Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands is experiencing a true revolution these days when speaking culture, singing and old tradition.

You see, Faroe Islands is after all a very small place and still, with a strong self identity.

Many world known artists have visited the Faroe Islands and more important many world known artists are from Faroe Islands. Considering the rather limited population, there are relatively many songs artists that have made an international career. Historically, singing has been a part of the traditions and the unique language was preserved through ages through songs.

eivor | faroe islands
eivor | faroe islands

One of the best known song artists from the Faroe Islands is Eivør pronounced  [ˈaivœɹ ˈpɔlsˌdœʰtəɹ]; her special voice and skills of bringing the old traditions back to life has

caught the interest of many both locally in Faroe Islands and worldwide.

Some of her most popular videos are May it Be and Do Not Weep.

Faroe Islands is more than singing. In 2007, the National Geographic (National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations), conducted a comprehensive survey of 111 island communities throughout the world.

A panel of 522 welltravelled experts in sustainable tourism assessed the islands rating them on a list of the most unspoiled. Surprisingly, the Faroe Islands came out on top as the most appealing destination in the world.

Rated ahead of the Azores, Lofoten and exotic islands such as Bermuda and Hawaii, the Faroe Islands received these remarks from the panel: “Lovely unspoiled islands  a delight to the traveller.” The islands earned high marks for preservation of nature, historic architecture and local pride.

National Geographic Traveler chose in particular, small and mediumsized islands or island groups, but made a few exceptions with large, uniform countries such as Iceland and Tasmania. The magazine asked the experts to evaluate the islands that they knew, using six different criteria: environmental and ecological quality, social and cultural integrity, condition of historic buildings and their archaeological interest, aesthetic appeal, responsible management of tourism and outlook for the future. This is an extract from the panel of expert’s survey:

“Superb glaciated landscape with incredibly steep slopes. Only a small amount of flat land. A unified local community, resolutely Faroese not Danish, with its own language. It has a unique architectural heritage, right down to the grass roofs, quite rightly preserved and cherished. Tourists are adventurous and wellinformed.”