A Field Trip to the Faroe Islands...
A few months ago, myself and Joel Alston, travelled to the incredible Faroe Islands -- an archipelago between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. This country has been high on my list for some time and I was so excited to finally visit.
It’s a place where waterfalls drop into the ocean, where sheep outnumber people 2:1 and where tunnels cut through mountains. Although this place is growing rapidly in popularity, it felt to us, totally wild, untamed and little explored. You can walk for hours through some of the most spectacular scenery without seeing another soul.
We visited in early April, so there was still some snow dusting the peaks and the grass that covers almost every inch of the islands was a beautiful shade of burnt orange. The temperatures here are fairly mild all year round, it hovered between 3-5C during our whole trip, so it’s quite easy to pack for.
However, the archipelago has the nickname ‘the land of maybe’ due to how quickly the weather can change and it’s also well known for its heavy rainfall and high winds, waterproof gear is a must.
As usual, I kept my photography equipment simple - my trusty Canon 5D Mark III body, along with my Sigma 35mm and 85mm Art lenses. I would recommend taking a wide angle lens though, if you’re planning a trip, to ensure you can make the most of the epic views, I had to substitute by shooting panoramas when I couldn’t fit everything in.
Anyone that knows myself or Joel knows that we both love nature and especially colder climates, so we were so pumped for this trip. As soon as we landed in the Faroe Islands we jumped into our hire car and hit the road, we only drove 10 minutes from the airport before we were back out again, putting on our boots and setting off on a trail that runs along the edge of lake Sørvágsvatn.
Less than an hour later we were stood on the edge of the huge cliffs with the wind buffeting us, looking back at the lake appearing to float on the cliffs above the ocean and the fulmars doing areal acrobatics overhead. To say it took our breaths away would be an understatement.
This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the trip where we experienced raging waterfalls, epic mountainous views, black sand beaches, grass-roofed houses and even getting the opportunity to shoot portraits with some locals.
To see more from our trip, check out this video I shot on my phone: https://youtu.be/FmR01NR0ncA