Back to the Faroe Islands with Jason Nugent

Text by: Jason Nugent

Travel. Back to the Faroe Islands with Jason Nugent

I visited the Faroe Islands for the first time last year, in February 2017.  Upon returning from that trip I immediately began scheming a way to return.  The islands get into your blood.  The wild landscapes, the crazy weather, the freshest of fresh air; it becomes a part of you. 

A little more than a year passed, and I once again found myself standing on the tarmac of the airport in Torshavn. It was raining as is typical, but I was quite stoked to see snow on the mountains.  It was going to be an epic trip.

You have to earn your photos in the Faroe Islands. Light is fleeting, and you can’t let yourself become discouraged when the weather isn’t cooperating because it can change in an instant. Be patient, and allow yourself to be immersed in whatever situations you may find yourself in. Like most things in life, things work better when you go with the flow.

For this trip, I found myself once again starting out in the capital of Torshavn, which sits on the island of Streymoy.  Like most of the islands in the archipelago, it is connected to the others via a network of undersea tunnels.  There are a few exceptions, generally in the south, where ferries and even helicopters are needed.  The costs of using these other means of transport are subsidized by the government, making them very affordable to everyone. Each day, I would find myself on a different island gearing up for a long hike or climb in the high wind and rain.

The snow on the mountains added a perspective that is often not seen in the Faroes.  Typically in the late winter or spring, the islands are often quite brown, with hints of green moss coming out of hibernation beginning to appear. With snow on the peaks, the late afternoon light added dramatic contrast, creating nearly monochromatic landscapes, dark brooding skies, marred occasionally by glimpses of sunlight.  Magical, in my eyes.

I hope that the photos shown here inspire others to make the long journey.  It is completely worth it. I am planning a return in 2019, with a desire to spend more time on the islands in the very far south.  They remain unexplored by me, but hopefully not for long. If you’d like to come with me on this trip, please reach out – I’d love to show you around.


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