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CBS and Forbes list Faroe Islands as top travel destination in 2018

Searching for your next adventure in 2018? Look no further than the volcanic Faroe Islands, defined by windswept mountains, lush valleys and jagged coastlines.

The Faroe Islands has been named as a top travel destination in 2018 by CBS’ Travel Editor, Peter Greenberg, and is included on Forbes’ list of the ’15 coolest places to go in 2018’, alongside Egypt, Cambodia and northern Brazil.

Reasons to visit include ‘22 hours of daylight in the summer months, great food, great fishing and great history’, according to Peter Greenberg. Forbes cites the islands’ ‘fabulous restaurants… landscape of surreal mountains and cliffs, countless waterfalls, grass-roofed houses and dynamic oceans’ as incentives to visit.

Tourism in the Faroe Islands is on the rise. Statistics show an increase of approximately 35% in number of bed nights in the last four years. According to Súsanna Sørensen, PR and Leisure Manager at Visit Faroe Islands, the country’s tourism board, being included in articles and TV programmes by international media has had a great effect on the number of visitors.

“In many cases, people around the world don’t know that the Faroe Islands exist. The islands aren’t even on many world maps!” says Súsanna. “Being including in articles, blogs, radio and TV programmes by respected international media increases people’s awareness of our islands and can open their eyes to the possibility of travelling to the Faroe Islands. Hopefully being mentioned by publications like CBS and Forbes will have a similarly positive effect on tourism numbers as we have seen in the past.”

Súsanna thinks people’s desire to find new travel destinations means the tourism industry in the Faroe Islands has great potential.

“People are constantly looking for new and unique places to travel, and the Faroe Islands are still relatively unknown. The Faroe Islands offers visitors something completely different – unique landscapes, unique food experiences and a unique culture. All of these are ingredients for a perfect holiday.”

Words: Levi Hanssen, faroeislands.fo
Picture credits: Travel And Leisure

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