Thursday, May 25, 2017

Torshavn, Faroe Islands - time to mow the roof!?

The Faroe Islands have been an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark since 1948. The country occupies a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic ocean about halfway between Scotland and Iceland comprising 18 main islands and many smaller ones. The total population is about 50,000 of which 18,000 or so live in the capital, Torshavn, which is on Streymoy, the largest island of the group.
Although the latitude of Torshavn is 62 degrees north the weather is surprisingly mild with above freezing averages for every month of the year. This is due to the presence of the Gulf Stream which is also responsible for England's relatively temperate climate. The Faroe Islands' economy remains predominantly dependent on the fishing industry and their fortunes tend to fluctuate accordingly. Efforts to diversify include tourism and some prospect of undersea oil stocks have recently emerged.
We spent a pleasant few hours trudging round taking stock of the place. More exciting snaps here.

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