Faroe Islands


A further selection of photographs from my trip to the Faroe Islands back in September 2018. The photo above was made when visiting St Magnus Cathedral, a ruined medieval cathedral in the village of Kirkjubøur on the island of Streymoy. On an exterior wall there is this weatherbeaten relief of the crucifixion of Jesus.


Streymin Bridge, Oyrarbakki which connects the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy. The Föroya Bjór truck in the middle foreground is making its way back to the Föroya Bjór brewery in Klaksvík which was established in 1888.


Fishing vessel in for repairs at Klaksvík. Visited this boatyard after returning by ferry from the neighbouring island of Kalsoy.


The last two photos are of the Westward Ho (TN54) which was built in 1884 in Grimsby, England. It was used as a fishing vessel from 1895 until 1964. This included service during World War 2 when it fished near Iceland, providing much needed fish for Scotland. It’s now used for commercial boat trips running from Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.


© Simon Howlett 2019. All rights reserved

14 thoughts on “Faroe Islands

  1. The light on the water on those last 2 shots is stupendous! An interesting post – I recognised beer ‘bjor’ – never realised they had a brewery there but I suppose they would really – rather than importing it

    • Thanks Carol. The last 2 shots were taken at dawn. It was lovely exploring the harbour first thing in the morning – very peaceful. Beer is popular – not many other pursuits to keep the locals occupied! 🙂

      • My comment regarding the beer drinking was made with tongue in cheek. The Faroese are not poor people, they live a very good life in a beautiful part of the world.

    • Thank you Denise. I hope you get to visit the islands, I’m sure you would come away with a lot of superb photos. Would be really nice to see how you view the Faroe Islands photographically.

  2. You make the Faroe Island feel like home for me ~ a comforting blend of incredible use of B&W and scenes, along with the story the photos seem to speak to me of a life worth living peacefully with the surrounding environment. Beautiful work.

    • Thank you very much Randall. Really enjoyed my time on the islands, it was hard to leave at the end of my two week trip. Yes, an incredible environment to live in – very peaceful and meditative.

  3. Hi Simon, Your images are stunners in black and white. I love your cathedral detail in the lead shot and the boats with their wonderful reflections and compositions. Terrific series.

    • Hi Jane, Thank you. I’d read about the cathedral crucifixion relief while researching the Faroe Islands. It was close to where I was staying and was the first location I visited. Stunning landscape and seascape views throughout the islands – a magnificent place to visit.

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