The Faroe Islands ready for a total solar eclipse.
Adrift in the North Atlantic midway between Norway and Iceland, the 18 tiny Faroe Islands are as remote as they are beautiful, with thundering waterfalls, brightly painted villages set in hills of intense green, and sharply etched cliffs that tumble to the sea, as pictured here on the main island of Streymoy. Yet for all their elemental appeal, the Faroes—settled by the Vikings more than a millennium ago and an autonomous Danish province since 1948—may be a bit far-flung to top anyone’s bucket list. Those looking for an excuse to venture to the archipelago regardless should mark their calendars for March 20, when the islands will experience their first total solar eclipse since 1612. And though the event will only last for two and a half minutes starting at 9:41 a.m., it will be surrounded by a week of cultural festivities that will showcase Faroese hospitality at its best.