The PhotoPills Expedition to the Faroe Islands is Sold Out (Join the Waiting List)

By Rafael Pons

The PhotoPills Expedition to the Faroe Islands is SOLD OUT!


All 12 spots are already gone!

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We’re going to the Faroe Islands…

Are you in?

Around the Waning Crescent Moon…

From July 28th to August 3rd 2024, Marco Grassi and Christian Høiberg (PhotoPills Masters) will be travelling across the Faroe Islands to photograph the Golden Light (and the Moon) along with the soul of this hidden North Atlantic gem...

An archipelago of 18 igneous rocks lost in the middle of nowhere.

One of the most mystical sceneries on the planet!

Legends, fairy tales and unpredictable weather included :)

Of course, we’ll be taking photos all day long!


Can you imagine it?

To photograph the Golden Light (and the Moon) with giant sea cliffs, stunning rock formations, green roof houses, tall waterfalls, endless fjords, brave seascapes, remote lighthouses, beautiful lakes and the funny puffins…

We’re dreaming about it!

To achieve it, we’ll use the planning power of PhotoPills and the expert knowledge of Marco Grassi and Christian Høiberg to always be at the right place at the right time.

Top secret: we have quite a few legendary photos planned already… Including a very special Moon shot ;)

The Deal (only 12 spots)

Since you subscribed to the Priority Access list...

We're offering you a €500 discount on the regular price!

All you have to do is to book 1 of the 12 spots available before Sunday December 24th.

Read carefully all the details of this unique adventure.

And when you’re ready, click here to book your spot.

Please, book as soon as possible. The seats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

The Adventure

12 PhotoPillers | 2 PhotoPills Masters | Faroe Islands | Endless legendary photos

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Warning! This is not a honeymoon...

We’re recruiting 12 brave PhotoPillers (PhotoPills and photography nerds) to join us on a 7-day expedition to photograph the Golden Light (and the Moon) along with some of the most precious treasures hidden in Faroe Islands.

It’s a non-stop adventure to chase legendary photos and you are a key asset!

We have planned tons of photos, and we’ll travel many kilometers (and hike a few more) to capture them...

But we also want to maximize our flexibility in terms of itinerary and schedule in order to take advantage of all the opportunities that the changing weather will surely put in our way.

You are about to embark on a PhotoPills’ style journey. And it’s not going to be a honeymoon precisely... :P

You’ll be a true photographer.

Are you in?

Day 1. Sunday, July 28th - Welcome to the Faroe Islands

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1:40 pm

It’s Sunday afternoon...

And you land at Vágar airport, the only airport in the Faroe Islands.

Welcome to the North Atlantic sea!

After collecting your luggage, take the exit door to the main hall to meet Marco Grassi and Christian Høiberg... And probably a few more PhotoPillers :)

When ready, we’ll jump onto our private transport towards Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

Located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy (1 of the 18 islands in the Danish archipelago), more than 21,000 people live in Tórshavn.

It’s by far the most vibrant town in the country.

Although the exact date the town was established remains unknown, its origins go back to the time of the Vikings (around 900 AD), when the first settlers arrived by longboat from Norway.

Here we’ll check-in at the beautiful Hotel Føroyar, our basecamp for the rest of the adventure.

After checkin in, we’ll enjoy a quick power nap (“siesta”) to restore our energy level before the action begins :P

5:00 pm

Quick stop by a local bakery. Grab food for dinner (and water). Today we’ll have dinner on a cliff, by the sea… Sunset is at 10:25 pm!

6:00 pm

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We arrive at Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in Faroe Islands (3.4 km2 or 1.3 mi2).

There is a 1h easy hike till the end of the lake, where it meets the sea in a beautiful waterfall.

The cliffs here are immense and the view is simply captivating. Please, be very cautious. Be very careful not to fall.

The Sun is still above the horizon, approaching the west, and illuminating the green grass that covers the impressive cliffs (252m and 376 m, 826ft and 1233ft) in front of us.

So open PhotoPills, check where the sun will be setting and choose your shooting spot:

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9:00 pm

After a quick dinner in the field, we are at a new shooting spot.

The golden hour has just begun and, as planned, the Sun is going down along the coastline, aligned with a few giant sea stacks.

Time to shoot!

Golden hour begins at 9:11 pm, Sunset is at 10:25 pm, golden hour ends at 11:05 pm, and blue hour ends at 11:38 pm.

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10:40 pm

We hike back to the vehicle. We’ll get to the Hotel Føroyar around 12:45 pm.

Rest well my friends. The action has just begun.

Photographic pills:

  • Infinite cliffs at Sørvágsvatn lake.
  • Golden hour and Sunset at the sea stacks at the end of Sørvágsvatn lake.

Day 2. Monday, July 29th - The Moon, the Giant and the Witch

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9:30 am

After a good night's sleep, a copious breakfast and a 50 minutes drive, we get to Viðareiði.

Located on the northernmost island of Viðoy, Viðareiði is a picturesque village that is the perfect example of the rugged, unspoiled beauty of this remote archipelago.

Nestled between two towering mountains, Villingadalsfjall and Malinsfjall, the village is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes.

350 people live here.

Our first stop will be the church.

Constructed in 1892, Viðareiði’s church stands out with its classic Nordic design. It features a traditional black-tarred wooden exterior, a common protective measure in Faroese architecture against the harsh North Atlantic weather.

The white-framed windows and doors contrast strikingly with the dark walls, and the characteristic grass roof adds a timeless, organic element to the structure, blending seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape.

Our goal, to photograph the beautiful church with the mountains and the sea in the background.

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10:35 am

We’re up now, near the edge of a cliff. Down, below us, Viðareiði and the fjords.

If we’re lucky enough to get some rain the days before the expedition begins, several waterfalls will be emerging in front of us.

It’s a great place for a drone shot too!

12:45 pm

Lunch at Hotel Føroyar.

2:00 pm

Siesta time! (nap time!)

3:00 pm

PhotoPills class with Marco and Christian.

Get ready to learn how to use PhotoPills once and for all.

Also, this is the time to ask lots of questions.

The more questions, the better. The more we can help you master the app.

6:00 pm

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Only 14 people live here...

Surrounded by mountains, this fairy tale village of green-roofed houses is located in the fjord, by a tidal lagoon.

We’ll spend the afternoon taking advantage of the multiple photo opportunities.

7:00 pm

Dinner at a local restaurant.

9:00 pm

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We arrive at the black beach of Tjørnuvík, on the northern coast of Streymoy.

Our main goal here is to capture a very special shot of the Moon (30%) we’ve planned.

But this captivating landmark has lots to offer before the Moon aha moment :)

It’s the perfect place to photograph the sea stacks Risin og Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) at sunset.

The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the Witch (Kellingin) is the 68m (223ft) pointed stack closest to the shore, standing with her legs apart.

Why are they called the Giant and the Witch?


There is a legend hidden behind these two sea stacks once in the Faroe Islands :P

And it goes like this...

“A long, long time ago, a very powerful Chief witch in Iceland had a big idea. He sent a giant and his wife, who was also a witch, to the Faroe Islands. Their mission was quite tricky: to tie a huge rope around a big mountain called Eiðiskollur and pull the entire Faroe Islands all the way to Iceland!

When they got there, it was getting dark. They tried really hard to tie the rope around the mountain, but it wasn't easy. The first time they tried, part of the mountain even broke off. But they didn't give up and kept trying all night long.

Now, here's something important about giants and witches: they can't be in the sunlight, or they'll turn into stone. That night, they were so busy with their work that they didn't notice the sun starting to rise. And guess what? As soon as the first rays of sunlight touched them, they turned into stone!

So now, these two stone figures, the giant and the witch, stand near a place called Eiði. They're still there today, looking out towards the sea, thinking about their home in Iceland. If you ever go to a village called Tjørnuvík on Streymoy Island, you can see these huge stone figures for yourself! It's like they're frozen in a really cool story from a long time ago.”

Long story short...

The conclusion is that if the giant and the witch had had PhotoPills, they would have planned to hide before sunrise to save their lives, and not be petrified :P

10:35 pm

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The moment to photograph the Moon (40 m, 131 ft) aligned with the Giant and the Witch has arrived.

Of course, we need to be lucky with clouds to get the shot...

But there we will be, at the planned shooting spot, at the planned shooting time, gear ready to immortalise the moment.

Plan & Pray!

Golden hour begins at 9:09 pm, Sunset is at 10:22 pm, golden hour ends at 11:05 pm, and blue hour ends at 11:38 pm.

12:55 am

It’s been a long day, but we’re finally enjoying the comfort of our beds at Hotel Føroyar... hopefully dreaming of the Moon, the Giant and the Witch.

Rest well my friends.

Photographic pills:

  • Church of Viðareiði and Viðareiði village.
  • Fjord and Viðareið village from a lookout.
  • Afternoon shots in Saksun.
  • Golden hour and Sunset the black beach of Tjørnuvík with the Giant and the Witch.
  • The Moon aligned with the Giant and the Witch during blue hour.

Day 3. Tuesday, July 30th - Waterfalls and Puffins

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8:00 am

Breakfast at Hotel Føroyar.

9:55 am

Quick stop by the supermarket to grab some food. Today we’ll have lunch on the puffin island.

10:45 am

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We’re taking our first boat of the adventure (a few more will follow). We’re crossing the north Atlantic sea towards Mykines, the puffin island.

This island is truly something special. It’s not easy to get there, so we need a bit of luck with the weather...

If weather allows the boat to depart, once on the island... There is so much to photograph!

Note: Mykines is a very small island, and summer is the best time to visit it. This inevitably means there will be many tourists around; it's the price to pay to visit this gem! But don't panic. After the introductory guided tour to learn about the place and once most of the tourists proceed with their visit to the village, we'll be able to spend quite some time on our own photographing the puffins :)

1:30 pm

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What’s your choice?

From exploring the Mykines village (and its turf-roofed houses), hiking to the lighthouse at the end of the islet Mykineshólmur, to photographing the always fun puffins that are flying around the rolling hills and abrupt cliffs.

There is a lot to do!

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5:00 pm

Today we’ll have lunch in the field, among puffins and green seascapes. And before we take the boat back to Vágar, we’ll have coffee and cake in the little coffee shop in Mykines village.

6:00 pm

We find ourselves contemplating (and photographing) the view of the stunning Tindhólmur & Drangarnir (the arch).

The sun is still up in the sky. But we hope to have some diffuse light if some clouds come to the rescue.

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7:00 pm

Dinner at a local cafe. Don't expect anything luxurious, there are not many options to choose from, but we'll make a quick stop to fuel up before our sunset session :)

8:20 pm

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We’re heading towards the village of Gásadalur... where the stunning waterfall Múlafossur awaits!

Until the tunnel was built in 2004, you could only reach this isolated community hiking over the 700 m (2,300 ft) mountains, by boat or by helicopter.

We’re glad they built the tunnel :)

Total population: 18 people.

8:40 pm

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Open PhotoPills and check this out:

Golden hour begins at 9:06 pm, Sunset is at 10:19 pm, Moonrise (21%) is at 10:46 pm, golden hour ends at 11:00pm, and blue hour ends at 11:33 pm...

So there is plenty of time to explore the area!

Use the PhotoPills Augmented Reality tool (and the Planner) to find your composition. And get ready for the light to come (or for the Sun to be at the right spot in the frame).

Hint: the Sun sets pretty close to the coastline, on the left-hand side, right in front of us :)

11:35 pm

Off to bed!

In a few hours the Sun will rise again... And we’ll be there to photograph it!

Photographic pills:

  • Puffins, seascapes on Mykines island.
  • Lighthouse on the islet of Mykineshólmur.
  • Afternoon shot with Tindhólmur & Drangarnir (the arch).
  • Sunset and Múlafossur waterfall at Gásadalur.

Day 4. Wednesday, July 31st - Tindhólmur & Drangarnir

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3:50 am

There is a beautiful sunrise from the top of Sornfelli mountain, some 12 km (7.5 mi) away from Tórshavn.

And we don’t want to miss it.

As the Sun rises above the fjords in the west, we’re at the top of the mountain, at the planned shooting spot... In front of us, a long tong of water gets lost in the sea.

Click, Click, Click.

Time to shoot!

6:30 am

When the Sun is up in the sky, we’re in a different spot in Sornfelli.

Now we’re shooting north-west towards Trollkonufingur, also known as the witch finger.

Let’s grab our last shot before breakfast!

Blue hour begins at 3:37 am, golden hour begins at 4:08 am, Sunrise is at 4:50 am, and golden hour ends at 6:03 am.

7:30 am

Breakfast at Hotel Føroyar and down time.

2:00 pm

Post Processing class with Marco and Christian.

The goal of the class is to show you the exact step by step workflow to edit your landscape images, to enhance them and make them pop!

4:00 pm

Quick stop at the supermarket to grab food for dinner. Today we’ll have lunch by Drangarnir, the natural arch.

5:10 pm

We arrive at the small village of Sørvágur and take a private boat to Tindhólmur, a really magical place.

With an area of 0.65 km2 (0.25 mi2), this uninhabited islet got its name from the five peaks, which are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði and Bogdi (Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad and Bent).

Its highest point is 262 m (860 ft).

It takes only a 25 min easy hike to get to the shooting spot.

Spectacular shapes, green grass, pools... Lots of elements to work with in our compositions.

8:00 pm

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Another private boat takes us to Drangarnir, two spectacular sea stacks located between the islet of Tindhólmur and the island of Vágar.

The most stunning sea stack is called Stóri Drangur. It’s the larger one and it takes a characteristic shape of an arch. The second sea stack is smaller, it’s called Lítli Drangur.

It’s time to look for a vantage point to photograph one of the most beautiful scenery in the Faroe Islands.

We’ll look for some great compositions and wait for the beautiful light to come.

Look, the Sun is setting on the right hand side of Drangarnir. Time to shoot!

Golden hour begins at 9:04 pm, Sunset is at 10:16 pm, golden hour ends at 10:58 pm, and blue hour ends at 11:29 pm.

11:15 pm

Boat back to Sørvágur, and from there we’ll head back to the hotel.

12:30 am

Bed time!

Tomorrow... the witch awaits ;)

Photographic pills:

  • Blue hour, golden hour and sunriset at Sornfelli mountain.
  • Iconic shapes and pools of Tindhólmur.
  • Golden hour and Sunset at Drangarnir arch.

Day 5. Thursday, August 1st - The Witch Finger and the Fjords

8:00 am

Breakfast at Hotel Føroyar.

9:45 am

Known as the Witch’s finger, Trøllkonufingur actually means the Troll woman’s finger.

It’s a 313 m (1,027 ft) tall monolith on the south-east side of Sandavágur. Only 11 people are known to have reached the top.

We’ll start the day here!

11:00 am

Our next destination is the ancient settlement of Bøur on the west coast of Vágar Island.

The goal, to photograph the grass-roofed houses of this picturesque village along with the views of Tindhólmur & Drangarnir.

Only 75 people live here.

12:30 pm

Lunch at the Hotel Føroyar.

2:00 pm

Siesta time!

3:00 pm

Advance PhotoPills class with Marco and Christian.

Here we’ll go deep into the PhotoPills’ Planner tool to learn all its secrets.

5:55 pm

It takes a 55 min drive to get to Klaksvík, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands after Tórshavn. It’s located on the island of Borðoy, further north.

And not far away, in Klakkur, there is a stunning lookout over the fjords.

We need to hike a bit (moderate), but before that we’ll have dinner in a local restaurant.

7:20 pm

We start the hike up to the lookout. It’s a 2.7 km hike with an elevation gain of 277 m (1.67 mi, 908 ft).

We’re not in a hurry, so take your time!

8:50 pm

Finally we made it to the top. The views up here are stunning.

On the left we have the island of Kalsoy. And to the right, Kunoy.

Look, the Sun is setting over Kalsoy. Who is going to be the volunteer to pose for us and give a sense of scale to our photos?

After Sunset, we’ll start hiking back. You never know the photo opportunities we can run into on our way back.

This photo here is a good example:

Golden hour begins at 9:02 pm, Sunset is at 10:14 pm, golden hour ends at 10:54 pm and blue hour ends at 11:25 pm.

12:50 am

It’s been a long long day.

But finally, we made it to our Hotel Føroyar.

Time to rest... Tomorrow it is the secret day!

Photographic pills:

  • Morning shots with the Witch Finger.
  • Daytime shots at Bøur with Tindhólmur and Dranganir.
  • View of the Fjords from Klakkur.
  • Sun Setting over Kalsoy from Klakkur.
  • Mystic shots on the mountains hiking back from Klakkur.

Day 6. Friday, August 2nd - The Secret

I’ve been giving you lots of details of this amazing expedition to the Faroe Islands.

Maybe far too many...

But on August the 2nd we’ll visit a very cool location... :)

What will that be?

Well, you'll have to be there, with us, to figure it out :P

Day 7. Saturday, August 3rd - The Farewell

5:00 am

The Sun rises...

And as usually, we’re ready.

At the right place, at the right time...

Our final moments in the Faroe Islands are upon us...

As our expedition draws to a close, there's a mix of emotions swirling within us. It's challenging to express the depth of our gratitude for this enchanting land and the bonds we've forged here.

These islands have enthralled us with their untamed beauty – from the sheer cliffs to the pristine waters, they have been a true paradise for us.

Leaving isn't easy; the laughter, deep conversations, and collective awe that have marked our adventure aren't things that one easily parts with.

Yet, as we gather our belongings and bid our goodbyes, we're comforted by the knowledge that these memories are ours to keep, indelible and cherished.

A heartfelt thank you to the Faroe Islands – this isn't a goodbye, but a promise to return.

To my friends, until we meet again, remember, the journey continues...

Book now and save €500 (only 12 spots)

To book your spot to join the expedition to Faroe Islands at a reduced price of €5,200 (the official price is €5,700), a €1,000 deposit is required by Sunday December 24th.

Payment in full is required by March 17th 2024.

Please, finalise your booking as soon as possible. The seats are sold on a first come, first served basis.


What’s included in the price
  • The PhotoPills Welcome Pack.
  • A 7-day expedition photographing the Faroe Islands with the golden light, the Moon (and the puffins).
  • 7 days of learning, fun and adventure with Marco Grassi, Christian Høiberg and the funniest geek community – the PhotoPillers.
  • Full immersion in the PhotoPills method (Imagine.Plan.Shoot.!).
  • 6 nights of lodging, sharing a double room with another PhotoPiller (optional €900 single room supplement upon availability).
  • The activities on the Secret Day.
  • Beakfast.
  • Ground transportation during the expedition.
  • Boats/Ferry tickets.
  • Hiking passes.
  • All transfers.
What’s not included
  • Flights to/from the Faroe Islands.
  • Tourist visa (if necessary).
  • International medical and travel insurance coverage (strongly recommended).
  • Lunch & dinner.
  • Snacks, alcohol and beverages.
  • Anything not mentioned in the “included” list.

Do you want an example of how huge this will be?

This is a glimpse to what happened in the 2016 PhotoPills Expedition to Iceland. We had so many adventures and so much fun... We can’t wait for Faroe Islands!

But you don’t have to take our word for granted. Here’s what some PhotoPillers say about the PhotoPills adventures:

“I went to Iceland expecting to have the opportunity to photograph the marvelous landscape and master nightscapes. What I encountered was so much more – 14 kindred souls from across the globe who share a passion for photography. Together we expanded our creative boundaries, learned from one another and had an insane amount of fun in the process. I am confident that everyone came away from the experience a better photographer.”

“From the very moment the guys from PhotoPills announced the expedition to Iceland... I didn’t think it twice! I was using PhotoPills but not at its full capacity, so I had no better chance to learn from the creators of this amazing app. The experience was even more amazing than anything I could have imagined. In Iceland, I discovered a bunch of folks as crazy about photography as I am. I had a blast!

Photography is a continuous learning process, you always find something new that motivates you to improve. And this adventure made me improve more than I could imagine.”

"The PhotoPills guys know how to create a fantastic experience. They bring an infectiously fun energy and are always willing to drop some handy photography knowledge on you that you will take with you. You take their trip and you'll for sure have a good time, get some amazing pics and leave a better photographer."

“During my experience in Iceland I lived wonderful moments and had surprises that were beyond the expected. It completely exceeded my initial expectations! Sharing knowledge, experiences and ways of working and living photography with such a great group has been one of the most enriching life experiences I have ever had.

Who he said that learning and knowledge sharing can not be wonderfully fun?”

“I can't say enough about what a fantastic time I had during the PhotoPills Iceland photo tour! The guys from PhotoPills and Donal Boyd were so knowledgeable, accommodating, and especially lots of fun. Never a dull moment – nonstop action and shooting of amazing landscapes for 10 days. I came away with enough images and memories to last a lifetime!”


What’s the temperature in the Faroe Islands in July and August?

July and August are very nice months. Temperature varies depending on the area but you should expect the range to be between 48ºF (9ºC) and 55ºF (13ºC).

According to statistics, July and August typically have an average of 13 days of rainfall. Although it’s one of the driest months, it’s likely to rain.

It’s key to wear different layers of clothing (base, middle and shell layers) to be able to adapt to any temperature change and rain.

What do you recommend I bring along for the expedition?

Your sense of adventure and fun, your camera and of course your sense of humour.

Besides that? We’ll send you an Information Package that will give you further details and suggestions about what to bring (gear, clothing, etc.).

Is travel insurance included in the price of the expedition?

No. Participants are suggested to purchase national or international medical and travel insurance coverage.

Also, we recommend you to choose a travel insurance that:

  • Covers trip cancellation costs.
  • Covers Covid-19 health, travel and cancellation costs.

What is the cancellation policy?

We hope you don’t need to cancel your spot, but if a situation arises where you don’t have a choice, our cancellation policy is the following.

If you cancel and the expedition is otherwise filled, we'll refund you the full booking fee you have paid, minus a €300 administrative fee, and the non-refundable costs that are withheld by our travel partners.

If you cancel and the expedition doesn’t fill, then you’ll be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the expedition:

  • 91 days or more before the expedition: 100% refund, minus the deposit payment and the non-refundable costs that are withheld by our travel partners.
  • 90 days or less before the expedition: No refunds will be given.

Refunds will be paid using the same original method of payment.

Credits: All images by Marco Grassi and Félix Inden.

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