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Remote existence – life on the isolated Faroe Islands

Photos logoPhotos 16-10-2016

Ever wondered what life is like in one of the most remote places in Northern Europe?

Photographer Kevin Faingnaert traveled to villages in the Faroe Islands to provide a glimpse into the lives of people living in this faraway archipelago.

© REX/Shutterstock    A house in Gásadalur village on Vágar island. Only 16 people live here. 

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    A house in Kollafjørður village on Streymoy island.

The Faroe Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between the U.K. and Iceland. It is a self-governing archipelago, and comprises 18 volcanic islands that are connected by a network of tunnels, bridges, and ferry routes.

Faingnaert, who obtained a degree in sociology before taking up photography, is passionate about capturing the lives of small communities in remote locations.

To create this photos series, named "Føroyar," he lived in different villages in the Faroe Islands, spending time with the locals and hitchhiking from place to place.

The pictures show villages with populations as low as just nine people, volcanic landscapes, snow-covered mountains, solitary houses, and portraits of the locals.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Left to right: Famous Faroese artist and adventurer, Tróndur Patursson, in Kirkjabøur on Streymoy island; Norðdepil village on Borðoy island.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    The island of Mykines, which is inhabited by 10 people.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Left to right: A gorge near Gjógv on Eysturoy island. Only 29 people live in this village; Simun Hanssen in Svínoy village, which has a population of 22.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    A view of Gásadalur village next to the Atlantic Ocean. 

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Left to right: Sigurd Nordendal sits on the roof of his house in Bøur on Vágar island; Hanse Heinesen in the church of Tjørnuvik on Streymoy island.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Kaj and Kristin Johannesen play computer games at Elduvík on Eysturoy island. The village is inhabited by 14 people.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Left to right: A child and a dog play on the rocky beaches of Bøur; Eiler Einarsson at Elduvík village.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    A church in Kirkja on Fugloy island. The village has a population of only nine people.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Left to right: Children play football at Nes village on Eysturoy island; Simún Jacobsen plays the trombone at Sandavágur on Vágar island.

© REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images    Joan Hendrick, author of the first Faroese dictionary, at his home in Kirkjabøur.

Faroe islands © REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Faroe islands The Funningur village, next to Funningsfjord, on Eysturoy island. The village is inhabited by 35 people.

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