To experience a solar eclipse is amazing and occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, which blocks out the direct light of the sun.  

However, a total solar eclipse can only be described as an awesome experience, as the moon blocks out the sun completely, forming a shadow on the earth. For this to occur, the sun, the earth and the moon come in a straight line in their orbits, and for observers it will seem like the moon has covered the sun.  

The first record of a total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands was on 30th May 1612 at 11:25hrs. There is an ancient story about four quarrelsome brothers from the village of Sumba who were tending to their sheep. The brothers began to argue amongst themselves when they were suddenly shrouded in darkness. The brothers felt petrified and promised the Lord that if they lived through the terrible experience that they would live harmoniously. The sun soon reappeared and it is said that the brothers never quarrelled again!

During the week of 20th March, eclipse parties, gatherings and festivals will take place across the Faroe Islands.  There is no doubt that the whole event will provide fantastic memories, not to mention fabulous photograph opportunities.

A visit to the Faroe Islands at any time of the year is wonderful.  You will find a remote and green archipelago of 18 tiny islands, inhabited by just 40,000 people and 70,000 sheep. Hills, valleys, waterfalls and lakes form part of the landscape.  The dramatic cliffs are a favourite with sea birds and the surrounding waters are dotted with spectacular sea-stacks, some steeped in legend.  The scenery around the island is picture-perfect.

Travel: 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 is to fly via Copenhagen, Oslo or Keflavik.  

More information is available at www.solareclipse.fo and  www.visitfaroeislands.com