FACTS & FIGURES
Since the beginning of the project in 2019, 46 projects across 31 different sites on ten islands have been completed and closed for maintenance.
More than 400 individuals from 40 different countries have volunteered, which is a small percentage of the total number (17.863) of people who have applied. Despite working in various weather conditions, the volunteers have taken on a diverse range of tasks (updated 2023).
Meanding the path between Oyndarfjørð and Elduvík. May 2022.
The gray team erecting signage for a path between villages on Suðuroy. September 2021. Photo: Ophélie Giralt
Volunteers building a bridge in on the island of Nólsoy. April 2021. Photo: Klara Johannesen
A new timber staircase leading to a popular viewpoint in Gjógv, replacing the eroded pathway. 2019
Maintenance work in and aorund ancient viking ruins
Nature is always in an ever-changing state. The spontaneous Faroese weather has molded the scenic landscape for eons, but recent human access and activities are increasingly setting their marks. If we want to preserve safe access to our natural beauty and prevent unnecessary erosion, we need to both understand these changes and act.
Infrastructural improvements need maintenance and unfortunately, nothing seems to be maintenance-free. We’ll therefore likely never be finished, but we believe that important work needs to be done and that this work can be satisfying and socially and culturally fulfilling.
- 54 projects have been closed for maintenance on 10 different islands since 2019
- 23.808 people have applied
- 409 foreign volunteers have participated
- 167 Faroese volunteers have participated (2023)
- 214 staff and coordinators have participated
We select 80-100 volunteers from a pool of applicants who have signed up on our website. If you want to be notified when registration opens, you can sign up for our newsletter. Around 70% of the volunteers are chosen randomly, while some spots are reserved for journalists, photographers, and individuals with certain skills or backgrounds that we believe will complement the projects. Most of the applicants are from Nordic countries, the rest of Europe and the United States. Besides that, registrations are received from all over the world.
Visit Faroe Islands strives to maintain a high standard for the project. To achieve this, the organisation conducts surveys and meetings after each annual event to gather feedback on satisfaction levels, identify common challenges, and explore potential improvements. The goal is to enhance the initiative at all levels, while also keeping volunteers and collaborators engaged, motivated, and satisfied.
Our innovative initiative has garnered a lot of interest and attention, with many individuals expressing a desire to conduct research or make assignments related to the project. We welcome and encourage this enthusiasm, and invite you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries or proposals you may have. We are always happy to collaborate and share our knowledge with others who share our passion for this initiative.