During our drive to the project site, I asked Vanja Davidsen, one of the team leaders, whether there’s any tangible value for the Faroe Islands to have volunteers to work on the trails—or if it’s just really for marketing.
“Of course it’s marketing!” She laughs, surprisingly blunt. “But you see, it does also help. Imagine, every day, we have something that needs to repair, but with only one or two people to work on it, it will take forever,” she tells me. “But if we have 10 people on a section of the trail, a lot can be done.”
I was part of a team assigned to create a clearer trail for the hike up to the peak of Slættaratindur. Working in a production line, some of us dug up rocks to create a more visible path, flattened the route for safer footing using the dug-up rocks to level up uneven surfaces, and spray-painted way markers for directions. Another key task for all teams this year was installing ‘people counters’ at entrances to hiking trails and cultural attractions where the entrance is free—as there are currently no statistics on how many visitors each site receives.