Faroe Islands Autumn Workshop 2020
Join Mads Peter Iversen and Thomas Vikre in the rugged, raw, and beautiful Faroe Islands
September 27th - October 3rd 2020
( 5 Days and 6 Nights exploring the Faroe Islands )
Total Price: 3500 USD
The Faroe Islands are rugged, raw, and beautiful Islands in the Northern Atlantic situated between Iceland and Norway. This epic landscape is filled with waterfalls, epic cliffs overlooking sea stacks, fjords and quaint villages nestled in picturesque green valleys. This workshop will be lead by myself and local photographer Thomas Vikre. Thomas will be serving as both an instructor and guide as he has shot the Faroes extensively and knows the locals making for a much smoother experience for our group.
Day 1 - Arrival day
We will be picking up everyone as their flights arrive, and transporting them to the hotel. This will be our orientation and meet and greet day. We will have dinner together, talk about our plans for the workshop, and share other important information before the workshop begins.
Days 2-6 - The Adventure
Over the course of the next 5 days, we will be hiking, adventuring, and photographing our way around the Faroe Islands. At this time of the year we will have about 50/50 Day/Night. The sun rises at about 7:30 am and sets about 7:00 pm. We will schedule each day dependent on the weather, which is known to be unpredictable no matter the season but prepare to be out from dawn till dusk. We have a list of locations we want to cover, but no fixed itinerary as we improvise to optimize the experience. One of the first days I will share my presentation on camera settings and composition to get all up to speed, and both Thomas and I will, of course, be available with tips, tricks, and different points when we are on location. On our last evening of the workshop we will be having our farewell dinner together as a group, and share one last meal and drink together.
Day 7 - Departure day
This will be our goodbye day, During this day we will be ferrying everyone to the airport to catch their flights.
- 6 nights of lodging - Based on double occupancy, Single occupancy is available for an additional cost.
- Transportation - All transportation during the workshop, (as well as to and from the airport ).
- Access fees - All fees associated with trail access and required guides for trails will be included.
- Instruction - We will be working with each attendee, making sure they are not only going home with photos they are proud of, are learning and growing during the trip.
- Small Groups - On this workshop, we will have an instructor to attendee ratio of 5-1. Giving each person plenty of 1 on time, and elbow room to work and be creative.
What's NOT included:
- Food and drinks during the trip.
- Travel expenses to and from the Faroe Islands.
- Travel Insurance.
From a physical standpoint, there will quite a bit of hiking on this trip. Hikes reach anywhere from short yet steep hikes to around 7 miles round trip yet flat. The trails can be uneven and slick in some places. For this reason, those with heart issues, knee or leg issues, or any other problems that prohibit longer hike ability, will have a difficult time with this workshop. I will say, however, that the payoff for these hikes is very much worth the effort! If any location is out of your comfort zone, you’re more than welcome to shoot another location, stay at the hotel and rest, or wait until we get to another more comfortable location for you.
From a photography skill level point of view, everyone is welcome! There is no need to be an advanced photographer by any means. We usually have a good mix of mostly intermediate photographers, a few advanced, and a few beginners.
What to Bring:
- Winter clothing - it could be snowing (very low chance), frosty and will be very cold.
- Hiking boots with ankle support.
- Camera (obviously) and spare batteries as they will soon go down in the cold.
- Filters if you have them (but not necessary).
- Manual for camera.
- Drone (if you have one).
What the trip is like
Before the trip, we'll send out e-mails with additional information, such as a more specific list of equipment and clothing. We will also ask for arrival and departure information and the signing of a waiver.
During this trip, we will be photographing epic Sea cliffs, Sea stacks, Immense waterfalls, quaint villages, sea birds, scenic Fjords and much more.
Weather will play a HUGE role in this workshop. We will be monitoring weather patterns closely, which will have a large impact on each day's Itinerary. For that reason our itinerary will be very flexible, giving us the best possible situation for going home with the best images possible.
This is not a lazy vacation. This is serious, sleep-when-you’re-dead style photography. We will be shooting during the extended hours of the late evening and early morning.
Each day is different. If we are given dramatic storm clouds, our shooting hours can be greatly extended through the day. Also, know that the Faroe Islands are known for their unpredictable and often extreme weather conditions. We should be ready for and can expect to have some stormy weather during our trip.
Thomas and I will drive our 9-seater vans, which means there will be plenty of room for the attendees. However, we kindly ask to limit your luggage to one suitcase, one camera back, and possibly one carry-on computer back.
We'll usually eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel, while lunch will be improvised along the trip from gas-stations (the hot dogs comes highly recommended), grocery stores, and occasionally a restaurant.
For additional information on the Faroes:
Another example of what awaits:
Important Legal Information
By attending this workshop, you agree to hold Thomas Vikre and Mads Peter Iversen harmless for all personal injury or loss that may occur during or in connection with this trip. This is a self-led travel trip. You are responsible for your safety as you move about the Faroe Islands. Do not push your physical abilities past what you are healthy enough to do. You are in charge of deciding if a location is safe for you to travel to.
Should the Instructor (Thomas Vikre or Mads Peter Iversen) become ill, injured, or otherwise unable to perform his duties at the workshop, a replacement will be brought into to lead the workshop.
Travel insurance, as well as insurance for your photo gear, are both highly recommended. All it takes is one rogue wave to ruin your day or even trip, so insurance while shooting the coast is highly recommended.
Thomas Vikre and Mads Peter Iversen's role in this workshop is to teach photography and guide you to great locations. You are responsible for your safety. Thomas Vikre and Mads Peter Iversen makes no effort to vet the other attendees of the trip and you need to make sure you are safe in their companionship.
In the event of extraordinary events, governmental instability, extreme weather, or other condition, Thomas Vikre, and Mads Peter Iversen reserve the right to cancel this trip and return all workshop fees to participants.
The cost of this workshop includes your guiding fees, 6 nights lodging and transportation (All prices in US Dollars.) The payment of $1300 is a non-refundable initial payment toward the total of $3500. The payment is to reserve your spot in the workshop and will be applied to the total balance. The balance is due 60 days prior to the first day of the workshop, If you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, we will advertise the opening to others. If someone else signs up to fill your spot, we will refund you your deposit.
(please note that cancellations inside 60 days of the workshop are very hard to fill due to the international travel involved with this trip.)
Upon booking (first come, first serve), I'll send you a confirmation e-mail that your spot is reserved and information about how to pay.
Payment will happen via bank wire transfer.
(As I live in Denmark I am on European Central Time. If I do not get back to you within a few hours, I'm likely asleep ;-) )