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    Faroes jumper

    by seaouk Written Nov 13, 2011

    What to buy: If you can you must buy a Faroes jumper however, you will need to save up for one as the cheapest we found was £85.
    This may sound like a lot but they are worth every penny as they are warm, hard wearing and can be waterproof to a degree.
    If you can try and buy locally produced ones that have been made by local women rather than the main stream factory ones. Most of the money from the sale will then go back to the maker of the garment and this is how alot of local women make their money.

    Although if you cannot afford a jumper you could always buy a hat or scarf or some slippers.

    What to pay: Upwards of £85

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    Faroes jumper

    by seaouk Written Nov 13, 2011

    What to buy: If you can you must buy a Faroes jumper however, you will need to save up for one as the cheapest we found was £85.
    This may sound like a lot but they are worth every penny as they are warm, hard wearing and can be waterproof to a degree.
    If you can try and buy locally produced ones that have been made by local women rather than the main stream factory ones. Most of the money from the sale will then go back to the maker of the garment and this is how alot of local women make their money.

    What to pay: Upwards of £85

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    "Tax Free" Shopping

    by MartinYarnall Written Nov 2, 2008

    What to buy: A stuffed puffin will set you back £70.

    Otherwise shops are awash with local woollens.

    Beware of falling clocks!

    Given that a lot of towns have no restuarants or cafes it's worth taking some food with you on journeys (unless you're off to a large "city" such as Klakvik).

    The SMS shopping centre in Torshavn has a good supermarket amongst the plethora of fashion shops. This isn't the place for bargain souvenirs. It does have some relatively reasonably priced food outlets though (one of which is a burger king).

    There's lots of signs up for tax-free shopping for tourists. You need to spend over 300 krone in a single transaction. Be careful here though. You will need a refund cheque filled in which then needs to be stamped at the airport. Well worth doing as you can get around 25% back.

    Unfortunately, it's not possible to buy whale meat or blubber in the supermarket. We couldn't even find any puffins to stew.

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    Tøting: Faroe Islands sweaters

    by pallm Updated Feb 1, 2008

    An old Faroese saying goes "wool is the gold of the Faroes". From the Viking age up to this century, wool and wool products have been of major importance for the existence of the Faroe Islanders. Tøting is the Faroese word for “wool work”. In the village of Gøta you will find the knitwear factory Tøting, a small family business that has been buying wool, spinning yarn and knitting jerseys for more than a generation. The comfortable Tøting jerseys and cardigans are perfect for leisure and more formal wear.

    What to buy: knitted sweaters and jackets

    What to pay: 155 USD for a sweater, they ship free

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Family Travel

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    Sirri: high fashion, traditional knits

    by lisahurley Updated May 24, 2005

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    There are a few high-fashion knitwear shops in the Faroes that combine tradition with cutting edge. One such place is Sirri, in Tórshavn. http://www.sirri.fo/default.asp

    What to buy: You can find incredible blankets, sweaters, hats, jackets, and other knitwear for men, women, and children. (They also sell wool yarn) They specialize in a semi-deconstructed look made from felted Faroese wool.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

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    Wool !

    by JLBG Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    What to buy: To buy a pullover woven in local wool that has kept, at least partly, it's suint is a must. They are nearly waterproof (at least drizzleproof) and will last a lifelong !

    Look at this brand new one ! It is in perfect condition and seems to be brand new, doesn't it ? Actually, it was bought 25 years ago and I wear it every winter, especially for cross country skiing !! When I say it will last a lifelong, it is an understatement !

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    Töting: Knitwear

    by zweiblumen Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    The Faroe Islands are famous for it's woollen wear and you will find examples on sale in various shops in the capital Tórshavn and the airport at Vágar. There is also the Töting factory shop at Gøta.

    What to buy: Traditional Faroese design sweaters which will keep the worst of the inclement weather at bay and keep you warm too.

    What to pay: They are not cheap, expect to pay the equivalent of £80.00 for a sweater

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    SMS: Shopping fun...

    by lisahurley Updated Sep 18, 2002

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    SMS is the mall in the Faroe Islands. Yes, there is a mall. It's great, but don't forget to check out all the other little shops.

    What to buy: SMS is a great place to go check out books on the Faroes, and see all the different goods available there. There is also a music store upstairs that has lots of contemporary and traditional Faroese CDs. Just like any mall, it has clothing stores and a food court too. The Faroese are generally quite stylish people. So it can be really fun to check out the clothes there.

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