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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Podcast 211: Johan Í Kollafirði and Famara


This week, we talk to  Johan Í Kollafirði. He's a Faroese actor, radio host, and farmer and a celebrity in a country that typically doesn't allow celebrities. Johan spent several hears homesteading (or squatting, if you take a different view) in an abandoned farm called Famara. It was the start of a plan to create a place that was a unique mix of Utopian retreat, artist's colony, and maybe even halfway house.

We start the show by driving down a treacherous road searching for Famara and Johan. Once we catch up with Johan (spoiler alert: he wasn't at Famara), we learn of the years-long project to restore the abandoned farm, and the Faroese government's attempts to evict him.

We spoke with Johan just as the eviction battle was heating up and making front-page headlines throughout the Faroes. So, we'll end with an update on what happened 10 months later. It's a tale that is at turns funny and heartbreaking.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_211.mp3

And we've got some bonus material as well this week. First, here's another picture of Johan that we liked...

Also, here's a video Johan made of his early days at Famara:



 And finally, here's what Famara looks like now.
Credit: Solborg Bordoy

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Podcast 210: G! Festival 2013, Day 3: Here Comes The Sun

On this week's show, we review all the action from the final day of the 2013 G! Festival. The final Saturday of the festival was arguably the most beautiful in the 12 year history of the event. Daytime temperatures soared to nearly 80 degrees (F) and it was even possible to get a sunburn  amid all the festivities.

So on this unusually sun-drenched episode of the podcast, we hear music from Lover, Lover, Laid Back, Hogni, and the reunited Boys in a Band. Also, we've got what may be the silliest interview with Teitur you'll ever hear.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player at the top of the page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_210.mp3

And if you're interested in going to the G! Festival this summer, they're started announcing acts for the 2014 event, you can learn more at the G! Festival website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Podcast 209: G! Festival 2013, Day 2

On this week's show, we explore the festival grounds on the second day of the G! Festival. We talk to some people in a hot tub, sail out to a VIP boat, then return to the beach for a night of music from Teitur and Eivor and Faroese producer Brynjolfur.

As always, you can listen on our media player, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also directly download the show here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_209.mp3.

And as a reminder, time is running out to sign up for our tour of the Faroe Islands this July. Registrations end this weekend. So check out the Nordic Obsession website and register while there's still time.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Solar Eclipse: Coming to the Faroe Islands

The countdown is on. A solar eclipse will be visible in the Faroe Islands in less than a year. Here's more from our good friends at Visit Faroe Islands...

ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IN THE FAROE ISLANDS

Total solar eclipse, 20 March 2015, 9:41am - the Faroe Islands will be one of only two places in the world where this natural phenomenon can be observed from land (the other is Svalbard). Travel to this remote and green archipelago of 18 tiny islands, inhabited by just 40,000 people and 70,000 sheep. Hills, valleys, waterfalls and lakes form the part of the landscape, the dramatic cliffs are a favourite with seabirds, and the surrounding waters are dotted with spectacular seastacks, some steeped in legend.

The first record of a total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands was 30 May 1612 at 11:25am. An ancient story goes that four quarrelsome brothers from the village of Sumba were tending to their sheep and arguing, when they were suddenly shrouded in darkness. They were petrified and promised the Lord that if they lived through the terrible experience, they would live harmoniously. The sun soon reappeared and the brothers never quarrelled again.

During the week of 20 March, eclipse parties, gatherings and festivals will take place across the Faroe Islands. Please see the Total Solar Eclipse website for the latest information.

Access: A special direct flight from London, to coincide with the eclipse, will be operated by Atlantic Airways. Please contact the airline direct on booking@atlantic.fo (online bookings are not possible). An alternative option if to fly via Copenhagen, Oslo or Keflavik.

Accommodation: Most hotels are fully-booked already, but there is plenty of B&B, guesthouse or home stay accommodation available (as well as camping options). Please see the Total Solar Eclipse website or email solareclipse@torshavn.fo

For further information, please see: www.solareclipse.fo or www.visitfaroeislands.com

Podcast 208: G! Festival 2013, Part 1

This week, we look back at the first day of the 2013 G! Festival. The three-day event typically starts on a Thursday with a somewhat shorter bill of artists than in the following days. But there was no shortage of great music.

We'll hear a little music from Marius (pictured, above), Frostfelt, and BYRTA. We'll also explore the new features and venues the G! Fest added.

Our recap of the G! Festival comes a little later than it has in previous years. As a matter of fact, the festival has already started announcing acts for this year's event. You can see who's playing this July at the G! Festival website.

You can listen to this week's episode on our media player, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_208.mp3

Reminder, we'll be taking visitors to the G! Festival this year as an add-on to our ultimate tour of the Faroe Islands this July. To sign up, go to the Nordic Obsession website.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Podcast 207: Faroese Media Landscape 2014

This week, another conversation with Birgir Kruse. This time, we're talking about Faroese media. The past 9 months have seen a serious shakeup in the media landscape. The country's biggest and oldest paper died, a new internet portal was born, and the TV news took the entire summer off. Birgir will help us make sense of it all.

Then we'll head off to a small village (pictured, above) that is home to a few industrial installations and was supposed to be home to most of the Faroe Islands' international shipping. Just what happened? We'll try to sort it our.

As always, you can listen on our media player at the top of the page, or on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also directly download the show here:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_207.mp3

And as a reminder, time is running out to sign up for our ultimate tour of the Faroe Islands. Go to the Nordic Obsession website and reserve your place before April 4th.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Podcast 206: Football and Jail

On this week's show, we talk about sports. Specifically, we talk about soccer, or football if that's what you call it... we're not going to start that fight again.

Anyway, we'll hear some highlights from the Faroe Islands epic win against Gibraltar last week, and see who the Faroes will play in the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016. Then our good friend Heri Simonsen will talk to a German football coach who was in the Faroes last week.

Finally, we'll drive up a hill and arrive at one of the most beautifully situated jails on earth.

As always, you can listen on our media player, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also directly download the show here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_206.mp3