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Visit Faroe Islands from home

You might – for whatever reason – not be able to travel to the Faroe Islands. But not being able to visit in person shouldn’t deprive you of the opportunity to get a feel for our culture, language and history from the comforts of your own home.

Below are tips about what Faroese music to listen to and what Faroese art to experience. Learn Faroese words and phrases using our unique version of Google Translate, called Faroe Islands Translate, knit a sweater using Faroese patterns and cook yummy seafood dishes using Faroese recipes. Also, view one or more of our Remote Tourism tours, where virtual visitors from all over the world could experience the Faroe Islands through the eyes and body of a Faroese guide, controlling their actions in real-time!

We hope trying one or more of these experiences can provide a sense of cultural understanding about the Faroe Islands.

MUSIC

Get a feel for the sounds of the Faroe Islands by listening to these songs, created by Faroese artists and recommended by Faroese musician, musicologist and music nerd for life, Knút Háberg Eysturstein.

These songs have been released in 2019 or 2020 and are, therefore, a good reflection of current Faroese music.

#1 – Dania O. Tausen: ‘Alt annað enn vanligt
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#2 – Silvurdrongur: ‘Pússa súllið’
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#3 – Tamara: ‘Fever’
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#4 – Sakaris: ‘Aalborg’
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#5 – Lea Kampmann: ‘Higher’
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#6 – Konsørn: ‘Bei’
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For a broader range of recently-released Faroese music, check out Faroe Music Export’s Spotify playlist.

Get a feel for the sounds of the Faroe Islands by listening to these songs, created by Faroese artists and recommended by Faroese musician, musicologist and music nerd for life, Knút Háberg Eysturs...

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ART

Faroese visual artist, graphic designer & architect, Bárður DC, has chosen three Faroese artists worth checking out.

#1 – Trödl

Street artist with raw, colourful and gritty expression. Untraditional, unique and never-apologising.

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#2 – Ragnhild Hjalmarsdóttir Højgaard

A fantastic designer and artist that has resurrected traditional Faroese materials, such as sheep wool; a sustainable material that she uses in her beautiful and contemporary woven art.

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#3 – Bárður Oskarsson

Children’s book author and artist. His work often revolves around complex and psychological subjects and is delivered in a naked and subtle format. Grotesque, beautiful and humorous.

Bárður Oskarsson has published seven picture books since 2004, which have been translated into 14 different languages. His books have been published in numerous countries and have received critical acclaim in major publications such as the New York Times.

Some of his books, such as the Flat Rabbit, The Tree and Where are you, Wilbert? can be purchased online.

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Learn words and phrases in Faroese

Want to learn how to say “I love you”, or “Do you think I’m hot?” or “I want a beer” in Faroese?

The Faroese language isn’t on Google Translate, but you can learn Faroese words and phrases using the islands’ own version, called Faroe Islands Translate.

Type a word or phrase in your own language and you’ll get a video translation from a Faroe Islander.

The translation service was created in 2017 as part of a campaign by Visit Faroe Islands to preserve the Faroese language. Read more about the project here.

Knitting is a popular hobby for many Faroe Islanders, particularly women. Knitting patterns and know-how are passed on from generation to generation. With 80,000 sheep roaming the islands, there is plenty of wool for everyone.

Faroese wool is particularly good because it contains more lanolin (wax or grease from the sheep) than lambswool. Faroese sheep live on mountain sides for months, often in very challenging weather conditions. The lanolin makes it waterproof, keeping the water out and the heat in.

Faroese knitwear is popular because it is long-lasting and beautiful. Many sweaters, for example, are passed down through multiple generations.

If you want to purchase Faroese knitwear, try Guðrun & Guðrun, Navia, Shisa Brand, Einstakt, Steinum or Snældan.

Or, try your hand at making your own Faroese sweater!

Sandra runs a blog, called binda.fo. She recommends knitting a Boheme Sweater from FaroeKnit, using jarn from Snældan.

Knitting patterns from FaroeKnit
Jarn from Snældan
Video tutorials on how to knit from binda.fo (in Faroese)

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Cook your own Faroese seafood dish

The Faroe Islands can boast of having some of the world’s best seafood, nurtured in pristine ocean conditions that allow marine life to flourish.

The islands’ excellent location in the North Atlantic Ocean coupled with stable water temperatures create an ideal marine environment for several species of fish, such as cod, haddock and coalfish.

Check out these seafood recipes, created and recommended by one of the Faroe Islands’ leading chefs, Gutti Winther.

The Faroe Islands can boast of having some of the world’s best seafood, nurtured in pristine ocean conditions that allow marine life to flourish.

The islands’ excellent location in the North...

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Take a virtual tour

As all other countries in the world, the Faroe Islands has felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early on during the global crisis, we wondered how we could recreate a Faroe Islands’ experience for those who had to cancel or postpone their trip to the Faroe Islands – and for everyone else stuck in isolation around the world.

We had an idea. What if we could allow people anywhere in the world to explore the islands as virtual tourists through the eyes of a local? Or even better; what if the virtual tourists could control the movements of the local in real time?

A couple of weeks later, our idea became reality. We created a new remote tourism tool, the first of its kind. Via a mobile, tablet or PC, virtual visitors could explore the Faroes’ rugged mountains, see close-up our cascading waterfalls and spot the traditional grass-roofed houses by interacting – live – with a local Faroese, who acted as their eyes and body on a virtual exploratory tour.

The local was equipped with a live video camera, allowing people to not only see views from an on-the-spot perspective, but also to control where and how they explored using a joypad to turn, walk, run or even jump!

Just like a real-life computer game, the main player controlled the moves of the Faroese islander, who not only explored locations on foot, but also took to the skies by helicopter, giving virtual visitors a bird’s eye perspective on our beautiful island nation’s steep grassy slopes, our 80,000 sheep and our unspoilt, wild and natural countryside.

During the virtual tours, our team at Visit Faroe Islands were online in real time to answer any questions that people had, providing both inspiration and expert knowledge about places to visit and things to see.

We hoped that visiting our remote islands through the eyes and body of a local would bring joy and inspiration during the challenging times – and we, of course, hoped to welcome visitors in person once travel was recommended and safe again.

The first of 22 tours took place on 15 April and the last 17 June, two days after the Faroe Islands re-opened for tourists from neighbouring countries.

View the Remote Tourism tours here.

As all other countries in the world, the Faroe Islands has felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early on during the global crisis, we wondered how we could recreate a Faroe Islands’ ex...

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