Magical Lands

I’d like to call this post, “Where in the World is David Waid?” but sadly, the answer to that is always: typing in the near dark, growing small, pallid mushrooms on his back and inner thighs.

Let’s move quickly away from that image and get to the pristine Elysium of today’s destination…

The Faroe Islands

Beinisvord,_westcoast_of_suduroy,_faroe_islandsI love the magical lands, the places off the beaten path, and the Faroe Islands are certainly that. They’re an archipelago located approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland. The closest inhabited land is the Shetland Isles, 177 miles to the southeast.

The archaeological record suggests its habitation is fairly recent. The first people to live there came in 400-600 AD and Norse Vikings settled the islands in about the year 800.

1280px-Risin_and_KellinginThe Faroe Islands form a self-governing country within the Dainish Realm and have one of the smallest capitols in the world: Tórshavn on the island of Streymoy, population 19,000. And here’s another thing I like: location names that remind me of Svalbard and the Panzerbeorn of Phillip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass.”

Tórshavn.old_town.4They may have the only medieval Viking village that didn’t burn down at some point in its history. Because the Vikings built out of timber, that was always a problem. Not so much in the Faroes where it rains approximately 260 days out of every year.

Where is the one place in the world you would most like to go? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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