Date: September 2022 – 7 days 6 nights
Price: TBD – per person for single occupancy
Guided Photography Workshop with Thorarinn Jonsson and Don Rosenberger
Registration will open in 2021
Limited to 9 participants.
To reserve a place we request a 1000€ non-refundable deposit* or payment in full. (See Below for refund policy)
Final payment on deposits must be made on or before 1st June 2020.
* Deposits will be refunded in full if we do not meet our minimum of 6 participants by 1st June 2022. Please DO NOT book flights before we confirm by email.
Included in the tour price:
- Accommodation at each location upon single occupancy
- Welcome and farewell dinner.
- Tuition and mentoring. Daily hands on time with the instructors, who will both be available to you all day long.
- Transportation throughout the workshop.
- Ferry fee to Kalsoy
Not included in the tour price: • Beverages, snacks and meals.
- Travel and equipment insurance.
- International travel to and from Faroes Islands.
- Overweight and additional baggage.
- Hiking fees where they apply.
We’re not just taking you to pretty places and leaving you to get on with it. We’re always on hand to guide and mentor you on location, whatever your level may be. There will be 2 or 3 opportunities for developing RAW files and feedback sessions during the week so please bring your laptop and we recommend having Photoshop and / or Lightroom. Exactly when we’ll do this depends on weather and other opportunities for shooting. No one wants to be developing images or in a feedback session during a magical sunset, or when the Northern Lights are dancing across the sky!
At this time of year we might get the chance of shooting the Aurora in the Faroes, and if the conditions will be favourable we’ll of course head out hunting for them.
What we’ll be photographing:
The locations we have chosen are packed with photo opportunities. Throughout the tour we will be concentrating on sunrise, sunset and the best possible light. In order to set realistic expectations we cannot promise a sunrise/set in any particular place because it depends entirely on the weather, which we will be monitoring closely throughout.
We start at the island Vágar where we will be spending the first 3 nights of the workshop, we must keep our itinerary flexible since we will base exact location choices on weather and best conditions for photographing each time. The same applies for shooting the Aurora.
(Note: Each night we will monitor conditions for the aurora borealis. If the conditions are good we will of course head out to photograph the infamous northern lights!)
Day 1 – 6.30 pm.
We will meet in the lobby of our host hotel and go for a meet and greet dinner where we get to know each other and have a chat about what we will be doing during the coming week. Dinner is included in the tour price.
Depending on when everybody arrive we might go out for sunset this evening.
Note: Before arriving to Faroes, we will ask you for your flight number so we can come and collect you at the airport and bring you to our hotel.
Tour Starts – Day 2
For the first 2 days we’ll be exploring the island Vágar, beside of having many key locations there are so many other things to photograph here.
Possible locations (but not limited to):
This is probably one of the most photographed location in all of Faroes, and for a reason. The waterfall Múlafossur cascades into the ocean, with the small village and the tallest mountain on the island Vágur in the background.
Or the witch’s finger, a 313m tall freestanding rock.
At the time of year we’ll be there this location is really good for sunrise this time of year as the sun rises directly behind it.
Drangarnir and Tindhómur
Drangarnir sea stacks situated between island Vágar and the islet Tindhólmur rising 262m (860ft) straight up from the ocean. This location can be shot from various angles where one of them requires a moderate hike.
Trælanípan and Sørvágsvatn:
Trælanípan or the Slave mountain, rises 142m straight up from the ocean and got its name from the viking age were slaves were pushed off the cliffs, had they done something wrong.
The lake Sørvágsvatn is often referred as optical illusion lake as it looks like it is “flying” if it is shot from the right angle.
After shooting sunrise we head back for breakfast before checking out of our hotel in Vágar For the next 3 days we’ll be exploring the islands Streymoy, Eysturoy and Kalsoy.
We’ll be checking in to our hotel in Runavík in the afternoon before we head out to shoot sunset nearby.
As always the next few days will be weather permitted on where we shoot.
Possible locations (but not limited to)
A remote hillside village with a great characteristic atmosphere.
With only 14 inhabitants this quiet village has a lot to offer photographically speaking, like several houses with grass roofs, a tidal pool which on a calm day reflects the tall surrounding mountains.
A small village with a stunning view towards the sea stacks Risinn (71m) and Kellingin (68m), Faroes folk tales says these stacks are trolls from Iceland sent there to bring Faroes back home to Iceland, and as the sun rose they turned into stones.
It’s no need to introduce this location as it is fast becoming one of the most famous location in Faroes, but it’s located on the island Kalsoy and we need to hike for about an hour to get there, it’s a moderate hike and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular view.
Funningur is a village on the northwest part of the island Eysturoy. We plan to hike to a high vantage point overlooking Funningsfjord, nearby is the highest mountain in all of Faroes Slættaratindur (880m)
We go for sunrise early morning and then back for breakfast before we check out from our hotel in Runavík. We will now be going back to Vágar where we will be spending the last night, but we will have several shooting locations to choose from on the way there, sunset will be in Vágar. This night we will have farewell dinner at our hotel.
Day 7 (departure day).
This day we will go for sunrise before we’ll have breakfast and check out.
Training and Skill Level:
All levels of photographers are welcome. At each location direction will be given to help you get the best from that location and instruction on how to assemble and think your images through, one step at a time.
Some of the locations require good fitness, if weather allows we might do a hike that will last throughout the day. The hike itself is about 2-3 hours each way (5k), you need to be able to carry all your camera gear, food and water + clothes. Most of the hikes are not with a steep ascents but can be demanding. Nobody but you will be able to judge if you are up for it or not, but we can’t not take the group to these locations if there is one or two participants that are not up for doing the hike and the conditions are looking good.
We’ll always try to control the pace so it is good and pleasant for everyone and assign good time for each hike so we will not be in a rush.
Flights to Faroes:
Please do not make travel arrangements to Faroes until we confirm we have the minimum number of participants for the workshop to take place. We will confirm as soon as we have 6 deposits paid. If we do not have 6 participants by the booking deadline (1st June 2022) and the course is cancelled, we will notify by email and refund you in full.
As far as we know visas are not required to visit Faroe Islands but PLEASE CHECK because things can change and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed. Visas are not included and it’s the responsibility of participants to find out if they need a visa and obtain one if you do.
You will need a valid passport for the duration of your intended stay in Faroe Islands.
It is the responsibility of participants to arrange their own Travel and Equipment insurance for the trip. Neither Travel nor Equipment insurance is included in the price. Please see terms and conditions below for details.
The workshop will involve a few moderate hikes from 30 min and up to 2 hours, carrying your camera equipment. You may need to climb a hill for the best vantage point. Surfaces may include sand, loose gravel or rocky ground so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.
Weather / Temperature:
Weather conditions in Faroes can change from sunshine to rainstorm in a few minutes (perfect for dramatic skies). Average temperature in September is around 9° centigrade average but it can range from +6° to +12° centigrade and be very windy so chill factors can make it feel a lot colder.
We will be spending a lot of time outside in the elements waiting for light to change. You won’t enjoy the experience if you’re cold and with wind chill there are potential health risks as well. It’s very important to bring warm rugged clothing including:
- Thermal underwear, socks and gloves.
- Sturdy waterproof hiking boots. (Light shoes will not be sufficient to keep your feet warm and dry)
- Waterproof jacket and over trousers
- Scarf and woolly hat.
- A change of clothes is important so you always have at least one set that’s warm and dry.
Money and Credit Cards:
Local currency is the Faroese Krona and also Danish Krona (they have equal values) it’s worth bringing some with you. Krona may need to be ordered in advance from banks and post offices. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Faroes. Some card providers charge more for international transactions than others so please check with yours if you need to. Most places DO NOT accept American Express
We will be travelling to some remote areas and facilities vary accordingly. All rooms have private bathroom, others are excellent and of a very high standard. All are clean, secure, have excellent food and friendly helpful staff.
Important parts of Faroese cuisine are lamb, dairy, and fish due to Faroes proximity to the ocean. Produce is usually local and of very high quality.
You will need the following equipment.
- A Strong Sturdy Tripod is vital. Lightweight carbon fibre is OK – but it MUST BE STURDY so it won’t wobble and you can hang your heavy camera bag on it to add weight. A plastic tripod head is useless. Please ensure you have a strong, solid head which does not vibrate when your camera and lens is mounted on it. The Faroe Islands are a windy place and you’ll be making long, slow exposures and your images will all be soft and useless if there’s even the slightest movement in your tripod or tripod head during the exposure. There is not time for us to visit a store during the workshop and once we leave Reykjavík, there aren’t any. • Digital SLR (recommended) or mirrorless camera system
- Lenses offering a focal length from wide (24mm or wider) to telephoto (70 – 200mm or longer) • Laptop computer loaded with photo editing software. Shooting RAW is advised for the Aurora so Adobe Lightroom is a good option for processing the files.
- We strongly recommend a back-up device such as an external hard drive. • Filters: A polarizing filter makes a world of difference for landscapes
- ND filters x4, x8 x10 will help you capture blurred water and clouds.
- A set of grad filters will also be very helpful to balance the sky to the foreground.
- Spare batteries (2 or 3*), battery charger and travel adapter
- Sufficient memory cards
- Camera bag, preferably a backpack type
- Rain sleeve and several lens cloths
*Spare batteries are very important because you don’t want the camera to die just as the Aurora makes an appearance or the perfect light breaks through the clouds. Camera batteries have a shorter charge life in cold weather so keep spare batteries in a pocket near your skin so they stay warm which will prolong their charge. This is particularly important if you have a mirror-less camera or use live view a lot which uses more power.
Terms and Conditions – please read
•Thorarinn Jonsson of Thor Photography (TP) and Donald Rosenberger (DR) 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 AA for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
- By registering for a TP/DR course, 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.
- TP/DR and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a TP/DR expedition.
- TP/DR 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.
- TP/DR 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 departure city.
- Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
- Basis of rates: All prices and fares are quoted in Euro €. The rates 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.
- Included in expedition cost: Accommodation, breakfast and dinner as indicated in the itinerary. Pre-departure information; entrance fees, excursions, and tuition noted as included in the itinerary.
- Not included: Air transportation and related fees (except as indicated in the itinerary); activities noted as optional in the itinerary; gratuities for hotel staff; guides unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page; passport and visa expenses; baggage / accident / cancellation insurance; personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages; and any other items not specially noted as included.
- Single/shared accommodations: A limited number of single rooms may be available at an extra cost (single supplement charge) on a first-come, first-served basis. In most cases double or twin rooms are available and single occupancy incurs the single supplement charge.
- Payments, cancellations, and refunds: To reserve space on TP/DR destination training courses a 1000€ non-refundable deposit and final payment due on or before the booking deadline prior to course commencement date, or advance payment in full must be made prior to the booking deadline.
- TP/DR reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrolment 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 course is cancelled by TP/DR after the booking deadline confirmation has been sent and prior to departure, we shall provide you with a full refund of money paid to TP/DR; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event or Force Majeure that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned such as natural disaster, war or other state of emergency.
- Refunds: If we do not meet the minimum number of participants and need to cancel, you will of course be fully refunded.
All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge.
In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies:
•90 days or more: full refund minus $150 fee
•60 days or more: 50% refund
•Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid in the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
In the event of trip cancellation, we will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent. Please do not arrange any travel tickets to until we confirm the course / workshop. It is your responsibility to buy travel insurance at this time.
- Trip cancellation and equipment insurance is strongly recommended as is your own personal travel insurance. TP/DR accept no responsibility for this type of cover.
- Itinerary changes: The itineraries and staff presented in this brochure are subject to modification and change by TP/DR. 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, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when the reservation is made.
- Photography: TP/DR reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any expedition or part thereof and to use the resulting photography for promotional purposes. By making a reservation with TP/DR expeditions, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography; participants who prefer that their image not be used are asked to identify themselves to TP/DR at the commencement of their trip.
- Other: Additional terms and conditions may apply to some expeditions and will be provided with pre-trip mailings. By registering for a TP/DR expedition, workshop, course, the participant agrees to the responsibility statement and the terms and conditions herein.
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