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Around the Waning Gibbous Moon...
From August 4th to August 10th 2023, Marco Grassi and Antoni Cladera (PhotoPills Masters) will be traveling across Faroe Islands to photograph August’s 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 August’s 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!
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 March 5th.
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.
12 PhotoPillers | 2 PhotoPills Masters | Faroe Islands | Endless legendary photos
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 August’s 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.
If we see something interesting happening in the sky, we’ll pick the best location possible, stop and take advantage of the occasion.
When we are hungry, we’ll stop and eat. When we are tired, we’ll stop and rest...
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. Friday, August 4th - Welcome to the Faroe Islands
It’s Friday noon...
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 Antoni Cladera... And probably a few more PhotoPillers :)
When ready, we’ll jump onto our private transport towards Hotel Vágar, our home for the first three nights.
It’s time to enjoy a quick power nap (“siesta”) to restore our energy level before the action begins :P
It’s time to meet our local guide that will be driving us around the Faroe Islands.
Our first destination is the ancient settlement of Bøur. Only 75 people live here.
If you look west, you’ll see the amazing shapes of Tindhólmur and Drangarnir (the arch).
Mykines, the puffin island, is not too far away behind them!
What an interesting place to begin our adventure, isn’t it?
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).
Expect to be alone on the islet (well, we hope so!). Let’s take advantage of it.
Spectacular shapes, green grass, pools... Lots of elements to work with in our compositions.
After having dinner in the field (we stopped to grab food on our way to Bøur), we’ll take the boat towards 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.
Before you choose your shooting spot, check PhotoPills to understand where exactly the Sun will set.
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 9:00 pm, Sunset is at 10:10 pm, golden hour ends at 10:49 pm, and blue hour ends at 11:18 pm.
Boat back to Bøur, and from there we’ll head back to the hotel.
Tomorrow... waterfalls and puffins ;)
- Iconic shapes and pools on Tindhólmur.
- Golden hour and Sunset next to Drangarnir arch.
Day 2. Saturday, August 5th - Waterfalls and Puffins
Wake up! We’re going to photograph a beautiful stream of water that dies in a small waterfall called Skarðsáfossur.
When we arrive at our shooting spot by the stream of running water, the golden hour has just begun.
The stream cuts a super green grass field leading our view towards Tindhólmur and Drangarnir at the back.
Yes, the stream is in the shade, but as the Sun rises, a beam of light begins to hit the islet and the sea stacks.
Blue hour begins at 3:58 am, golden hour begins at 4:26 am, Sunrise is at 5:05 am and golden hour ends at 6:14 am.
Breakfast at Hotel Vágar.
We’re taking a boat for the third time in two days. But this time we’re traveling further away – to 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...
But once on the island, there is so much to do!
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.
As we arrive at Mykines, the Moon (82%) will be setting into the sea at 10:49 am.
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.
After a little break at the hotel, we’ll go have dinner at our favorite place in the area. Don’t expect anything luxurious, there are not many options to choose from, but we can eat a decent pizza or fish and chips :)
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.
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Golden hour begins at 8:55 pm, Sunset is at 10:04 pm, golden hour ends at 10:42pm, Moonrise (77%) is at 10:54 pm and blue hour ends at 11:10 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 :)
Off to bed!
In a few hours the Sun will rise again...
- Sunrise at the stream and waterfall of Skarðsáfossur.
- Puffins, seascapes on Mykines island.
- Lighthouse on the islet of Mykineshólmur.
- Sunset and Múlafossur waterfall at Gásadalur.
Day 3. Sunday, August 6th - The Witch Finger and the Magic Lake
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, photographing the Sunrise :)
Blue hour begins at 3:58 am, golden hour begins at 4:26 am, Sunrise is at 5:05 am and golden hour ends at 6:14 am.
Breakfast at our hotel.
Location briefing and Landscape Photography Class to learn the techniques we need to use to succeed in the field.
Lunch at Fiskastykkið, a little café located by the historical fish drying area in the village of Sandavágur. Here we’ll enjoy a bit of the local cuisine.
We arrive at Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in Faroe Islands (3.4 km2 or 1.3 mi2).
There is a 1h 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 golden hour has just begun and, as planned, the Sun is going down along the coastline, aligned with a few giant sea stacks.
Golden hour begins at 8:51 pm, Sunset is at 10:00 pm, golden hour ends at 10:37pm, and blue hour ends at 11:04 pm.
We hike back to the vehicles. We’ll get to the Hotel Vágar around 11:15 pm. It’s our last night here. Tomorrow we’ll be going to the capital: Tórshavn.
- Golden hour and Sunrise at the Witch Finger.
- Infinite cliffs at Sørvágsvatn lake.
- Sunset at sea stacks at the end of Sørvágsvatn lake.
Day 4. Monday, August 7th - The Fjords
For the brave ones, there is an optional Sunrise at the village of Bøur. The idea is to capture the mystic early morning sky along with the view of Tindhólmur and Drangarnir at the foreground.
We never get tired of photographing them.
Blue hour begins at 4:05 am, golden hour begins at 4:32 am, Sunrise is at 5:10 am and golden hour ends at 6:19 am.
Breakfast at Hotel Vágar and check out.
PhotoPills Class. Get ready to learn how to use PhotoPills :)
After the class, we’ll go to Tórshavn, the capital, where we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.
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.
Check-in at the beautiful Hotel Føroyar. We’ll stay here for the rest of the adventure. It’s time to enjoy a good nap.
We arrive at Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands after Tórshavn. It’s located on the island of Borðoy, further north.
And not far away, there is a stunning lookout over the fjords.
It takes a 30min hike up the hill to get to Klakkur. But the views up here are worth the effort.
On the left we have the island of Kalsoy, which we’ll be visiting tomorrow. 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 8:47 pm, Sunset is at 9:56 pm, golden hour ends at 10:33 pm, the Moon (55%) rises at 10:41 pm and blue hour ends at 11:00 pm.
- Optional Sunrise 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 5. Tuesday, August 8th - The Lighthouse
Only three Sunrises to go!
Are you going to miss them?
Of course not!
As the Sun rises, we’ll be at the right spot to photograph the island of Koltur perfectly framed between the green landscapes.
Blue hour begins at 4:07 am, golden hour begins at 4:37 am, Sunrise is at 5:11 am and golden hour ends at 6:19 am.
Breakfast at Hotel Føroyar.
We arrive at Funningur, a beautiful small village located on the northwest coast of Eysturoy.
There is a lot to photograph here, the narrow streets, the grass-roofed church and the stunning views of the fjords from above.
Lunch in a local restaurant in the village of Gjógv, a small settlement located at the end of a deep valley.
Here we’ll taste a bit more of the local cuisine: lamb, mussels… Delicious!
And it’s a beautiful place to take photos. So, after lunch we’ll go for a walk to do some street photography.
Oh! And we’ll grab our dinner, because today we’re going to Kalsoy. And we can’t find any food there :)
Ferry to Kalsoy!
Long as a flute, the island of Kalsoy is a playground for landscape photographers.
Only 150 people live on the island, spread in 4 tiny villages... and surrounded by 13 peaks and 11 valleys.
The path to Kallur lighthouse starts at Trøllanes. It’s a beautiful 40-minute hike along the green seaside to the northernmost point of Kalsoy.
There, we’ll find an interesting little lighthouse placed right at the top of an immense cliff.
Please, be careful here!
As the Sun goes down, the soft light is all around us. Enjoy!
Golden hour begins at 8:46 pm, Sunset is at 9:54 pm, golden hour ends at 10:31 pm, the Moon (46%) rises at 10:36 pm and blue hour ends at 10:58 pm.
Not far away from the lighthouse, there is another cool photo opportunity, a stunning view of the cliffs that lead to two sea stacks: Risin og Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch).
The Giant (Risin) is the 71 m (232 ft) stack further from the coast, and the Witch (Kellingin) is the 68 m (223 ft) pointed stack closest to the shore, standing with her legs apart.
Why are they called the Giant and the Witch?
We’ll tell you the legend hidden behind these two sea stacks once in the Faroe Islands :P
Time to hike back, get onto the ferry (which leaves at 10:35 pm) and drive back to the Hotel Føroyar.
It’s been a long day. Rest well my friends. Tomorrow we have a very special Moon shot planned for you.
- Kultur island framed at Sunrise.
- Funningur town (streets, grass-roofed church) and views of the fjord from above.
- The settlement of Gjógv.
- Sunset at Kallur lighthouse in the island of Kalsoy.
- The sea staks of Risin og Kellingin from Kalsoy.
Day 6. Wednesday, August 9th - 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 9th we’ll do something completely different… including a very special Moon shot we’ve carefully planned for you :)
What will that be?
Well, you'll have to be there, with us, to figure it out :P
Day 7. Thursday, August 10th - The Farewell
The Sun rises...
And as usually, we’re ready.
At the right place, at the right time...
We’re about to take the last shot in the Faroe Islands...
As the Faroe Islands expedition comes to an end, it's hard to put into words the emotions we feel as we say goodbye to this breathtakingly beautiful place and the friendships we've formed.
The islands have captivated us with their rugged landscapes, towering cliffs and clear blue waters, providing endless inspiration for our photography.
But more than that, we've been touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Faroese people, and by the memories we've made together.
It's hard to leave behind the laughter, the conversations, and the shared moments of wonder and awe that we've experienced on this trip.
But as we pack our bags and say farewell, we know that these memories will stay with us forever.
We'll always remember the Faroe Islands as a place of natural beauty and the friends we've made here as a source of joy and inspiration.
Thank you Faroe Islands, we'll be back!
And see you soon my friends!
Life goes on...
Book now and save €500 (only 12 spots)
To book your spot to join the expedition to Faroe Islands at a reduced price of €4,900 (the official price is €5,400), a €1,000 deposit is required by Sunday, March 5th.
Payment in full is required by April, 30th 2023.
Please, finalize your booking as soon as possible. The seats are sold on a first come, first served basis.
What’s included in the price
- A 7-day expedition photographing the Faroe Islands with August’s golden light, the Moon (and the puffins).
- 7 days of learning, fun and adventure with Marco Grassi, Antoni Cladera 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 €550 single room supplement upon availability).
- The activities on the Secret Day.
- Local guide.
- 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 August?
August is a very nice month. Temperature varies depending on the area but you should expect the range to be between 48ºF (9ºC) and 55ºF (13ºC).
According to statistics, August typically has 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 humor.
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:
- 61 days or more before the expedition: 100% refund, minus the deposit payment and the non-refundable costs that are withheld by our travel partners.
- 60 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.