Packing List & Useful Information for the Faroe Islands
With years of experience leading photography tours and workshops in the Arctic, we have learned to prepare our participants as much as possible before their arctic adventure. Packing the right equipment and clothing for the tour will make your experience much more pleasant and your photography more successful. Please read through our packing list and make sure you bring the “Must have” on the tour.
Even though our transportation is spacious we kindly ask you to pack light as it will make everyone’s life on the tour easier. Fitting your luggage in 1 suitcase or duffel bag per person plus camera gear bag will be greatly appreciated. During the days when we travel between hotels, your suitcase will not be easily accessible in the trunk. Before we head out each day we kindly ask you to pack so that the things you need during the day like extra clothing is with you on the bus, or in your camera bag. Such as warm hat, gloves, extra socks, tripod etc.
Immigration in the Faroe Islands
Vágar Airport is one of the easiest airports in the world! If the ask purpose of visit, please say you are on photographic holiday if they want to know where you are staying, you can give the names of our hotels.
Easy, your hotel the first night is in 10min walking distance from the airport. Let us know when you arrive and we can assist you with your bags or help you with any arrangments.
We recommend you purchase Travel insurance. Please note that individual travel insurance is not included in the tour prices. It is therefore important that clients arrange for their own travel insurance before visiting. Please contact us if you need any information on Travel insurance.
DSLR or SLR camera
Minimum 2 spare batteries and wall charger
Euro outlet adapter
Your essential 1st lens: Zoom lens, for example, wide angle 16-35 mm.
2nd lens for example zoom lens 24-105 mm, or 70-2oo mm.
Telephoto lenses – The 70-200 mm will be handy but we recommend to have 100-400 mm or similar for Puffin & other bird photography
Shutter release cable (or remote)
Sturdy tripod and ball head with quick release. We highly suggest www.reallyrightstuff.com
Filters 0.6 and 0.9 Graduated Neutral Density filters soft edge (nice to have a hard edge as well)
Filter holder with adapter ring which fits your lens (82mm and 77mm very common)
3 or 6 stop filters, for example, the Lee small stopper.
We highly suggest the Lee Filter System. Check out www.leefilters.com
Microfiber lens cloth. Good to have both large and small cloths, we need large when photographing waterfalls with spray
Minimum 32 GB of memory cards
Medium/large size camera bag which holds all your camera gear during the tour
Laptop to download images for review and/or processing during downtime
Back up camera body
Panoramic tripod head
Rain cover for camera & lens
GENERAL TRIP GEAR
Wool base layer top and bottom (Merino Wool does not smell unlike synthetic fibres after several days’ use).
2 fleeces (thick and thin)
Insulated water-resistant Hardshell/Softshell jacket/parka
Waterproof Hardshell pants, like Gore-Tex or similar
Personal bathroom items
Waterproof trail shoes or hiking shoes
Wool socks & regular socks
Underwear & wool or fleece underwear
Warm pair gloves
Pair street clothes
Nice to have
Your happy mood and passion for photography
The Faroe Islands offers some dangers when travelling. Mainly the weather, it can change fast and you want to be prepared. Roads in the Faroes are also small and narrow, good to have an experienced driver.
We rent a comfortable Van for our travels in the Faroe Islands
Breakfast will be served by each place of accommodation, a buffet.
Lunches will mostly be a picknick style in the field. This way, we are much more flexible during the day. Dinners will be served at our place of accommodation or at a local restaurant.
The Faroe Islands have Danish Krona as their currency. Banknotes come in 50, 100,200, 500 & 1.000.-
Credit Cards are widely accepted in the Faroe Islands and can be used at hotels and stores. Please check with your carrier about any possible fees when using your credit card overseas
American Express Card, is only accepted in few stores. Visa and MasterCard are the main credit cards. Bank branches and ATMs are available but mostly in the Capital and larger towns.
Electricity in The Faroe Islands is 220-230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Faroes or Iceland with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Most computer and camera chargers are dual voltage. If you are using an AA battery charger please make sure it is dual voltage.
Two mobile phone providers operate in the Faroe Islands: Føroya Tele (Faroese Telecom) and Vodafone. Together they cover most of the islands. They also have roaming agreements with other countries so that visitors can easily use their mobile phones while in the Faroe Islands.
Føroya Tele and Vodafone sell pre-paid GSM phone cards and offer GSM / GPRS service. Prepaid telephone cards can be purchased in teleshops, the airport, kiosks, petrol stations, post offices, hotels and regional tourist centres.
All of the places we stay at have wifi internet access. A couple of places might charge for internet access but otherwise, it is free.
Time in the Faroe Islands is measured using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during the wither months and GMT + 1 hours during the summer. The daylight saving time takes place in the late March and the clock is moved backwards late in October.