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Remote Tourism – A new twist on virtual vacations!

 

The Faroe Islands is a cluster of 18 mountainous islands located halfway between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean. As all other countries in the world, the Faroe Islands have also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  They have had to ask tourists to refrain from visiting the islands and wondered how they could recreate a Faroe Islands’ experience for those who had to cancel their trips and for everyone else who is stuck in isolation around the world.

 

They had the idea to create a virtual tour of the islands through the eyes of a local; or even better, a virtual tourist that could control the movements of the local tour guide in real time!  Via a smartphone, tablet or PC, you can explore the Faroe Islands' mountains, cascading waterfalls and traditional grass-roofed houses by interacting – LIVE – with a local Faroese, who acts as your eyes and body on this virtual tour as you control their direction.  During the hour long tour, a team at Visit Faroe Islands, is online in real time to answer any questions and provide expert knowledge about the places to visit and things to see.

 

Tours happen each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Simply log onto their website around that time and join the tour. The first 60 people to join the tour will get a chance to control the remote for 1 minute each. Even if you miss your chance to direct the guide in which direction to go, you still will have fun seeing her walk, hop, and jump her way through the island.

 

Join upcoming tours: www.remote-tourism.com/

Browse through previous tours (must scroll to bottom of the page): visitfaroeislands.com/remote-tourism/

 

Author: 
COA Staff