The rugged and rocky Faroe Islands lie between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. There are 18 islands in total. One of these is completely uninhabited.The blood of Vikings runs in the veins of the people of the Faroe Islands.
Lying in the path of the Gulf Stream, the islands maintain a temperate climate. Fishing is its largest industry, with tourism coming in second. The villages are still dotted with grass roofed homes fashioned after the Viking longhouse style. Hiking along ancient trails or on horse back provides the opportunity to explore the islands dramatic geography. There are a number of art galleries and museums covering history, natural history and art. In one leisure time there are facilities for diving, bowling, canoeing, golf, tennis and cycling. A prohibition against alcohol sales ended in 1992 and a crop of pubs, nightclubs and cafes sprang up, ready to serve. The Faroe Islands have four star restaurants and fast food burger joints. Accommodations range from hotels to guesthouses, hostels, summer houses, B&Bs and camping. Boat tours bring passengers to see the bird cliffs at Vestmanna. The streets come alive for the annual St. Olav Festival, featuring processions, sporting events and concerts.