Lítla Dímun, an Islet Wrapped in a Soft Cloud
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Lítla Dímun, an Islet Wrapped in a Soft Cloud

Lítla Dímun,Isole Faroe

Lítla Dímun, an Islet Wrapped in a Soft Cloud

Lítla Dímun is the smallest of the eighteen major islands that make up the pristine and evocative Faroe Archipelago. It is a rock mass that despite its small size is actually able to influence the atmosphere. The islet, with an area of just half a square mile, measures is over 400 meters high and oddly it is often wrapped in a cloud, as if it were wearing a soft and fluffy hat.



This type of cloud usually forms on the peaks or mountain ranges across condensation of various updrafts. On the island of Lítla Dímun, they appear from above and then descend towards the bottom and dissolve towards the icy waters of the sea. The island is uninhabited land, and is the only one of the Faroe Islands to have never been settled by humans. It has always been the exclusive habitat of sheep and numerous species of seabirds. Every year the shepherds of the nearby islands climb its steep walls using ropes. This is the only way to reach the pastures in order to shear the native sheep.



In 1814, with the Treaty of Kiel, the Faroe archipelago became the property of the Danish Krone and in 1852 Lítla Dímun was sold by Denmark and remained the property of the breeders. Its unusual beauty has always attracted the curiosity of many tourists, not only for the cloud that from time to time envelops it, but also thanks to its green and wild shape. It is an inaccessible treasure chest that can be admired on visitor tourist boat trips or from the villages of Hvalba and Sandvík on the island of Suðuroy.



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