Following it’s launch in April, the Faroe Island’s Remote Tourism tool has allowed 700,000 people from 197 countries to explore the island remotely.
Of the 700,000, over 1,000 people have had the chance to explore the nation with a Faroese guide via a live video camera and a remote control. The virtual visitors were able to ‘control’ the exploration by transforming their PC, tablet or phone into a joypad, and requesting their guide to turn, walk, jump or run across the island within a 60-minute-long tour.
The top five countries providing visitors to the Remote Tourism website are: the USA (54,983 visits); Russia (38,830 visits); Italy (19,360 visits); Ukraine (15,597 visits; and the UK (12,385 visits).
Director of Visit Faroe Islands, Guðrið Højgaard, said: “We have been blown away by the global response to Remote Tourism, which has demonstrated just how much our beautiful and unspoilt environment appeals to a broad range of people from all corners of the world.
“The tool has not only provided that necessary escape for those self-isolating at home, but also a good dose of fun, which so many have been craving. We have loved watching how people haven’t held back when ‘taking control’ – our guides have certainly been put through their paces and kept fit!”
Visit Faroe Islands has also been able to engage with people via its social media channels, with questions answered in real time during the tours regarding what to see and do in the Faroe Islands. Using the Remote Tourism tool, visitors were able to take turns to ‘control; their guide for one minute each during the tours. Locations were explored on foot, on horseback, by boat and even by helicopter.
The tool was launched following the travel restrictions put in place by the Faroese government to prevent the spread of Covid-19, to help those whose plans had been put on hold due to the pandemic, or those looking to escape lockdown.
The Faroe Islands will be open to visitors from Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Norway and Greenland from 15 June 2020. All those visiting will not need to self-quarantine.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a limited affect on those living on the Faroe Islands, with just 187 cases reported in total, and no deaths recorded. In addition, no new cases have been recorded since 22 April, with 20% of the population (nearly 10,000 people) being tested for the coronavirus.
To experience the Faroe Islands as a virtual tourist, click here. Tours will be continuing once per week, every Wednesday at 6pm BST, until 17 June.