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Torshavn, Kaldbak, Eivor

Written on: Saturday September 15th, 2012

A journal entry from: November 2011 until...

Stayed for a couple of nights with the lovely Harriet and John (and Lady).

I have been struck by how different the Faroes are from Iceland. It was pretty naive of me to assume they would be more similar I guess. But the geography and history of both are really quite different. Not too surprising - they are hundreds of km of open ocean apart. 

Actually the distinct identity of each tiny village is quite evident. Harbours nestled in fjords, away from the worst of the weather, very little flat land, sheep and countryside that is perfect for daily rambles and an overwhelming feeling of peace are constants.

I have also been surprised by the wealth of the place. Nothing ostentatious, no McMansions - houses here are rarely bigger than they have to be, but the infrastructure, facilities and industry. Remembering that there are fewer than 50,000 people in the country, the roads, boats, hydropower stations, dams and schools seem to me to speak of a very wealthy country. For example, there are two undersea tunnels linking the islands. These are major feats of engineering that I could not imagine that most places with a population of 50,000 could support.

Enough of economics. On to arts.

I very much enjoyed going out to see Eivor, one of the Faroes' most popular musical exports, playing in a community centre on the country's second largest island, Eysturoy. Nordic folk-metal band Tyr also look like they would be good fun to check out.