Hobbits – Destinations for the cottagecore traveller.
The Hobbit Archetype: Playful | Peace-loving | Pleasure-seeking
Ahhh idyllic little hobbits with their idyllic little lives. They have a very important lesson to teach us about appreciating the little moments, finding contentment and peace in the now, and romanticising a simple life lived in harmony with the natural world.
For you cottagecore dreamers, here are two destinations that harness the natural beauty of nature, where you too could live out the rest of your life in blissful contentment:
#1 Turf-roofed Village of Mikladalur, Kalsoy Island, Faroe Islands
Might I entice you with a little grass-roofed home on an island far away from the rat race?
Between snow-capped mountain peaks and sheer seaside cliffs, little homes with little grass roofs are nestled deep into the lush green valleys of the remote Faroe Islands. Many of the homes in this Nordic archipelago use the traditional “sod” roofing technique, which protects the charming dwellings from nearly 300 days of rain per year.
Hobbit-y travellers will love the fairytale villages on Faroe Islands, and for the more Tookish of hobbits there’s much to explore, with dramatic waterfalls, unique wildlife (including cute little puffins!), as well as views of the spectacular Aurora Borealis.
TRAVEL MONEY TIP: Currency
To travel to the Faroe Islands, you can take one of the two currencies used on the islands! The Faroese use both the Danish Krone (DKK) and the Faroese Króna (FOK). We recommend taking and using Danish Krone (DKK) as it’s much easier to exchange, and can be used or exchanged with ease once back in mainland Scandinavia and Europe. Learn more about the Danish Krone here.
#2 Canal Village of Giethoorn, Netherlands
Rivers > Roads. When I was little, I always dreamed of having rivers instead of roads. It just made sense to me. All I wanted was a world in harmony with nature, filled with crystal clear water and no pollution. Turns out, the brilliant architects and civil planners of the Netherlands were leagues ahead of me, bringing the same dream to life with their canal village of Giethoorn. Little thatch-roofed homes surrounded with flowers are connected by watery routes and picturesque bridges – with most of the village only accessible by foot or by boat.
It’s perfectly charming, and perfectly attuned to a hobbit’s peace-loving temperament.
TRAVEL MONEY TIP: Currency
Nearby, there’s also the gorgeous medieval port city of Zwolle, and of course no trip to the Netherlands is complete without visiting Amsterdam. You’ll need to stock up on Euros to visit the Netherlands.
Learn more about budgeting for Europe here.