Claims are made for it to be the world's smallest capital. As far as size is concerned, who does the measurement and precisely what do they measure? What interests me is the notion of a capital without a country. Portree on Skye and Tobermory on Mull are both far smaller - and you need a micrometer to know it. So does it have to be a nation to count? If so,, sorry Torshavn but technically the Færoes are only an autonomous part of Denmark.
Torshavn is not very small geographically speaking but there are so many fields and open spaces - a sort of rural city. Its main history is as a port and it actually has two harbours. Between the two is a small - surprisingly small - peninsula, Tinganes, where the oldest and most interesting part of the town is to be found. When you are wandering between turf roofed houses down a narrow alley, it comes as quite a surprise to fin yourself looking into the Prime Minister's Office!! The rest of the city is short on old historical buildings, the 'Thing' or assembly/parliament building is there but of little interest and that only leaves an old fort overlooking the Tinganes peninsula.
However there are other things worth seeing. I pick out two here, the Art gallery and the Nordic House. The Færoes are justly proud of their painters and they have taken considerable trouble with the gallery, which is surrounded by fine sculptures.
The Nordic House was built by the Nordic Council when the Færoes became an Associate Member. There are attractive sculptures outside, including a totally artificial dolmen - there being no sign of life in the Færoes before the Viking period. The building itself has a cafeteria, a recital area and a fine auditorium and is being extended.
It would be silly to miss seeing Torshavn and there is plenty for a gloomy and wet day - but I'm glad we only had one such!