Volcanic and Coastal Landscapes and Seabirds in the Faroe Islands
The Faroes are just a short flight from Iceland, yet they’re way off the standard traveling photographer's radar. Adrift in the frothing swells of the North Atlantic, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands is at once ancient and very modern. The proud, long-suffering Faroese character has been forged from Viking blood, Christian piety, Scandinavian openness, and an awe for the humbling nature that’s all around.
When visiting the Faroes you are never more than 5km away from the ocean. The countryside is dominated by steep mountains and there are about 80,000 sheep and some 2 million pairs of seabirds, including the largest colony of storm petrels in the world, puffins and gannets. The Faroe Islands are undeniably beautiful: green, rugged and wind-swept.
In our workshop around the Faroe Islands, we will be shooting the many multicoloured cottages and grass-roofed wooden churches that the islands are known for. We will capture mind-blowing mountains, cascading waterfalls, soaring sea cliffs, beautiful seabirds such as puffins & gannets, lighthouses, deep fjords and pastoral fishing communities.
Everything's all-inclusive, including the flights from Iceland to Faroes and back to Iceland, and the hotel nights in Reykjavik. Lodging in Faroes will be at lovely hotels with private facilities.
May 28, 2018–June 5, 2018
Itinerary and General Information
May 28, 2018: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF airport code) on this day, anytime. We have a hotel arranged (included) and we'll meet around 6:00 PM for group dinner.
May 29-31, 2018: Vágar. We fly from Reykjavik, Iceland and arrive in Vágar Airport in the Faroe Islands in the afternoon. The first thing we do is we check into our hotel and settle down. We have an early dinner and prepare for sunset photography nearby. On day three and four, we will explore the many locations Vágar and nearby Islands have to offer;
We will capture beautiful locations such as the famous Gásadalur, which is located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður, surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar. There you will find Múlafoss waterfall that falls into the ocean. Close by is Lake Sorvagsvatn, often referred to as optical illusion lake. It is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands and where the waterfall Bøsdalafoss fall outs to the sea.
All around the Faroe Islands, you will find beautiful old fishing villages. We will stop at one them, the village of Bøur, from there you can capture the island of Tindhólmur as well take a walk around the town and photograph. Tindhólmur is one of the most photographed locations in the Faroe Islands. From Vágar island we also have connections to dramatic Mykines Island where we will visit if weather permits.
June 1–4, 2018: Streymoy & Eysturoy. After the first three days in Vágar, we will move to our next accommodation in a town called Gjógv. In this charismatic small town, we will stay for three nights and travel from to explore the neighbouring islands. A few notable locations we will visit are; Tórshavn is the capital of Faroe Islands and has a beautiful old town and harbour. The Norse established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in Tórshavn in AD 850 and the Faroes argue it’s the oldest parliament in the world.
Kirkjubøur, is the southernmost village on Streymoy, and the country’s most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300, the Saint Olav’s Church from 12th century and the old farmhouse Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century. In 1832 a runestone was found near the Magnus Cathedral in Kirkjubøur. The stone which is referred to as the Kirkjubøur stone dates back to the Viking Ages.
Saksun, is a village near the north-west coast and of the more picturesque locations in the Faroe Islands. The village has a church and museum. The church was originally built in Tjørnuvík, but in 1858 it was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun. The Museum occupies a seventeenth-century farmhouse called Dúvugarður.
June 4, 2018: After our morning shoot and breakfast we drive back to Vágar and photograph sights on the way to the airport. We then fly back to Reykjavik in the afternoon and after the short flight, we check into our hotel in Reykjavik, and we'll have a final group dinner where we'll talk about the amazing adventure we just experienced.
June 5, 2018: Flights home anytime this day (KEF airport code).
As always, this itinerary is subject to change based on weather and other local factors.
- Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)
- All meals and transportation during the workshop
- Round-trip flight Iceland-Faroes
- Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
- Image reviews, critiques, post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
If you want to photograph and explore this hidden gem,look no further and click the "Sign Me Up! button now because this workshop is a small group and will sell out fast. See you in the The Faroes!