Come catch that Arctic light!
Join us as we take on the Lofoten Islands dressed in white. The sun has just returned to Northern Norway at this time, so we will make sure you get plenty of chances to capture beautiful light both during the day and also at night.
When joining Tor, Mikkel, and Ted to the Lofoten Islands, you are in the hands of award-winning photographers infused with local knowledge. Mikkel has in recent years been awarded Aurora Borealis Photographer of the Year 2017 and winner of the Sony Awards 2017. Ted is well-known for his sophisticated use of colors in his landscape images and he was awarded USA Landscape photographer of the year in 2015.
So whether you are a beginner or professional, you will be in good hands this week in the Lofoten Islands.
Dates: February 8 - February 15, 2019
The full price of this tour is 2990 euros and is due 60 days prior to the tour. Paying it all at once, or the deposit of €800 will reserve your spot at this tour.
If you want your own room, that is an additonal €500.
We do accept all major credit cards.
What do our clients say?
Best Nordic Experience!
“They don't ever seem to get tired and always ensure that you are there for the right moment. Sunsets, sunrises, and aurora borealis. ”
— Yogi B.
Above and beyond!
“They are truly professional in every aspect and extremely hard working. I am looking forward to booking another trip with them. Nordic Photo Tours is top notch!!!”
— Debbie M
Hardest working crew!
“I had the privilege of spending 7 days with these three trip guides in Lofoten. It was an amazing trip and Tor, Even and Roy are all really talented photographers, great teachers and all around great guys. ”
— David L.
About the workshop.
During this week long tour, the Lofoten Islands will be covered in snow from top to bottom and the landscape is about to be graced with the beauty of moon light.
We are going to start our first few days at the beautiful town of Reine, before we move a bit further north to Ballstad. In both places we will enjoy the authentic Lofoten feel.
You can expect long days, but never stressful. The sun rises relatively late in February as it has just returned a few weeks prior to this workshop. So 8:45am sunrise and a sunset at 4pm. This gives us a nice amount of time to shoot during the day and gives us a chance to do either post-processing or similar before dinner and northern lights later in the afternoon.
We will pick you up at Evenes Airport and take you and the rest of the eager photographers to Reine Rorbuer where we will start off with a proper meet and greet. At this point, you will get to know us a bit better as well as the other participants.
During this week you will get courses in night photography specifically oriented towards capturing the northern lights aka the aurora borealis. We will tutor in our ways of post-processing as well and in-field techniques such as focus stacking, blending exposures and shooting for dynamic range.
Ted, Mikkel, and Tor are very capable of taking you from the very basics of Adobe Lightroom through the sophisticated techniques of Adobe Photoshop. So there is something for everyone.
This workshop is for everyone, whether you are a novice or a professional. We will easily adapt to your level and make sure you leave this workshop with new knowledge!
What about food? During this workshop we will be served dinners by the local chef at Reine Rorbuer and Hattvika Lodge, this will be a superb arena to chit chat. Breakfast is usually made by yourself at the lodge, while lunch is something we either eat at a local restaurant or make ourselves - depending on what our schedule for the day is. There are many convenient stores near where we are staying, so getting the food and snack you want is quite easy.
Did you know that this tour is co-guided by the winner of the Aurora Borealis category in 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year as well as USA Landscape photographer of the year 2015? Learn more about our guides here.
Transport from and to Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes (EVE), accommodation at Hattvika Lodge for the duration of the workshop, dinners, photography guiding both in the field and also post-processing session at Hattvika.
While dinners are included, breakfast and lunch are not - rest assured though, there will be plenty of chances to buy groceries and prepared meals during this workshop. We will plan it so we can eat some meals together. Also not included are any private insurances and any costs required to travel to and from Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes (EVE) from to to your home location.
About The Lofoten Islands
Lofoten is an archipelago famous for its dramatic scenery. A string of islands is connected by road, bridges, and tunnels. In each of these islands, you will find picturesque villages and hidden beaches. In total, the region has a population of about 24500.
Our base camp will be at the heart of Lofoten, at the beautiful Hattvika Lodge in the small town of Ballstad.
How to get to the meeting point?
Should you need to come in the day before, we recommend you staying with Tjelsundbrua Hotel.
"You’ll never forget your first approach to the Lofoten Islands.
The islands spread their tall, craggy physique against the sky like some spiky sea dragon, and you wonder how human beings eke out a living in such seemingly inhospitable surroundings. The beauty of this place is simply staggering."
What To Bring
- You should bring a camera you are comfortable using. We recommend you to bring a camera with full manual control as well as interchangeable lenses.
- We will be photographing a variety of locations, so having a selection of lenses to chose from is nice. A wide-angle lens, as well as a telephoto lens, is recommended. It is also highly recommended that you have an ultra-wide-angle lens with an aperture of f2.8 or faster to capture the aurora borealis. A full frame equivalent range from 14mm to 200mm is recommended.
- Since part of this tour is about capturing the night sky as well, you will need a sturdy tripod to be able to do long exposures. If you don´t own one, you can rent one from us.
- Filters are optional but recommended.
- A laptop able to run Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is highly recommended as you´ll be able to receive personal tutoring in those applications. Make sure you have the latest versions before you arrive.
- Extras like batteries, memory cards, and lens cloth are also highly recommended. Batteries will drain fast in the cold.
- Lofoten Islands will be at its peak of winter at this time and temperatures will most likely be cold. The weather can change very fast, so proper winter clothing is necessary. Being able to protect ourselves from the elements is key to a successful workshop.
A good set of base layers, mid-layers for warmth such as fleece and down. A shell jacketand quick-dry hiking pants will help to protect against the elements as well. Good snow bootsor insulated hiking boots are advised. Having a warm hat and gloves is essential. A face cover, such as a balaclava, may also help you to be more comfortable in windy conditions.
We will spend a good amount of time outside in the dark, so bring a headlamp.
We will prioritize catching that dramatic light, so we will be on the move for sunrises, sunsets and of course the northern lights.
The weather in the Lofoten Islands is highly unpredictable, so we will have to adapt as we go. You can, however, rest assured that we will visit amazing locations up to several times per day!
Dates: February 8 - February 15, 2019
Payment: €2990 Based on double occupancy. You will be sharing the room with someone of your gender, unless anything else is agreed upon. Single room is €500 extra.
The deposit is €800. All payments are done via PayPal or Bank Transfer.
The deposit is non-refundable and full payment is due 60 days prior to the tour.
Arrival: Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes (EVE). February 8th, no later than 11am.
Departure: Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes (EVE). February 15th, after 11am.