The Faroe Islands are situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a constituent country of the kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland. The island group is comprised of about 18 major islands that lie approximately 400 miles off the coast of Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway. The closest neighbors are the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland.
Celebrations in the Faroe Islands include various sports competitions such as the rowing competition in Tórshavn Harbour, art exhibitions, pop concerts and the Faroese dance. The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands is the most important cultural institution in the Faroes. Its aim is to support and promote Scandinavia and Faroese culture, locally and in the Nordic region. The islands have their own symphony orchestra, the classical ensemble Aldubáran. The festival of contemporary and classical music, Summartónar, is held each summer. Large open-air music festivals for popular music with both local and international musicians participating are G! Festival in Gøta in July and Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvík in August.
Tórshavn, the small capital of the Faroes, has the ruined fortress of Skansin. From the town of Vestmanna, about an hour by bus from Tórshavn, excursion boats sail through narrow channels to cliffs where visitors can see thousands of nesting sea birds. The boats also pass a seal grotto. South of Tórshavn is the village ofKirkjubøur, which counts among its attractions the ruined 13th century Magnus Cathedral and a 900-year-old farmhouse with medieval furnishings. A footbridge leads from the small island of MykinesMykines to Mykineshólmur, an islet known for its puffin colony.
Meat, seafood and potatoes are among the main ingredients of the traditional Faroese diet. Mutton is also popular. The brewery Föroya Bjór has produced beer since 1888 with exports mainly to Iceland and Denmark. A local specialty is fredrikk, a special brew made in Nólsoy. The Faroese have also taken a shine to British specialties like fish and chips and Cadbury chocolate, which is easy to come by in many stores.
Vágar Airport has scheduled services from Vágar Island. The majority of the population of the islands is connected by tunnels through the mountains and between the islands, bridges and causeways which link the three largest islands and three other large islands to the northeast together, while the other two large islands to the south of the main area are connected to the main area with new fast ferries. There are good roads to most every village in the islands.
The overall climate of the islands is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current. Winters are mild while summers are cool. The islands are windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year with over 260 annual rainy days.