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Glasstovan for the whale blubber and stuffed puffins! Yum!

Junket. Nice.

History! Or rather pre-history.

Be sure to talk to them about their football victory over Greece.

Music: Tyr

At some point in (human) time a part that cliff is going to crumble due to erosion and a large part of that lake will empty out into the sea below. Will be quite a sight when it happens.

Natural erosion aside. From a single picture you can already conclude that hydro power plays an important role on the Faroe Islands. Which is correct : 42,3% of the power generated on the islands comes from hydro energy. Include wind and they're up to 60% on renewables in 2015. Seem to be well on their way to 100% in 2030.


You must know about sheep view. But if by some chance you don't: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jul/12/sheep-view-360-faroe-islands-google-mapping-project

That may be more of an indication about the Faroese economy than about the viability of renewables.

The economy is based almost entirely on fishing (and subsidies from Denmark). The climate is also surprisingly mild with small temperature variation all year; even in winter, temperatures rarely go much below freezing in Torshamn. So the electricity demand is mostly household use for ~50K people, plus some infrastructure (schools, offices, shops, etc).

That kind of demand doesn't sound too hard to meet with renewables, given favorable geography; they're not trying to support high peak summer or winter demand; they don't seem to have to support any kind of energy intensive industry.

Apparently there is some offshore petroleum exploration in the region, but currently petroleum is only imported.

I recently read the novel Far Afield by Susanna Kaysen (author of Girl, Interrupted), which is entirely set in the Faroe Islands. it's mainly the story of a young American anthropology student doing Ph.D. research in the Faroes for a year and about his relations with the Faronese. It's not a great book, but I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it as useful pre-visit reading. If someone's going to slaughter a sheep in your kitchen, best to know it's coming!

Do they still castrate sheep by biting? Or do they use namely-pamby castrating rings?

Good questions! The book was written back in the early 1980s, so its information may not be up to date, but I believe they were using both methods at the time.

I was just in the Shetland Islands, which are similar to the Faroes. One of the two highlights of my trip was an afternoon sea-kayaking along a cliff in a fjord (sea-caves, natural arches, seals, puffins, and so on. (the other was the trip to the Broch of Mousa, the most complete of the 150 Scottish iron-age watchtowers)). If you can go sea-kayaking there, go!

Email me and I can put you in touch with Matthew Workman, who has the Faroes Island podcast. He's a friend from college and now lives here in Portland. http://www.faroepodcast.com/

Looks like plenty of space for efficient, high-density, high-rise apartments.

Rumor has it that there is a high population of vile fairies there placing you in extreme danger, especially if you eat or drink anything there. You should probably just skip it entirely and proceed to someplace where commerce rules, like Las Vegas.

I'd speculate that maybe: a). the photo is an optical illusion, and the water in the background is at about the same elevation as the sea in the foreground, or b). someone photo-shopped this picture to make it appear that the sea is much lower than the water in the background. By the way, I did a quick look at these islands on Google Earth, and was unable to find the feature shown in the photo. Not saying the feature doesn't exist, just that I couldn't find it in 5 minutes of poking around on Google Earth

another pic and the source for it:


Be sure to try a whale omelette.

I am beyond stoked that the immediate response to this was Tyr.

On Sep 6 you can watch a world cup qualifier against Hungary there. Unless it's too foggy, in which case you can just listen.

Lake Srvagsvatn

My Icelandic language teacher in college told a story of a much-hyped two-course dinner that was to be presented to him as an honored visitor to the Faroes. The first course was puffin, stringy and oily and inedible. He picked at it and waited for the second course. Which was another puffin.


Hamfero - Danish Doom Metal. Self Recommending.







Love to see the Faroese metal scene getting a shout out here. TC will be a headbanger yet. \m/ (>.<) \m/

Ugh, the Faroe Islanders still murder whales, in violation of the EU laws against it: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1965314-outrage-over-annual-slaughter-of-250-whales-in-faroe-islands/

On Faroese food (and a lot of great photographs and ethnological commentary):


For music, Eivør Pálsdóttir is our favorite daughter and Teitur Lassen is our favorite son.

Also, check out Byrta and Hamferð (here is a video Hamferð shot during the total solar eclipse in the Faroes in March 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feR12pQ8dXc)

For literature, William Heinesen should be your first choice - most notably his "The Lost Musicians" (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Musicians-Dedalus-Europe/dp/1903517508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470667248&sr=8-1&keywords=william+heinesen).

For architecture, you will want to visit the Nordic House in Tórshavn.

Other notables are Heðin Brú - particularly his "The Old Man and His Sons" (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-Man-His-Sons/dp/1846590736/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470667514&sr=8-1&keywords=he%C3%B0in+br%C3%BA) - and the more contemporary Jóanes Nielsen

And for food, the best places to eat are:

Koks - won the The Nordic Prize for best restaurant in the Nordic countries in 2015. And you will enjoy the view while you are eating as well.


Barbara - excellent fish restaurant

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