This Tiny Island In The North Atlantic Is Often Topped With Its Own Tiny Cloud

For those of you who have ever dreamed about escaping to a private island, you can begin adding Litla Dimun into those daydreams. Out of all of the 18 main Faroe Islands, it is the smallest. In the North Atlantic, about 320 km north-northwest of Scotland, there are 779 of those islands in total. Think of it as being about halfway between Iceland and Norway. Lítla Dímun, however, has an interesting feature that will grab your attention.

There is often a lens-shaped cloud on top of the island. It makes it look like it is straight out of a fairytale.

Atlas Obscura talks about the floating cloud on this island, saying that it is a lenticular cloud. That cloud-type forms when moist air travels over the top of a protruding geological feature, such as a mountaintop.

This is where science comes in. When the wind moves up the sides of the mountain and hits the air right above it, it forms a wave on the downwind side of the mountain. The evaporation of the moist air condenses into a large cloud that sits on the mountain peak.

The result can be beautiful and impressive. You can see it on the Faroe Islands Facebook page, as they often show off the “little diamond.”

Our little Diamond:Lítla Dímun is the smallest of our 18 islands. No humans live there but plenty of sheep do. These…

Posted by Visit Faroe Islands on Saturday, August 13, 2016

Just to let you know before you decide to go to Lítla Dímun, they have plenty of sheep that live on the island but no humans live there. You can only reach the shore in “perfect weather.”

The Facebook post says that people sail to the island to get sheep in wooden boats. “About 40 people then climb the rocky island, where they then form a chain across the island, driving the 200 or so sheep into a pen on the north side of the island,” according to a caption a Lítla Dímun photograph.

“The sheep are then caught, restrained by tying their feet together, put in nets five at a time and then lowered by ropes to the awaiting boats a few hundred meters down, and then sailed to the nearest village where the sheep is distributed among the locals.”

There is no doubt that Lítla Dímun is beautiful, but it’s best to observe the beauty from afar.

TRAVEL NOW, FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR COUCH

We’re introducing: Remote Tourism! Explore the Faroe Islands as a Virtual Visitors by interacting – LIVE – with us local Faroese, who will act as your eyes, ears and body on a virtual exploratory tour of the destination:This is now possible as Faroese locals will be equipped with a live video camera, allowing virtual visitors not only to see the views from an on-the-spot perspective, but also Control Where And How They Explore, by using their computer or phone keypad to turn, walk, run and even jump. Homebound travellers dreaming of the far reaches of the world can, for the first time, remotely explore one of the most beautiful and pristine places on the planet – the Faroe Islands – with this innovative new travel tool that brings the destination to life from the comfort of one’s home. Just like a real-life computer game, the main player will control the moves of the Faroese islander/s, who will not only explore locations on foot, but also take to the skies by helicopter giving the virtual visitors a bird’s eye perspective on this beautiful island nation’s steep grassy slopes, its 80,000 sheep and its unspoilt, wild and natural countryside.Today’s tour will be at 2 PM and 5 PM local time, which is GMT+1 hour.To experience the Faroe Islands as a virtual tourist through a local, go to www.remote-tourism.com

Posted by Visit Faroe Islands on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A tour of the Faroe Islands, on the other hand, is a great idea. You can do it via Facebook live or check out their Facebook page to see when coronavirus traveling restrictions are lifted.

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