Faroe Islands

Dates: July 3–10, 2019

Begins & Ends: Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
(airport: FAE)

Leaders: Jeffrey Chapman & Winslow Lockhart

Maximum Participants: 8

Tuition: $3,900

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $600)

Meals: Breakfasts and First Dinner Included

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by December 1, 2018
     • Balance due by March 1, 2019

Optional Copenhagen Extension

Dates: July 10–12, 2019

Tuition: $1,600
Single Supplement: $600

This photographic adventure begins and ends in Sørvágur, Faroe Islands. Tuition includes hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement), breakfasts, and first dinner. It does not include transportation (car rental, gas, airport transfers, etc.), souvenirs, lunches, most dinners, bar beverages, laundry, insurance (travel, medical, cancellation), nor any personal expenses. For those opting to participate in the Copenhagen Extension, there is a supplement of $120 to include the one-way flight from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen. This flight can also be booked on your own.

This adventure is suitable for all levels of photographic experience. Participants must be in good health and able to spend each day walking and carrying their own equipment.

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Faroe Islands Within The Frame Photographic Adventure

Faroe Islands Within The Frame

The Faroe Islands are a moss-green archipelago in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway with a windswept and mostly treeless landscape that is both cozy with its turf-roofed homes and rolling verdant hills and striking with its basalt cliffs soaring upward from the sea, where waterfalls dive into churning ocean swells. If Frank Gehry designed a landscape, this would be it.

The Faroe Islands, formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions, are a cluster of steep crags first settled by Vikings during the ninth century. The archaeology is ongoing. The Faroes are now a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark with a culture of fishing and foraging; a person is never more than 3 miles (5 km) from the sea, sheep outnumber people, and the birdlife is as varied as any place on the planet. The wind and the call of the sea birds are often the only interruptions to the silence.

Adventurous foodies will want to try the local fare, including various fermented and cured items. How about wind-cured lamb with a green lichen-like mold growing on it? Don’t worry, there is an abundance of fresh and local food to satisfy all palates. Many of the islands’ domesticated animals are a result of more than a thousand years of isolated breeding and are not found anywhere else in the world.

The ruggedness and remoteness of this land belies a burgeoning chic evidenced by the country’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, Koks, described in The New Yorker as “the world’s most remote foodie destination.” The country is also home base to a knitwear brand, Gudrun & Gudrun, a purveyor of hand-knit wears stocked in the edgiest fashion retailers from Tokyo to NYC.

The islands have an incredible network of roads and tunnels, making it easy to explore most of the islands. We will take a ferry to one island as a day trip.

This photographic adventure is about the passionate discovery and photography of people, place, and culture, with emphasis given to going deep not wide, and pursuing that most elusive of photographic necessities — our vision. It is appropriate for photographers of all levels.

Sørvágur (Day One)

We will arrive in Sørvágur in time for a group dinner to finally get to know each other in person, have an orientation for our shared creative workshop, and discuss the week’s itinerary and events.

Mykines (Day Two)

The Faroe’s most westerly outpost, Mykines, has a human population of year-long residents that can be counted on ten fingers. We’ll be traveling to Mykines, known as “the paradise of birds,” via ferry. Each spring and summer Atlantic puffins visit the seacoasts of the North Atlantic to nest on rocky cliffs. The heightened coloration of puffins during breeding season and their wobbling gait make them a delight to observe. The breeding colonies can be quite large, but if bird watching isn’t your thing, the landscape will without question capture your attention.

The village of Mykines with its turf-roofed homes is the starting point for a jaw-droppingly beautiful trail leading to the lighthouse at the end of the islet of Mykinesholmur. Scientists tell us that the birds pick this spot due to the food supply and nesting habitat, but the glorious landscape, the hills and cliffs dropping to the sea, make one think the puffins are onto something here.

Central & Eastern Faroe Islands (Day Three — Five)

Gjogv, our base in the central Faroe Islands, is a fishing village on the island of Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe islands and the most populated, housing just under half of the nation’s entire population. Gjogy has a gorge as a harbor, not surprisingly since its name translated is gorge. The school built with boulders in 1884 is still in use today. Many of the homes in this village sit vacant as the population dwindles over the decades as younger generations move to seek educational and career opportunities elsewhere. We will explore and photograph the hamlets and landscape and observe the wildlife in this northern part of the island. Among our destinations will be Saksun, a remote hillside hamlet of fourteen inhabitants set above a tidal lagoon. The low-growing flora with its striking green in contrast to the dark basalt rock of the surrounding mountains and cascading waterfalls are enough to awe the most jaded of travelers. Timing a visit at low tide allows one to walk the shore of the lagoon around the headland, but get back to the village before the tide comes in or you will be looking for a boat.

The islands of Kalsoy and Kunoy are also among the spots we will visit. Kalsoy can only be reached by water transport. Four villages are nestled in valleys on the eastern slopes of the island, all connected by one road. A highlight of Kalsoy is the Kallur lighthouse hike on the northern tip of the island. The hike itself is not overly strenuous, but to reach the lighthouse the fear of heights has to be defeated as there is no looking away from the spectacular landscape, cliffs galore, in every direction. Kunoy, more sparsely populated with two villages, has, like many parts of the Faroe Islands, been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area. Sea birds in the North Atlantic breed on these islands during the warmer months. In addition to the Atlantic puffin, many more species nest here such as European storm petrels and black guillemots.

Bordoy, the headland island, has eight towns along the coast and three abandon settlements. It is particularly noteworthy as the location marking the center of the northern isles where the first people to settle here would assemble at a group of stones, the thingstead, to solve disputes. Vidoy, an island directly east of Bordoy, is the gateway to one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, Cape Enniberg, jutting close to 2,500 feet (754m) straight out of the North Atlantic Ocean. It marks the northernmost point in the Faroe Islands. The brand The North Face has produced a promotional film of three climbers putting their skill to the test on Cape Enniberg. It’s worth a watch. Here.

Southern Faroe Islands (Day Six — Seven)

Tórshavn will be our home for the final two nights of this photographic adventure. It is the nation’s capital and the most populated town, located on the southeastern coast of Streymoy. Here you will find the nation’s established museums and cultural institutions enjoyed by the 21,000 residents of this urban area. We will explore and photograph the picturesque old town with its turf-roofed homes built of wood and stone, some hundreds of years old and still in use, and one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world. It was during the Viking ages that the first Norwegian colonists chose this location for their parliament in 825, and the location is still in use by the government today. We will have the opportunity to explore sites outside the city as well, including Fort Skansin, built to defend against pirates in 1580, and the second oldest church in the country, Tórshavn Cathedral.

Tórshavn (Day Eight)

You will want to spend the last morning lingering and enjoying the Faroe Islands for one last time before it’s time to the say our goodbyes and head to the airport for our flights home — until the next adventure.

Although this represents the photographic workshop’s planned itinerary, it is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop leaders.

Copenhagen Extension

Copenhagen (Days One — Three)

Copenhagen, founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, is the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark and is the epitome of Scandinavian chic and cool. It’s the center of modernist Scandinavian design and a place where the inhabitants often dress with such style that they could be on a catwalk in Milan. It’s hip and cool but also relaxed and laid back. It is also one of the greenest, cleanest, and most-sustainable urban centers on the planet. The harbor is clean and incredibly picturesque. The outdoor cafes are plentiful. The food is innovative and delicious, currently boasting no less than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. And Copenhagen often tops the list of most livable cities in the world. It’s a great place to spend a few additional days photographing after our weeklong adventure in the Faroe Islands.

We will fly from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen in the afternoon (approximately two hours), arriving in time to check-in, head for a scrumptious meal, and walk the streets for some evening photography.

We will spend a full day on a walking photography tour of some of the highlights of Copenhagen, including Nyhavn (the historic waterfront with beautiful 17th century houses with wooden ships docked out front), Strøget (the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe with lots of great street photography), Amalienborg Palace (home to the Danish Royal Family), Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Round Tower and Trinitatis Church (with its beautiful and simple interior), and Rosenborg Castle (a very ornate castle in the middle of town surrounded by a wonderful park and garden), and the Little Mermaid statue.

You will want to spend the last morning enjoying Copenhagen one more time before heading to the airport to say our goodbyes until the next adventure.

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