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My landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending. My photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can sometimes focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

Ansteins lighthouse | Gjertsen Photography

Ansteins lighthouse is located on the island Flekkerøya in Kristiansand, Norway. My hometown actually. Bergenesodden – a more precise location name – is pointing south and west with great opportunities for shooting sunsets. This is becoming one of my favorite photo locations.

 

Here’s the photo location on the map.

Photography locations in Faroe Islands – Trøllkonufingur

One of the prime landscape photography locations on The Faroe Islands is the Trøllkonufingur or “The Witch’s Finger”. It is a majestic monolith on the south coast of Vágar.

THE LEGEND OF TRØLLKONUFINGUR

Legend says, that Trøllkonufingur is the finger of a witch that came to throw the Faroe Islands to Iceland. When she came to the sea south of Vágar, the sun rised and she turned into stone and fell in the ocean.

She was so big that when she reached the bottom of the sea, the back of her head and her finger were above the surface. The back of her head is the island of Koltur, and the finger is Trøllkonufingur.

A member of the Danish royal entourage climbed Trøllkonufingur in 1884. He waved to Crown Prince Frederik, as he sailed past it. But after the climb he realized that he had left one of his gloves at the top. So, he decided to climb up again to get it. He was tired after the first climb and stumbled and fell into his death. – Source: www.visitvagar.fo

landscape photography locations in Faroe Islands
Trøllkonufingur – The Troll womans finger | Faroe Islands 2018

 

 

Other photography locations in Faroe Islands

I visited the Faroe Islands in August 2018. And I must say it’s a fabulous experience for a photographer. You can read more about other great photography locations in Faroe Islands here. First of all, I’ll recommend Tjørnuvík. It is a village with a good view of Risin and Kellingin – a great photo location for landscape photographers. Besides that my recommendations go to Bøur that has motifs known on many paintings and photographs. Saksun is a village in a natural amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon.  Gasadalur village is located in the west of Vagar Island and it is a natural beauty that is tucked between lush green fields and soaring rocky mountains. Velbastaður has a beautiful view across the strait Hestsfjørður towards the islands of Hestur and Koltur. The winding road down the steep hillside towards Norðradalur is a great photo location too.

Nordradalur – my visit to Faroe Islands | Gjertsen Photography

The road down the steep hillside towards the settlement of Norðradalur on the island of Streymoy, Faroe Islands. Norðradalur is a village on the western coast and lies in a large valley surrounded be steep cliffs and the ocean, with a beautiful view over Koltur.

 

 

I visited the Faroe Islands in August 2018 and that was a fabulous experience for a photographer. I these post you can read more about other great photo locations in the Faroe Islands. Tjørnuvík is a village with a good view of Risin and Kellingin – a great photo location for landscape photographers. Bøur has motifs known on many paintings and photographs. Saksun is a village in a natural amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon.  Gasadalur village is located in the west of Vagar Island and it is a natural beauty that is tucked between lush green fields and soaring rocky mountains. Velbastaður has a beautiful view across the strait Hestsfjørður towards the islands of Hestur and Koltur.

Velbastadur – my visit to Faroe Islands | Gjertsen Photography

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.

 

 

I visited the Faroe Islands in August 2018 and that was a fabulous experience for a photographer. I these post you can read more about other great photo locations in the Faroe Islands. Tjørnuvík is a village with a good view of Risin and Kellingin – a great photo location for landscape photographers. Bøur has motifs known on many paintings and photographs. Saksun is a village in a natural amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon.  Gasadalur village is located in the west of Vagar Island and it is a natural beauty that is tucked between lush green fields and soaring rocky mountains. Sørvágsvatn is perched hundreds of feet above the ocean and it tilts outwards – but this is actually an optical illusion. And nearby you’ll also find the beautiful Bøsdalafossur.

Photo locations Trælanípa and Bøsdalafossur

Photo locations in Faroe Islands – Trælanípa

Two photo locations in Faroe Islands is where you can shoot both Trælanípa and Bøsdalafossur in the same area.

Trælanípa

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

Bøsdalafossur

Furthermore you’ll find Bøsdalafossur there too. The waterfall that flows from the lake Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn and into the Atlantic ocean 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!

 

Besides these two you can find more photo locations in Faroe Islands. I visited the Islands in August 2018 and it was a fabulous experience for a photographer. In these posts you can read more about other great photo locations in the Faroe Islands. First of all I’ll recommend Tjørnuvík – a village with a good view of Risin and Kellingin. Definitely a great photo location for landscape photographers. Furthermore my recommendations go to Bøur that has motifs known on many paintings and photographs. Saksun is a village in a natural amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon. Gasadalur village is located in the west of Vagar Island and it is a natural beauty that is tucked between lush green fields and soaring rocky mountains.

 

 

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.

Tjørnuvik

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

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.

Velbastadur

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.

Saksun

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

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

Nordradalur

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

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.