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The tension was moun­ting. The suit­cases are packed, the photo equip­ment stowed away. We’re ready for the trip to the Faroe Islands. Before going to bed, I quickly check the train and flight details, then hit the sack for a few more hours before we really get going. I open my emails “Your flight has been canceled”. What? Surely that can’t be true. Is our trip on the rocks? Read this blog to find out how we got to the Faroe Islands anyway and what we expe­ri­enced during our first two days there. 

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Sony a7IV
Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM
Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G
Sony FE 100–400 mm GM
DJI Mini 3 Pro

Chaos before departure

Before I went to bed, I had a quick chat with my father, my travel compa­nion. We’re still going to Frank­furt as planned and will see what we can do on the spot. So we lie down again for a bit. Our train leaves at 4am. I sleep badly. In the night I receive an email from the airline. Instead of Frank­furt — Paris — Vágar (Faroe Islands), we fly at the same time to Amsterdam and from there via Eding­burgh to Vágar. At least that’s good. We don’t arrive until late in the evening, but at least we get there. I roll over and try to get some more sleep.

The alarm clock rings — it feels like just a few minutes later. I rewind my program. I say goodbye to my wife and slee­ping daughter and get into the car to drive to the station. Suddenly the thought occurred to me. My father doesn’t have a pass­port. He can’t fly to Edin­burgh. We spoke to the ground staff at the counter in Frank­furt. “You’re right”, was the ground staff’s reply, “but that’s your problem”.

That made my pulse race. “No, that’s not our problem! We’ve booked the flights so that we stay within the EU, so we only need an ID card. Your change came at such short notice. So it’s their problem!”. The ground staff wanted to make life easy for them­selves and said: “Then just fly tomorrow.”

But we didn’t want to accept that and persisted. “No, we’re flying today. We’ve already paid for the train here, the rental car, the apart­ment for today and booked the flight today!Think of a way to get us to the Faroe Islands!”.We went back and forth for a while until he actually came up with something.

He rebooks us onto Lufthansa/SAS. Our flight leaves for Hamburg in just under an hour, then via Koppen­hagen to Vágar.Two chan­geover times of less than 30 minutes, but we’ll be on the Faroe Islands earlier than planned.Will we make it?And what about our suitcases?

But it went well, partly because the same plane that took us to Koppen­hagen flew on to the Faroe Islands. We were lucky.And so we were able to set off on our first tour on the very first evening.

Saksun — idyll and seclusion

A quick look at the weather maps. “If the weather is going to be good today, it should be in Saksun,” I said to my father. Then we got into the car and set off. The drive to Saksun through the Saks­u­nard­alur valley is an expe­ri­ence in itself. Which is why we stopped briefly for a few photos.

Saksun is secluded on the west coast in the north of Streymoy — one of the main islands of the Faroe Islands. Saksun is surrounded by moun­tains that are almost 800 meters high by Faroese stan­dards. A popular hiking trail, based on the paths of the ancient Faroese, leads from Saksun to Tjor­nuvik. The village church, which imme­dia­tely catches the eye, origi­nally stood in Tjor­nuvik and was brought here via the afore­men­tioned hiking trail.

Anyone visi­ting the Faroe Islands should defi­ni­tely pay a visit to Saksun. The sandy beach, which was washed up by a storm, is unique in the Faroe Islands. At low tide, it is even possible to walk through the fjord to the open sea.

Of parti­cular photo­gra­phic inte­rest are the picturesque stone houses with their green grass roofs and the water­fall that cascades down into the valley after rain. It is a parti­cular chall­enge to capture the peat houses of the historic farm and the water­fall in one picture with a wide-angle lens. To do this, you have to stand in the water­fall with your camera, so be careful as it can be very slippery!

Photo­gra­phi­cally, the evening was extre­mely successful. The stress of the journey was almost forgotten. The Faroe Islands deli­vered what we had expected.

Saksun II | DJI Mini 3 Pro

Faroe Islands and the stub­born weather

It was my first time on the Faroe Islands. So I relied comple­tely on the weather fore­cast and it was so … well. During the trip, I checked the weather maps in the evenings and mornings and then decided more or less spon­ta­neously where to go and planned the tours.

But over the next few days, I realized that, in addi­tion to suitable motifs and weather maps, you also need to have the pecu­lia­ri­ties of the Faroe Islands on your radar. In the center and between the fjords, but also at higher alti­tudes, low-hanging clouds were some­times very persis­tent. We had compa­ra­tively few windy days. The saying wait 5 minutes if you don’t like the weather didn’t apply to our trip.

The next morning was to bring the decision about our next day’s tour. The fore­cast was for rain and low clouds in the morning. However, they shouldn’t be too low. There was also a bit more wind than the previous evening. It should clear up a bit across the whole island towards the afternoon.


The plan was made. Today it was going to be the north of the main island of Esturoy. The first spot on the way was the view of the largest water­fall on the Faroe Islands: Fossa. Fossa itself is located on the island of Streymoy and is very easy to reach because it is right next to the road.

Photos with a tele­photo lens are possible from here. If the wind direc­tion is right, the water is whipped upwards again. Unfort­u­na­tely, even after waiting a while, this pheno­menon did not occur this morning. Instead, the clouds lay on the plain above, which made for a beau­tiful atmo­sphere. I also waited for a car on the road so that the dimen­sions would be clear in the picture.

Fossa | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 100–400 mm GM

Eiði, Molin-Beach

We continued on to Eiði. Where a soccer pitch was built close to the sea, almost directly between a lake and the waves of the sea. Today, the soccer pitch is only used as a camping site. If you walk along the coast, after a few minutes you reach a water­fall and rocky coast with endless possi­bi­li­ties for foregrounds.

The wind whipped rain and seawater into our faces, so micro­fiber cloths were used for the first time. Sear­ching for compo­si­tion, focu­sing, clea­ning, taking photos. That’s how it went for the next few minutes.

The special chall­enge on site was the use of filters. Within seconds, they were full of water splashes. So clea­ning was neces­sary. Constantly. Keeping your eyes open was also incre­dibly stre­nuous due to the wind.

If you are also plan­ning to go here, be careful in wet condi­tions. The ground is incre­dibly slip­pery. A B‑motif from this point is a rock from “Risin og Kellingin”, which is visible from here. With the right fore­ground, this can also make a great picture.

Mystic Mølin Beach | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM

The view of Risin og Kellingin

Once we were back in the car, it was time to warm up. But we didn’t have much time for that, as there were only a few minutes’ drive between us and a view­point on Risin og Kellingin, which we headed for.

This road to the view­point is often closed in the winter months, but is easy to reach in the summer months. Risin og Kellingin, the name of the two rocks means “the giant and the woman”. They are one of the most famous natural monu­ments on the Faroe Islands. Despite their impres­sive heights of 71m and 69m, they seem quite small. This is mainly due to their loca­tion in front of the cliffs, which are consider­ably higher at 352m. The view of Eidis­kollur, the highest point of the cliffs, was not visible due to the low clouds. Nevert­heless, some very atmo­spheric pictures were taken.

Risin og Kellingin | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G


Now, for the first time, the weather put a spanner in the works. As it cleared up much more slowly than the weather fore­cast had predicted and visi­bi­lity got even worse, we were unable to go on our planned hike to Slaet­ta­ran­didur, the highest moun­tain on the Faroe Islands. We wouldn’t have been able to see anything even from the summit. Another view­point of the town of Funningur and the surroun­ding fjord land­scape was not an option in the thick fog.

So we drove on to Gjógv, which lite­rally means by the crevice. The fog that hung in the valleys and moun­tains of North-Esturoy was not present here, and the rain was also gone. So we were able to enjoy Gjógv a little. We were able to walk along the crevice that used to serve as a harbor. Even the Vikings are said to have used it.

Inci­den­tally, the church in Gjógv is the first church to be conse­crated in Faroese, in 1929. Before that, the inha­bi­tants of Gjógv went to Funningur to worship.

From a photo­gra­phic point of view, it is not easy to photo­graph the crevice and the loca­tion at the same time. Even 16 mm is not really enough. The drone would be an option, but the wind was too strong when we were there. The second option is to take a panorama. But sections and details also make great pictures here in the village.

However, I was a little disap­pointed after this tour. Because the weather didn’t play along as planned. Because we had a little extra time that day, we simply drove a little further to Elduvík.

At the crevice | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM


Elduvík is a beau­tiful little village with a great loca­tion on a fjord that opens out to the sea. Here, too, there are typical Faroese houses and a church in the center of the village that can be photographed.

The drive through the fjord land­scapes to Elduvík is beau­tiful from both sides. You should also not miss the route via Oyndarfjørður.

Red House at the Fjord | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 100–400 mm GM


From Elduvík, we drove back to our apart­ment and made ourselves some­thing to eat, as the plan for the evening wasn’t quite clear yet. On the drive home, I was already thin­king: Is the weather brin­ging me to my knees? Unsuc­cessful on the Faroe Islands?

I was not enti­rely pleased with the weather fore­cast for the evening. View­findr showed <10% chance of an evening glow, <50% chance of seeing it. Looking outside, the weather also seemed so discou­ra­ging. But staying at home is not an option. The land­scape pictures are taken outside, so we decided to hike to Bøsdal­a­fo­ssur tonight. It was the first hike that cost money, 200 DKK per person.

For this price, you get a fanta­stic view of the inland lake Sørvágs­vatn and the slave rock Trælanípa. At the end of the short circular hike on the meadows, there is also a view of the Bødssdal­a­fo­ssur water­fall, which plunges directly from the lake into the sea.

The first view­point alone is worth the effort of the hike. Trælanípa, the slave rock from which the Vikings threw the slaves they no longer needed, mostly Irish. The view from a height of 148m verti­cally into the depths is impres­sive. From the upper vantage point, then the ideal view of Sørvágsvatn.

We walk across the meadow and rocks along the cliff towards the water­fall. There are no sign­posts, the path ends where the sea begins. And then we sat there for an hour until sunset. No sun. Flat light. One or two tourists walked past us and probably asked them­selves “Are they going to sit here? What are they waiting for in this weather?”

But yes, as long as there is a chance of good light, of a sunset, of a special atmo­sphere, we will stay put. Just as hope was almost begin­ning to fade, the sky suddenly exploded. What colors, what an intense sunset. For me, it was one of the most powerful sunsets in recent years.

And it had to be quick. Compo­si­tion, set pola­riza­tion, press shutter release, check, correct focus point or focus stacking. And all over again. I took what felt like hundreds of pictures within 30 minutes. The clouds changed quickly and it could have been over at any time. But the sunset lasted a long time.

My ego was saved and the emotions were over­flowing. What a bril­liant evening. Finally hit the bull’s eye again.

And so we marched back to the starting point through the falling night. Full of anti­ci­pa­tion as to what the next few days would bring.

…to be continued…

Sunset at the Bøss­dal­a­fo­ssur | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM

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Pictures from the VLOG

Within the first two days on the Faroe Islands I have already taken some wonderful pictures. In this gallery I show you my most beau­tiful or most inte­res­ting shots of these two days. 

VLOG to the BLOG

Die Span­nung stieg. Die Koffer sind gepackt, das Foto-Equip­ment verstaut. Wir sind bereit für die Reise auf die Färöer. Vor dem Zubett­gehen noch einmal schnell die Zug- & Flug-Daten checken, dann nochmal für ein paar Stunden aufs Ohr hauen, bevor es wirk­lich los geht. Ich öffne meine Mails “Ihr Flug wurde stor­niert”. Was? Das darf doch wohl nicht wahr sein. Steht unsere Reise auf der Kippe? Nach all der Vorbe­rei­tung und Planung? Wie wir trotzdem auf die Färöer kamen und was wir in den ersten beiden Tagen dort erlebten, erfahrt ihr in diesem Video. Viel Spaß beim anschauen!

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