NEW YORK—The pristine Faroe Islands—a group of volcanic islands in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway—welcome approximately 100,000 visitors each year, attracted by the country’s dramatic scenery, including rugged cliffs, sea caves, spectacular waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife, not forgetting a population of just 50,000 Faroese people and their 80,000 sheep.
But, for one weekend in spring 2019 and in celebration of Earth Day, the Faroe Islands will be taking a time out from tourism.
Why? The Faroese people are keen to keep their green islands pristine.
Notably—and happily—the Faroe Islands currently have no over-tourism problems. However, the fragile natural...