Closed for maintenanceWhy are the Faroe Islands closing down for tourists for a weekend in April? What can you do to help preserve the Faroe Islands as an unspoiled destination? What tours and excursions are open rest of the year before and after the "Closed for Maintenance" weekend?

During the weekend of 26-27 April, most major tourist attractions in the Faroe Islands will be closed for regular visitors but open to volunteers - or voluntourists - who wish to help maintain them. Visitors will co-create the future of sustainable tourism in the Faroe Islands.

The initiative is led by Visit Faroe Islands and is part of a greater effort to preserve the Faroe Islands as one of the most unspoiled and unpolluted places on the planet. The maintenance project will contribute to responsible travelling that will also give the Faroese people a positive feeling when experiencing the growth of tourism



Visit Faroe Islands is inviting volunteers to join their efforts to maintain the Faroe Islands and are offering free overnight stay and food for the first 100 volunteers in return for their help. The projects will include erecting signs, building viewpoints and creating walking paths.

View over the Saksun lagoon. One of the most popular attractions in the Faroe Islands that needs to stay unspoiledView over the Saksun lagoon. One of the most popular attractions in the Faroe Islands that needs to stay unspoiled

The Faroes' Prime Minister supports the campaign and is inviting volunteers all over the world to lend a helping hand. During the weekend all sights and attractions will be closed for regular tourists, says Prime Minister, Aksel V. Johannesen.

Although most of the major sights will be closed during the weekend, the Faroe Islands still offer plenty of stunning attractions all other days of the year. There are all the popular sights such as Trælanípan, Gásadalur, and Mykines. Then there are attractions virtually untouched by tourism including the hikes and sights in Sandoy and hikes in the beautiful island of Nólsoy located just opposite of the capital Tórshavn.

All tours and excursions in the Faroe Islands available on Guide to Faroe Islands will also be closed and bookings unavailable during the last weekend in April. For more information on how to volunteer or to sign up to be part of the Maintenance Crew, please visit www.preservefaroeislands.com

KirkjubøKirkjubøur is one of the places that will be closed for tourists during the weekend of April 26-27 to help preserve the main attractions in the Faroe Islands

Guide to Faroe Islands wholeheartedly supports the initiative to preserve the Faroe Islands. Guide to Faroe Islands seeks to be an enabler of sustainable tourism in Faroe Islands. 

We always put an emphasis on promoting geographically dispersed activities from providers across the island. We work closely together with local authorities, land owners and other interest groups to adapt the trips and activities on offer to promote responsible tourism in the Faroe Islands.

Let us know what you think of the idea of closing down the Faroe Islands for a weekend. And would you like this initiative to be a reoccurring event taking place every year in April? Write your thoughts below.