I have been most fortunate to have travelled to over 150 countries around the globe on holiday, but never before to the FAROE ISLANDS, and late May headed there.
For years in the early 1980s I took out 2 facing pages in the local stamp magazines as “The Faroes King” selling all the stamp issues from there - some then were quite pricey. Superb engraved Slania stamp issues etc.
Always wanted to visit, so late May we flew to Melbourne for a few hours in airport, and then 4 hours to Perth WA, and more hours in airport, before heading off on the long 11 hour flight to Abu Dhabi, in the new Boeing “Dreamliner” 787.
More hours there, and then a “short” 8½ hour hop to Dublin, Ireland in another A330. Finally a hotel bed after literally 36 hours in planes and airports! “Long Day” - 18,400 Kms or 11,500 miles!
Then next morning flew to OSLO Norway on SAS for a day, where a couple of stampboards members met us at airport Hotel, and gave us a wonderful city tour and dinner - photos here - https://www.tinyurl.com/GlenOslo
L to R, overlooking Oslo - Ottar (OttoSaa) Margo, Glen and stamp dealer Geir.
Then flew to Copenhagen Denmark, and then flew SAS to The Faroes in the Northern Atlantic for a week or so. A brand new SAS service - until now only one carrier flew here from anywhere - the Faroes Government owned airline, Atlantic Airways.
A tiny place - there are only 4 barely passable hotels there, and we got the very last room, as booked late as always! I’ve seen Puffins in Iceland and Greenland, but the Faroes is the best spot it seems. Totally horrifying costs for everything here, but that’s small islands for ya.
The population of the entire country is under 50,000, and capital city Torshavn has only 20,000 or so - the world smallest capital city.
The Faroes is NOT as many feel "just a part of Denmark". They have their own language, not understood by any of the Scandic countries. When you arrive by plane, you can buy Duty Free on the plane, and at the airport.
Residents here have their own Faroes passports, are NOT part of EU as Denmark is, and have an ever increasing GNP. Their own car number plates, their own banknotes that go up to 1000 Krona ($A400) that are not official legal tender in Denmark and vice-versa etc, and their own airline.
It is (so far) a totally unspoiled destination for any tourist. No huge tour buses full of Chinese, as occurs on near every other spot on this planet these days.
Beautiful scenery, and oddly not a single tree in the entire country, other than in a few home gardens. Strange to see. Entire vistas for miles in every direction, with not a tree to be seen!
MANY members here collect Faroe Islands Stamps, and will maybe enjoy some photos from there.
The Faroes only airport is weirdly an HOUR away from Torshavn. ($100 cab ride - welcome to the Faroes!) Built by the British when occupying it in WW2, it is totally desolate as you can see.
Grass or Turf roofs are exceedingly common here - the photo here is opposite our hotel in downtown Torshavn.
The only prison on the island is not far outside Torshavn. All with turf covered roofs and no fences, as where can one escape to in the desolate countryside? The BEST prison view on earth - right out to sea. And on Faroes you need to fly or sail to get away from the country, and an escape would see both alerted.