The 18 mountainous bodies of rocky land making up Denmark’s Faroe Islands are hot spots for tourists from all over the world. Each misty oasis offers unique wildlife, astounding scenery, and Zen-like energy that keeps adventurers coming back year after year.
Of the 18 islands, the smallest, Litla Dimun, is the only one entirely uninhabited by humans. However, don’t let its size or lack of population fool you. There’s something special about this place that not only makes it an amazing island, but one of the most curious spots on the planet!
The Faroe Islands, owned by Denmark, are a cluster of 18 bodies of land differing in size. Each island has amazing scenery and tranquil energy, and year after year, they welcome visitors from all over the world.
The islands have a rich history stretching back to 300 A.D. Over the centuries, the islands have seen Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian settlers, but it was Vikings who claimed the islands as their own in the eighth century.
The Vikings had quite the cultural impact on the area. They brought their Old Norse language with them, which is actually what modern-day Faroese is taken from. The islands were then passed through a few hands until, finally, Denmark took over.
Over the years, the Faroe Islands have seen fluctuations in economic growth. The collapse of the fishing industry in the 1990s forced the Danes to look for alternate streams of income, and so the tourism industry quickly boomed.
The rugged landscapes of the islands are perhaps the biggest draw. Hikers love traversing the rocky terrain while enjoying incredible views of the ocean. But, there’s one island in particular that stands out among the rest…
Its name is Litla Dimun, and it’s the smallest of the 18 islands. It also happens to be the only one completely uninhabited by humans. That’s not to say it doesn’t see spectators throughout the year, of course.
The island, although less than one square kilometer in size, is teeming with beauty. It’s almost completely inaccessible to people, but hikers can get a great view from the top of its sister island, Stora Dimun.
The wildlife inhabiting the Faroe Islands is vast and exotic. Visitors often see puffins sunbathing on the rocky shores and pods of orca whales leaping out of the Atlantic in dazzling displays of strength.
Although human beings never managed to establish a functioning society on the island of Litla Dimun, there have been sheep living there for ages. Some researchers predict as early as the thirteenth century.
TheLitla Dimun landmass was actually at one point a reserve of feral sheep, so it’s not completely unusual that hundreds of them roam undisturbed. Wool was an economic stimulant throughout history.
The only actual humans who ever need to physically scour the island are sheep herders. Once a year during the fall, dozens of herders round up the animals and transport them to the nearby island of Suðuroy.
The herders risk life and limb each time they visit. To scale the island’s rock faces, they rig a series of ropes to prevent falling, and they use large nets to lower the sheep into boats below.
Believe it or not, all those fascinating tidbits about Litla Dinum don’t hold a candle to the trait that makes it one of the most interesting places on the planet: it has its own cloud formation that hovers overhead, giving it an ethereal look.
As majestic as the cloud cover is, visitors rarely get a chance to view it up close. Poor weather conditions make travel by way of boat difficult, but every so often, some lucky visitors get to cruise past for a larger-than-life experience.
So, what’s the cause of this unusual formation? They’re called lenticular clouds, and they occur when pockets of air drop to a temperature lower than the surrounding dew point. These formations don’t only occur on Litla Dimun, either.
The formations pop up anywhere temperatures drop below the dew point, and there have even been cases where people believed the shapes to be alien spacecrafts due to their saucer-like appearance.
However, what makes the lenticular formation onLitla Dimun especially awesome is how visible it is from the surrounding land masses. The clouds usually occur at too high an altitude to see, but Lítla Dímun‘s tuft of whispy water droplets hovers prominently.
Of all the characteristics that make Lítla Dímun a unique place, the lenticular cloud cap it wears is by far the coolest. If you’re ever looking to visit the Faroe Islands, be sure to snag a sweet view.
Tourists and locals alike are clamoring to get a glimpse of this island. Meanwhile, people are being offered money to move to another island half a world away from Litla Dimun — and there weren’t many takers. For a good reason.
Replete with unbelievable views and diverse wildlife, Maatsuyker Island is paradise on Earth. So when the Tasmanian Parks And Wildlife Service (TPWS) posted on Facebook that they wanted to pay a couple to stay there, they, naturally, received an overwhelming response.
Located southwest of Tasmania, the tiny island truly feels like it’s on the edge of the world. People who are looking to escape to a remote place full of beauty and energy need to look no further.
TPWS hopes that, along with pay and boarding, the offer is enough to entice two intrepid folks to stay there for the next two years. It might sound like a long time, but if you’re into this type of outdoor adventure, time passes quickly.
The island is chock full of lush vegetation and scenic views of the surrounding ocean. Taking a walk at any time of day gives the temporary residents breathtaking views of the world around them.
The lighthouse on the island is the southernmost lighthouse in Australia. It looms over one of the cliff edges, making it the prominent landmark of the island, and a once-in-a-lifetime destination.
Those who stay there will be expected to maintain the buildings, equipment, and grounds of this important meteorological outpost. It’s vital that all of the equipment and buildings stay as clean and intact as possible.
There’s a garden, too, but most of the meals and food for the caretakers have to be self-provided. Also, there’s no TV or internet. That’s right, the world of modern technology is left behind if you so choose to take on this experience.
The folks who do decide to stay can pack 325 kilograms (716 pounds) of supplies each for the ride out to the island. And the best part? They get to travel to and from the island by helicopter!
They’ll need to provide their own clothes and entertainment, as well. It takes careful planning to decide what to pack. People need to bring what they absolutely need as opposed to luxury items.
Once on the island, there are plenty of book and manuals directing residents on how to go about maintaining all of the equipment and ensuring the upkeep of the lodging remains impeccable. Slackers need not apply!
For certain tasks, residents will need to learn how to run some of the island’s machinery. Some may seem daunting, like the apparatus below, but once they become familiar with the inner workings, it’s a walk in the park… or, on an island!
Just look at the view of the lighthouse from a distance… it’s incredible! Knowing you are responsible for keeping such an epic landmark in tip-top shape is something very few people will ever be able to say for themselves.
The 19th-century lighthouse is about as dreamy as it gets. Who couldn’t get used to this incredible view every single day? This is one adventure that might not be for the faint of heart, but for one lucky couple, it might be just the getaway of a lifetime.
The offer to stay on the Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania is truly unique, but it’s not the only place in the world that offers guests an opportunity to get paid to live there. Albinen, a Swiss mountain town, also has a very enticing proposal…
Over the last few years, many of the town’s residents decided the slow-paced mountain lifestyle wasn’t for them, and they relocated to bigger cities where a faster and more eventful life was waiting. So, how exactly did the town plan on growing its current population of 240?
They’re offering to pay families who move in $70,000 to buy a previously owned home or to have a new one built. Sounds too good to be true, right? There are a few catches involved with the deal.
First, the deal does not extend to current residents who want to buy a second home, unfortunately; the town wants to attract brand new residents. Another stipulation states those who do accept the money need to live in the town for a minimum of 10 years. If they leave before then, the $70,000 must be repaid in full.
The third and final agreement is that along with the $70,000 the town offers new residents, the new homeowners themselves must contribute $200,000 of their own income, as well. Albinen hopes this deal can turn a now barren town into a thriving mountain village again.
The people of Albinen also point out that if potential candidates are afraid the location is too far away from a bustling city, fear not! It’s only four miles away from the spa town of Leukerbad and a short 35-minute car ride from the city of Visp!
It takes a certain person to embark on the two-year stay at Maatsuyker Island or the decade-long commitment in Albinen, but for those who seek a lifestyle change they’ll remember forever, these are perfect options. Are you game?
There are so many unique places in the world to see, and Litla Dimun certainly finds itself towards the top of the list as one of the best. If you’re ever in search of a new worldly adventure to embark on, this might be exactly what you’re looking for.
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