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Why These Stunning Islands In Europe Are Destined To Become The Next Iceland

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Iceland is no longer the far-flung country it used to be. It is arguably one of the trendiest in Europe for a variety of reasons.

One being how easily accessible it has become to explore a vast array of natural wonders and unique culture.

beautiful waterfall and greenery in the faroe islands

While questions certainly arise in terms of safety as there have been multiple notable volcanic eruptions in recent years, there is one neighboring nation riding Iceland's coattails.

The beauty of Iceland, both literally and figuratively, is that there are endless stunning sites to explore.

Yet even in the dead of winter, crowds can be an issue at the famous Blue Lagoon and other attractions like the postcard-worthy waterfalls.

With nearly identical landscapes, similar cultures, an increase in flights, and far less crowds, the insanely gorgeous Faroe Islands are destined to become the next Iceland.

The Perfect Alternative To Iceland

traditional homes of the faroes

Most travelers visiting Iceland are there to immerse themselves in nature, which is one of the main reasons why solo travelers are so drawn to it.

It's definitely not a foodie destination with plates of sheep heads, fermented shark, and pickled whale blubber.

Iceland is a very large island, and many opt for a road trip around ‘The Ring' to see it all. While there is a low population, many tourists flock all at once seeking the same sites, such as the black sand beaches of Vik, endless waterfalls to chase, and the iconic Blue Lagoon.

Even as much open space as there is in Iceland, tourists run into each other a lot where even the sidewalks of the quaint capital city of Reykjavik can become crowded.

hiker viewing beautiful scenery of faroe islands

Iceland has become a lot more popular than it used to be, but that's not to say it isn't worth visiting. It is truly one of the world's few places that will leave your jaw on the floor.

That being said, it will surely continue to grow in popularity, and that's where the Faroe Islands, a short flight away, come into play.

How The Faroe Islands Compare To Iceland

There are many items to check off on an Icelandic travel bucket list. Many of those items can be seen and experienced on the Faroe Islands, a self-governed set of islands also known simply as “the Faroes”.

Want to see Iceland's famous mini horses? You can check that off your list in the Faroes.

puffin on faroe islands

What about puffins? Same thing.

Want to take selfies in front of majestic waterfalls? The Faroes have plenty.

Want to stay in a quirky Lord Of The Rings-esque cottage? There are many to choose from on Airbnb.

Black sand beaches? Volcanoes? You bet!

Elf folklore?! Yep, this too!

The list goes on and on. So what is different between the two?

The Faroes are so much more affordable as low as the $30s per night compared to triple digits just about anywhere in Iceland.

icelandic horses in the faroes

Moreover, the Faroe Islands are developed but lack the touristy name brands you come across in Reykjavik.

The Faroes' colorful capital, Torshavn, is just as charming with a more authentic feel, which is understandable for a country said to have more sheep than people.

Of course, there is no iconic geothermal spa to visit either.

However, the Faroe Islands are slowly building up a name for themselves in the world of travel, and there may be no better time to plan a trip.

More Flights Than Ever

Last year, some travelers were shocked to discover such an off-path destination has its own airline.

And not just that, but the fact they fly to so many European destinations and even launched the first-ever nonstop route to the U.S.

kallur lighthouse in the faroes

The exciting new route was announced as seasonal and is still listed on the island's own Atlantic Airways official website.

Although, no dates can be selected to purchase tickets at this time. However, don't fret! Flying nonstop from the U.S. may not be an option right now, but there are more connections than ever before.

Beginning in May 2024, Icelandair is offering new flights from Keflavik, making for easy connections.

According to Forbes, flights are roughly an hour and a half in length and are scheduled for five to six days per week.

tourists deplaning icelandir flights

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