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Are the Faroe Islands the Next Iceland?

by Mark Gray
Faroe A view worth traveling for. All photos by Mark Gray.

Copenhagen-based photographer Mark Gray, one of Fathom's 24 Best Travelers on Instagramshows us around the Faroe Islands, a self-governing Scandinavian archipelago where there are more sheep than people.

FAROE ISLANDS – The raw beauty of the Faroe Islands is hard to find anywhere else in the world. It's made up of eighteen rocky volcanic islands and sits between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. Due to its location, it can be hard to get what most people would consider common goods — unless of course you're willing to pay (ex. $15 for a small pack of strawberries). Take a peek at the other-worldly escape through my camera lens and drone.

Fish boat, Faroe Islands
No matter where you are in the Faroe Islands, you're going to see something related to fishing. Mainly because 95% of exports are fish-related.

Sorvagsvatn, Faroe Islands
Sørvágsvatn is an optical illusion that creates the impression of a lake located hundreds of feet above sea level. In actuality, the elevation difference between the lake and the ocean is only about 30 meters; however, steep and significant elevation changes in the surrounding hills give the lake a seemingly impossible and breathtaking view.

Fish boat, Faroe Islands
I find it hard to resist good symmetry.

Drangarnir, Faroe Islands
Drangarnir sounds more like a character out of Game of Thrones than an actual place. Funny thing about this place is that there is actually very little information on how to get there. Like a lot of great places in the Faroe Islands, you really need to put the work in to see it. Your options are either to rent a boat (which isn't cheap) or to hike seven-to-eight hours round trip, mainly on goat paths. We did the latter.

Empty Road, Faroe Islands
I wasn't sure where this path would lead me, but that's part of the fun.

Road, Faroe Islands
Can you spot my red raincoat?

Gasadalur, Faroe Islands
Gásadalur village is located on the once remote west side of the island. Prior to blasting a tunnel in 2004, people would trek over a 400-meter mountain, which explains why there is a population of just eighteen people in the village.

Good companion
People ask me many things about my travels. The questions vary from what equipment I use to how I afford to do it, and where I'd like to go next. But the question I get asked the most is what's on my list of travel essentials. The answer is simple (and pretty cheesy):. Someone with me while I do and see it all.



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