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DestinAsian - - CONTENTS - — Gabrielle Lip­ton

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.

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