only the centre of the territory’s administration, but also the centre of the territory’s art, culture and music. Nordic House Cultural Centre is one of the most respected art and music centres in this region.
Mykines is also known as Puffin Island, as it is the best place to get close to puffins, which are sweet little birds. The region is one of the eighteen islands of the Faroese Archipelago. Mykines Lighthouse is the most popular tourist attraction in this region. It is recommended to travel to this destination by foot to taste the real beauty of this destination.
Vagar is known for its exemplary natural beauty. The region is home to two large lakes – Sorvagsvatn and Fjallavatn. It is also the best region to get a glimpse of the beauty of the villages of this territory. Mlovagur, Sandavagur, Sorvagur, Gasadalur, Bour and Vatnsoyrar are the main villages in the region. Of this six, the first three is large and the rest is small. The largest is home to as many as 1,130 people.
Gasadalur is the most stunning village in Vagar. It offers a panoramic view of the Island of Mykines. The village is surrounded by huge mountains. It is one of the least populated regions in this part of the territory. The village is unique in many ways. Gasadalstunnilin tunnel is the most important construction in the region. This tunnel is expected to overturn the life of the village. It is expected that the region will witness an increase in its population because of this tunnel. As the tunnel has successfully addressed the accessibility issue faced by the villagers.
Streymoy is the most populated region in the territory. It houses as many as 23,693 inhabitants. The region is known for its vibrant towns and picturesque villages. Vestmanna and Kollafjorour are the two main towns, and Saksun and Tjornuvik are the two main villages in this region. Kikjubour, a village located in this region, is popular for its historic significance, as the village was an episcopal centre during the Middle Age.
This region is a gift of God. It has each and every ingredient necessary to emerge as a successful tourist heaven.
Sadly, the local government of this region has not yet fully explored the potential of its tourism sector. It is depressing to see a region capable to emerge as a tourist capital of Europe is left unnoticed.
Let’s redraw the destiny of this land together. Plan a trip to this Island as soon as possible.
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