Why 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 16-17 April 2020, 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.
Sustainability is not a fashion word in the Faroe Islands. The islanders live and breathe nature, and the entire country knows that what you give is what you get.
Visit Faroe Islands is inviting volunteers from abroad to join their efforts together with 40 local volunteers 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 unspoiled
The former Faroes' Prime Minister supported the first campaign launched in February 2019 where he invited volunteers all over the world to lend a helping hand. During the weekend all sights and attractions were closed for regular tourists, said Prime Minister, Aksel V. Johannesen. Now Bárður á Steig Nielsen is the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands and he too supports the innovative initiative.
The first Closed for Maintenance weekend saw 10 popular attractions closed as people all over the world came to the North Atlantic archipelago to maintain the islands. During the weekend in April 2020 the Faroe Islands will close 14 sites for two days to all but for passionate people who want to maintain the Faroe Islands as the most unbeatable travel destination.
Registration for the second maintenance event closed just hours after start as several thousand signed up in the matter of no time. Keep an eye out for future events if you want to sign up for Closed for Maintenance and become a part of the Maintenance Crew on Visit Faroe Islands' website, which is the destination's tourism body.
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 weekend in mid April 2020. For more information on how to volunteer, please visit www.preservefaroeislands.com
Kirkjubøur 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.
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