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    Modern-Day Robinson Crusoe Revels in Stranded Isolation

    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/ALeqM5...cFL5gM1vUd5EFw


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    Sounds like a good life.

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    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
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    Here are some pictures of Koltur Island.















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    Here's another pic from a helicopter's point of view:



    Maybe we should find some pics from the island itself?

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    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.



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    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).

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    They look like tranquil and peaceful Areas.



    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?

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    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:







    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.

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    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:


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