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Airbnb-rentals boom in the Faroes as travelers flock to the mysterious North

”For those travelers with the wilderness craving who are so over Iceland, we present the Faroe Islands”.

These are the words of Libby Ryan, Swirled’s travel editor, who visited the Faroe Islands earlier this year.

And yes, we could not agree more with Ryan: if you are craving wilderness, but do not want to go back to Iceland – we love Iceland, by the way -, you should come to the mysterious Faroe Islands!

But where to stay in the Faroe Islands?

Should you stay in a hotel? A hostel? A Bed and Breakfast?

Or how about an Airbnb-rental?

Although Airbnb has not provided Hagstova Føroya (Faroese Statistics) with its figures for the Faroe Islands, it is relatively safe to say that Airbnb has seen a significant growth in the number of rentals available in the Faroe Islands in the past couple of years.

BloggerJennifer Hsieh, who visited the Faroe Islands a few months ago, is one of those who usually chooses Airbnb.

She stayed in the tiny village of Bøur on Vágar during her stay in the Faroes and wrote on her blog in January: ”I’m notoriously known for choosing Airbnb’s over traditional hotels because of the unique lodging you get to experience with a nice taste of feeling at home. We jumped on this Cabin in Bøur, which is 15 minutes west of the airport, when we found out we would be starting and ending each day with views of Drangarnir (not to mention being right along the waterfront). We stocked up on groceries to save money and cooked breakfast every morning to get us energized for the multiple hikes that awaited us.”

Or perhaps you want to go to the southern part of the Faroe Islands and experience Suðuroy – and more specifically Hilmarsstova in the village of Trongisvágur?

”You’ll get your fill of rugged views, puffins and quiet in this tiny hobbit hole of an Airbnb”, which is ”surrounded by quaint village homes and gorgeous nature”, wrote Libby Ryan about the lovely Hilmarsstova back in February.

Tamim Alnuweiri, assistant news editor of Wellandgood.com,  who visited the Faroe Islands only a few weeks ago, added: ”Although getting to the Faroe Islands can be a bit complicated (there aren’t yet direct flights from the United States), once you arrive, there is a Michelin-starred restaurant, floating lakes, and Airbnbs perfect for getting you into the full spirit of hygge.”

So yes: we hope to see you all in the Faroe Islands this summer! Or maybe during the winter? Either way, we will be ready to welcome you all and do our best to give you an unforgettable stay int the Faroes. Long live the wilderness craving!

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