Taking a Boat Tour to Visit Giant Offshore Wind Turbines – Bloomberg

A number of companies now offer wind farm tours to curious tourists who are keen to understand how the turbines work and what they’re like up close. In Scotland, adventurous visitors can mountain bike and hike around an onshore wind farm, and boat tours in the UK and US offer the chance to sail right underneath a turbine’s blades. In Denmark, small groups can even climb an offshore turbine themselves. While there’s no data to indicate the size of this nascent slice of the hospitality sector, there is ample research to suggest that travelers are not only unfazed by wind farms, but find them objects of fascination.

“They’re the biggest rotating devices on the planet. They dwarf a 747. At sea, they’re a little otherworldly,” says Jeremy Firestone, a University of Delaware professor who took a group of students to visit a wind farm off the shore of Rhode Island in 2016. He called the experience “like Disneyland for adults.”

One of the longest-running wind farm boat tours, off the coast of Denmark near Copenhagen, offers visitors the rare opportunity to actually step inside. The Middelgrunden wind farm, which consists of 20 turbines built in 2000, was at the time the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and the first to be cooperatively owned — 10 turbines are owned by around 10,000 members of a cooperative, and 10 are owned by the local utility. 

Taking a Boat Tour to Visit Giant Offshore Wind Turbines – Bloomberg