10th - 16th November 2017 - Last Places
6th - 12th January 2018
Isolated, untouched, incredible. Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea lie the Faroe Islands, a well-hidden gem of unspoilt beauty, fascinating sights and untamed nature.
Some locations in the Faroes seemingly defy logic, such as the mind-bending Sørvágsvatn lake, just a few tens of meters away from a 100-meter cliff above the sea. Others are simply a feast for the eyes. Wherever you go, the air is fresh, the landscape surprising and nature the supreme ruler.
Join award-winning landscape photographer Erez Marom on a photographic journey packed full of excitement, nature and visual bliss. You will be taken to the right place at the right time and together we will experience and shoot towering cliffs, peaceful beaches, tiny villages, gushing waterfalls and much more. With just the right amount of rewarding hikes, breathtaking mountain vistas, secret spots and great company, this will undoubtedly be an epic trip.
Two different schedules are offered: Autumn (mid November), when the colors are still a bit green and mountaintops are sprinkled with a bit of snow - or winter (early January), when the landscape turns white. For those of you with a desire to venture further and experience more of the archipelago, there is an annex to the workshop (autumn schedule only) in which we'll cover the remote islands of Mykines and Suðuroy.
Here is a short film by Daniel Haussmann from our scouting trip in the Faroes:
We will meet for dinner at the lobby of our hotel (situated 2 minutes away from the airport!). During dinner we will get acquainted with the guide and participants and discuss the plans and weather conditions for the upcoming days.
Vágar Island is home to some of the Faroes' most iconic locations. An extremely popular photography spot is Gásadalur. Gásadalur translates directly to English as “goose valley”, which is told to be named after the wild geese, which from ancient times have travelled to the valley. This tiny village is located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður, surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar, and is also home to perhaps the most famous waterfall in the Faroe Islands, bearing the same name.
Apart from Gásadalur, Vágar is home to some beautiful photography locations. One of the best know is Sørvágsvatn. It is by far the largest lake in the Faroe Islands, but that isn't why it's so famous. The lake is located very close to the ocean, but its surface is about 40 meters above the level of sea. It is surrounded by a higher cliff which prevents it from emptying fully into the ocean, the waterfall Bøsdalafossur being the outlet. We will hike to an outlook where the cliff, the sea and the lake can be seen and shot - a marvelous sight indeed.
The western edge of Vágar is also a good spot to shoot the tiny island of Mykines - the westernmost island in the archipelago.
Another island which can be seen from Vágar is the tiny uninhabited, islet of Tindhólmur. Its jagged peak makes it a very interesting spectacle, but one best enjoyed from afar.
On day 3 we will move into a more comfortable hotel in Tórshavn. From this new base, we will venture into 3 different islands and see what they have to offer. Chasing good conditions and light, we will maintain maximal flexibility and decide where to go on the spot.
Streymoy is the largest and most populated island of the Faroe Islands. The capital, Tórshavn, is located on its east coast. From a photographic point of view, the most interesting destinations are the villages of Tjørnuvík and Saksun.
Saksun is also home to Heljardalsa waterfall, where a panoramic view of the surroundings can be seen.
Meaning 'East Island', Eysturoy is the second-largest of the Faroes, both in size and population. It, too, is home to some stunning vistas, such as this view over Funningsfjørður:
Kalsoy is a narrow island on the north-east of the Faroes. The western coast has dramatically steep cliffs for the full length of the island, whereas idyllic valleys on the eastern slopes protect the four tiny settlements, Húsar, Mikladalur, Syðradalur and Trøllanes, whose combined populations total less than 150. We will travel to Kalsoy by ferry on one of the mornings and continue with our van to Trøllanes, where we'll park and start a relatively easy half hour hike to the lighthouse of Kallur.
The Faroe Islands are packed full of incredible locations. Wherever you are, beautiful sights and shots await just around the corner. We will be flexible and if we see something happening, we'll take advantage and shoot it from the best possible vantage point.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to Vágar airport for goodbyes and your flight home.
US$4090 per person (single rooms on nights 1-2 and double rooms on nights 3-6) for participants registering by December 31st, 2016 (autumn schedule) or February 28th, 2017 (winter schedule);
$4190 for participants registering between January 1st and May 31st, 2017 (autumn schedule) or March 1st and July 31st, 2017 (winter schedule);
$4290 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $150 discount* each!
Special offer on the Arctic workshops: 'Saga of the Seas' (Faroe Islands), 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' (Lofoten Islands):
Sign up to two workshops and receive a $200 discount;
Sign up to three workshops and receive a $350 discount;
Sign up to all four workshops and receive a $500 discount!*
Single room supplement for nights 3-6: $450
Maximum Number of Participants: 7
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate. We will be hiking to some of the locations for up to an hour, but the hikes are fairly easy if you're moderately fit. Weather conditions in the Faroes can be a bit harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand strong winds. Temperatures will most likely revolve around 5 degrees centigrade (autumn schedule) or 2 degrees (winter schedule).
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations worldwide.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops. His images have adorned the covers and pages of numerous magazines and books.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in the Faroe Islands can be extremely unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else. There's always something to do though, wherever we are.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Aurora is, of course, not guaranteed.
*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.
10th - 16th November 2017 - Last Places
6th - 12th January 2018