CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

LANDSCAPE,
WILDLIFE

GROUP 8-12

MAY 18-25 2019

EXPLORE THE FAROE ISLANDS

“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.

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.

 

EXPAND WITH PASSION

ON LOCATION 

  • 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.
  • 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.

EXPERT CHRISTIAN NØRGAARD

Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments. For years he has photographed and traveled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events. His workshops in Burma and India are unique opportunities for any photographer to combine adventure, travel and reportage photography and to work with one of the best in the field.

ITINERARY

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Return to your home country.

May 18-25 – 2019

8 Days

Number of guests: 6-8

Local transport: Bus

Exertion level: Easy

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: All meals included

transport to/from country

Visa and taxes

Alcoholic beverages

Travel insurance

PRICE 

Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.

€3,550in shared double room.

€3,850 in single room.

All prices are per person.

Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.

Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.                                                 

 

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

Basis of rates: 
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Payments:
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate on a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.

Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is canceled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.

Travel insurance:
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.

Itinerary Changes:
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.

Health requirements:
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Special requests:
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.

Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to de- parture.

Responsibility:
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. 

Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.

Other:
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.

The list is for inspiration, since you know better than anyone
what equipment you prefer.
 
  • bring you own laptop computer
  • Storage medium
  • Camera bodie(s)
  • Lenses, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses 
  • Bag for all camera gear
  • Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories
  • Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses
  • Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
  • Charger for batteries
  • spare batteries
  • standard power converter
  • raw processing software
  • Memory cards and card wallets
  • Memory card reader
  • USB key to exchange images
  • Tripod
  • Lens extenders
  • Camera straps for ease of changing from one camera to another
  • graduated filter set
  • Filter holder
  • high quality polarizing filter
  • Lens belt

PASSIONATE TESTIMONIAL

“I went with Better Moments 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.”

Photo Faroer Islands by Bob Hamilton, from Scotland.