Direct to the Faroe Islands

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For the last six years if you had wanted to visit the Faroe Isles, then you have needed to be able to get to Edinburgh Airport or settle for a flight via Copenhagen with all the hassle that having to change planes brings.

Sarah Lund and one of her famous faroe jumpers
Sarah Lund and one of her famous Faroe jumpers that helped make the destination much better known

For those of us in other parts of the UK it meant a long day flying there and back which, given that it is only a couple of hours away was disheartening and probably put some people off from exploring a group of islands most of us only associate with jumpers and the occasional football match.

But as from June 23rd, Atlantic Airways, the Faroese national carrier, will fly direct from Gatwick to Vágar Airport.

Just having a direct flight will greatly increase the number of visitors to the islands so it is no wonder that the tourist authority is cook-a-hoop at the new service.

Tickets are already on sale.

The appeal of visiting the Faroes is that there is every chance your friends and neighbours haven’t been there so you’ll have bragging rights. Secondly not that many people know where it is and therefore haven’t considered it as a place in which to holiday.

Eighteen islands make up the Faroes but it only has a population of 51,000. Indeed there are more sheep than people.

Last year, according to Guðrið Højgaard, from the tourist board, there was a 10% increase in British visitors (making 130,000 international visitors in total) so the Gatwick connection should be justifiable.

But why holiday in Faroe Islands?  Again, according to Højgaard the appeal is to visitors who enjoy remote destinations, birdwatching, sailing, hiking, rappelling, photography and other low-impact ways of exploring the islands. You might be surprised to learn that the Faroes even has a Michelin two star restaurant, KOKS, which has also just been presented with the new Green Clover award by Michelin in recognition of its efforts to promote sustainability.

The capital city, Tórshavn, will also see the opening of two new hotels before July, a new independent four-star hotel, Hotel Brandan, and the islands’ first international hotel brand – Hilton Garden Inn to add to the existing hotels and B&Bs. And those who like to immerse themselves in their surroundings, the islands also offer home stays for those who want a better understanding of Faroese life.

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