Tourism Development of the Faroe Islands

Photo documentary of tourism in the Faroe Islands that demonstrates issues, but also underlines advantages of the country.

Fishing Industry – even though fishery is not very stable for Faroe’s economy, it is the biggest industry in the Faroe Islands.

Salmon farming is very popular. Faroese are proud of their salmon and advice tourists to try its unique taste.

Destination Management Organisation – country is in relatively early stage of tourism development and all destination management organisations are cooperating to prepare a good infrastructure and facilities with higher standards for the future tourists.

Infrastructure – surprisingly, there is very good infrastructure between the islands. Good quality of roads and tunnels makes it easy to travel through whole country under 2 hours.

Terrain – there are multiple options to pass through rough terrain. Not only roads and boats, but Faroe Islands have also sophisticated air transportation, which is mostly paid by the government.

Business – many locals living in small villages have hard time to make business from tourism. Unfortunately, most of the business is kept in capital area. Even if we wanted, we couldn’t find any restaurant in this cosy small town.

Remote places – small remote settlements have hard time profiting from tourism. Inhabitants of the villages focus mainly on fishing and farming.

Attractions – Settlements at the Faroe Islands are not very rich in attractions. This ‘pirate ship’ was the main attraction in the small village of Fuglafjørður, but the best part about it was the nature around, which is also the main reason of tourism.

Sheep – even though farming does not belong among the biggest industries, sheep are everywhere and create a danger on the roads.

All seasons – temperature barely goes under 0 in the winter. Nevertheless, snow changes with rain, sun with storm, multiple times a day.

Storm – weather changes very quickly. Once you can see a storm coming, you have 10 minutes before it reaches your position.

Snow – this road to Gjogv passes next to the highest peak (880m) of the Faroe Islands and can get quickly impassable due to snow.

Freedom – having almost no hiking trails in the Faroe Islands gives you lot of freedom to explore the country in your way.

Farming – theoretically, it is free for tourist to hike anywhere. However, big part of land are farms and farmers complain about tourists disturbing life of sheep.

Hiking Maps – Faroe Islands are at the stage of developing hiking trails and installing maps for safety of tourists.

Real Scenario – this is the same hiking trail shown on the previous image. It’s clearly visible, that they are still far from having safe trails.

Regulations – it is relatively easy to regulate tourism via air transportation. Currently there are only two providers that offer flights. If new airline wants to fly to Faroe Islands, it needs to have regular flights all year, not only in high season.