Sornfelli - Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands

Photographer’s Notes:

Being from Scotland, the Faroe Islands have always cropped up while looking at maps, ever since I was young. When I was planning a trip, by ferry to Iceland, I had the opportunity finally to visit these Islands, though my decision to actually get off of the ferry when it stopped here was because it somehow made the ferry ticket a little cheaper, so naturally, being Scottish, I could not resist! Though the islands had cropped up on the map, I had failed to ever look into what I might see if I one day actually did visit the Islands. To cut a long story a bit short, I really didn’t expect them to be quite this amazing!
The ferry dropped my off on the way back from Iceland at 3am. It was dark when it arrived. I had not seen darkness for a long time as I had been in Northern Europe since the middle of May and if it ever had been dark in the last 2 months then I must have been sleeping at the time because I didn’t see it! My choice was to either find somewhere to set up my tent, or to find somewhere high to watch the sunrise. So it’s not too hard to work out what I decided to do… I sat up on this hill for about an hour waiting for the sun to appear from behind the seemingly endless stream of low cloud that was coming from the North, when a gap finally did appear I probably took my fastest ever sequence of shots (30 in total) ever! Going by the times marked on each photo I managed to take all the pictures in just 34 seconds! I had to do this because the cloud were coming past very quickly, I was quite worried that I might run into big problems later when the photos were stitched if the clouds had moved too much.

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Copyright: David Rowley
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Uploaded: 17/07/2012
Updated: 12/06/2014


Tags: weather; station; faroe; islands; sunrise; torshavn
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Location and size Situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62°00’N, the Faroe Islands lie northwest of Scotland and halfway between Iceland and Norway. The archipelago is composed of 18 islands covering 1399 km2 (545.3 sq.miles) and is 113 km (70 miles) long and 75 km (47 miles) wide, roughly in the shape of an arrowhead. There are 1100 km (687 miles) of coastline and at no time is one more than 5 km (3 miles) away from the ocean. The highest mountain is 882 m (2883 ft) above sea level and the average height above sea level for the country is 300 m (982 ft).   Climate The weather is maritime and quite changeable, from moments of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to showers. The Gulf Stream encircling the islands tempers the climate. The harbours never freeze and the temperature in winter time is very moderate considering the high latitude. Snowfall occurs, but is shortlived. The average temperature ranges from 3°C in winter to 11°C in the summer. In sheltered areas, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter what the season.   Population The population is 48.520 (1st April 2008). About 19,400 people live in the metropolitan area which comprises Tórshavn, Kirkjubøur, Velbastaður, Nólsoy, Hestur, Koltur, Hoyvík, Argir, Kaldbak, Kaldbaksbotnur, Norðradalur, Syðradalur, Hvítanes, Sund, Kollafjørður, Signabøur and Oyrareingir, while about 4,700 people live in Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands.   Form of Government Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag. It is not, however, a member of the European Union and all trade is governed by special treaties.   Languages Spoken Faroese is the national language and is rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are readily understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken, especially among the younger people.   Religion Religion plays an important part in Faroese culture and over 80% of the population belong to the established church, the EvangelicalLutheran. 10% of the population belong to the Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren).   Industry The fishing industry is the most important source of income for the Faroes. Fish products account for over 97% of the export volume. Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woollen and other manufactured products.