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Virtually visit the Faroe Islands by "controlling" a local resident with an online gamepad

If you've ever wondered "what if I could virtually control an actual person to explore a far-off destination", the Faroe Islands have a campaign for you.

By: Kyle Frost + Save to a List

The tiny Faroe Islands lie about halfway between Norway and Iceland. You've probably seen pictures of the incredible wild landscapes, waterfalls tumbling off cliffs directly into the sea, and magical "floating" lakes. The Faroes have also been home to some amazing tourism campaigns over the last several years. In 2016, they petitioned Google to be featured on Google Street View by creating their own version  -- by using cameras mounted on the backs of sheep and calling it Sheep View. Then, last year, the islands "closed" for a weekend as voluntourists and local governments undertook conservation and renovation projects on 10 major attractions.

Today, they launched Remote Tourism. On the new website, you can explore the Faroes’ magnificent scenery and towns – live – with a local Faroese, who will act as your eyes and body on a virtual exploratory tour. The local will be "controlled" by a user on the website, using a gamepad to move the person forward and back, left and right, and even "jump".

Each tour, in a different spot on the islands, will be held as a scheduled live event, so even if you're not the one in control, you can watch and have questions answered by the Visit Faroe team in real time. Pretty cool, if you ask me.


Maybe they'll be checking out one of these amazing places!

Hike to Kallur Lighthouse

Viewpoints from the remote Kallur lighthouse offer an iconic National Geographic-worthy view and impossibly green mountains, sheer vertical cliffs, crashing surf, and sweeping ocean and island vistas.

Hike to the Trøllkonufingur

An easy hike that takes you to some of the Faroe Islands most dramatic scenery, including the iconic Trollwoman's Finger and the "floating lake".

Explore Saksun

Verdant green, grassy slopes with an unbelievably scenic village clinging to a steep mountainside, overlooking a stunning fjord, Saksun is a picture-perfect destination in the Faroe Islands.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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