The Faroe Islands are famously home to more sheep than people. But considering that tourism to the remote island archipelago southeast of Iceland has increased 10 percent a year over the past five years, it’s no surprise that the government is more concerned about the overpopulation of tourists than sheep.
To make sure the islands don’t begin to suffer the effects of overtourism, the Faroe Islands has decided to close some of its major tourism sites from April 26 to 27 to complete various maintenance projects to make travel more sustainable throughout the country. While the sites will be closed to tourists, the government has decided to allow in 100 foreign volunteers to help out with the projects—and you could be one of them.
Volunteers will also be responsible for paying for their own flights to and from Copenhagen, which at press time, cost in the mid- $700s for nonstop SAS flights from New York that week (or approximately $550 on airlines like Icelandair and Norwegian).
While flights are available to the Faroe Islands in May and September from the East Coast for approximately $550, the chance to be one of only 100 visitors allowed at these sites and to give back to an up-and-coming destination is worth the extra money.
Volunteers will be expected to use hammers, wheelbarrows, and shovels during the projects, but no special skills are necessary to participate.
To sign up, visit visitfaroeislands.com.