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    The Faraway Faroe Islands

    Happy New Year! As usual, at the beginning of a new year top travel destinations for the coming season are topic number one in the travel media. This year, it is the Faroe Islands that have caught our attention. This magnificent archipelago is beautiful all year round. Be it rugged green fields falling sharp to the sea or waterfalls cutting cliffs through - the place is breathtaking!Often mentioned as the top 2015 travel destination, the Faroe Islands are surely well worth the visit. The year 2015 will bring a full solar eclipse that will be seen from the islands. Many consider it a once-in-a-lifetime experience - 20 March is the right time to be there!

    The Faroe Islands ... but just where it is exactly?
    The Faroe Islands, an autonomous country within Denmark, are situated halfway between Norway and Iceland, approximately 200 miles north-west of the mainland Scotland. With that in mind, it is easy to imagine what the weather is like on the archipelago. Correct, it isn't as hot as Mallorca, but it isn't as cold you might think. Winters are mild with average temperature ranging around 3-4 °C. Summers, however, are cool with average 10 °C. Winds and rain are very common. That is why a warm, waterproof jacked will be your best friend on the Faroe Islands in March! Otherwise, July and August are perhaps a bit more convenient for visiting the place. This is also when, an extended daylight is observed with the longest day lasting 19.5 hours!

    How to get there
    The quickest way to arrive at the Faroe Islands is by plane. Flights to Vágar Airport, the only airport on the archipelago, are serviced by Atlantic Airlines. There are direct connections from the UK, Denmark, Iceland, and Spain. There are also ferry connections from Denmark, and summer ferry services from Iceland. Auto Europe offers car hire in Vagar and Torshavn. Renting a car in one of these cities gives you the best possibility to see the archipelago and travel at your own pace.

    Interesting facts
    Beside Danish, Faroese, rooted in Old Norse, is the native language spoken on the Faroe Islands. This is why, Faroese understand other Nordic languages. English is also spoken, especially among young people.The archipelago consists of 18 major islands; there are 687 miles of coastline and you are never further than 3 miles from the shore. The sea is all around you!Around the time of the total solar eclipse on the 20th of March, there are special eclipse-related events taking place along the archipelago.

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