Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: Faroe Islands – Wild Coastal Landscapes of the Emerald Isles

Vágar, Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands – Wild Coastal Landscapes of the Emerald Isles

Highlights include…

  • Dramatic coastal scenery
  • Isle of Mykines for Puffins & Gannets
  • Stóri Drangur sea arch
  • Trælanípa cliffs & Bøsdalafossur
  • Tjørnuvík Beach, Streymoy
  • Viking village of Saksun, Streymoy
  • The Kallun lighthouse, Kalsoy
  • Bøur Beach and Village
  • Turf houses & churches
  • Fishing villages & harbours
  • Mulafossur waterfall, Gásadalur

Introduction

We are very happy to introduce this exciting new Faroes photographic tour. Located between Norway, Iceland and Scotland the Faroe Islands have an unspoiled beauty and ruggedness ideal for landscape, cultural and bird photography and whilst the Faroes are truly unique, there are many geographical and cultural similarities with these close northerly neighbours. Settled by Vikings during the ninth century, the Faroes were probably discovered and first inhabited in the mid-sixth century by Irish monks. Saint Brendan the Navigator dubbed them ‘the islands of the sheep and the paradise of the birds’.
The dramatic landscapes of this beautiful archipelago offer soaring sea cliffs teeming with seabirds, with rocky islands rising dramatically from a wild north atlantic sea. Following our first night and arrival in Vágar, we will begin our exploration of the Faroes by spending two nights on the island of Mykines to experience some lovely walks photographing the landscape and the massive cliffs alive with Gannets and Puffins. Moving to the north for four nights we encounter the diverse area around Klaksvik (two nights) and the beautifully located turf housed village of Gjógv where we will also spend two nights. An afternoon exploring the delightful capital of Torshavn is followed by two nights back at the Vágar Hotel our base for the remarkable Trælanípa cliffs and Bøsdalafossur falls.
Throughout our explorations of these emerald isles the mercurial weather will create an ever-changing light and our locations will be chosen and timed carefully to make the most of this. Our tour will include the very best photographic locations that these lovely islands have to offer.

Brief Itinerary

The trip description PDF with full details will be available soon.

Day 1: Arrival in the Faroes

Our accommodation is close to Vágar airport and we will provide a transfer to the hotel. The Hotel Vágar is simple and modern with private bathrooms and a restaurant which is considered to be one of the best on the island. Visiting the iconic Bøsdalafossur (waterfall falling to the sea with a view of the Mykines island) is possible from here although we will reserve this for our last day when we stay here for two nights.
We will meet together for the first time as a group in the evening for introductions, a trip briefing and dinner.
Accommodation Hotel Vágar (B,L,D)

Day 2,3: The Island of Mykines

After breakfast we go to the harbour for the first ferry to Mykines. We will travel lightly as it may not be easy to transport our luggage up the cliff from the harbour to our simple hostel accommodation on the island. We will be able to leave some luggage at the Hotel Vágar. The ferry journey follows an interesting tourist route with good photographic opportunities. On our arrival we walk to the hostel as no cars are allowed on the island. The accommodation is very basic, but a night here allows us to be on the island at dawn and dusk without tourists. During our stay here we will visit bird colonies: gannets on a cliff-top and puffins, the access path winds through these colonies. Mykines has in fact two main islands, separated by a gap where kittiwakes nest and this gap is crossed by a bridge with good photographic opportunities. In addition to the landscape, the village itself, the view of the harbour and the lighthouse are also worth a good wander. We will eat local food that has a simple rustic feel.
Accommodation Mykines Hostel (B,L,D)

Day 4,5: Klaksvík

After breakfast we return to Vágar island on the first ferry to Sørvágur. We will call in at the Vágar hotel en route to reclaim our luggage and continue the drive to Klaksvik stopping off for lunch on the way. The main islands are reached through sub-sea tunnels, we will stay for two nights on Borðoy the main island of these northern Isles. Klaksvík is the second largest town and is dominated by the imposing mountain Norðan fyri Lokkaskarð (772 m). On our second day we ferry to Kalsoy Island with the cars.
We will drive along the whole island to Trøllanes where we embark on the scenic walk to Kallur lighthouse where we will encounter splendid vistas including the cliffs. This is an iconic spot and tourists tend to stop here for a while. We will have a picnic lunch allowing us maximum time in the field. On the way back we will come to Mikladalur where we will photograph the iconic waterfall and statue of the seal woman, Kópakonan.
Accommodation Hotel Borðoy Island (B,L,D)

Day 6,7: Gjógv

After morning sunrise locations in Klaksvík we have breakfast before driving to the lovely village of Gjógv. This is a very idyllic coastal location and the most northern village on the island of Eysturoy, so named after a 200-metre long sea-filled gorge which runs from the village into the ocean. This village itself is quiet, well-preserved and closed in by mountains on all sides. With less than 50 inhabitants, all of whom live in old timber-walled and turf-roofed cottages, Gjógv has an abundance of charm and appeal for photographers. The walks around here offer spectacular views of the north atlantic and the surrounding islands, it is indeed a very special location. In particular there is an easily manageable boardwalk path going up to the cliffs tops with fine vistas of the ocean and surrounding mountains. This is also a productive walk for bird photography.
After breakfast on our second day we will explore Eysturoy both on foot and vehicle. The locations include Saksun a remote little village on Streymoy island, Fossá the largest waterfall in the Faroe islands and Tjørnuvík village with a direct view of the sea stacks Risin & Kellingin. This is a full couple of days with lots of special locations.
Accommodation Hotel Gjógv (B,L,D)

Day 8,9: Tórshavn and Vágar

We will spend a final morning in and around Gjógv. After lunch we take the ferry to Tórshavn on Streymoy Island. This is the capital city of the Faroes known for its old town Tinganes scenically crammed with wooden turf-roofed houses on a small peninsula. Nearby is Tórshavn Cathedral, rebuilt in the 19th century. As one of the smallest capitals in the world, everything in Tórshavn is easy. No traffic-clogged highways or crowds of people here, life is very much lived at a gentler pace. There is plenty of space and clean, fresh air, great coffee shops, restaurants and cultural highlights. We will spend the afternoon exploring Tórshavn before returning to the Hotel Vágar for our final two nights on the Faroes. Our hotel is very central for many classic locations.
The tiny village of Gásadalur sits at the edge of a tall cliff overlooking the sea on the edge of Mykinesfjørður, a ring of tall mountains cuts it off from the rest of its own island, and, for most of its existence, from the rest of the world at large. We have kept this last full day on the Faroes for what is perhaps one of its most iconic locations, the waterfall Bøsdalafossur which drops dramatically from Lake Sørvágsvatn into the ocean. Our walk is dramatic and takes us to Trælanípan and Bøsdalafossur waterfall, along Sørvágsvatn Lake, Gásadalur and Múlafossur. A fabulous way to end our photographic exploration of this lovely northern archipelago!
Accommodation Hotel Vágar (B,L,D)

Day 10: Homeward Flights

After breakfast we transfer to the local airport for homeward flights.
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Joining Arrangements and Transfers

The trip officially starts on Day 1 with a meeting at our first night hotel for introductions and a trip briefing followed by dinner together. Wild Photography Holidays services finish after breakfast on Day 10 of the trip.
The first and last night hotel is very close to the Faroes Sorvagur Airport, we will provide transfers between the airport and the hotel.

Flying to the Faroe Islands

You can fly non-stop to the Faroe Islands from a variety of destinations, such as Copenhagen, Paris, Reykjavík, Edinburgh, Bergen, New York JFK (US). There are also seasonal flights from other places like Barcelona, the Gran Canary Islands, Mallorca, Crete and Malta.
Two airlines fly to the Faroe Islands. These are Atlantic Airways and Scandinavian Airlines SAS

Sailing To The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands can also be reached by ferry from Iceland (Seyðisfjörður), Norway (Bergen) and Denmark (Hirtshals). Slow travel at its best! This service is operated by Faroese company, Smyril Line

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 9 hotel nights
  • All meals
  • Transport
  • Ferries
  • Photographic tutor/tuition

What’s not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks and beverages other than with meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned above

Accommodation

We will be using a variety of accommodation. In Vágar, Klaksvík and Gjógv we will stay in good hotels with private bathrooms close to our photographic locations. On the Island of Mykines we stay in a simple hostel with shared bathrooms. The price is based on double rooms sharing. A single supplement will be payable it you require a single room for the 7 hotel nights. A single room at the Mykines Hostel is not available. We will always try to partner you with someone of the same gender. Unfortunately if this is not possible we will need to charge a single supplement.

Special Considerations Regarding Accommodation

Due to the difficulties contacting and confirming our accommodation during the Covid-19 shut down, we will confirm the exact details of our hotels once things return to normal.

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF which will be available shortly.