Unspoiled, Unexplored, Unbelievable Faroe Islands – a honey jar for photographers | Gjertsen Photography

Unspoiled, Unexplored, Unbelievable.

I recently came back from a short week in The Faroe Islands, Europe’s best kept secret. If you haven’t heard of the Faroe Islands, you definitely will soon. Tucked between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean,  you’ll find this self-governed group of 18 volcanic islands. Photographers and adventurers are also starting to catch wind of the archipelago’s steep cliffs, hiking trails, waterfalls, and rocky coastlines. The archipelago has the type of striking views typical of volcanic islands, like windswept mountains, crashing waves, and jagged coastlines. So, if you’re a landscape photographer, this is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity.

Here are some reasons to pack your camera gear and head to these islands.


Tjørnuvík is a village in the Faroe Islands. The village is furthest north of Streymoy, surrounded by mountains, with a good view of Risin and Kellingin. Tjørnuvík is considered among the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands and has about 53 inhabitants.

Risin and Kellingin are two sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands close to the town of Eiði. The name Risin og Kellingin means The Giant and the Witch (or Hag) and relates to an old legend about their origins. The Giant (Risin) is the 71m stack further from the coast, and the witch (Kellingin) is the 68m pointed stack nearer land, standing with her legs apart. | Tjørnuvik Faroe Island 2018

See my post with more photographs from this fabulous photo location: Tjørnuvik.


Bøur is a village in the Faroe Islands with a population of 75. It has views over the sea and the rocky islet Tindhólmur with its many peaks, Gáshólmur and the two “drangar”, (tall, pointed clifftops sticking up from the sea). This motif is known on many paintings and photographs.

Tindhólmur with its many peaks, Gáshólmur and the two “drangar”, (tall, pointed clifftops sticking up from the sea), Faroe Islands | 2018

It you want to see more images from this photo location, head over to my post: Bøur.


Velbastaður is on Streymoy’s west coast in the south of the island, about five kilometers from Kirkjubøur. It has a beautiful view across the strait Hestsfjørður towards the islands of Hestur and Koltur.

Velbastadur beacon with the island Koltur in the background | Faroe Islands 2018

Check out more photographs here: Velbastadur.

Gásadalur and Múlafossur

Visit Gásadalur and capture great photos of Múlafossur waterfall – possibly a better photo location than any other on the archipelago. The waterfall is falling over the rocky cliffs of Vágar Island to the ocean below, with the the green hills of Gásadalur village as a beautiful backdrop.

Múlafossur, Gásadalur | Faroe Islands 2018

Why not head over to my post with more photographs from this fabulous photo location: Gásadalur and Múlafossur.


Aside from Múlafossur, perhaps the most iconic landscape in the country is the village of Saksun on the northwestern coast of Streymoy. The hamlet and its mid-nineteenth-century church sit in a natural amphitheater above a lagoon, with views of mountains stretching in every direction.

Saksun church built in 1858 | Faroe Islands 2018

You can see more images of this interesting photo location when you jump to my post with more photographs: Saksun.

Optical illusions in real life

To get to Trælanípa you need to walk along Lake Sørvágsvatn, Leitisvatn or simply Vatnið. It is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It looks like it’s perched hundreds of feet above the ocean and it tilts outwards – but this is actually an optical illusion. The lake sits in a deep depression and is only about 90 feet above sea level. Trælanípa is a perpendicular rock wall, jutting 142 meters straight up out of the sea giving the oppostunity to shoot the optical illusion.

Optical illusion – Trælanípa | Faroe Island 2018

Take a look at images of Bøsdalafossur and others here: Trælanipa and Bøsdalafossur


Bøsdalafossur is the waterfall that flows from the lake Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn and into the Atlantic ocean. It has a height of 30 meters. Geituskoradrangur is the beautiful sea stack that can be seen from the same view-point as Bøsdalafossur. What more can you expect from one single photo location!!

Bøsdalafossur | Faroe Island 2018


The road down the steep hillside towards the settlement of Norðradalur on the island of Streymoy.

Winding road in Nordradalur | Faroe Islands 2018

To find Nordradalur on the map, check out my post: Nordradalur.


Trøllkonufingur or “the Witch’s Finger” is a majestic monolith on the south coast of Vágar.

Trøllkonufingur – The Troll womans finger | Faroe Islands 2018

Read the legend and see more images here: Trøllkonufingur.


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