The Faroe Islands Podcast
Faroe Islands news, culture, politics, and music.

This week, we get two Faroese perspectives on last week's total socal eclipse in the Faroe Islands. It was a moment when the whole country stopped for just a minute.

 

Also, time is running out to sign up for this summer's Nordic Obsession Tour. Head over to the Nordic Obsession website and reserve your spot by April 4th.

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On this week's show, we talk to Rolant Waag Dam. He's one of the organizers of the Faroese Music Awards. The show is in its second year and handed out more than a dozen awards to Faroese musicians last weekend. We'll talk about how the show went, and the state of Faroese music.

Then we'll sit on a bench that may or may not be a musical instrument of some sort.

Direct download: Podcast_243.mp3
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This week, we talk to Kate Russo, she's an Australian eclipse chaser who's in the Faroe Islands in advance of next week's solar eclipse. Hosts Matthew Workman and Heri Simonsen ask Russo about her intense interest in eclipses, and what the Faroese can expect when the big event happens there on March 20th.

 

You can learn more about next week's eclipse at Visit Faroe Islands' special eclipse website.

Also, we're up for Podcast Award in the "travel" category. Go to the Podcast Awards website and give us your vote. You can vote once a day, every day, until March 24th.

Direct download: Podcast_242.mp3
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This week, we visit what some call the second-largest Faroese settlement, but it's not in the Faroe Islands. Instead, we're heading to a rather bland looking concrete housing complex that scores of Faroese students call home. 

What's it like living in this little slice of the Faroes hidden in Denmark? We'll ask someone who lives there.

Also, we've been nominated for a Podcast Award. Please head to the Podcast Awards website and vote for us in the "Travel" category (it's way at the bottom of the page).

Direct download: Podcast_241.mp3
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The Faroe Islands will witness a total solar eclipse in just one month, but this isn't the first time an eclipse like this has been visible in the Faroes. This week, we talk to three Faroese women who have childhood memories of the 1954 solar eclipse.

While it has been widely reported that all the hotel rooms have been booked in the Faroes for years, there are still some places to stay. To learn more about that you can check out Visit Faroe Islands' eclipse page, and the site for Faroese travel agency 62N.

Direct download: Podcast_240.mp3
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This week, we're back on the island of Skuvoy and we're looking for birds. We'll learn about the great skua, and head out to a skua breeding colony to help identify and measure baby chicks.

Note: This show was recorded in heavy wind conditions. Adjust your ears accordingly.

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This week, we travel to the island of Skuvoy. We're there to spend the day with a field biologist who's studying the birds Skuvoy is named after. We'll take a choppy boat ride, then stroll through the islands only village before preparing to head up into the hills outside the village.

 

Reminder: There's still time to sign up for the Nordic Obsession Tour this July. To learn more just head over to our website.

 

Also, we're putting out hat into the ring for this year's Podcast Awards. Please go the Podcast Awards website and nominate us under the "Travel" category.

Direct download: Podcast_238.mp3
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This week, we look back at last July's Faroe Pride march. It has been two years since Faroe Pride drew massive (by Faroese standards) crowds to Torshavn to march in favor of LGBT rights. This year, the crowds are a bit bigger, but has the atmosphere turned... routine? And if so, is that a good or a bad thing?

We'll hear some sound from the march, then talk to Eiler Fagraklett about the march and what it all meant. 

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This week, we visit the Faroe House in central Copenhagen. The house helps provide services for the thousands of Faroese people living in Denmark's capitol. We'll talk to the homes director, then we'll head off to Torshavn and see if a grinding billboard motor can tell us anything about the Faroese economy.

Direct download: Podcast_236.mp3
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This Christmas Eve, we're listning to a conversation we had with Heri Simonsen on December 24, 2009. We talk about Christmas in the Faroe Islands and New Year's celebrations as well.

 

Merry Christmas to you and the people you love.

Direct download: Christmas.mp3
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