The Faroe Islands
Come join us on an adventure to the Faroe Islands, easily one of the most incredible remote destinations on the planet. While hundreds of thousands of tourists and photographers have explored places like Iceland or the Lofoten Islands of Norway, the Faroe Islands have mostly gone unnoticed over the years. With its towering seascape cliffs, waterfalls, vistas, and hiking trails, there is a lot to see within this mix of Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
The wild and remote nature of the Faroes is what draws most landscape photographers to this destination. The vast majority of these islands are left undeveloped private land, which means you have to get out on foot and explore to find the best locations. Luckily for us, we are visiting the Faroe Islands close to the Midnight Sun, the point during the summer where sunset and sunrise are fairly close to each other, allowing for hours of potentially epic soft light for our group to take advantage of.
July 16th – 23rd, 2023
The Faroe Islands Photography Workshop Adventure
Our workshop both starts and ends in the village of Vágar where you will fly into the Faroe Islands via the only airport in the region, Vágar Airport (FAE airport code). Each day of this workshop we will head out to explore different parts of the Faroe Islands using both our knowledge of the area as well as local guides to help show all of you the spots that most other photographers don’t know about. During this adventure, we will stay in comfortable hotels each night but will travel by vehicle, foot, and ferry to get to some of our favorite spots around these impressive islands.
Don’t forget to bring your drone, as the Faroe Islands can be a wonderful place to experiment with drone/aerial photography, especially if we are lucky and don’t have to deal with much wind. You can find a complete recommended gear list down in the FAQ section of this page.
What is Included?
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Join Our Faroe Islands Photography Workshop Adventure
With a small workshop group, you will have plenty of opportunities for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.
Areas to Explore in the Faroe Islands
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Although I might be a bit biased, you should definitely join! 😉 While there are a number of photography workshops being offered in places like The Faroe Islands, none of them offer a similar experience. Not only have I been working as a photo workshop instructor for 18 years, which included time leading trips for National Geographic, but I have spent much of my career exploring South America. I work hard to make sure I meet each of my clients at their own level, providing ample 1 on 1 time while we are out in the field. This combined with the “collaborative learning environment” that we foster on all our trips provides a unique and engaging learning experience for photographers of all levels on this workshop. Our goal is to make sure that you get everything possible out of this workshop experience!
This workshop starts near the village of Sørvágur, on the island of Vágar. The only airport in the Faroe Islands is the Vágar Airport (FAE airport code) on the first day of your workshop, July 16th, 2023. We recommend you take the only morning flight to the Faroes via Iceland (Iceland Air) that morning. We will pick you up at the airport to start our adventure.
The Vágar Airport (FAE airport code) is the only airport in the Faroe Islands. On the final day of the workshop, we will drop you off at the airport itself, or a close-by hotel of your choice if you are planning on sticking around for a few days to continue your adventure.
If you are a US, Canadian, or European Citizen (part of the EU), you will not need a visa to enter the Faroe Islands, but be sure to check with your local embassy to be sure.
As The Faroe Islands adjusts its COVID regulations, so will Colby Brown Photography. We will update this section of the FAQ closer to the start date of the workshop with any relevant information.
The main focus of this workshop will be concentrated on landscape photography throughout the Faroe Islands (sunrise, sunset, seascape, waterfalls), but we will have plenty of other photographic opportunities as well. We not only will have the opportunity to photograph Atlantic Puffins on this adventure but the Faroe Islands are a great destination for Drone Photography as well (assuming it isn’t too windy).
The weather in the Faroe Islands can be very similar to that of Iceland or Northern Norway. Expect cool but not necessarily cold temps overall, but the wind will ultimately be the deciding factor with the wind chill effect. You will also want a waterproof jacket and boots, as rain is absolutely a possibility at some point throughout this adventure.
All in all, this workshop is designed to be pretty accessible to the majority of photographers out there. The challenge when it comes to the Faroe Islands is that they are not only incredibly remote but wild as well. Much of the land in the Faroe’s has’t been developed, requiring us to hike to many of the best spots.
The workshop tuition listed above is based on double occupancy (shared rooms with another client of the same sex if you are traveling solo). If there is availability for a single room for the workshop, the cost is $850 USD extra. This is a first come first serve basis and is based on room availability at our hotels.
With a focus on landscape photography, you will want to have the lens mm length equivalent from 16 to 200mm. This can include a 16-35 for wide-angle landscapes, a 24-70 (0r 24-105) as a walk-around lens, and a 70-200 to allow you to zoom in on distant mountains for some more intimate scenes. When it comes to the Puffins, you will definitely want something with a bit more reach, such as the Sony 100-400 or 200-600.
In Colby’s gear bag you will find the following…
Meet Your Instructors & Guides
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.
Workshop Manager/Photo Instructor
Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the unspoiled nature of northern Europe, the higher latitudes do not stop him from going after the perfect shot. When not traveling the world with his camera, you can find him back home teaching workshops, testing new gear and experimenting with photography.
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…
The first thing to note is that deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable. In addition, all cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge to cover PayPal transaction fees. In most situations, we ask for the remaining balance of a workshop is to be paid 120 days from the start of the workshop in question. If you wish to cancel within 120 days from the start of a workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your deposit and the $150 processing fee) or transfer to another workshop with no penalties or fees.
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