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Faroe Islands: Birds & Summer Solstice

June 19 - 26, 2018

8 Participants

“The Faroe Islands? Yeah, they are close to Egypt, right?” …not exactly.

If you don’t know where the Faroe Islands are, that’s OK. To be honest, it’s not all that strange, considering the total landmass of the 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands is about 6,500 smaller than the USA, and their population 28,000 times smaller than China’s. The fact you don’t know where the Faroe Islands are located just goes to show, perhaps, that even though the planet has been well charted and documented, there are still new discoveries to be made.

Nested between Iceland and Norway, the location is a gem for photography. During this workshop you will have a chance to photograph birds (puffins, gannets, and more), sheep, local people (the population is about 50,000), the landscape (islands, mainland), and the amazing houses (roof made of grass).

We are visiting the Faroes during the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. You can only dream about getting these sunsets and sunrises lasting forever. With lighthouses and cliffs in the foreground, or people celebrating the June 21 longest day of the year, we will take you to the “local” spots. We will travel by ferry to remote islands, by road to secret places and by foot to access these unique viewpoints.

We are going to spend time on Mykines island, the place for puffins and gannets. You will be able to walk by these amazing birds, a real treat, especially when you are not surrounded by tourists. We are also visiting the Kalsoy, its dramatic steep cliffs, idyllic valleys, and the charming settlements of Húsar, Mikladalur, Syðradalur and Trøllanes.

The workshop is lead by two creative photographers, Ólavur Frederiksen, resident of the Faroes and Oliver, an world acclaimed fine art photographer. You will join a small selected group of avid photographers, who want to experience something unique, understand the light, and capture beyond classic tourist images. The territory we will cover is small, but the local knowledge is critical to get you to the right places at the right time, to teach you how to make powerful images of wildlife, and capture the culture of the “locals” during their June 21 festival.

We are excited to host you in the Faroes. See you in June … Oliver & Ólavur

Note: Make sure you read the logistics tab below, so you know where and when to fly.

Registration (June 19 - 26, 2018): FEW SEATS LEFT
Double Occupancy: $6,800
Single supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

If you have any questions, please contact Oliver Klink

Oliver Klink has traveled to over 110 countries. His images have won prestigious awards, he was selected as Top 50 fine artists in 2016, and he is collected worldwide by private individuals and institutions. After traveling to so many locations, he still finds these gems, like the Faroes, where you can photograph and get some unique and personal images.

Ólavur Frederiksen, Faroese photographer, was born in Tórshavn. For the past ten years he has more or less worked full-time as a photographer, and his photos have appeared in numerous travel magazines, books worldwide and even on Faroese stamps. His local knowledge of light, wildlife, culture is a great asset to this workshop.

- Photographing Wildlife. More than just sharpness
- Photographing landscape. Locations and light
- Photographing Festivals. Where to position yourself
- Photographing interaction between locals and their environment
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 8 days of guided photoshoots
- Accommodation, meals, ground transportation
- All entry fees
- All ferries
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included:
- Transportation to Faroe Islands (FAE) start and end of the workshop
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $6,800
Single Supplement $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600/$800 (Double/Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by February 20, 2018 (payable by check)

Deposit (non-refundable):
$600/$800 (Double/Single Occupancy)
Terms and Conditions

- You will be photographing in an environment where the best light is between 8PM and 6AM. Sleep will likely be during the day time
- The weather can dramatically change. Be prepared to face high winds.
- The short ride ferries are on calm water. However, some weather patterns might create unexpected waves
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

Where: Faroe Islands (Europe)
When: June 19-26, 2018
Who: Oliver Klink, Ólavur Frederiksen , local staff
Airport: Faroe Islands (FAE) start and end of the workshop. Best is to transit thru Copenhagen (CPH)
Accommodations: various hotels, lodges and pensions
Weather: 50-80F
Cost: $6,800

Workshop details for Faroe Islands


8 days of guided photoshoots and reviews
June 19 - 26, 2018
NOTE: Itinerary might change based on spur of the moment activities, weather, light

Day 1 (June 19): Arrival in Faroe Islands (FAE)
- Transfer to hotel
- Recover from jetlag
- Evening photoshoot

Day 2-3: Birds (Puffins, Gannets and more)
- Transfer to Mykines Island
- Photographs Puffins from various view points and proximity
- Photographs gannets flying of cliffs and nesting
- Landscape photography with lighthouses

Day 4-5: Summer Solstice
- Travel to remote villages
- Celebration with local people
- Photograph the activities surrounding the unique solstice festival
- Photograph unique architecture of the small village (houses, lighthouses)

Day 6: Main Island
- Photograph wildlife on the main island (sheep, birds)
- Landscape with sheer cliffs, viewpoints, and more
- Local farmers and their animals

Day 7: Lighthouse, small villages
- Blend of architecture, local activities and landscape
- This unique location is a paradise to the “eyes”

Day 8 (June 26): Early morning shoot
- Light, light, light
- Transfer to airport
- Conclusion of workshop

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from 50F to 80F)
- Comfortable Clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Sturdy walking shoes with ankle protection
- Windbreaker
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Bird portraiture: 400mm
Action shots: 100-400mm
Landscape: 16-200mm
Villagers: 24-100mm - NOTE: Special information will be shared upon sign up on how to protect your camera gear against weather.
- Flash with diffusers (optional for indoor shooting)
Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)


This is an all-inclusive workshop (transportation, lodging, meals, local guide, photo instruction). The workshop does not include transportation to Faroe Island (FAE) (start of the workshop).

Workshop comprises...
- 8 days on the ground in the Faroe Islands
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation, ferries
- All entrance fees
- Special access to local festival
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- Two instructors, Local staff

Not Included
- Transportation to Faroe Islands (FAE) – we recommend transiting thru either Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) or Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). As a heads up, there are daily flights from CPH to FAE
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Faroe Islands before the workshop if needed
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Faroe Islands on June 18. If you need additional time to recover from jetlag we suggest an earlier arrival either in Copenhagen (have a few days to visit the city) or FAE. Your return flight can be booked anytime on June 26
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Faroe Islands (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

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