Shetland and the Faroes

Shetland Cloudscape, Shetland, Eshaness, near Tangwick, taken 26 June 2006 by Simaron, found in flickr, and available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Shetland and the Faroes (settled by Norse ca. 800 and ca. 825 respectively), about two and three days’ sail respectively from Norway, were conveniently on the way to Iceland, about seven days out. From Shetland it was also not far to the Orkneys, and from there to the Norse-dominated coasts and isles of Scotland. All these North Atlantic island clusters eventually came under Norwegian sovereignty.

Faroe Islands at Tórshavn, taken 23 June 2008 by Stig Nygaard, found in flickr, and available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Orkney: Yesnaby, taken 7 October 2005 at Stromness by ColinsCamera, found in flickr, and available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.