About Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are inhabited by the descendants of the Norwegians who settled in this place in the 9th century. During its existence, the Faroe Islands were ruled by Norway, Denmark, and only in 1948 became an autonomous region of Denmark, which is now known as one of the most unusual corners of Europe. It is believed that this place is one of the most beautiful in the North Atlantic. One cannot but agree with this. The rich, well-preserved nature makes this place one of the best tourist areas on the planet. Unlike other European countries, nothing threatens the ecological situation here, since there is absolutely no industry here.
Geography of the Faroe Islands
The archipelago of the Faroe Islands consists of 18 islands, lying 280 km from the coast of Scotland, in the northeast of the Atlantic Ocean. The regional capital is Torshavn.
The area of the Faroe Islands is 1,399 km. sq., occupies the 180th place in the world by area.
The national currency is the Danish krone (DKK).
The official language is Faroese and Danish.
Visa to the Faroe Islands
Residents of the CIS and Russia who wish to visit the Faroe Islands for tourism need to obtain a short-term visa category C. To obtain a visa, you must contact the consular department of the Danish Embassy in Russia. To travel with a child under 18, it is necessary to submit a full package of documents, as well as a copy of the birth certificate and a notarized power of attorney to take the child out of the parent remaining in the country. To obtain a visa, you must pay a consular fee of 1430 rubles. The consular fee may vary depending on the exchange rate of the Danish krone. Payment of the fee occurs at the visa center when submitting documents for registration. On average, it takes 8 working days to process a visa, however, if it becomes necessary to check your documents with the Faroe Islands Immigration Service,
Weather in the Faroe Islands
The islands have a temperate maritime climate. Due to its proximity to the warm Gulf Stream, even in winter in such northern latitudes, the temperature almost never drops below -4 C, the average winter temperature is 0 +4 C, and in summer +11 +17 C. All year round, water temperature off the coast The Faroe Islands keeps around +10 C. Most of the year, winds blow and it rains on the islands. During the year, at least 1600-2000 mm of precipitation falls here. The maximum amount of rain falls on the period from September to January. The best time for a holiday in the Faroe Islands is the beginning of June – September, and at the end of July the main festival, Olafsek, is held here.
The main mode of transport in the Faroe Islands is the bus. Even between the nearby islands there is a bus connection, they cross the sea on ferries. Sea transport runs between the outlying islands. In the capital, the bus is also the main mode of transport, but there are also taxis.
Currency exchange in the Faroe Islands
As of October 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 5.41 DKK. The official currency is the Danish krone. In cities and small towns, local banks are open from 09.30 to 16.00, and on Thursday until 18.00. ATMs are open only from 06.00 to 24.00, every day. In addition to banks, currency can only be exchanged at the airport exchange office. A small commission is charged when exchanging, but banks work mainly with the euro and the Danish krone. You can use credit cards almost everywhere, and cash travelers checks at banks and hotels. You can also pay with travelers checks in shops and restaurants.
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According to statistics, 84% of the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands profess one form of Lutheranism and are adherents of the Faroese Folk Church. In second place in terms of numbers are members of the community of Brothers in Christ. Adherents of other religions also live on the islands.
There are no problems with security in the Faroe Islands. Crimes happen here extremely rarely, literally one in a few years. But still try to follow the basic safety rules and do not leave personal belongings unattended, and do not take large sums of money with you. The police here are always ready to help the tourist, so if you have any problems, you can always contact them.
Despite the fact that the Faroe Islands are quite a remote territory, the level of medical services is quite high. Each district has its own polyclinics that provide quality medical services. Tórshavn has a large central hospital providing almost the entire range of medical services. If a patient needs serious help, then he is transferred to hospitals in Scotland or Denmark. Medical care is paid. Pharmacies have almost all medicines, but many of them are given only by prescription. It is advisable to have medical insurance with you, which provides for evacuation by air.