Faroe Islands Photo Tour

A place where the most effort you put in, the greater the rewards
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September 23rd-27th 2021
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What to Expect

The Faroes is one of the most wildest and rugged places I have ever been. Unlike many other places, the Faroe Islands really makes you put in that extra effort to get “the shot”, while it could have torrential rain at one part of the Islands, you could travel 30 minutes to the next location and it wouldn’t have a hint of rain. From September 23rd-27th sunrise is 7.15am and sunset 7.20pm, this will give us so much shooting time over the course of the trip. Given the days are so long it will also allow for an hour or two break each day in between sunrise and sunset.

We will spend our entire stay at Hotel Vágar, which is based just a couple of minutes drive from the airport. Each participant will have their own room with breakfast included. All rooms come with wifi, private bathroom, towels, flat screen and tea/coffee making facilities etc.

I arrive at 2pm on September 23rd, please arrive no later than 3.30pm on the 23rd to Vágar airport. Once we’ve checked in to the Hotel, we will have plenty of time to shoot sunset that same evening. From there will we have full day shoots including sunrises and sunsets on the 24th, 25th, 26th and sunrise on the 27th. I will be arriving back at the airport for the end of the trip at 2pm on the 27th.

*Should you arrive a day or two early or are leaving a day or two later after me and need me to book extra nights in the hotel at an extra cost, please send me an email here.

There will be NO SET itinerary for this trip as I prefer to keep a close eye on weather forecasts throughout the tour to determine our destination and make sure we have the best possible weather that may suit a specific place. I have just returned from spending one week on the Faroe Islands and we took one day at a time as we were keeping tabs on the weather forecast and it worked a treat. We got some epic conditions including the most amazing mood I have ever photographed and a couple of spectacular sunsets. Below is a list of just some of the places we will be visiting while we are on the Faroes…

Transportation

You will be transported throughout the tour in a comfortable, spacious 9 seater bus starting and finishing at Vagar airport.

Please be at Vágar Airport no later than 3.30pm on the 23rd of September. If you will be arriving later, please let me know in advance here

Weather

The weather in the Faroes in September can be anything from mild, calm weather to cold & windy weather, so prep is key! Shooting in the Faroe Islands can be very tough as it is prone to strong winds and sideways rain. Given the challenges of shooting here, it is definitely the most enjoyable place I have ever shot. Warm clothes and waterproofs are a must here, as temperatures can drop suddenly when the sun goes down. Should we get any nights of clear skies, I will be keeping close tabs on the solar activity for potential shooting of the Northern Lights.

Locations

Gasadalur
Drangarnir Arch
(90 minutes hike each way in windy weather, if the weather is favourable, we will be brought out on a boat and collected)

Trælanípan (40 minute easy walk each way)
Witches Finger
Fossá
Tjørnuvik
Funningur (20 minutes hike)
Kallur Lighthouse (30 mins easy hike)

Fitness level
This trip requires a decent level of fitness.

Learnings

You will learn about shooting in manual mode, slow shutter speed, ISO settings, Aperture priority, the use of filters, why the polariser filter is so important and learning to get the best compositions (thinking outside the box)

You will also learn the use of sunrise, sunset & astro planning apps.

Equipment

You will need a DSLR with manual mode, a sturdy tripodpolariser & ND filters.

  • Good walking & hiking shoes
  • Warm clothes
  • Thermal clothes
  • Waterproof gear
  • Shower cap (for camera if it rains)
  • Wooly hat & gloves
Included/Not Included

We include 4 nights single occupancy hotel stay with breakfast, transportation throughout the workshop, full tuition, mobile WIFI, amazing locations, Drangarnir & Trælanípan hike fee and great craic.

We do not include, flights, travel insurance, Kalsoy boat fee (weather dependant), food and drink.

My Flight Information September 23rd 2021

Dublin – Edinburgh (Ryanair)

Departure Time: 6.25am (Dublin)

Arrival Time: 2.35am (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh – Vagar (Atlantic Airways)

Departure Time: 12.45pm (Edinburgh)

Arrival Time: 2.10pm (Vagar)

All my flight info above includes 10kg carry on bag, 20kg checked bag and with the Ryanair flights also includes priority boarding.

My Flight Information September 27th 2021

Vagar – Edinburgh (Atlantic Airways)

Departure Time: 2.30pm (Vagar)

Arrival Time: 4pm (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh – Dublin (Ryanair or Aer Lingus)

Departure Time: 9.45pm (R) 7.40pm (AL) (Edinburgh)

Arrival Time: 10.50pm (R) 8.55pm (AL) (Dublin)

Total cost of my flights €340

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Why book with us?

YES YES, The rumours are true… We do have a knack of getting our groups in the right place at the right time, ensuring you capture a truly memorable shot you can cherish for the rest of your life. To us, capturing “the shot” is important but just as important is to enjoy the experience, when we get to a location take a minute to breath in the fresh air and really appreciate the views around us.

Not convinced?

When you book a trip with us, you get to sit back and relax. while we do all the driving. For our Irish workshops we have our very own Volkswagen 9 seater shuttle bus. The bus is a long wheel base, full air conditioned, extremely spacious and has ample USB charging points. On our tours abroad we also mostly book 9 seater buses and with groups no bigger than 5 or 6, ensures plenty of space and comfort!

Still not convinced?

Thanks to our amazing sponsors Whelan Cameras, 53 Degrees North & Formatt Hitech Camera Filters we have spare equipment like tripods, gore-tex jackets and pants and plenty of spare filter holders, filters and even shower caps to keep the camera dry during showers. All this equipment is readily available on our Irish workshops, should you need anything on an international trip, please just email us here to arrange this.

Where I buy my equipment.

NOTE: Use code BERN10 for a 10% camera filters discount at www.formatt-hitech.com

Camera equipment: Whelan cameras, Limerick city.

Clothing & footwear: 53 Degrees North, Carrickmines & Blanchardstown in Dublin, Cornmarket centre, Cork.

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