Sights of Torshavn - and

Torshavn Travel Blog

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The Faroes may not have enjoyed independence but Torshavn is very much a capital - though quite unlike any other. It is often described as a rural city, correctly in so far as there are numerous farms. However a place with a Parliament Building and Government Offices, including the Prime Minister's Office, has to be a capital. My photo of the PM's Office is a disgrace as a photo but it may raise a smile. It is one of a number of turf-roofed houses on the tiny peninsula of Tinganes between the city's two basins.

The very good Tourist Office is at the entrance to the peninsula. One very interesting building is the Nordic House. This was built at the expense of the Nordic Council, when the Faroes acquired Associate status. The flags of full and associate members fly outside: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Aaland and Faroes. There are als a number of ornamental artefacts like a stone circle - in a land whose human history is untraceable before the Vikings - and a 'flock' of metal sheep. Inside is a splendid auditorium and concert area as well as a cafeteria and some galleries of paintings.

The Faroe Islands Art Gallery is only about 5 minutes walk away and there are more trees in the vicinity than we saw in the whole of the rest of the islands. They are very proud of their art and both the sculptures outside the gallery and the paintings inside fully justify that pride.

Both the Natonal Historical Museum and the Outdoor Museum are at Hoyvik, a separate town but little more than a suburb of Torshavn. These two museums, which can be covered in a single ticket, are great. I particularly like the Outdoor one. it is quite different from other outdoor museums I have visited in Scandinavia. Most consist of buildings transported from all over their country. Let's be clear: I have no objection to that and have enjoyed several very much. However a change was welcome and here we found the buildings in situ that had formed the house and outbuildings of a single prosperous farm that was functioning well into the 20th century. The situation is also excellent, just opposite to the sland of Nolsoy.

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