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The Faroe Islands is one of the friendliest countries to visit. The locals are welcoming travellers from around the world as the number of tourists is increasing. Tourism adds a great deal of new opportunities for the Faroe Islanders and this is the main reason why people in all corners of the country are happy to see visitors in their region.
Nestled alone in the North Atlantic Ocean far away from nearby neighbouring countries, the Faroe Islanders have been used to their role as a remote, unnoticed and hugely isolated archipelago. Now, things are starting to change.Thanks to the attention that the Faroe Islands has got in media and pushed forward by lots of great photos on Instagram, people are turning their eyes towards the tidy spot on the map of the world where nature is astonishingly beautiful and the culture brilliant.
Here are the main reasons why you are being welcomed to the islands by the locals. These things make Faroe Islanders love tourists in the Faroe Islands.
7. More vibrant Towns
The towns are more vibrant with tourists in the streets. With a total population of only 52,000 inhabitants, people are happy to see new faces in town. Bars such as Essabarr and Sirkus Föroyar in Tórshavn are now more crowded and funnier to experience than ever thanks to tourists enjoying a lager beer or roasted coffee.
Especially the younger generation like Tórshavn and other towns on a constant move. The growing number of tourists contribute to a good atmosphere, they add their magic to the Faroe Islands' nightlife and make the ambitious young people feel more connected to the world out there.
6. New Restaurants and Cafés
There used to be only few cafés and restaurants outside of the capital. Now, due to an increase in tourism, restaurants are popping up in new places where people never dreamed of being able to sip a cup of tea or eat local food served in stunning surroundings.
On the southernmost island Suðuroy, you can now visit Café Mormor, a cosy new retro café, and the café Glasstovan with brunch, fish soup and other delicious courses on the menu, in Sandur on Sandoy island you can drop by the stylish Kafe Breiðateig, and in Tjørnuvík you can get warm pancakes from SAND, the name referring to the sandy beach in this small village on Streymoy island. In Gásadalur you will now find, besides the famous Múlafossur Waterfall, the new guesthouse Gásadalsgarður also serving local delicacies. Small villages and towns are now home to new gastronomical initiatives, thanks to travellers visiting the Faroe Islands.
5. Basements are furnished
People are sharing their basements and even their entire house with tourists. Airbnb in Faroe Islands is blooming and people simply love the opportunity to welcome travellers to their homes. Basements are furnished and dark windows in abandoned houses are now shining bright.
With a very limited hotel capacity, people's homes are an important part of how travellers are accommodated in the Faroe Islands. People all over the country are sharing their homes with the foreign guests adding significantly to the effect of spreading the value of tourism across the country.
4. Opportunity for cultural exchange
Tourists give the locals a new and great opportunity to be inspired by people from around the world. Whether you are sitting beside someone on a ferry to one of the top attractions in the Faroe Islands or if you are shopping groceries or local products in a store, people are always interested in a conversation.
Everyone understands English in the Faroe Islands and most people also speak good English. Many people also see tourists as a fantastic way to improve their English skills and to learn about foreign cultures and lifestyles.
3. Stabilising the economy
New hotels are being built which is good for construction entrepreneurs, architects and subcontractors such as plumbers, carpenters, and painters. These projects are also good for the country's economy and stabilise the Faroe Islands' population which has been unsteady for many years.
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There has been a decrease in the population during economically hard times in the Faroes, especially as an effect of poor fishing stocks which is the country’s main source of income together with salmon farming. Now travellers are starting to slowly add value to the Faroe Islands' economy and, hence, contributes positively to the demographic development and local future. Put differently, you are making a difference in the world when travelling to the Faroe Islands.
2. Flights to New Destinations
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New flight routes are opening to the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islanders are fond of their chance to travel to new destinations. There have been daily flights to Copenhagen for many years, but now there are also direct flights to Faroe Islands from Barcelona, Edinburgh, Reykjavík and other destinations.
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Spring 2020 will be the first time when the Faroe Islands will be connected directly to North America when the local airline company, Atlantic Airways, will open a route between New York and Vagar Airport. The Faroe Islanders are looking forward to this new route which is enabled by the increased interest in travels to the Faroe Islands.
1. Exciting jobs in nature
Nature enthusiasts are to an increased extent offering tourists tours in nature. Tourism is still not huge here so most people have their daytime work but during weekends, vacations and also after work, people love hiking with travellers, doing outdoor activities, inviting tourists for a dinner or showing them cultural sights across the country.
There are also sceptical voices to the increased tourism and some people are worried about over-tourism especially on the puffin island Mykines during the summer month. However, they also know that the Faroe Islands still do not have mass tourism at all. There is a general understanding among people and authorities wanting the tourism industry to grow sustainably and responsibly.
So what can you do to be even more welcomed when visiting the islands? If you should know only one thing before you visit, then remember to respect nature and leave the islands just as unspoiled as before you came.
Now, what are you waiting for? Make the Faroe Islands your travel destination this year and experience the locals' hospitality on these rugged islands.