A seafaring nation
The Faroe Islands is an archipelago of 18 small islands in the remote North Atlantic with a population of about 52.000 people. The Islands are breathtakingly beautiful with steep cliffs, tall green mountains and long narrow fjords. But with this beauty also come long, cold, stormy winters which make agriculture difficult.
These circumstances made life difficult for our ancestors, and one could wonder, why people would settle, let alone survive on such remote, small, weather battered islands. The answer is the ocean. This harsh and cold North Atlantic climate may not be ideal for humans, but it is perfect for fish. What we lack in land, we make up for in our vast surrounding life brimming ocean.
For a millennium the Faroese people have relied upon the seas for food and survival. Through the years and generations Faroese fishermen have passed on their deep knowledge and profound respect for the sea and its resources to the point, that it’s become an integral part of our culture and very existence.
Times and technology may have changed, we have moved on from traditional Faroese rowing boats and smacks to modern trawlers and purse seiners, but the traditions that our fishing industry is based on remain the same. Varðin is carrying on this proud seafaring tradition on into the 21st century.