The Faroe Islands is set to transform travel, according to the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list 2021.

The much-awaited annual list, compiled by Lonely Planet’s team of travel experts, highlights the Faroe Islands as a must-see destination.

The Faroe Islands have been awarded a place in the ‘Community Connection’ category, which celebrates destinations offering authentic and unforgettable experiences that give back to local communities.

The awards highlight important changes taking place globally, from sustainability to diversity, and shine a light on the individuals shaping the future of travel.

The judges were impressed with the way the Faroe Islands continue to eschew fast-paced, short-lived mass tourism for something more authentic, personable and community-based.

One judge commented: “From heimablídni to family-run guest houses and plenty of opportunities to interact with locals one-to-one, the close-knit community make it an endearing destination to visit. What’s more, it’s oversubscribed Closed For Maintenance scheme — an annual event where 100 voluntourists visit for the sole purpose of mending hiking paths, rebuilding cairns and helping to preserve the natural landscape here — allows visitors to give back to the community themselves, something the judges would love to see more of elsewhere. ”

We are honoured and humbled to be recognised by Lonely Planet – thank you!

Watch here to see why the Faroe Islands made it into the Lonely Planet Best in Travel list for 2021.

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