While evidence suggests that the Faroe Islands had earlier occupants, the first recorded settlers were the Norse around the year 800. From that point on, the Faroes have remained sparsely inhabited and relatively quiet, with the exception of a handful of Norwegian kings sporadically coming in and beheading non-Christians.The result is a unique language (they speak Faroese), a proprietary currency, and a tightly knit traditional culture nestled among a breathtaking group of jagged islands that are so small and remote, being there almost feels like you’re just floating in the middle of the North Atlantic.
Because they are so small, the Faroes impart little influence on the maritime weather. Hence, they’re always at the mercy of the volatile North Atlantic. Days often go from perfectly blue sunny skies to intense wind, fog, and snow, even at sea level. In the image below, all the snow fell during the half hour it took for the crew to walk to that vantage point. It was completely gone the next day.
Words by Peak Design
All photos taken by Conor MacNeill, Greg Annandale, and Zoë Timmers.