One of the first things that foreigners notice when they arrive in the Faroe Islands is the incredibly fresh air. The next thing that strikes our visitors is the blindingly green grass that covers the islands all the way up to the highest mountains giving the characteristic feeling of a country clad in green.
The Faroe Islands are of volcanic origin. They are part of the North Atlantic basalt area, stretching from Ireland to Greenland. The mountains are formed in a layering process, from the grey-black basalt formed by lava from the Tertiery period's volcanoes, interspersed by the softer red-brown tuff, which originates from the rain of ash preceding volcanic eruptions. Later the glaciers of the ice period restructured the original plateau, to an archipelago with high mountains, deep valleys and narrow fjords. The basalt covers older geological deposits, where the presence of hydro carbons is very likely.
Animal life is characterised by the ever present sheep that outnumbers the population by a factor two and the rich and varied bird life expecially seabirds that attracts bird enthusiasts and ornithologist from all around the world.