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The Faroe Islands is a unique place to visit on earth

One of the first things that foreigners notice when they arrive in the Faroe Islands is the incredibly fresh air. The next thing that strikes the visitors is the blindingly green grass that covers the islands all the way up to the highest mountains giving the characteristic feeling of a country clad in green.

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From Torshavn, capital of Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are of volcanic origin. They are part of the North Atlantic basalt area, stretching from Ireland to Greenland. The mountains are formed in a layering process, from the grey-black basalt formed by lava from the Tertiery period”s volcanoes, interspersed by the softer red-brown tuff, which originates from the rain of ash preceding volcanic eruptions. Later the glaciers of the ice period restructured the original plateau, to an archipelago with high mountains, deep valleys and narrow fjords. The basalt covers older geological deposits, where the presence of hydro carbons is very likely.

Animal life is characterised by the ever present sheep that outnumbers the population by a factor two and the rich and varied bird life expecially seabirds that attracts bird enthusiasts and ornithologist from all around the world.

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People dressed in the Faroese National costume during the National Day (Ólavsøka) – Photo: Anna Maria S. Jorgensen

The national holiday, Ólavsøka, is on 29 July, and commemorates the death of Saint Olaf. The celebrations are held in Tórshavn the capital. They start on the evening of the 28th and continue until 31 July.

The official celebration starts on the 29th, with the opening of the Faroese Parliament, a custom that dates back 900 years. This begins with a service held in Tórshavn Cathedral; all members of parliament as well as civil and church officials walk to the cathedral in a procession. All of the parish ministers take turns giving the sermon. After the service, the procession returns to the parliament for the opening ceremony.

Other celebrations are marked by different kinds of sports competitions, the rowing competition (in Tórshavn Harbour) being the most popular, art exhibitions, pop concerts, and the famous Faroese dance. The celebrations have many facets, and only a few are mentioned here.

People also mark the occasion by wearing the national Faroese dress.

 The Faroe Islands is unique. That’s a fact !

Visit the Official Tourism Site of the Faroe Islands  if you plan a trip to this amazing islands in North Atlantic Ocean.  (http://www.visitfaroeislands.com/)

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