2. Faroe Islands
Rising like hulking, petrified rocks where the Norwegian Sea fuses with the North, the Faroe Islands are the stuff of legends. Their coastlines are dramatic in the extreme; chiselled and sheer-cut, carved by crashing waterfalls and topped with a layer of verdant green grass. The Northern Lights shimmer in the sky, while the timber towns and hamlets below hide rowdy fisherman’s taverns and pubs that tick over to the trademark local folk shanties. While only half-in and half-out of Denmark (the Faroe’s are self-governing), these otherworldly and far-flung islands rarely fail to draw a gasp!