A Trip to the Faroe Islands

In the North Atlantic, halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are home to more than 50,000 people. The rugged, treeless archipelago is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and has been inhabited by humans (and sheep) since the early 8th century. The local economy relies heavily on fishing and maritime industry. The unique landscape and location attracts photographers with its fantastic play of light between sun, cloud, meadow, cliff, and sea. Collected here are images of the Faroes from recent years.
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1. Tindhólmur, a small island in Sørvágsfjørður, a fjord on the west side of Vágoy in the Faroe Islands. Each of the small peaks has its own name: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi. Original here.




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2. The Faroe Islands, as seen from orbit by NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites on April 17, 2003. The archipelago is about 80 km (50 mi) wide, and has a total area of approximately 1,400 sq km (540 sq mi).




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3. Funningur, a town on the northwest coast of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands. Original here.




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4. Sheep stand in a field in the Faroe Islands. Original here.




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5. A Faroe Islands village, photographed on April 19, 2011. Original here.




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6. A fisherman tends equipment near Svartaberg. Original here.




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7. The harbor of Tórshavn, capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands, photographed from an arriving ferry, on June 23, 2008. Original here.




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8. A horse stands along the coast line of the village of Velbastaour on Streymoy, on October 13, 2012.




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9. An aerial view of Tindhólmur, off of Vagar Island in the Faroe Islands, on May 25, 2007.




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10. Boats tied up at Fámjin, on Suðuroy, the southernmost island in Faroe Islands. Original here.




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11. A river flows near the road from the village of Velbastaour to Syoradalur on the Faroe Islands, on October 13, 2012.




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12. The sun appears behind sheep at the Kirkjubour village on the Streymoy, on October 16, 2012.




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13. Mykines, the westernmost island in the Faroe Islands, is shrouded in clouds as seen from the village of Gasadalur, on August 11, 2009.




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14. Tourists climb Slave's Edge near Leitisvatn in the Faroe Islands, on May 23, 2007.




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15. Visitors exit the caves on the island of Nolsoy in the Faroe Islands, on May 25, 2007.




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16. A small herd of sheep on a Faroe Island hillside. Original here.




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17. A sheep dog helps round up sheep near the village of Saksun on Streymoy, on October 8, 2007.




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18. A woman knits a traditional Faroese wool sweater in Tórshavn, on June 01, 2007.




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19. Faroe Islands, June 23, 2008 near Tórshavn. Original here.




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20. Inhabitants of Faroe Islands drive pilot whales during their traditional 'Grindadrap' (whale hunt in Faroese) near the capital Tórshavn, on November 22, 2011. Residents of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous province of Denmark, slaughter and eat pilot whales every year.




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21. Faroe Islanders catch and slaughter pilot whales during the traditional 'Grindadrap' near Tórshavn, on November 22, 2011. Descendents of Vikings, and pilot whales have been a central part of their diet for more than 1,000 years. 'Grindadrap' whaling is not done for commercial purposes, the meat can not be sold and is divided evenly between members of the local community.




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22. Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands, on March 30, 2010. Original here.




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23. View from the ferry, shortly after leaving Tórshavn. Original here.




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24. Cages, used by a fish farm, float on the sea next to the village of Fuglafjørður, on May 31, 2007.




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25. Football is the most popular sport in the Faroe Islands. Original here.




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26. Tjornuvik village, located on Streymoy, photographed on October 14, 2012.




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27. A workman mows the grass roof of a government building near the capital city of Tórshavn, on August 13, 2009.




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28. Mountainside farms in the Faroes. Original here.




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29. Sundini, the strait between Streymoy and Eysturoy, seen on October 14, 2012.




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30. A fishing boat returns to the harbor north of the capital Tórshavn, on August 10, 2009.




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31. Tjørnuvík village, on Streymoy, pictured on October 14, 2012.




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32. A cliffside view near Gásadalur, Faroe Islands. Original here.




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33. The Island of Koltur, at sunset, seen from Streymoy, near the village of Nororadalur, on October 13, 2012.