Tuesday, 29 November 2011

An island with a crown of clouds

Faroe Islands (far. Føroyar, Feryar - "Sheep Islands") are a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean between Scotland (Shetland Islands) and Iceland. They are an autonomous region of Denmark. Since 1948 the Faroe Islands are free to decide almost all matters of state, except for defence and foreign policy.
Luytla-Duymun (far. Lítla Dímun - «Small Duymun") is the smallest of the 18 Faroe Islands, located between Scotland and Iceland. 
Small Duymun’s area is only 0.8 sq km, with the highest point on the island Mount Ravan, which is 414 meters high. The island is uninhabited, except for those cases when it is covered with clouds or has a white “cloud hat” on top.
In 1850 the island was sold at auction for 5,000 Danish thalers. During the bidding royal representatives artificially inflated price in order to enrich the royal treasury.
Small Duymun has never been occupied. Its only inhabitants are puffins and sheep, which where grazed here since ancient times. Small Duymun has the poorest flora of all Faroe islands, comprising a total of only eight plant species.
In summer 2006, 28 young people from Iceland (11), Norway (8), Greenland (3) and the Faroe Islands (6) under the project "Silent Island" lived for three days on the Small Duymune. They had no cell phones, no cameras, no clock, no TV. But everyone had a pen and notebook in which they were to describe their impressions of life in complete isolation, silence and solitude. Based on these records they planned to write a play.
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