Photo Journey Through the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a part of the majestic Kingdom of Denmark and located halfway between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Endlessly rugged and beautiful, they are a prime location for landscape photography. In fact, OFFBEAT is headed back next fall for our ever-popular FAR OUT FAROES workshop!

It’s one of my personal favourite places to shoot. Enjoy this compilation from this wild corner of the world!

Man stands on the snowy peak of a rocky outcropping overlooking the sea and the snow-capped peaks of the Faroe Island chain.
Self-portrait at Slaettaratindur. Paul Zizka Photography.
Gasadalur locals, Vágar. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

The Faroe Islands are comprised of 18 rocky islands, which are linked together via road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges. Many hikers, photographers, and bird-watchers are drawn to the picturesque fjords, mountains, and steep coastal cliffs that thousands of seabirds call home. 

Man stands on the snowy peak of a rocky outcropping overlooking the sea and the snow-capped peaks of the Faroe Island chain.
Long exposure self-portrait on a stunning day on Slaettaratindur, Eysturoy. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

According to the stories passed down by generations, the first known settlers were Irish monks in the sixth century. However, evidence has shown that these islands were first inhabited as far back as the year 300 AD. 

Faroese paintbrush. Gjogv cliffs. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
The incredibly colourful seacaves of Eysturoy. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Snow and sunshine atop Slaettaratindur, highest peak in the Faroe Islands. looking down through the mountains to the sea beyond.
Snow and sunshine atop Slaettaratindur, highest peak in the Faroe Islands.
Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

The name Faroe Islands first appeared as Faereyjar, which translates to “Sheep Islands.” This was the name in the ninth century, given by the Viking-age settlers from Norway and presumably the reason for their national symbol: a ram. 

Hardy sheep at Mulafossur, Vagar. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Snowy heights of Streymoy. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Seaguls fly above the vestmann cliffs and out to sea above this Faroe Island.
Vestmanna cliffs, Streymoy. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography

Self-portrait at a bottomless cleft of the southern coast of Vágar. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Self-portrait, southern Vágar. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

This mysterious archipelago is the spot for one of our upcoming workshops with OFFBEAT Photography! Click the image below for more information or to sign up!