Faroe released 2 stamps on 26th April 2011 on the theme of year of the f0rests.Forest Growth on the Faroe Islands Forests – not exactly what one associates with the Faroe Islands – rather the contrary. The North Atlantic archipelago is known for its treeless appearance. Climatic and geographic conditions, human influence and centuries of sheep-breeding have left the islands practically treeless.
Forests of the Past But it has not always been that way. If we go back to the volcanic period millions of years ago, we note that there have been periods of extensive forest growth. Charred wood residues, and prints from leaves and needles are found in the coal strata in Suðuroy and Mykines. These finds indicate more favorable times on the mini-continent, which the current Faroe then were part of. Cypress, yew and juniper, giant sequoia and various kinds of deciduous trees – it’s hard to imagine today.