“Far out in the radiant ocean glinting like quicksilver there lies a solitary little lead-coloured land”.
The famous Faroese writer William Heinesen.
The Faroe Islands present a dramatic landscape with ever changing shades of green. They are situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream. The stunning 18 volcanic islands are rugged and rocky and were voted best island destination in the world in a survey of 111 island communities made by National Geographic Traveller. The Faroe Islands will impress you deeply, both as a traveller and photographer.
Since the absolute best light is during the evening and night hours, we will chase our motives in these very hours – the late evening and night. At these moments the light is saturated with pink red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way
Explore the fascinating landscape of the Faroe Islands
Discover both the northern and southern islands
Enjoy the view from the Faroe Island’s highest mountain (882 metres)
Photograph dramatic landscapes, coastlines, cliffs, waterfalls, and local wildlife
Learn about composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, midground and background.
Work in different lighting and with short/long exposures and apertures.
Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments. For years he has photographed and traveled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events. His workshop on the Faroe Islands is a unique opportunity for any photographer to combine adventure, travel and landscape photography and to work with one of the best in the field.
EXPAND WITH PASSION
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture expansiveness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice
Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, midground and background.
Work in different lighting and with short/long exposures and apertures.
How to handle equipment with care on location.
Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and to generally guide and help.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival at the Faroe Islands. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to our hotel at Eysturoy (East Island). We spend the evening in the beautiful and intimate fjord that surrounds our cosy hotel.
After dinner we meet for a briefing on our workshop.
DAY 2: EYSTUROY
We will cross the only bridge over the North Atlantic – from Eysturoy to the Streymoy. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strong with the tide. This spectacular introduction to the island quickly pales out as we explore all the unique nature and vistas of Eysturoy. We start the day from the tallest mountain in the Faroe Islands: The towering Slættaratindur soars 882 metres, yet the summit is easily reached along the eastern ridge. The view is absolutely breathtaking, because you can see all the Faroe Islands from the north of Viðoy to the fringes of Suðuroy in the south – a truly panorama shot. The rest of the day we will spend around Eystury.
After dinner we open a discussion about the images of the day and the genre of landscape photography.
DAY 3: STREYMOY
From the top of Vestmanna Bird Cliffs some 600 metres above sea level we will start shooting during the early morning light, which illuminates the islands of Vágar and Mykines. After lunch we will spend the rest of the day exploring Streymoy sceneries between the rugged sea stacks and the many grottoes along the coast, with their rich textures. Your imagination and the spirit will be filled with amazement at the wonderland that nature has created in this country.
In the evening the workshop is open for discussion about the images of the day and techniques around composition.
DAY 4-5: NORðUROYGGJAR, THE NORTHERN ISLANDS
The northern islands consist of six islands. We will explore the six islands over the next three days. We will focus on photographing the overwhelming landscapes during sunrise and sunset. The sceneries consist of a great variation of rock formations, forest (there is a (very) small forest), breath-taking mountains and waterfalls.
We will continue the workshop with facts about night workshop, ideas and advice on how to create your own photo exhibition and a look into the work of the greatest wildlife photographers.
DAY 6: BIRD AND LANDSCAPE – MYKINES
Mykines is a great haven for unique photography. We will arrive by boat in the morning and spend a day on the cliffs of Mykines Ulmur that is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic rocks in the massive ocean. We will work on photographing the intimate landscape in the stone forest in the valley of Korkadalur, where the summit of 560 meters Kn´kur awaits.
DAY 7: SUðUROY, THE SOUTHERN ISLANDS
We will take off early in the morning for Suðuroy, which is the southernmost island in the Faroe Islands. Here we will find magnificent and staggering dramatic landscapes. We will shoot from the Atlantic coastline and search for large and small waterfalls and from cliffs that rise into the sky. We are going to photograph the huge rocks coming out of the sea. It will be truly a day filled with adventure and great opportunities to photograph the stunning sceneries at the Faroe Islands.
In the evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Return to your home country.
Enjoy Your 32-Page Catalog with stunning photos from Faroe Island
We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.
QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
There are direct flights from Denmark, England, Iceland and Norway year round. Copenhagen Atlantic Airways has several departures every day while they fly from Billund twice to five times a week depending on the season. Atlantic Airways flies to Reykjavík the capital of Iceland twice to three times a week. During the summer there are direct connections to Gatwick in England and Bergen in Norway twice a week.
Conditions for obtaining a visa for the Faroe Islands are similar to the conditions for obtaining a visa for Denmark. A visa for Denmark does not give the holder the right to enter the Faroe Islands unless it is stated in the visa, just as a visa for the Faroe Islands does not give the holder the right to enter Denmark, if it is not stated in the visa.
Although the Faroe Islands are located at 62 degrees N the climate in the Faroe Islands is surprisingly mild due to the Gulf Stream. The average temperature in the warmest months is 13°C resulting is mild summer days and during the winter the average temperature is 3°C.
In the twentieth century Faroese became the official language in the Faroe Islands, and is used in all matters – also within business, administration, political and cultural life.
Danish is the second language and practically everyone can speak and write Danish. Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are understood and spoken in many places, and most people are capable of communicating in English too.
There are two currencies of equal values in the Faroe Islands: the Faroese króna and the Danish krone. While the Faroese government prints its own bank notes only Danish coins are used. Danish notes are equally acceptable as Faroese notes throughout the country.
The Faroe Islands are not part of Schengen, consequently people with Schengen visas need a special visa for the Faroe Islands. Contact the Royal Danish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for further information.
In Danish, the name Færøerne may reflect an Old Norse word fær (sheep). The morpheme øerne represents a plural (with definite article) of ø (island) in Danish. The Danish name thus translates as “the islands of sheep”.
The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of 18 major islands about 655 kilometres (407 mi) off the coast of Northern Europe.
The language spoken is Faroese and it is one of three insular Scandinavian languages descended from the Old Norse language spoken in Scandinavia in the Viking Age.
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