When the ice melted after the last ice age, some 10-20.000 years ago, the islands were bare rocks with hardly any plants.
But as the ice disappeared and the cliffs crumbled, plants started to grow and they spread.
Archaeological digs show that pilot whales have been a staple part of the Faroese diet since the Viking age.
Official records of all pilot whale hunts have been kept since 1584.
Some hereditary conditions are more common in the Faroe Islands than elsewhere.
This is due to the country’s remote location and the fact that most Faroese people are the descendants of relatively few original settlers.
At first sight, the Faroe Islands might give the impression of quite a uniform vegetation with no trees – only a tundra-like appearance.
The fauna of the Faroe Islands reflects the islands’ remoteness, as there are few terrestrial species, but plenty of seabirds and marine animals.
While there we found a unique and beautiful country – with many idiosyncrasies and quirks.
The Faroe Islands is a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark.
The ash was probably taken from domestic hearths and then spread onto the sandy surface to control erosion, a common practice in the North Atlantic at the time.
But just who the early arrivals were remains a mystery.