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Dagna
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Modern-day Robinson Crusoe revels in stranded isolation

KOLTUR, Faroe Islands (AFP) — Gazing out at the ocean, Bjoern Patursson contemplates his life as a modern-day Robinson Crusoe on an deserted island in the North Atlantic, and says he wouldn't change it for the world.

Unlike Crusoe though, Bjoern says he "voluntarily shipwrecked himself" on Koltur, a small strip of land in the Faroe Islands archipelago with high cliffs plunging down into the ocean.

At first glance this volcanic island seems inhospitable, battered by cold winds, often blanketed in heavy fog, where no trees grow and the only sounds are the cries of puffins and cormorants and the crashing of waves against the rocks.

But Bjoern fell in love with Koltur 10 years ago, and has lived here since then with his wife Lukka.

Some 170 sheep keep the couple company on the 2.7 square kilometer (1.04 square mile) island, as well as a sheepdog, 26 Scottish Highland cattle, a bull and a dozen chickens.

In their snug and cozy 19th-century wooden farmhouse, Bjoern and Lukka, both in their 50s, say their life is "fulfilled".

They keep busy "raising sheep and cattle which provides us with wool and organic meat that is sold to inhabitants on the other islands."


More information below:
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOISy9_ATFq_LZcFL5gM1vUd5EFw

Burgundian
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 09:36 PM
Sounds like a good life.

skyhawk
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 10:05 PM
I fully understand why they wish to escape the world I have the same urge myself. I don't usually swear in posts but for the sake of emphasis I will make an exception with this one because I really mean this..................... modern consumer/brainwashed people are F****G depressing to live amongst and an island without them would be much more preferable .

Good luck to the modern day voluntary castaways too , I hope the find what they seek there

Dagna
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 05:55 AM
Here are some pictures of Koltur Island.

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_3.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_7.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_8.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_9.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_10.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_11.jpg

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25182/1_1_12.jpg

Jónurin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Here's another pic from a helicopter's point of view:

http://www.atlantic.fo/images/myndasavn/Nordadalur1.jpg

Maybe we should find some pics from the island itself?

Siebenbürgerin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Hmm, I admire such an initiative. I sometimes feel like escaping to the Middle of Nature but I couldn't do it for a long Time.

Here some Information I found about this Island:

Seventeen of the islands are currently inhabited, but Koltur and Stóra Dímun have only one family each.

The southern village of Koltur with some of the best examples of the old Norse building tradition, in terms of community layout, building design, and architecture.

http://www.islandvulnerability.org/faroeskoltursouthvillage.jpg

My Source (http://www.islandvulnerability.org/faroes.html).

Jónurin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 02:48 PM
I found the picture from this website: http://www.atlantic.fo/Default.asp?sida=2000 It has a range of amazing bird's eye view pics of the Faroes. My favourites are: Mykines, Barđiđ, Norđoya-fjřll (the tallest sea-cliff in the world is on the very front of this picture. 750m tall), Skálafjřrđur, Sornfelli (this is really cool, check out the two domes on top of the cliff).

Siebenbürgerin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 03:11 PM
They look like tranquil and peaceful Areas.

http://www.atlantic.fo/images/myndasavn/Gasadalur1.jpg

Jónurin being Faroese, would you say, that your Lands have been less affected by "Modernism" with Urbanisation, Pollution, Crime etc. than the rest of the World? Are there People wearing National Costumes frequently, or only on special Occasions? Do you have McDonalds and other American Imports?

Jónurin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Jónurin being Faroese, would you say, that your Lands have been less affected by "Modernism" with Urbanisation, Pollution, Crime etc. than the rest of the World? Are there People wearing National Costumes frequently, or only on special Occasions? Do you have McDonalds and other American Imports?

well, first of all, if the picture of that village is your impression of life in the Faroes, you've got the wrong impression. Most people live in villages and towns that look like this:

http://www.islandvulnerability.org/faroestorshavn.jpg

http://k53.pbase.com/u6/flydra/large/6345474.Torshavn.jpg

http://www.teleshop.fo/ew/media/Logo/Tb1%20havn.jpg

Are the Faroes less affected by modernism than the rest of Europe? probably, but that's not just a good thing. There are too many conservative and stubborn people, who don't understand what the world is like. Pollution? no, we are affected by pollution too. The sea doesn't know any borders, and we are almost as bad as the U.S. when it comes to pollution per capita. I'm not proud of it at all. Less crime? probably yes, but I don't think it has much to do with modernism. I think in small communities the crime rate will generally be lower, not because people are morally superior, but because the life as a criminal is extremely difficult in a place where everyone knows everyone.

And no, people don't wear costumes, they wear the same clothes as everyone else. Some people, when they've become tired of their clothes, they give their clothes to poor people in Romania ;) And McDonald's? No, but there is one Burger King restaurant in the Faroes, as well as non-franchise fast-food restaurants. Obesity is on the rise, but ironically, this is especially the case in the more rural areas. This must be because they haven't adopted the "modern" habit of exercising for no reason other than staying healthy. As I said, some people are just too stubborn, especially less modernised people.

Jónurin
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 06:08 PM
Hey, I didn't realise, but there are 6 pictures for each location on the Atlantic Airways website. I found this picture of the farm on Koltur Island in snowy weather:

http://www.atlantic.fo/images/myndasavn/Koltur6.jpg

Oswiu
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Are the Faroes less affected by modernism than the rest of Europe? probably, but that's not just a good thing. There are too many conservative and stubborn people, who don't understand what the world is like. ...
As I said, some people are just too stubborn, especially less modernised people.
This is the problem, isn't it?
I dream of bringing up my children in some rural idyll, but there's the chance that they'll later rebel against this, have no sympathy whatsoever with my views, dive into a city as soon as they are independent and take part in all the things I fled! Hard one to solve.

Interesting how the Amish in America send their young adults off to see what the Big Bad World is really like for a limited period, and how most end up coming back to the fold, appreciating why their forefathers left the world.

Jónurin
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 12:36 AM
I think, in theory, that an isolated non-modern life could potentially be a good life, but the problem arises when people want the benefits of modernism without paying attention to what is needed in order to uphold these benefits. People want a healthcare system, underwater tunnels, junkfood and so on, but are too stubborn to understand that this requires money, education and exercise. With the benefits of modernism comes responsibility, and when I say conservative people, I mean those people who take the benefits of modernism for granted without taking everything else for granted.

Eccardus Teutonicus
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 01:55 AM
That's really beautiful. I could live like that. No offence to the Althing but I could easily live without internet if I could live simply and happily like that couple.

Bärin
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 02:57 AM
No offense but, I think this image of living in nature without modernism and the Nordic countries is overromanticised by some people. I once tried living in the middle of nature with some friends, using as little modern things as possible. It was an evil socialist experiment we did. :p We didn't last more than a week without modern things, because one of my friends got sick and we needed a cell phone to communicate and call someone to drive him home. Modern things aren't that bad, I live in a very big city but there are natural sights here too like Tiergarten where you can go to relax and forget about the crowds and pollution, but I don't imagine me getting myself stuck on a lonely island in the middle of nowhere for the rest of my life. After a while I'll probably need the Internet to get in touch with news and people I know. SImilar to what someone said in another thread on modernisation, I don't want to do the washing by hand all my life, live in the dark, give birth at home and die if I get sick because I can't be treated in a hospital.
Some people go wow! about countries like Iceland and the Faroes thinking they look typically like the pictures they see advertised on the Internet. I had this image too until I learned more about these countries and saw some cities aren't that different from our own and they are very modern.

Cythraul
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008, 09:39 AM
Wow, the islands are beautiful - such dramatic landscapes. However I'm not sure I could live without a forest in sight. I like the woods.

ladybright
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008, 10:03 AM
In his office overlooking the pastures, mobile phones are spread out on the desk next to the computer.

"I have television, Internet, and broadband thanks to an antenna on the roof that picks up the signals from a transmitter on top of a mountain on the island opposite us," he says.

"Without communication with the outside world, I wouldn't have stayed," he adds.

"Me either. I'm a primitive 'Friday' (Robinson Crusoe's companion), but one who likes a little comfort," says Lukka.

She uses email to set up appointments with her hairdresser and doctor and does her grocery shopping online, "especially fruits, veggies and grains."

Three times a week the couple can use the state-run helicopter to travel into Torshavn, at a cost of 170 kroner (23 euros, 36 dollars), to pick up necessities and run other errands.
They are living with the benefits of modern life. That sounds like a beautiful life but not the one I want. (I could not leave my kids at this point.)

Angelcynn Beorn
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008, 06:33 PM
Sounds like they have the best of both worlds. I could happily imagine living like that in an ideal world. Unfortunately, given the state of things in the world today, i would feel like a coward if i went and hid on an island while my nation was being slowly wiped from existence by mass immigration and demographic suicide.

Thusnelda
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, 01:30 PM
For those who can read German:

Now there´s also a German article about that "Robinson Crusoe"! :) You can see some new pictures, too. He is living alone with his wife on that island.

http://www.spiegel.de/reise/europa/0,1518,555529,00.html

SwordOfTheVistula
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008, 12:06 AM
You can live out in the middle of nowhere while having the benefits of modern society, but that means somewhere there has to be a factory to produce them. Not everyone can live like that, that's great for those who can though.