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Faroe Islands from the Air

Story by Greg Annandale July 3rd, 2016

By Helicopter

Whilst in the Faroe Islands last May (running a photography workshop alongside Conor MacNeill, Dan Rubin & Zoe Timmers) Atlantic Airways and Visit Faroe Islands organised a shoot for us in one of their AgustaWestland AW139s helicopters. Setting off from Vágar Airport we were able to see one of their A319 land and take off and accompanied the crew on a number of errands as they moved cargo around the islands of Vágar and Streymoy.

A jaunt onto the runway

Checking out the landing lights (and being passed by a light aircraft whilst driving along the runway - pretty standard stuff).

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The AgustaWestland AW139s

A beautiful and immaculately kept aircraft, primarily a search and rescue chopper which is also used to perform a number of other jobs across the islands; ferrying people and cargo and providing general assistance, especially to the more remote communities.

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A319 Landing

A prime spot for viewing the incoming aircraft; hovering & circling just above the runway.

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The tiny Vágar Airport

The only runway on the islands and averaging about 16 commercial flights (arr. and dep.) per day.

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Heading out over the islands

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disembarking

To allow the chopper to move some particularly heavy loads more efficiently we disembarked for a short while, up in the hills on a tiny road, before being picked up once more.

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stunning coastlines

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Instrumentation

Being somewhat of an aviation geek, these sorts of views excite me (plus watching helicopter pilots operate the aircraft is always fascinating).

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A319 Departure

Once again, the chopper put us in a prime spot for viewing the departing aircraft.

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by Drone

I took the DJI Phantom on a trip over to one of my favourite spots on the islands; Sørvágsvatn (coincidentally right beside the airport of Vágar). The ‘floating’ lake is pretty mind-boggling and produces some spectacular shots from the air.

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Thank you to Atlantic Airways for making this possible and to Peak Design for helping keep my cameras secure whilst rolling around in the helicopter.

Footnote: Shot with Nikon D800 and DJI Phantom 3. All photos copyright Greg Annandale.
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