Pristine Travel Destination

In 2007, National Geographic conducted a survey of 111 island communities throughout the world. The Faroe Islands ranked as the most unspoiled island destination on the planet.

I remember reading about this on board of a flight with Atlantic Airways, while heading for the Faroes in May 2008. I was reminded once again about its pristine condition while reading this article Tread carefully on the pristine landscape of the Faroe Islands on metronews.

The article also mentioned the town of Gjógv, 67 kms from the capital of Tórshavn. In Gjógv, traditional dishes, such as the ones made with pilot whale meat, will soon be history.

A bit of Faroese paradise in Gjógv

The Faroe Islands, only accessible by plane or ship, are the most untouched destination I have ever been to. 75,000 sheep grace the islands compared to a population of about 50,000 Faroese.

The capital city of Tórshavn around 8:30 p.m. in May

For more about life on the islands, I also conducted an interview with my longtime Faroese friend, Mariann, before my trip.

To see the complete list of destinations rated by National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, which conducted this fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey (aided by George Washington University), visit National Geographic.

The Faroese Islands in Winter

A Faroese friend sent me these pictures after I had mentioned I would like to see what the Faroe Islands look like when covered in snow. She said one of her friends had taken them and I had permission to publish them. Thanks friend!

The colors of a good winter day #1

Sun light on the Faroese #2

A hidden coastal town on the Faroese islands #3

Clouds lining up in unison with the poles #4

The Faroese day ends early when the sun sets about 3:30 pm in mid-January #5

Winter in the Faroese islands #6

If any of you readers recognize some of the spots, please let me know by leaving a comment referring to the photo number.

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