The Faroe Islands are a small group of 18 islands about halfway between Iceland and Scotland. Settled first by Irish monks in the sixth century, they were replaced by Vikings in the seventh century and then by Norwegians at the end of the ninth century.
Gallerí Ribarhús opened in 2001. Since then, many different artists have exhibited here. The excellent light conditions make many different types of exhibitions possible, and the gallery has also been successfully used for staging small music events.
The Faroe Islands Art Museum is situated in the park to the west of the sports stadium. Included in the collection are a number of important works by the most well known Faroese artist, Sámal Joensen-Mikines.
CoastZone North Atlantic allows for group tours through the Faroe Islands and highlights the unique cultural and historic backgrounds of the islands. CoastZone Tours are particularly catered towards groups and businesses.
Take a day walking tour through Tórshavn, the smallest capital in the world and stop by Tórshavn's old quarter and the fortress of Skansin. Explore the islands' historic heritage as a centre of Viking settlements, and more.
GreenGate Tours offers you a customised experience in the Faroe Islands. Enjoy a Faroese Cultural Evening in Gjógv, experience a Grotto Concert by boat, take a brewery tour, or attend a music festival in the fjords.
Hotel Klaksvík is well located in Klaksvík, Faroe Island. With a beautiful view over the city, you can enjoy good food and a pleasant visit. There are two restaurants accomodating 30 and 60 people respectively.
The well-known Danish firm of architects Friis & Moltke A/S have designed Hotel Føroyar, which opened in May 1983. The architects aimed at designing a building specially adapted to the ground and landscape.
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Faroe Islands Profile
Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a
self-governing dependency of the Kingdom of Denmark. The country is made up of a large number of
islands housing a population of 50,000 people. The islands’ location, equidistant
between Scotland, Scandinavia and Iceland, has created a rich cultural mix as
well as defiant independence.
The islands’ peculiar isolation
throughout the 19th and 20th centuries has led to the
population speaking Faroese, a direct descendant of Old Norse. The Faroese
people have an enormous wealth of stories, poems and songs in this language
that were orally passed down from countless generations before being written
down in the 19th century.
For an academic take on the culture and national identity of
the islands, pick up NoNationisanIsland:Language,CultureandNationalIdentityinthe
FaroeIslands by Tom Nauerby. James Proctor’s Faroe Islands is a perfect all-round tourist guide to the islands.
The music scene is particularly vibrant on the Faroe
Islands. The country even has its own symphony orchestra and many choirs of
international acclaim. The Summartónar
Festival is a contemporary and classical music festival that takes place
every summer. The most famous Faroese composer is Sunleif Rasmussen whose music combines the folk melodies of the
country with jazz, spectral and serialist techniques.