Some of the largest and most respected travel publications in the world have chosen the Faroe Islands as a top destination to visit in 2019. Lonely Planet, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph and The Financial Times are among those recommending their readers visit the North Atlantic archipelago this year.
“The dramatic – and highly Instagrammable – landscapes, wildlife, remote villages and emerging food scene are drawing growing numbers of visitors in search of a bracing, authentic and stress-free break” says the Financial Times in their recent Where to go in 2019 article.
Growing number of visitors
Media coverage and Visit Faroe Islands’ marketing campaigns, such as Sheep View and Faroe Islands Translate, have played an important part in the annual increase in visitors of around 10 per cent each year over the last five years. The islands now welcome around 60,000 holidaymakers a year, as well as about 50,000 short-stay cruise passengers.
The islands’ ambitious tourism strategy includes the introduction, from 1 July, of direct flights with Atlantic Airways to Paris and – provided permission is granted – New York City later in 2019. Atlantic Airways currently connect the Faroes to Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Bergen, Reykjavik and Barcelona and SAS fly from Copenhagen four to five times a week.
2018 was another record-breaking year with 377,813 passengers travelling through Vágar Airport, nearly 11% more than in 2017. It is worth noting that each time a passenger travels through the airport counts as one time, meaning passengers that travel back and forth on one trip are counted twice. Faroe Islanders are also included in these statistics. A new digital system was implemented at Vágar Airport on 1 January 2019 that requires all passengers to record their nationality. These statistics will help provide more detailed information about passengers travelling to and from the Faroe Islands.
Words: Levi Hanssen
Originally published on: Faroeislands.fo