The Faroe Islands are perfect for travelers looking to get off-the-beaten path — and getting “off-the-beaten path” is more popular than ever.
After a slow winter, the Faroe Islands' Vagar Airport reported a 25 percent increase in visitors in May — and is set to break more visitor records this summer.
“May has proven to be very satisfying indeed. Normally we have some 20,000 – 25,000 travelers in May,” Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO at Vagar Airport said in a statement. “We had some 32,500 passengers through the terminal.”
And it’s no wonder that the Faroe Islands have become increasingly attractive to tourists. Atlantic Airways and other airlines have increased their direct routes not only to the Faroe Islands but also to the United States and Canada recently, and have been offering travelers huge travel deals to other Nordic destinations like Iceland and Copenhagen, which are mere hops, skips and jumps away from the previously overlooked archipelago.
“The prices of tickets have decreased and there has been an increased awareness on the Faroe Islands as a tourism destination,” said Kass.
Going to the Faroe Islands is a great vacation even without the added benefit of seeing a metropolitan city like Copenhagen along the way. The islands, which are an independent nation under Denmark, offer some of the most gorgeous views in nothern Europe and the summers boast days with 22 hours of sunlight during which tourists can take in the area's food festivals and outdoor concerts.
Also, the wildlife is pretty unique. For example, the sheep on Faroe Islands have adapted to the tough, rocky conditions of their landscape. Locals even used the livestock as a way of documenting the islands for Google Street View. They, of course called it, Sheep View 360. And on the island of Mykines, you’ll find a thriving puffin colony by a beautiful lighthouse nestled by the cliffs.
Throughout the islands, there are also plenty of opportunities and places to sample local foods like fermented lamb and fish, and pine-smoked langoustine. While there’s plenty of outdoor activities to do the capital of Tórshavn has dozens of shops, cafes, museums and restaurants to visit as well.
The peak season for the Faroe Islands is between June and August, when the weather is warmest and the days are longest. The way trends are going, this remote European treasure isn’t going to stay remote much longer.