Nights of Wonder: Faroe Islands 2017

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Location: Faroe Islands

Dates: April 8th to 13th, 2017

If you're looking for an incredible photography destination in 2017, join Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha in the fantastical Faroe Islands for six days (five nights) of exploration and adventure. We will be bringing our "Nights of Wonder" photography series away from Yellowknife (where we've held it four times) and on the road to what has to be one of the most rugged, beautiful places in the world.

Come let us help you take your landscape, night, and portrait photography skills to the next level! You'll get a chance to work closely with both of us as we tackle a variety of topics (primarily in the field, with some classroom learning and critiques) aimed at expanding your technical photo skills and your creative vision, all while soaking in the splendour of an incredible environment.

The Faroe Islands.

Google it. It's located between Iceland and Norway - a small archipelago of volcanic islands; a place that looks like someone mashed together Scotland + Greenland + Ireland + Iceland.

This will be a six-day workshop with a great group blending daytime landscape/nature (and even portrait!) photography with a strong night component. The Faroes get strong aurora activity the time of year we'll be going. If you're looking to come explore an incredible country with a group of passionate people - well, we'd love to have you there!

Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)

Day 1 - Sat April 8: Workshop starts mid-afternoon at about 3PM at our hotel on Vagar. Group introductions, overview, astrophotography presentations, first night astrophotography field session if conditions allow.

Day 2 - Sun April 9: Sunrise photography around Vagar, close to hotel, breakfast back at hotel, break, 2-hour classroom sessions just before dinner, dinner at Vagar Hotel, sunset session on Vagar.

Day 3 - Mon April 10: Transfer day to Gjogv (more or less a free day to explore - go check out Torshavn or other scenic areas), early dinner at Gjaargardur, sunset in northern Eysturoy, possibility of night session.

Day 4 - Tue April 11: Sunrise somewhere near Gjogv, close to hotel, breakfast back at hotel, break, 2-hour classroom sessions just before dinner, early dinner at Gjaargardur, sunset session on northern Streymoy.

Day 5 - Wed April 12: Sunrise somewhere near Gjogv, close to hotel, breakfast back at hotel, break, 2-hour classroom sessions just before dinner, early dinner at Gjaargardur, sunset session on northern Streymoy, night session.

Day 6 - Thu April 13: Final group breakfast. Flights usually leave for mainland Europe early afternoon.

The finer details:

- Daily instruction/mentoring by Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha
- All in-country accommodations + breakfast/dinner during the dates of the workshop
- In-country transportation during duration of workshop (we have a number of rental vans secured)

Not Included:
- International Airfare (participants will need to be in Vagar, Faroe Islands for the start date of the workshop)
- Lunches. As this will be a workshop around late nights and early mornings, participants will have free time from late morning through late afternoon; as such, lunches aren't with the group and are "on own".
- Travel Insurance

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost: CAD $4,250

Payment options: Full payment or $1000 non-refundable deposit to secure a space with remaining three payments spread over the year:

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $1,000
Payment #2: CAD $1,000 - July 8th, 2016
Payment #3: CAD $1,000 - October 8th, 2016
Payment #4: CAD $1,250 - Jan 8th, 2017

Note: failure to pay by payment due date means forfieting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant.


Hotel Vágar

Gjáargarður - Guesthouse of Gjógv

Important note: this is not a "luxury" tour. While we feel you will find it very comfortable, please note that accommodations will be shared (two participants per room). We will do our best, however, to accomodate friends/spouses traveling together to ensure you room in the same cabin.

All accommodations during the duration of the workshop dates (from kick-off to final group breakfast) included.


All in-country transportation from the time of the formal workshop kick-off at the hotel in Vagar (details of which to be sent to participants upn registration) to final group breakfast included/covered.

What to expect

The workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. Most locations will be readily accessible with drives/short hikes.

This event focuses 100% on landscape + outdoor + night photography, but participants are free to ask questions about and practice portrait photography as well. It is worth noting that the workshop will be quite intense in order to maximize field time. Participants are not expected to participate in every aspect of the workshop/tour. It’s up to you to get out as much as you like, though of course it is recommended you give it your all.


Both Dave and Paul preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.

What to Bring

As this event is in April in the Faroes, there is the possibility of some very diverse weather conditions and cool temperatures, especially in the late evening and early mornings. Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions as the more comfortable you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be.

Make sure to pack:

• suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer (including long underwear)
• warm jacket.
• waterproof jacket and pants
• hiking boots (we will be in potentially wet and rocky areas)
• warm hat
• a headlamp or flashlight
• gloves (try to find gloves that still allow you to operate your camera)
• your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings and a range of lenses, if you have). Our recommended lenses to bring would be one wide angle lens with a fast aperture (useful for night photography) and a 70-200MM lens. Other lenses are useful, of course, but those two lenses were our most frequented "go-to" lenses.
• a sturdy tripod
• a cable (or wireless) shutter release
• a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe)

As well, we optionally recommend:

• small first aid kit
• blister bandages
• water bottle

Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

Although extremely unlikely, Brosha Photography Ltd. and Paul Zizka Photography reserve the right to cancel the tour at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made to Brosha/Zizka would be refunded to participants however no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.


It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation insurance, including medical/illness insurance and emergency medical transport coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.

Travel Visa

It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.

About Dave Brosha

"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail

Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.

About Paul Zizka

Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.

Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.

In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.

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