"The Faroe Islands are the most windswept and dramatic islands I have visited - and the most beautiful."

CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

EXPLORE

“Far out in the radiant ocean glinting like quicksilver there lies a solitary little lead-coloured land”. (The famous Faroese writer William Heinesen)

The Faroe Islands present a dramatic landscape with ever changing shades of green. They are situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream.

The stunning 18 volcanic islands are rugged and rocky and were voted best island destination in the world in a survey of 111 island communities made by National Geographic Traveller.

The Faroe Islands will impress you deeply, both as a traveller and photographer.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the spectacular landscapes at the Faroe Islands together with photographer Christian Norgaard.
  • Learn about travel and landscape photography and how to shoot scenes in a natural environment.
  • How to approach different situations in a landscape – and get a feeling for choosing the right moment.
  • Shoot amazing photos in a stun-ning landscape.
  • A journey into a magnificent group of 18 volcanic islands.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture expansiveness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.

ON LOCATION

  • Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, midground and background.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposures and apertures.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.

IN CLASSROOM

  • Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
  • Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
  • Portfolio Review.
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, and to generally guide and help.

 


ITINERARY

Since the absolute best light is during the evening and night hours, we will chase our motives in these very hours – the late evening and night. At these moments the light is saturated with pink red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL 

Arrival at the Faroe Islands. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to our hotel at Eysturoy (East Island). We spend the evening in the beautiful and intimate fjord that surrounds our cosy hotel.

After dinner we meet for a briefing on our workshop.

DAY 2: EYSTUROY

We will cross the only bridge over the North Atlantic – from Eysturoy to the Streymoy. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strong with the tide. This spectacular introduction to the island quickly pales out as we explore all the unique nature and vistas of Eysturoy. We start the day from the tallest mountain in the Faroe Islands: The towering Slættaratindur soars 882 metres, yet the summit is easily reached along the eastern ridge. The view is absolutely breathtaking, because you can see all the Faroe Islands from the north of Viðoy to the fringes of Suðuroy in the south – a truly panorama shot. The rest of the day we will spend around Eystury.

After dinner we open a discussion about the images of the day and the genre of landscape photography.

DAY 3: STREYMOY

From the top of Vestmanna Bird Cliffs some 600 metres above sea level we will start shooting during the early morning light, which illuminates the islands of Vágar and Mykines. After lunch we will spend the rest of the day exploring Streymoy sceneries between the rugged sea stacks and the many grottoes along the coast, with their rich textures. Your imagination and the spirit will be filled with amazement at the wonderland that nature has created in this country.

In the evening the workshop is open for discussion about the images of the day and techniques around composition.

DAY 4&5: NORðUROYGGJAR, THE NORTHERN ISLANDS

The northern islands consist of six islands. We will explore the six islands over the next three days. We will focus on photographing the overwhelming landscapes during sunrise and sunset. The scener- ies consist of a great variation of rock formations, forest (there is a (very) small forest), breath-taking mountains and waterfalls.

We will continue the workshop with facts about night workshop, ideas and advice on how to create your own photo exhibition and a look into the work of the greatest wildlife photographers.

DAY 6: BIRD AND LANDSCAPE – MYKINES

Mykines is a great haven for unique photography. We will arrive by boat in the morning and spend a day on the cliffs of MykinesUlmur that is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic rocks in the massive ocean. We will work on photographing the intimate landscape in the stone forest in the valley of Korkadalur, where the summit of 560 meters Kn´kur awaits.

DAY 7: SUðUROY, THE SOUTHERN ISLANDS 

We will take off early in the morning for Suðuroy, which is the southernmost island in the Faroe Islands. Here we will find magnificent and staggering dramatic landscapes. We will shoot from the Atlantic coastline and search for large and small waterfalls and from cliffs that rise into the sky. We are going to photograph the huge rocks coming out of the sea. It will be truly a day filled with adventure and great opportunities to photograph the stunning sceneries at the Faroe Islands.

Farewell dinner.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

 

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THE FAROE ISLANDS

WONDERS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

May 5 – 12, 2017

8 days

Travel to the stunning 18 islands with volcanic origin that was voted to be the best island destination in the world in a survey of 111 island communities made by National Geographic Traveller.

CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments.  For years he has photographed and travelled around the globe. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other of National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events.

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OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 68

Local transport: Bus
Exertion level: Easy 
Accommodation: Hotels 
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape

PRICE

€3,550 per person in shared double room.
€3,750 per person in single room.

Groups
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.

Includes:
Hotel accommodation and all meals.
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars.

Excludes:
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance

Passion for landscape

“I went with Better because I wanted to visit a place I had never been before. And  all three workshops have been real adventures, excellent companions and well organized.”

– Bob Hamilton, from Scotland.

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

There are direct flights from Denmark, England, Iceland and Norway year round. Copenhagen Atlantic Airways has several departures every day while they fly from Billund twice to five times a week depending on the season. Atlantic Airways flies to Reykjavík the capital of Iceland twice to three times a week. During the summer there are direct connections to Gatwick in England and Bergen in Norway twice a week.


VISA

Conditions for obtaining a visa for the Faroe Islands are similar to the conditions for obtaining a visa for Denmark. A visa for Denmark does not give the holder the right to enter the Faroe Islands unless it is stated in the visa, just as a visa for the Faroe Islands does not give the holder the right to enter Denmark, if it is not stated in the visa.


WEATHER

Although the Faroe Islands are located at 62 degrees N the climate in the Faroe Islands is surprisingly mild due to the Gulf Stream. The average temperature in the warmest months is 13°C resulting is mild summer days and during the winter the average temperature is 3°C.

 


LANGUAGE

In the twentieth century Faroese became the official language in the Faroe Islands, and is used in all matters – also within business, administration, political and cultural life.

Danish is the second language and practically everyone can speak and write Danish. Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are understood and spoken in many places, and most people are capable of communicating in English too. 


CURRENCY

There are two currencies of equal values in the Faroe Islands: the Faroese króna and the Danish krone. While the Faroese government prints its own bank notes only Danish coins are used. Danish notes are equally acceptable as Faroese notes throughout the country.


QUICK GUIDE

  • The Faroe Islands are not part of Schengen, consequently people with Schengen visas need a special visa for the Faroe Islands. Contact the Royal Danish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence for further information.
  • In Danish, the name Færøerne may reflect an Old Norse word fær (sheep). The morpheme øerne represents a plural (with definite article) of ø (island) in Danish. The Danish name thus translates as “the islands of sheep”.
  • The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of 18 major islands about 655 kilometres (407 mi) off the coast of Northern Europe.
  • The language spoken is Faroese and it is one of three insular Scandinavian languages descended from the Old Norse language spoken in Scandinavia in the Viking Age.
  • Emergency phone number: 112