Join Astronomy for totality in the Faroe Islands!

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, March 02, 2015

Credit: Ben Cooper
How time flies. Next month, it will be my privilege to join a group of Astronomy readers to see a total eclipse from the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. Our group will be led by Melita, Daniel, and Julie Thorpe of MWT Associates and will trek to Iceland, enjoying the geological wonders there, before seeing the eclipse itself March 20. The trip lasts from March 14 to the 23rd and will no doubt be a delight. Totality will last about 2-1/2 minutes.

I’ll be sharing highlights from my adventures here, so be sure to stay tuned!

Here’s the complete rundown:

The Faroe Islands have been awarded the highest rating for "environmental quality, sociological, and cultural integrity" by National Geographic. The fantastic landscape of small islands and green mountains are linked by modern undersea tunnels, bridges, and ferries.

On March 14–23, 2015, Astronomy magazine will experience the spectacle of a total solar eclipse with this pristine scenery as a backdrop. The eclipse of March 20, 2015, will cross these unspoiled islands where the cliffs along the fjords are filled with more than 260 species of birds. The old Faroe houses, as their Norwegian Viking ancestors once built, are typically black with turfed roofs insulating against the Nordic weather.

Prior to traveling to the Faroe Islands, the eclipse tour begins with three nights in the moss-covered lava fields of Iceland, where travelers will experience many of nature’s grandeur with the aurora borealis, geysers, and some of the 15,000 waterfalls.

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