In the month of May, Wigwam boss Janis as well as myself Ali, packed our bags and headed to the Faroe Islands with one of our good friends, Merlin. All three of us were working with Scottish brands on both photography and video campaigns, some of which you will see more of soon here on the website! We headed north to explore the island with more sheep than inhabitants (70,000 sheep to 50,000 people) to capture some its natural beauty, still very much under the radar in terms of countries to visit in Europe.
Owned by Denmark and halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroes is an isolated country with an economy based on fishing and very low unemployment rates. It has a rugged coastlines with a variety of peaks and landscapes over the 18 islands, but the highest mountain is only 832 metres tall. If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday to relieve some stress, I would recommend forgetting about the Faroes, as it’s very cold, windy and open to the elements with a lack of tree cover across the whole country. However, as we arrived off the plane at their only main airport, we all looked forward to the cloudy forecasts for the next week to make for some moody scenes to capture.
After settling in to our accommodation in the capital, Torshavn we headed out to explore as many of the islands as we could in the time we had. Some of the highlights from our fast-paced trip include the grass-covered village of Saksun, exploring the cloud inversions on the island of Suduroy, exploring Kallur lighthouse at Kalsoy and seeing the village of Gjogv with its natural gorge and beautiful setting for the first time.
Vagar, the third biggest island in the Faroes, was also one we travelled to frequently on our trip, including the infamous lake above the ocean at Leitisvatn, as well as the surreal waterfall at Gasadalur. We also ventured to a walk becoming more distinguished in recent months near the village of Sorvagur, which after an hour of hiking turned into a scene fit for the movie screens.
I could ramble on forever about the beauty of these islands and all the hikes, views, people and experiences we won’t forget anytime soon, but time is of the essence. All I can reinforce is that the Faroes is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and it should definitely be on your list if you love Scandinavian countries and our home country, Scotland.
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