Last Winter, I spent some time in the northern part of Norway exploring some national parks by dogsled. When that expedition finished, I flew to Iceland, and spent some time there. My friend Lars Schneider, on the other hand, decided to head to the Faroe Islands instead. When we were both finally back home – myself in Canada and he in Germany, he sent me a collection of images he captured while there. I was immediately captivated by what I saw. Towering cliffs rising thousands of feet from the water. Winds so strong that waterfalls were blown back up, never reaching the bottom. Ancient outcroppings of rock blanketed by fields of grass, pushed out of the ocean by the unrelenting force of ancient volcanoes millions of years ago.
So, I was 55 million years in the making, getting to the Faroe Islands. But you know what they say – better late than never, I guess, and I took it upon myself to try to photograph what I saw. If you search around, you will find lots of “iconic” Faroe Island photographs. There are certain photos that everyone tries to take when they visit, and while I did indeed try to get these photos for myself, I also tried to capture some unique perspectives to show how I spent my time in the islands. I hope you enjoy them.
The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, connected mostly via bridges, tunnels, and ferries. Vagar, the largest island in the West, is home to the capital of Torshavn and the airport Getting around is easy, you can rent a car at the airport and I found the roads to be excellent, especially given the climate. Just be careful when driving at night, since there are sheep everywhere, and sometimes they wander out onto the road. High speeds, night time, fog, and black sheep are not an especially good combination. Get a good road map, keep your eyes on the road, and things will work out fine.
If you visit in the winter like I did, you’ll find that you will probably have the best spots nearly all to yourself. The weather really isn’t much different than in the summer months – it hovers right around freezing with occasional bouts of snow, lots of wind, and moody skies that change constantly. That’s exactly what you want for good photographs. Just bring your best rain shell, a waterproof cover for your camera, lots of hot coffee, and the patience of a Zen master. You’ll be rewarded. More than that, you’ll be enthralled by what you see, the Islands will get in your head, and you will begin thinking of all sorts of reasons to go back. I know I am.
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