Faroe Island tour

Description of Faroe Island tour

The Faroe Islands are a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway. They are known for their stunning landscapes, with precipitous cliffs, sweeping valleys and breath-taking views whichever way you look.

Whilst the Faroese number only around 50,000 people they are a proud nation who still live a traditional, subsistence lifestyle as befits such a remote location, making the most of the resources that they have, with nothing going to waste.

Each of the 18 islands has unique characteristics both in terms of landscape and culture and across the country there is a rich Viking history. Some of the islands are now uninhabited whilst others retain only a handful of families (or in some cases only one).

The landscape is one of the biggest draws to the Faroes with huge vertical cliffs, steep-sided fjords and sounds and mountains with views across the whole country. Birdlife too is rife with puffins, gannets and guillemots making the cliffs their summer nesting homes, diving gannets and fulmers can be seen out to sea and Nolsoy is home to Europe's largest colony of storm petrels.

This group tour explores the islands from the narrow, turf-roofed houses in the old town of the charming capital Torshavn, to the southernmost island of Suduroy all the way up to the northern islands of Bordoy and Kunoy, giving you the chance to see as much of the country as possible without feeling rushed.

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18 Jun 2018
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03 Sep 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Faroe Island tour

Environment

We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.
Over half the electricity produced in the Faroe Islands is from renewable sources - namely hydro-electric and wind power, with a goal of using solely renewable energy by 2030.
The guesthouse Gjaargardur in Gjogv is insulated in the traditional Faroese way with a turf-roof to help reduce heating costs, as well as to fit in with the local surroundings. The management and staff have an over-arching ethos to limit energy consumption and use local produce whenever possible.
As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.

Community

By the very nature of life in the Faroes all services are provided by local people. Our local agents are Faroese owned, managed and run, have been operating in the Faroe Islands for 15 years and have an excellent reputation. Fair salaries are paid to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals. Guides are required to turn off vehicles when idling to minimise unnecessary emissions and where possible, eco-friendly modes of transport are opted for.
We visit family-run guesthouses and restaurants, thereby boosting the local economy, helping to provide jobs and allowing the Faroese people to tell visitors about local traditions and keep them alive. Importing food stuffs into the Faroe Islands can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run.Many of the museums are managed by local communities and also demonstrate traditional crafts such as knitting, with most of the iconic Faroese knitwear for sale having been hand knitted by local craftspeople.

The Hotel Hafnia which is used in Torshavn encourage their staff to learn all aspects of the business, working as waiters, chefs and receptionists to improve employment prospects for the local staff.

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