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Photograph: Henrique MurtaThe Drangarnir sea stack off Vágar island

Why you need to go to the Faroe Islands – in nine breathtaking photos

Survey the beautiful, harsh landscape of the Faroe Islands, captured from above by drone

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

It’s cold, windy and usually dark. It rains a lot. And the landscape, all rocky cliffs and volcanic hills, feels just little bit inhospitable. But my gosh, are the Faroe Islands beautiful. Roughly half-way between Norway and Iceland, this archipelago of 18 islands is famed for the sheer drama of its natural landscapes – and nowhere is this plainer to see than from above.

On a recent trip to the Danish autonomous territory, Brazilian geologist and photographer Henrique Murta sent a drone out over the otherworldly Faroese landscape. The resulting photo series, ‘Føroyar Shapes’, was commended at the Siena Awards’ 2020 Drone Photo Awards. ‘The place just doesn’t look real, doesn’t feel real,’ says Murta. ‘Everything is too perfectly arranged: the colours and, especially, the shapes.’ Take a look at his series, republished in full here, and it’s hard to disagree.

Amazing photos of the Faroe Islands

The Tindhólmur islet. Photograph: Henrique Murta

The island of Vágar. Photograph: Henrique Murta

The Drangarnir sea stack off Vágar island. Photograph: Henrique Murta

Kalsoy island. Photograph: Henrique Murta

The northern tip of Kalsoy. Photograph: Henrique Murta

A road on the island of Kunoy. Photograph: Henrique Murta

The Drangarnir sea stack. Photograph: Henrique Murta

The Sorvagsvatn lake on Vágar island. Photograph: Henrique Murta

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