You’re moving where??
The Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are a small island group in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, north of the British Isles. Read more…
My father was born and raised in the Faroe Islands. I will be living in the same town that he was from, Fuglafjørður, where I have dozens of cousins and other relatives.
I have visited there several times before, and I really enjoy the culture and the environment, and I have been wanting to spend more time there.
How long will you be gone?
I will be away for one full year, from August 2005 to August 2006.
What will you be doing all year?
This summer I will be enrolled in a full-time intensive language class, to begin to learn the Faroese language. After that, I will be renting a small house in Fuglafjørður and enjoying my retirement — seeing the sights, spending time with family, learning more about the country, and continuing to study the language..
What language do they speak?
They speak their own language, Faroese, which is a Scandinavian language most closely related to Icelandic.
It’s so far north — won’t it be freezing in the winter?
The Faroe Islands have fairly moderate temperatures; they are on the Gulf Stream and have a strong marine influence. It does snow in the winter, but it doesn’t stay too cold.
Well, isn’t it dark all winter?
The Faroe Islands are slightly below the Arctic Circle, so there are no days of complete darkness; in the winter, the islands have about five hours of daylight. I’ve visted several times during the summer, when the days are long; in the summer it never gets completely dark, but there are several hours of twilight between dusk and dawn.