Visiting Saksun, Faroe Islands
Last month I spent a wonderful 5 days in the Faroes Islands with Northern Workshops, learning all the technical gaps of photography that I didn't know and seeing some breathtakingly beautiful sights. I'll share all about the actual workshop soon, but first I want to share some posts about where we visited.
One of my favourite places visited was Saksun, remote hillside village set in a natural circular amphitheatre high above a tidal lagoon on the Faroese island of Streymoy. We visited towards the end of April, after that and tourist season begins and instead of one or two cars parked at Saksun, coach after coach arrives and then it's quite a different experience.
A local farmer was recently in the news for writing 'This is not Disneyland. Tourists Go Home.' The gentleman, Jóhan Jógvansson, is a lovely chap who has found himself increasingly upset by the actions of some tourists and photographers who will do 'anything for the shot'. For example, trampling his fence to get onto his private land to get a better shot of his family home, photographing his family without permission, taking photos through his windows and even standing on the gravestones of his ancestors to take a photo.
If you do visit Saksun, please use common sense and respect for the land, heritage and locals. ✌️
With tourism booming in the Faroes, it will be very interesting to see if the Faroese vote for independence from Denmark. Whatever happens I do hope that they manage to balance the tourism so that it benefits all locals and doesn't begin to have a detrimental effect.
Download these and all my Faroes Islands photos, for free, at https://unsplash.com/collections/2135813/free-photos-of-the-faroe-islands