Vestmanna and Tórshavn, Streymoy, Faroes

Aug 22, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

Situated in an exposed part of the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands are relentlessly battered by storms, with a recent windspeed record of over 266 km per hour (165 mph). Traditional turf rooves are still used today, even on modern buildings in the capitol city of Tórshavn. This centuries-old method of roofing provides heavy wind-resistant shelter and good insulation. What’s more: it gives Faroese buildings a wonderful Hobbitesque appearance! 

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Conor Ryan


Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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Bradford McArthur

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Bradford McArthur has been shooting film and photos since the 1990's (pre-digital dinosaur!) Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009. As a former professional rock/alpine climber and whitewater kayaker he has shot adventure films all over the globe for brands such as Arc'teryx, The North Face, Olympus and many others.

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