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    Føroya Náttúrugripasavn

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 13, 2014

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    The Faroese Museum of Natural History is a nice diversion on a rainy day (and let's face it, there are a LOT of rainy days in the Faroes...) The interior is rather dark, but there are quite a few very nice exhibits on local animal life and plant life, as well as the geological history of the Faroes. There are also quite a few interesting skeletons and animal models that most children will find to be quite cool.

    Entrance costs Kr 20 for adults, free for children under 15 years old. During summer, the museum is open Monday-Friday 10AM - 4PM, Saturday and Sunday 3-5PM. Off season, it's open Sunday afternoons only, 3-5PM . Group tours and appointments can be arranged; call the museum for details.

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    Skansapakkhúsið (Prime Minister's Office)

    by travelfrosch Updated Mar 12, 2012

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    The building known as Skansapakkhúsið was built in 1749. It was converted from a storage building to the Løgmansskrivstovan, or Prime Minister's office. Unlike many seats of national power, tourists are able to wander around the grounds and explore the building if they like. The building is open to the public Monday - Thursday 8AM - 4PM and Friday 8AM - 3PM.

    Want to impress your friends at the next cocktail party? The Løgmaður (Prime Minister) of the Faroe Islands is Kaj Leo Johannsen of the Union Party. He leads a governing coalition of the Union Party, the People's Party, the Independence Party, and the Centre Party.

    UPDATE: The 2011 general election did not result in a change of Løgmaður, but did result in a rather eyebrow-raising coalition including the Union Party and the Independence Party. I always welcome any emails from those who know more about the current Faroese political situation than I. :)

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    Get into the movies!

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011
    A screen print of the webcam view - Hotel T��rshavn

    Perhaps not the movies - the Atlantic Airways web site has a list of active webcams across the islands. They have one perched on top of the Hotel Tórshavn - when I visited the city, I called a friend in Helsinki to access the link and take an image of me from the web cam.

    I am the black and brown dot near the statue.

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    Smiðjan í Lítluvík

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An old iron forge has been converted into a gallery. The gallery can be rented for exhibitions at the town hall. During my visit - there was an exhibition running, so I made a visit (and also to escape from the rain.)

    there is normally no charge for entry - and often many of the exhibits are for sale.

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    Street Sculpture and Statues (3) Kamban Sculptures

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are several examples of the work of Faroese artist, Janus Kamban on public display around the city. Kamban was born in 1913, and studied in copenhagne at the Academy of Art. His favourite subjects tended to be those that highlighted day to day activities of life in the Faroes.

    Next to the parking space at Undir Glasheyggi there are two statues picturing a man and a woman returning from the fields carrying peat.

    Another is located next to the Savings Bank in the city centre. Located in the small garden of the bank is a bronze statue of a couple.

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    The Faroese Museum of Natural History

    by TomFoolery Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A Whale Skeleton

    The Natural History museum consists of one room with displays about the geology of the island, and another with information on the animals of the islands, prodominantly whales.

    Not everything was in English sadly, but the musuem staff are friendly and happy to explain things to you.

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    Kirkjubour

    by JessieLang Written Aug 9, 2009

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    The village of Kirkjubour was important in the Middle Ages, but it has a current population of 80. The Episcopal residence was here. At one time there were about 50 houses, but a severe storm in the 16th Century washed many of them away. There are still 3 buildings here that date from the Middle Ages--two churches and a farmhouse.

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    The old farmhouse

    by JessieLang Written Aug 9, 2009

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    11th Century Farmhouse

    This wooden farmhouse was built in the 11th Century — the same family has occupied it since 1550, and the 17th generation of the family is still living in it. Wood is very valuable here (no trees) and wooden buildings are rare.

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    Memorial to Niels R Finsen

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 10, 2008

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    The Faroe Islands also have a Nobel Prize winner and the memorial is to honour this important Torshavn born citizen of the Faroe's.
    Niels Ryberg Finsen was a Faroese/Danish physician and scientist. In 1903 he became the first Danish Nobel laureate. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology "in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science

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    Gongin

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 10, 2008

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    The small main street on the peninsula is called Gongin and is home to the oldest parts of the city. Many of the houses on Tinganes were built in the 16th and 17th centuries and are still in use today. The street is very narrow and picturesque.

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    Tinganes

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese løgting and is a part of Torshavn. The name means "parliament jetty" or "parliament point" in Faroese.
    The parliament met here for the first time in the Viking ages when Norwegian colonialists placed their Ting here in 825 AD. It is one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world, along with Tynwald hill in the Isle of Man and Þingvellir in Iceland. The logting has since moved to the north of the city, but the home-rule government still sits here.

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    The Savings Bank

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 10, 2008

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    In the small garden in front of the savings bank one can find a bronze statue of a couple made by the Faroes artist Janus Kamban. Benches surround the garden allowing visitors to rest underneath big trees right in the heart of Torshavn.

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    The Telephone Exchange

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 10, 2008

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    On the house end a relief was put up during the summer of 1985. It is made of stainless steel and aluminium representing 3 playing girls. It was made by Fridjof Joensen. Hence this is one of the more modern buildings in the town centre.

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    Løgting or Parliament

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 9, 2008

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    The Faroes Parliament building is situated directly in the town centre. It was built in 1856 with timber and extended in 1907.
    Along with Manx Tynwald and the Icelandic Alþing it is one of the three oldest Norse assemblies of Europe, comprising one of the oldest parliamentary systems in the world.
    Today, the Faroe Islands compromise one constituency, and the number of MP is fixed at 33

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    H.N. Jacobsens Book Shop

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 9, 2008

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    This is a protected three winged building situated in a beautiful garden. It was built in 1860 and was then a "realskole", a secondary school. The bookshop opened in 1918 and is today the largest book store in Torshavn also with a good collection of books about the Faroe Islands.

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