Northern Lights In Lofoten

Friday September 14th - Friday september 21st, 2018

 

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This week we will visit arguably the most picturesque region in Norway. The Lofoten Islands will be dressed in the fiery colors of autumn. And with a bit of luck we get to see the green gold, the northern lights. 

We will spend this week exploring the many world class location the region has to offer. With a base at the Hattvika Lodges, we are lodging in the heart of Lofoten - giving us access to amazing location with ease. The lodge at Hattvika balances the feeling of luxury and living at sea lodge perfectly. You will be amazed!
At Hattvika we will also enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner - all included in the price.

We will pick you up at Harstad/Narvik airport, Evenes,  and take you and the rest of the eager photographers to Hattvika Lodge where we will start off with a proper meet & greet. At this point you will get to know us a bit better as well as the other participants over a nice meal.

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.

 

ABOUT THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Lofoten is an archipelago famous for its dramatic scenery. A string of islands are 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 basecamp will be at the heart of Lofoten, at the beautiful Hattvika Lodge in the small town of Ballstad. 

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.
— Lonely Planet
 

THE GUIDES

ABOUT EVEN TRYGGSTRAND

Even is our shooting star of Instagram. Since he picked up a camera a few years ago he has been featured by Instagram as well as local and national newspapers in Norway. 

Even also bears the title as brand ambassador for Manfrotto.

ABOUT ROY EINAR JENSEN

Roy is our head scout and globetrotter. This guy knows about local gems, few locals even know about. Roy will take us beyond the highlights you have seen a thousands times before.

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ABOUT TOR-IVAR NÆSS

Tor-Ivar has been featured both by national and international magazines. He has been nominated Astrophotographer of the Year by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. Tor will teach you some neat tricks in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Tor-Ivar is today brand ambassador for the Norwegian shoe producers Alfa Sko.

itinerary

During this week in Lofoten we will visit world-class locations like Reine, Kvalvika and Uttakleiv. We will prioritize sunsets and chasing the aurora borealis during this week. So it will be long and late evenings, but well worth it, if the weather is on our side.
The weather in Lofoten is highly unpredictable, this will give us many unique chances to capture amazing light throughout the day. The weather in Lofoten also set a demand for proper outdoor clothing. It is not unormal to have 2, 3 or 4 kind of weather during a short period of time.

The weather is what it is, so a detailed itinerary is not possible to stick to, but we will visit amazing locations everyday - no doubt about that. 

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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 interchangable lenses.

- We will be photographing a variety of locations, so having selection of lenses to chose from is nice. A wide angle lens as well as a telephoto lens is recommend. It is also highly recommend that you have a ultrawide angle lens with an aperture of f2.8 or faster to capture the aurora borealis.

- Since part of this tour is about capturing the night sky as well, you will need a tripod to be able to do long exposures.

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 application.

- Extras like batteries, memory cards and lens cloth is also highly recommended. 

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Difficulty level

This tour is for both the beginners and the professional photographers. We will visit world-class locations every day, so as long as you are motivated to be on the go - this is for you!
As for physical requirements, we will be driving around to each location, but some of these will require hiking for an hour or two. You are expected to carry your day pack (camera gear and warm/dry clothing) for these hikes. We are all at different physical conditions, so as long as your fitness level is average this should be easily doable for you.

CLOTHING

- 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 layersmid-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.

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what´s included and what´s not?

Included: Photo guiding, transportation, accommodation at Hattvika Lodge, post-processing sessions as well as any in-field tutoring. 
Not Included: Any travel services required for arriving and departing at and from the Harstad/Narvik airport Evenes (EVE). Any meals, snacks, drinks, gratitudes and souvenirs.

 

Booking info

Dates: Seoptember 14th- September 21st, 2018
Availability: 10 of 10
Payment: €2890 Based on double occupancy. You will be sharing the room with someone of your gender, unless anything else is agreed upon. Single room is 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). September 14th, no later than 2pm.
Departure: Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes (EVE). September 21st, after 11am.


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