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The Faroe Islands are located in northern Europe, between Iceland and Norway. This archipelago is made up of 18 islands, 17 of which are inhabited with a total of 50,000 people. Not surprisingly, the main industry in the Faroe Islands is fishing. As of 1948 the country became self-governing, though it’s still connected to the Danish realm. In other words, Denmark has control over things such as justice and defense, while the Faroe Islands is responsible for internal affairs.
The Faroe Islands is likely not a place that you hear much about. Part of the appeal for visitors is this reason exactly. People want to go somewhere different and experience something unfamiliar. Plus, with a population of only 50,000 spread across 17 islands, crowds won't exactly be a problem so it’s a good country to visit if you're looking to escape from just about everything and everyone. Seriously, you won't be running into your boss here, but you may run into some sheep...since there are more sheep than people.
This a country to connect with nature, and with so many spectacular natural wonders it certainly won't be hard to do so. The Mulafossur Waterfall on Gásadalur is a popular spot to snap a photo and take in the panoramic views. If you have the time and energy, hike the old postman’s trail. The capital city Tórshavn is home to colorful, charming houses and almost half of the country’s population. Take a peek inside Öström to buy local gifts, then head to Tinganes to learn about one of the oldest parliamentary meeting spots in the world. End your trip by sailing over to the island of Mykines to see some adorable puffin birds.
Weather can make or break your trip so be careful when planning a visit. Peak season is June to August when the sun shines for up to 22 hours a day and the weather is pleasant, making it easy to travel between islands. The country really comes alive during the summertime. If you're brave enough to face the cold and darkness, the winter is a great time to visit if you want to see the Northern Lights. Bear in mind, many shops and restaurants will be closed during this time and tours will be limited. The shoulder seasons of Autumn and Spring are also pretty slow in terms of tourism as weather is still not at its best.