National Geographic rates best (and worst) islands

National Geographic has just published their newest list of island destinations, both in their Nov/Dec Traveler magazine and abridged online.

Among the top contenders are

  • Faroe Islands, Denmark
  • Azores, Portugal
  • Lofoten, Norway
  • Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK
  • Chiloe, Chile

Ever been to any of them? Me neither. That’s probably what makes them a cut above the rest though — they are as yet unspoiled by tourists like you and me.

What I find interesting is the number of winners that stipulate the beauty with “as long as the cruise ships don’t keep coming.” As one who has experienced the tidal wave of headphone-wearing-flag-following cruise herds first hand though, I can sort of see why they’re saying this. We just need to get there before they do.