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The Faroe Islands

A place truly unspoiled, unexplored and unbelievable
Home to mountains of myth, hobbit-like turf-roofed houses and grazing shaggy sheep, the Faroe Islands make up the perfect playground for the senses. They inexplicably unearth a soothing sound of stillness and a touch of rawness, only bettered by the taste of the freshest of air and the sight of sprawling landscapes in any direction. Few communities as small can boast of an equally vibrant art and music scene, while Faroese gastronomy has never been more highly thought of since a Faroese restaurant was awarded a Michelin star last year.

The Faroe Islands are not a destination that you can’t bend to your will. Every plan is in pencil. You are guaranteed nothing. It is the very unpredictability of everything that makes the Faroe Islands so truly special. Every time the clouds part, you’ll be struck by how impossibly blue the waters are. When the sun shines through a particularly thin bit of cloud, bathing the town in orange light, it is pure magic. And when the weather doesn’t go your way, spoiling the plans you were foolhardy enough to make, you’ll be compelled to return and roll the dice again.
Allison Green

Tórshavn

As one of the smallest capitals in the world, everything in Tórshavn is easy. Forget traffic-clogged highways, forget crowds of people, forget fighting for a seat on the bus. Here, we live life as it should be lived.
With plenty of space and clean, fresh air, there’s a real sense of well-being in the Faroese capital. This is the sort of place where people still have time for each other, where people are concerned about each other and where life moves at a civilised pace.
Today, Tórshavn is a modern and cosmopolitan town which has its highly individual location in the middle of the North Atlantic to thank for its very special charm and appeal. We’ve got excellent hotels and restaurants, modern European-style cafés and bars, great arts exhibitions, top-notch sporting facilities, not to mention a lively weekend club scene. All this is Tórshavn!

Quick facts about the Faroe Islands

There are a few useful things you should know about travelling to and in Faroe Islands.

Name and location

Name: The Faroe Islands (Føroyar)

Location: In the middle of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic at 62º00’N and 06º47’W, halfway between Scotland and Iceland

Neighbouring countries: Closest land is North Rona, part of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, 257km (139 nautical miles) to the south

Area and size

Total land area: 1,399km(540 square miles)

Total marine area: 247,000km2 (105,792 square miles)

Area: Faroese archipelago, 113km (70 miles) long and 75km (47 miles) wide. Total coastline of 1,100km (687 miles). No point in the Faroe Islands is further than 5km (3 miles) from the sea.

Islands: 18 volcanic islands separated by narrow sounds and fjords arranged roughly in the form of an arrowhead. All but one are inhabited.

Heights: Highest peak 880m (2,887ft); average height above sea level 300m (980ft)

Population: 51,237 (as of Nov ’18)

Capital: Tórshavn (population 19,231, as of Nov ’18)

Politics, Industry and Religion

Status: Self-governing region within Kingdom of Denmark

Language: Faroese. Danish has equal status in all official affairs

Flag: Red cross fringed with blue on white background

Religion: Evangelical Lutheran

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Prime Minister: Aksel V. Johannesen

Main industries: Fishing and aquaculture, shipping and offshore services, tourism and prospects for petroleum in Faroese area

Flights to Faroe Islands

There are  worldwide cities with direct flights to Faroe Islands. In September you can come from Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Paris and Edinburgh. The typical flight time from Iceland and Edinburgh is 1,5 hours,  2,15 hours to fly from Denmark, while it takes 2,50 hours from Paris. The airline to Faroe Islands is Atlantic Airways.


Atlantic Airways – www.atlantic.fo



Passport and Visa regulations

The Faroe Islands are tied to the Danish immigration policy. However, there are some differences in working, residing and visiting in the Faroe Islands compared to Denmark.

If you come from a:

Nordic country: You are not obliged to hold a passport for entry to the Faroe Islands, but will need a photo identity document. You may stay indefinitely in the Faroe Islands without any further permits.

EU-country and Schengen country: You do not need a visa or other permit to visit the Faroe Islands. You may enter with a passport, or, for visits, a national ID card (that includes a photo) from one of the below countries listed here. It is NOT sufficient to be a foreign resident; you must be a citizen.

Other countries: Visitors from countries outside the EU and Schengen area must usually hold a passport valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay in the Faroe Islands. Depending on the nationality, a visa may also be required. The nationalities requiring a visa for entering the Faroe Islands is the same as for Denmark and can be seen here.

Climate and how to dress for Faroe Islands

The weather is maritime and quite changeable, from moment of brilliant sunshine to misty hill fog, to shower. The average temperature ranges from 3,5°C in winter to 12°C in the summer. In shelter areas, the temperature can be much higher, but the air is always fresh and clean no matter what the season.

It is, therefore, a good idea to pack a variety of clothing, suited to all sorts of weather (mostly cool-ish).

The absolute essentials to include in your wardrobe for the Faroe Islands are a sweater, a rainproof coat and sturdy walking shoes. Gloves or mittens are also a good idea. And while you’re at it, why not be a little optimistic and bring along sunglasses as well, you never know!

Currency, price level and shopping

Currency: Danish krone (DKK) is used in the Faroe Island. However, the Faroe Islands do print their own notes. The exchange value is equivalent to Danish krone, and there is no service charge on exchange, as Danish notes are equally acceptable as the Faroese króna throughout the country.

Credit cards: ATMs are available for MasterCard/Eurocard, Visa and Dankort at various locations, e.g. at the banks located along the pedestrian mall in the centre of Tórshavn. Although most shops in the Faroe Islands accept DK, Visa and MasterCard, it is best to bring cash when travelling to the small islands and villages

Price level: Since almost all the goods have to be imported, the prices are quite high. The price level is on everyday shopping i about 10% higher compared to other countries in Scandinavia. Alcohol, tobacco, fresh fruits and vegetables are in particular expensive. The price level on various experiences (e.g. excursions, museum visits, concerts etc.) and dining out is much the same as elsewhere in northern Europe

Tipping: Although it has not been the custom to tip in the Faroe Islands, it is however more widespread especially in restaurants, bars, cafés and taxis. You are not obliged to tip.

Tax Free: As a guest in the Faroe Islands, the holiday and business traveller is exempt from the 25% value added tax (VAT) on purchases over DKK 300. Look for the blue and white “Tax Free for tourists” sign in the shop windows. Ask the sales clerk at the time of purchase for a “Tax Refund Cheque”. To claim your refund you need to contact “Tax Refund” agent at the airport or on board the ferry Norrøna

Time zone

Local time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight saving time (GMT+1) is observed in the Faroe Islands from April until October.

Electricity

On the Faroe Islands the current is AC 220 volts, 50 cycles. European two-pin plugs.

Emergency phone numbers

Emergency medical service 1870
Alarm 112
Police in Tórshavn 35 14 48

Faroe Islands Translate

By visiting www.faroeislandstranslate.com, anyone can write a word or phrase that they would like to be translated from their language into Faroese. The text is immediately forwarded to Faroese volunteers who will open the video camera function on their mobile phone and record a video of the translation. This is then uploaded to the site to be viewed by the person who requested it.

Each video is also preserved in a database so that, if the same word or phrase is requested again, the stored translation will automatically be shown.

The Faroese volunteer who translates is picked at random. Everyone who speaks Faroese can help translate and local people have been encouraged to get involved in the campaign.

All translations are reviewed to make sure that they are appropriate.

Here you can find Online Courses.

General information

Here are some important information you need to know as a participant at the Vestnorden travel trade show.

Admission

Admission to Vestnorden is for registered participants only. On-site registration is not possible and it is not possible to buy guest tickets.

Your personal badge is your entrance to the Vestnorden travel trade show and social events. Please remember always to wear your badge both to the travel trade show and social events for an easy identification. If you don’t wear your personal badge you will be denied entry.

Name bagdes

Each participant will receive a name badge to identify who they are and what participation category they are in. Each participant will be assigned one of the following categories: Buyers, Exhibitors, Invited Guests, Press or Staff

Each participation category will have different colors. The categories and colors will be listed in the Product and Marked manuals.

Airport transfer

Upon arrival at Vágar Airport 23. September, all participants will be greeted by Vestnorden Staff and provided complimentary bus transfer to all hotels* in Tórshavn booked via the Vestnorden registration form. Please note that there may be some waiting time at the airport in order to to maximise space and resources.

Upon departure on 26. and 27. September, there will be bus transfer from all hotels* in Tórshavn, booked via the Vestnorden registration form, to Vágar Airport. The buses will leave from the hotels 2½ hour prior to the flight departure. Exhibitors need to sign up for the bus at the hotel receptions

*   The hotels are: Hotel Føroyar, Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

See bus schedule here

Please note that bus transfers are not available for participants arriving individually on flights outside the official Vestnorden block.

Taxis

For any buyer or supplier not using the complimentary bus transfer, taxis can be pre-booked from the airport to Tórshavn and vice versa, from Taxi Bil www.taxi.fo tel. +298 323232 or Auto www.auto.fo tel. +298 311234. These taxis can also be called at any point during the Vestnorden

Registration, Service and Information desk

Registration for buyers takes place at their hotel, 23. September, where you will receive your name badge and welcome bag incl. the printed product manual

Exhibitors shall register at the Exhibition Hall (Tórshavn Sports Hall) Monday, 23. September 16:00 – 21:00

The Vestnorden Service and Information desk will be located near the entrance to the Exhibition Hall (Tórshavn Sports Hall).

Opening hours at the Service and Information desk:

Monday 23. September 16:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 24. September 08:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 25. September 08:00 – 17:30

Internet

Wireless Internet is available to everybody at the Exhibition Hall (Tórshavn Sports Hall) and all hotels booked through the registration form

Social Media

Follow Vestnorden on facebook and instagram to keep up to date on this year’s event

Share your Vestnorden moments with us by using #vestnorden

B2B meetings / Appointments

Business at Vestnorden is based on pre-arranged appointments. The appointments are done mainly by requests of the buyers, supplemented by requests from the exhibitors. There are a total of 25 appointments possible per company with 1 participant and 2 x 25 appointments per company with 2 participants during the Vestnorden travel trade show. Each appointment lasts 20 minutes.

All buyers are obliged to fill their appointment list with appointments with the suppliers. The appointment schedule can not be blocked.

Exhibitors

Exhibitors are supplied with small tables sitting 2 – 4 people workshop style. The back walls are 239,5 cm high and 3×100 cm wide and are identified with company name and number. The stand/walls must be returned in the same condition following the workshop. If the walls are damaged or left with decoration or glue there will be an extra charge of DKK 500. Exhibitors are kindly asked to show consideration to their neighbors at the workshop and keep noise levels down.

See detailed illustration and more information about the exhibitors stands further down this page

The Product and Marked Manual

There will be one Product Manual and one Marked Manual and participants will receive a hard copy according to their request/order in advance.

The Manuals will also be sent to every participant by e-mail prior to the Vestnorden.

Bus schedule for travel trade and social events

Monday 23 September

Upon arrival at Vágar Airport, all participants will be greeted by Vestnorden Staff and provided complimentary bus transfer to all hotels* in Tórshavn booked via the Vestnorden registration form. Please note that there may be some waiting time at the airport in order to to maximise space and resources.

The flights with connecting bus transfers are these:

Arr. 07:20   RC452    From Copenhagen
Arr. 12:35    RC402    From Reykjavík
Arr. 13:40    RC453    From Copenhagen
Arr. 16:50    RC515    From Edinburgh
Arr. 17:20    RC425    From Paris
Arr. 19:50    RC459    From Copenhagen
Arr. 22:45    RC471    From Billund

Please note that bus transfers are not available for participants arriving individually on flights outside the official Vestnorden block.

* The hotels are: Hotel Føroyar, Hotel Hafnia, Hotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

Tuesday 24 September

07:50     Buses from hotels* to Tórshavn Sports Hall

12:30     Departure from Tórshavn Sports Hall for tours 11 and 12 to Sandoy

13:00     Departure from Tórshavn Sports Hall for all other tours, i.e. tours 1 – 10, 13 – 15

Duration of tours varies, drop off will either be at city centre (city walks), hotels’ or at Sjóvinnuhúsið in time for Get-together, depending on returning time

18:30     Buses from hotels* to Get-toghether in Sjóvinnuhúsið

21:00     Buses back to hotels* from Sjóvinnuhúsið

*   The hotels are: Hotel FøroyarHotel HafniaHotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

Wednesday 25 September

08:00    Buses from hotels* to Tórshavn Sports Hall

12:10      Buses from Tórshavn Sports Hall to restaurants in town
13:10      Buses from restaurants in town to Tórshavn Sports Hall

17:15      Buses from Tórshavn Sports Hall to hotels*

19:10      Buses from hotels* to Farewell Dinner at Hotel Føroyar. No buses from Hotel Føroyar

24:00 – 02:30    Buses back to hotels*. Every 30 min

*   The hotels are: Hotel FøroyarHotel HafniaHotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

Thursday 26 September

Upon departure, there will be bus transfer from all hotels* in Tórshavn, booked via the Vestnorden registration form, to Vágar Airport. The buses will leave from the hotels 2½ hour prior to the flight departure.

Exhibitors who wish to use the bus transfer to the airport will have to register at the hotel reception upon check-in.

05:50   Buses from hotels* to airport for RC450 to Copenhagen 08:20
06:30   Buses from hotels* to airport for RC414 to Edinburgh 09:00

10:55    Buses from hotels* or central bus station to airport for NY407 to Reykjavík 13:35
10:55    Buses from hotels* to airport for RC470 to Billund 13:25
12:00    Buses from hotels* to airport for RC456 to Copenhagen 14:30

Please note that bus transfers are not available for participants departing individually on flights outside the official Vestnorden block.

*   The hotels are: Hotel FøroyarHotel HafniaHotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

Friday 27 September

Upon departure, there will be bus transfer from all hotels* in Tórshavn, booked via the Vestnorden registration form, to Vágar Airport. The buses will leave from the hotels 2½ hour prior to the flight departure.

Exhibitors who wish to use the bus transfer to the airport will have to register at the hotel reception upon check-in.

05:30   Buses from hotels* to airport for RC401 to Reykjavík 08:00
10:05    Buses from hotels* to airport for RC424 to Paris 12:35

Please note that bus transfers are not available for participants departing individually on flights outside the official Vestnorden block.

*   The hotels are: Hotel FøroyarHotel HafniaHotel Tórshavn and Hotel Streym.

Those staying at Kerjalón take the bus to/from Hotel Føroyar
Those staying at 62°N hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Tórshavn
Those staying at Havgrím Sea Side Hotel take the bus to/from Hotel Streym

B2B Meetings

What are they?

B2B meetings are pre-arranged, targeted appointments, dedicated to get buyers and suppliers to meet. B2B meetings are a simple, efficient and pro-active way of working.

By targeting the right participants at Vestnorden Travel Mart, our B2B meetings help you to maximize the impact of your participation and increase your chances of making high-quality business connections.

Through our interactive booking platform, registered participants will be able to pick out relevant contacts and request meetings in advance. Individual meeting schedules will then be designed according to each participant’s choices.

Each participant has a maximum of 25 B2B meetings.

How to sign up

Introduce your company by filling in the product manual form during your registration. Ensure you include your general information, development focus, current projects and research interests.

A few weeks before the trade show, you will have access to an online catalogue displaying presentations from all of the companies participating at the Vestnorden Travel Mart (buyers and exhibitors).

Using the B2B meetings platform, select the contacts you wish to meet, indicate your availabilities on your schedule and validate requests from companies wishing to meet you.

You will receive your personalized targeted schedule during the week leading up to the show.

When to sign up

The appointments system will open for buyers last week in August and approx. one week later for exhibitors.

All participants will receive an email notification when the system opens and bookings procedures will be included.

Exhibitor Booth Information

A standard booth has one back wall and two outwards angled sidewalls (3 x 1 meter, 2,5 meters high).

All booths have carpet on the floor, lighting (one spot),  electric plug, table, chairs and wifi

Single booth setup
1-2 persons

Furnitures:

1 person has 1 table and 2 chairs
2 persons have 1 table and 4 chairs

Size:

3 panels (walls), each 1 m wide and 2,5 m high
Wall print: 96,4 cm wide, 239,5 cm high each

Click on image to enlarge

Double booth setup
3-4 persons

Furnitures:

3 person have 2 tables and 6 chairs
4 persons have 2 table and 8 chairs

Size:

5 panels (walls), each 1 m wide and 2,5 m high
Wall print: 96,4 cm wide, 239,5 cm high each

Click on image to enlarge

Tripple booth setup
5-6 persons

Furnitures:

5 person have 3 tables and 10 chairs
6 persons have 3 table and 12 chairs

Size:

7 panels (walls), each 1 m wide and 2,5 m high
Wall print: 96,4 cm wide, 239,5 cm high each

Click on image to enlarge

Printing and deko service

If you need exhibition walls, posters, roll-ups and other printed materials produced please contact our partner Dekostovan. Dekostovan can provide you with layout and prints, which will be delivered and ready on your stand, upon arrival to the Faroe Islands.

Please visit www.dekostovan.fo, or contact Christian Nagata on +298 794 115 or cna@dekostovan.fo