For most people (including myself) working in an office 9-5 doesn’t present that many opportunities for adventure. To the majority, adventure is a far-off concept, a notion confined to Instagram, an experience privileged to a select few. I want to challenge this mindset and show that even someone ordinary, living an ordinary life, with an ordinary job can have epic adventure.
Location: Faroe Islands
Words & Photography by: Will Teal
Whenever I travel I try to challenge myself, to remove myself from the dreaded comfort zone and really experience the environment I’m in. The Faroe Islands were a perfect location for this. A beautiful and mysterious place of untamed wilderness, epic scenery and wonderful people. It’s hard not to find adventure there.
If you don’t know where the Faroe Islands are, that’s OK, not that many people do, and with a total population of less than 50,000, it’s not that surprising.
What is surprising however, is that this untouched Nordic paradise is only a stones-throw away from the UK. Adrift in the frigid depths of the north Atlantic, this 18 island archipelago is located halfway between Scotland, Norway and Iceland.
Although the Faroe Islands are so close to home, when your body weight is the only thing keeping your tiny one man tent from blowing into the sea, a warm bed in Manchester feels a long way away. Which is exactly why the Faroe Islands are a great example of how you don’t have to go to the other side of the world to feel like you’ve travelled.
The Faroe Islands are unlike anywhere else I have ever been, although tiny and forgotten, this country packs a serious punch in the form of epic ranges of layer-cake mountains, glistening fjords, treacherous sea cliffs and lush valleys all shrouded in Nordic legend and Viking folklore. A haven for adventurers looking for breathtaking views and wild unspoilt scenery - so long as you can handle gale-force winds and driving rain one moment and glorious sunshine the next.
Although the road networks on the Faroe Islands are outstanding I always feel you can experience more of what a country has to offer by travelling on foot, as long as you don’t mind hitchhiking, speaking with the locals and getting up close with the wildlife (of which there is plenty in the form of thousands of sea birds, wild horses and hardy Faroese sheep that outnumber residents 2:1). Hiking however can only get you so far in a country made up of islands, unless swimming in sub zero temperatures tickles your fancy, so public transport becomes a necessity, and the Faroe Islands has the best public transport I have ever used. Not only is there a regular and reliable bus service, there are also brilliantly scenic ferry routes and an unbelievably cheap helicopter service that will take you from island to island.
For a country as small as the Faroe Islands they really do leave a big impression and really could be one of Europe’s last real wildernesses.