25. Feb 2021
Hotel overnight stays decreased by more than 40% in 2020

The number of overnight stays in Faroese hotels dropped by 70,000 (40%) in 2020 compared to 2019. This is a relatively lower decline than in Denmark and Iceland, where hotel overnight stays dropped by about 50% and 70%, respectively.

Faroese hotels have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a year-on-year decline of 70,000 overnight stays last year.


Every month since the Covid-19 outbreak in March has had fewer overnight stays than the previous year, with the exception of December 2020 when the number increased by almost 25%. The biggest relative decline was in April when the number dropped by 90%.

Hotels in the capital region had just over 80,000 overnight stays in 2020, which is a decline of almost 45,000 (35%) on the previous year. Hotels outside of the capital region had just below 13,000 overnight stays last year, a decrease of almost 28,000 (70%).


The number of foreign tourists staying in hotels saw a year-on-year drop of 55% in 2020. Foreign tourists accounted for just over 60,000 overnight stays, which is a drop of 75,000 on the 2019 figure. In comparison, hotels in Denmark and Iceland saw a 75% decrease in this category.

Conversely, Faroese hotels had more local visitors in 2020 than in 2019. With just over 33,000 overnight stays, this figure increased by almost 10%. This was also the case in Iceland, where the number of Icelandic people visiting Icelandic hotels went up by about 20% last year. Denmark, on the other hand, saw a decrease of 30% in this category.


For statistics on overnight stays in Icelandic hotels, click here. For Danish hotels, click here.


Persónsgistinætur telja, hvussu nógvir og hvussu leingi persónar gista. Um 10 fólk gista 3 nætur, eru hetta 30 persónsgistinætur.

Innskrivingar telja, hvussu nógvar innskrivingar eru. Um 10 fólk skriva seg inn, eru hetta 10 innskrivingar, óansæð hvussu leingi tey gista. Eisini skrásett, um talan er um frítíðar- ella starvsferð.

Kamarsnætur telja, hvussu nógv og hvussu leingi kømur verða brúkt. Um 10 fólk gista í 5 kømurum í 3 nætur, eru hetta 15 kamarsnætur.

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