Lofoten Winter Photo Workshop

Lofoten Winter Photo Workshop


When you think of a fairytale destination, what comes to mind? The Lofoten Islands are one of the most magical places on Earth, renowned for their quaint, colourful villages, jaw-dropping mountains and beautiful beaches that seem like they are from another world. This charming archipelago in Arctic Norway brims with photographic delights, particularly during winter, when the landscape is covered in a layer of pristine white snow. It’s the perfect environment for chasing the Northern Lights as you practice your photography skills amidst classic winter scenes. Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer, this winter photo workshop in the Lofoten Islands will whisk you away to some of the most picturesque locations that you’ve ever seen.

  • Open to all skill levels
  • Led by award-winning instructors
  • Easy to moderate in difficulty

Total price: 3500 USD

With the dramatic beauty of snow-capped peaks, breathtaking fjords and charming villages everywhere you look, Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a picture perfect destination unlike anywhere else on Earth. The archipelago offers some of the most unforgettable scenery that you will ever witness, from seascapes to fishing settlements, all adrift within the open waters of the Norwegian sea. Situated within the Arctic Circle and connected by a number of scenic road bridges and tunnels, these islands make for the perfect backdrop upon which to photograph the elusive Northern Lights. Over the course of one magical week, we’ll travel across these enchanting islands, chasing the mystical glow of the Aurora Borealis as we make the most of the frosty but beautiful winter conditions.

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Day 1 - Arrival at Leknes

The adventure begins when you arrive at Leknes airport, where your photo guides will pick you up and take you to your hotel. You’ll then have a bit of time to rest before meeting with the rest of the group at 7pm in the lobby for a delicious, welcoming meal. Over dinner, we’ll get to know one another better as we get acquainted and discuss the itinerary for the next few days. It’s a great time to learn more about the details of the tour and to ask your guides any questions that you might have.

Make sure to have your camera gear ready, as if the Northern Lights make a display on this evening, then we may head out for our first shoot! Otherwise, we’ll try to have an early night so that you can be up bright and early to shoot in the morning.

Days 2, 3 - Arctic beaches

Lofoten is well-renowned for its scenic beaches, with their golden sands and turquoise water framed by majestic mountains all around. Over the course of two days, we’ll visit the most picturesque beaches for landscape photography in the Lofoten Islands, including Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad and Vareid.

Utakleiv beach is a photographer’s dream with smooth coastal rocks harbouring jewel-toned tidal pools along a rocky coastline. It offers up a myriad of compelling compositions, night or day.

Nearby to Utakleiv is its sister beach, Haukland. Voted Norway’s best beach, this stunning stretch of sand is as tranquil as it is photogenic. Framed by mountains on all sides, the conditions here can be very mild.

At Unstad, the swell can sometimes break with unimaginable power over the scattered boulders on the shore, making for great opportunities to practice wave painting at slightly longer exposures for interesting motion effects.

Meanwhile at Vareid, wild and changeable conditions make for stunning compositions, particularly with the rock pools in the foreground and romantic, jagged mountain peaks in the back.

All of these beaches make for wonderful locations to shoot the Northern Lights, so as long as the weather is clear, we’ll spend our evenings roaming the shores in search of their elusive dance in the night sky!

Aside from exploring the coastline, we’ll also visit one of the largest fishing villages in Lofoten, known as Ballstad. There will also be a chance to shoot at the famous Skagsanden beach, where complex patterns crop up on the sandy shores with the retreat of the tide on any given day.

Days 4, 5, 6 - Reine

On the morning of day four, we’ll make our way from Leknes towards our traditional rorbu fishing cabins in Reine, which will be our base-camp for the next 3 days. These charming huts are built on land, albeit on stilts, perched high above the water. Cosy and warm, each hut features a spacious hallway, modern bathroom with a shower and a well-equipped kitchen. We’ll all have our own rooms, though the living spaces will be shared. These brightly coloured wooden huts make for a stunning subject in their own right, set upon a tiny island with breathtaking views of the spectacular Reinefjord, steep mountains behind and the delightful harbour of Hamnøy. We’ll spend our time capturing their charm between trips to a number of other iconic viewpoints.

There is much to explore around Reine, including the historical hamlet of Flakstad as well as the magnificent beaches of Fredvang on the outer coast of the Lofoten Islands, overlooking the Arctic Ocean. We’ll have an incredible array of photography opportunities at our fingertips, from the spectacular views of Nusfjord fishing village to the windswept vistas of Selfjord.

During the evenings, we’ll continue our hunt for the Northern Lights along the shores of the fjords.

Day 7 - Departure

This will be your final day in Lofoten. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll check out of our fishing cabins and begin the journey from Reine back to Leknes airport, where we’ll depart the Lofoten Islands together as a group. Along the way, we’ll have a chance to recap upon our winter photography adventure and to consolidate our friendships, no doubt with pockets full of memory cards containing wonderful photos from an exciting time in the Lofoten Islands.

** Please note: It is highly recommended that you book your flight from Leknes to depart at around 1-2pm.

Total Price : 3500 USD per person.
Single Room Supplement:750 USD
Registration deposit: 2000 USD
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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Included:
  • Two professional photo guides
  • All Transportation during the tour
  • Accommodation
Not included:
  • Flights to Norway
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Food

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund


Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

Disclaimer

We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.

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