ALL NEWS

Now you can remote control hiking people in the Faroe Islands

Apr 23, 2020, 9:15 AM | Updated: 9:16 am

The Faroe Islands is allowing people to remote
control its citizens from anywhere in the world.
Kir...

The Faroe Islands is allowing people to remote control its citizens from anywhere in the world. Kirstin Vang/Visit Faroe Islands

(CNN) — Amid the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak, tourist attractions around the world have closed their doors and moved things online, providing virtual reality experiences and museum tours.

However, the Faroe Islands has taken this idea one step further.

The island group, which is a self-governing department of Denmark, has set up a website where people can dictate moves for a real-life Faroese guide using an online controller that resembles a video game console.

Every day at 5 p.m. local time (GMT +1), a local Faroese resident comes online, and everyone who has logged on to the website can “control” them for one minute by pressing the “run” or “jump” buttons or by navigating up, down, left or right.

The local wears a plastic safety helmet mounted with a GoPro and then sets off.

And social distancing should not be an issue. According to the United Nations, the archipelago — which is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Norway, Iceland and Scotland — has fewer than 50,000 residents spread out among its 18 islands.

Not only does the virtual tourism opportunity present a way for curious travelers to learn more about the islands, it also fits in with the Faroes‘ approach to thoughtful travel.

As the islands’ popularity has increased over the last few years, the Faroese have tried to strike a balance between welcoming guests and protecting the beautiful landscape people come from around the globe to see.

“Now that we don’t have any tourists … we have a lot of extra time on our hands,” said Guðrið Højgaard, the CEO of Visit Faroe Islands, the archipelago’s tourism body, about the idea’s origin.

Each day’s journey begins from a different spot somewhere on the islands, giving repeat visitors an opportunity to see something different.

Multiple forms of transit are also involved — some days the guide may get around by boat, seaplane or horseback as well as on foot. And each trip lasts a minimum of one hour, meaning that up to 60 people can have a chance at guiding their new Faroese friend.

In 2018 and 2019, the Faroes chose to close to visitors for one long weekend in April. But the borders weren’t exactly closed — travelers interested in helping the locals care for their environment could apply as voluntourists for the period.

This April, though, there are no tourists at all coming to the islands. So a digital tour is the next best thing.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

Visitors stand at the closed gates leading to the Eiffel Tower, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 in Paris....

OLEG CETINIC Associated Press

Eiffel Tower operator warns the landmark is closed as strike turns visitors away for a second day

A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management turned away visitors on Tuesday for the second consecutive day.

7 hours ago

House fire in St. George. Initial investigations suggest it was accidental....

Derrick Jones

Family displaced after a fire in their St. George home

Emergency fire crews responded to a St. George fire after a passerby saw smoke from the garage of a home. 

8 hours ago

the front of a homeless shelter, budget plan utah...

Eric Cabrera

Salt Lake business leaders show support for governor’s budget plan to help homeless people in Utah

Leaders who approve of the budget plan said they had seen a huge difference in downtown Salt Lake over the past six months.

9 hours ago

UTA Frontrunner commuter rail. UTA Plans to address delays by updating cars and adding a new line t...

Curt Gresseth

UTA boss talks about train delays, says improvements coming

Despite frustrating delays, UTA has a 90 percent "on-time" record, says the executive officer.

10 hours ago

nikki haley shown, she will be in utah next week...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Nikki Haley to visit Utah next week ahead of Super Tuesday presidential caucus votes

Nikki Haley plans to hold a rally at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts on Utah Valley University's campus in Orem on the morning of Feb. 28.

11 hours ago

solar panel shown, solar power in utah is the major focus of a proposed law...

Heather Peterson

Bill focusing on solar power customers in Utah gets favorable recommendation in Senate committee

Right now, Rocky Mountain Power only credits solar power customers in Utah about 5 cents for the power they send back to the grid.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Now you can remote control hiking people in the Faroe Islands