The Faroe Islands were full of surprises…
1 – A shed for drying meat, known as hjallur is a standard feature in many Faroese homes. We tried this dried meat – it’s not for the faint hearted!
2 – There are 20,000 more sheep than people that inhabit the islands!3 – Bubu is the national children’s clown and they LOVE him. Check out some of his songs on YouTube – we have to admit, they’re pretty catchy!
4 – There is an abundance of dimly lit one-lane – but not one-way – tunnels in the Faroe Islands and they are TERRIFYING!5 – The locals are allowed to choose between having a Faroese or a Danish passport – most choose a Danish as it is much more likely people have heard of Denmark than the Faroe Islands!
6 – The majority of homes are built out of wood, which is ironic considering large trees are unable to grow on the islands, so all wood needs to be imported.7 – You can take a helicopter ride for as little as DKK125 (around AU$25) – it’s subsidised by the government so the locals can live on the remote islands and is just considered another form of transport in the Faroes!
8 – It’s not unusual to drive past a house that has a roof covered in grass. Houses have been built like this for thousands of years, and sheep are used to keep the grass trim!9 – There’s over 80 different nationalities that make-up the population of 50,000 people living in the Faroes.
10 – The bridge that connects the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy is the only bridge in the world that goes over the Atlantic Ocean.11 – All fruits and vegetables (other than potatoes) are imported to the Faroes – it’s not easy to find a good apple, but they make up for it with their deliciously fresh seafood!
12 – During the winter months the Faroe Islands can see as little as five hours of daylight. 13 – We’ve saved the best for last – the Faroese people were sick of waiting for Google Street View to record their beautiful country so they attached 360-degree cameras to the backs of sheep to map out the islands. It certainly got Google’s attention!
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