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

As Christmas approached the Faroe Islands, so did a massive storm that brought winds as strong as a category 3 hurricane. Thousands of buildings were damaged and cars were thrown into the sea by the violent winds.

We talk to KVF reporter Svein Magnason about the storm and its aftermath, and one small bit of good news that came from it.

Then we'll go for a rainy walk in Torshavn and think about the year that has past.

Direct download: Podcast_271.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

As our Christmas present to you, we're sharing a new song recorded by our own Elin Brimheim Heinesen. We'll talk about Christmas in the Faroe Islands, and how she came to record this new Christmas song.

While recording this show, Elin talked about a severe storm that was coming to the Faroe Islands. Since then we've been getting reports of winds up to 166 miles per hour. To all our friends in the Faroes: we love you, and stay safe.

Direct download: Podcast_270.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20am EST

This week, a special studio session and conversation with Jogvan. He became known to most people when he reached the finals of Denmark's X Factor a few years ago, but he's anything but a preening pop idol. Instead, he's performing raw, emotional music. We also have an emotionally raw conversation between songs.

(Bonus: If you listen closely in the background during the interview, you can hear the new Hamferd album being mixed.)

Direct download: Podcast_269.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am EST

This week, we talk to Jon Tyril about HOYMA. Tyril conceived of it as an "un-festival" where acoustic concerts were staged in people's living rooms. The idea has caught on in the Faroe Islands and in other countries.

Then, we'll sit on a bench at the harbor in Torshavn and wonder where all the action is on on Wednesday night. (Hint: inside)

Direct download: Podcast_268.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Strictly speaking, this isn't an episode of the Faroe Islands Podcast. Instead, it's an answer to the questions a lot of Faroese people have been having lately. Mainly: "What is going on in the USA right now?" We'll take a snapshot of life in one corner of America following the presidential election, and perhaps download some immigration forms.

A new episode of the podcast about the Faroe Islands is coming soon.

Direct download: Trump_special.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

This week, we learn more about Ove Logmansbo, who may be a half-Polish, half-Faroese man who has written a crime novel set in the Faroes, or may be something else entirely. Heri Simonsen talks to Kinga Eysturland about Logmansbo's book, "The Enclave" and why it appears to be written by someone who has never been to the Faroe Islands.

Direct download: Podcast_267.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

This week we talk to Tyr frontman Heri Joensen. His band is about ready to tour Europe, but several shows have been cancelled after activists called threats into venues that booked Tyr. Learn why the threats were made, and Joensen's reaction to them.

Also, we visit a film noir bus shelter and learn about the Faroe Islands' surprising start to 2018 World Cup qualifying. (not at the same time)

If you want to see Heri's video reacting to his cancelled shows, you can see it here.

Direct download: Podcast_266.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43am EST

A short interview following the Faroe Islands National Team's 0-0 draw with Hungary.

Direct download: Soccer_extra.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

A short update as we travel the Faroe Islands looking for new stories. We hunker down inside as 50 MPH winds batter the 150 year-old home we're staying in. Then we'll talk to Olga Loburak, who is from Ukraine but has lived in the Faroe Islands for 15 years.

Direct download: Podcast_265.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

On this week's show, an update on our Gofundme campaign, and a look back at one of our favorite episodes.

We follow a Faroese man who talks Torshavn each morning and walks his dog. While he does so, he takes bout 60 photos from the same location and posts them to Facebook. We follow Jogvan A Dul as he makes his rounds and find out why he started this unusual habit. You can see the photos he took that day at his Facebook gallery.

We're replaying this show on the occasion of the passing of Jogvan's dog, Mikki.

Direct download: Podcast_171_Redux.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33am EST