Guide to the Faroe Islands Posted

I dreamt in Faroese last night. Apparently my subconscious can hold a vigorous discussion while sipping a beer my tastebuds still yearn for. Whether my dream actually made any sense is questionable – my beginners Faroese is tragically lacking after months of home study. There is a drought of Faroese speakers in Wisconsin with whom to practice. Shocking, I know.

It’s been almost a year since I first visited this cluster of islands high in the North Atlantic and I continue to be enthralled. If you enjoy mountain hikes, wild open spaces, folk music, mystical landscapes, and genuine encounters with people, the Faroes will not disappoint. Far off the beaten track, the Faroe Islands are perfect for avoiding tourist crowds while meeting and interacting with the local people.

Never heard of the Faroes? You’re not alone. And that’s the allure. If you love the highlands of Scotland, the wildness of the Hebrides, the turbulent landscapes of Iceland, and the Celtic folk traditions of Ireland, the Faroe Islands will claim your heart the moment you step off the plane.

There aren’t many guidebooks for travelers looking to make the journey. Lonely Planet and Bradt have skim offerings. After much work and many distractions, prompted by my dreams, I finally present my highly personal Country Guide to the Faroe Islands. I hope my humble guide helps fill in the cracks. If you’ve been blessed enough to have traveled there yourself, feel free to add your own advice and suggestions. Góða ferð!


About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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