The Faroe Islands, a small group of islands that has seen a huge influx of tourists in recent years, have come up with an innovative way to take care of their home and welcome visitors at the same time.
The country made the decision to “close” its major tourism sights and attractions during the weekend of April 26-27, 2019. But hotels will be open, and flights will continue. That weekend, locals will be working on conservation projects and, as the tourism board puts it, “delivering a touch of TLC to the Faroese countryside to ready it for visitors in 2019.” But helping preserve the beauty of the Faroe Islands is open to anyone who’s willing to participate.
The islands asked for 100 volunteers to come to the country to assist with the care taking efforts, and thousands applied. “We welcome visitors to the islands each year, but we also have a responsibility to our community and to our beautiful environment, and our aim is to preserve and protect the islands, ensuring sustainable and responsible growth,” Guðrið Højgaard, Director at Visit Faroe Islands, tells CNN Travel.
The hundred voluntourists include travelers from Mexico, Israel, Australia, China and the United States. Højgaard confirms that because the surprising popularity of the volunteering weekend, the Faroes will host the event annually.