The Norwegians joke that when the Vikings set sail for Iceland, the lazy ones stopped off in Faroe. If that’s a light-hearted jibe at the Faroese, it’s still a pretty unfair assessment of a people who have forged a modern nation out of a remote group of islands in the North Atlantic. Life here is subject to the whims of Mother Nature, yet the Faroese have a culture and way of living that is uniquely theirs. In many respects the Faroe Islands reminded me of the Caribbean: a small island nation of diverse ethnic heritage; a somewhat conservative community where the church is the centre of social life; a rich local culture distinct from the country’s colonial heritage; brightly-painted houses hugging the coastline and breath-taking nature. Here are some photos from my recent trip to this fascinating country.