SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ON THE FAROE ISLANDS

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ON THE FAROE ISLANDS
25.11.2019

Somewhere between Norway, Iceland and Scotland, 18 rugged islands in North Atlantic and their 50.000 people make up the Faroe Islands. A recently discovered gem for tourists and a place of unique beauty and wilderness - unspoiled, unexplored and unbelievable. The locals and their government want to preserve their beautiful country for the future generations and they came up with a new strategy and named it ‘preservolution’. Before nature and the local communities get irreparably affected by the surge of tourism, they decided to help preserve the environment and the locals.
 

Along the decisions to limit the size and number of cruise ships that bring tourists into the country, training and education of tourism trade as well as introduction of a new special environmental fee for tourists that will fund environmental and nature projects on the islands, Faroe Islands will be also ‘closed for the maintenance’ for three days per year. 100 volunteers from 25 countries were invited to join forces with locals to lay the groundwork for a sustainable future for unspoiled islands in spring 2019. All tourist sights and attractions were closed, hotels remained open and flights continued to bring visitors but with one stipulation—people in the archipelago were participating in conservation projects. The islands will be closed for maintenance, but open for ‘voluntourism weekend’ from April 16th till 17th in 2020 again.

The “Closed for Maintenance” weekend is a successful marketing campaign, but it definitely is also a vision of what tourism should be like for many small communities. For more information about the Faroe Island, please contact Via Hansa & Borealis Copenhagen.