Because of the large number of tourists visiting the Faroe Islands, local farmers have started asking for fees to visit private lands.
About 110,000 tourists visit the Faroe Islands every year, despite the country having only 55,000 residents.
Many tourists visit destinations with tricky geography, resulting in accidents. Farmers are asking visitors for a fee to explore these sites with a guided service to prevent any dangers.
The Minister for Trade and Industry explained:
Farming was our life-blood for centuries and our oldest written document is the ‘Sheep Letter’ from 1298, which sets out the rules about compensation for trespass. But if tourists pay a fee, or environment tax, then we need to ensure the money is used to protect nature. And, I don’t think people should be charging without offering a service.
It’s now up to the country’s politicians to decide whether or not asking such fees should be allowed.
The Faroe Islands, a non-sovereign nation within the Kingdom of Denmark, is an Arctic country. The Faroe Islands have been active participants in the Arctic Council together with Greenland and Denmark since the late 1990s. The Faroe Islands are part of a delegation to the Arctic Council called Denmark/Greenland/Faroe Islands, which flies the flags of all three nations.
Source: IceNews – Daily News