This summer we made the most amazing and interesting journey in our life. We have been to the Faroe Islands located in the Atlantic ocean between Iceland and Scotland. This place is unique and incomparable. Every minute changes the weather, every turn brings you a new dizzying landscape and every inhabitant on your way can suggest you a place to stay for a night.
At first glance, the Faroes are very unfriendly. A traveler is greeted by the fog and rain with a piercing wind that creeps through the warmest clothes. Local nature matches the weather: open spaces, green hills without a single tree, endless and restless ocean all around. Huge waves crash on the jagged rocks that hide their tops high in the mist. But behind this sternness lurks an incredible beauty – silent northern beauty that creates stunning pictures with cold tones and smooth lines.
When you get acquainted with the locals, thoughts of unfriendliness disappear completely. Kind and open-hearted people live here, they never lock their houses and love each other like one big family. But, what is most important, they love their world. Every human being we met on our way told us that there was no any other place where they could feel happy like this and where they would want to bring up their children. We find it hard to understand how such severe conditions could keep up with an idea of happiness and home, but for the Faroese these things are inseparable. Cold and harsh weather teaches you to love your warm heart and home, and silent landscapes of majestic northern nature develops a contemplative perception of life.
We began to understand a bit of the locals' attitude to life only after living there for a few weeks and dealing with them every day. Those people can't understand how it is possible to live in large metropolitan areas, having no house on a hill and not knowing each and every one around you. For them, happiness means a free and peaceful life, human relations and caring for each other. All this unites them into one big family and helps them to live in such stern conditions. That is why when we once asked a Faroese why he loved the islands, we got this answer: "Freedom and a particular value of every person." Hearing these words there, you begin to think what you really need to appreciate in life. And you promise yourself to come back and hear these words again.