7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour
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Join this brilliant 7-day photo tour of Lofoten Islands, the jewel in Norway’s scenic crown, and earn yourself an incredible portfolio showcasing the very best in landscape photography.

This wild, untamed cluster of islands is a photography paradise; an imposing collection of jaw-dropping natural sights, jagged rock formations, and fairytale views.

The Lofoten Islands jut out from Norway’s northern shores, and appear to drift in the open waters of the Norwegian sea. But that doesn’t mean they are difficult to reach or travel around. They might seem pretty inhospitable, but all of the islands are actually connected by scenic road bridges and tunnels.

For the duration of this Lofoten Islands photography tour, we will be hunting down the aurora borealis and capturing the finest sights in the area. 

Epic snow-capped peaks, vivid fjords, charming villages and dramatic seascapes... all will be within our reach, and hopefully illuminated by the magical glow of the Northern Lights. 

The Northern Lights are visible in Lofoten from September to April each year. Although they can be temperamental, we’ll do our best to put the group in the perfect position for an aurora photo shoot at each location. 

Grab yourself a once in a lifetime experience by booking this incredible 7-day photo tour of Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jan. - Feb.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Northern Lights, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

  • Professional photo guide

  • All Transportation during the tour

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Travel insurance

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Flights to Norway

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Leknes

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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.

Day 2 - Arctic Beaches

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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!

Day 3 - Arctic Beaches

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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.

Day 4 - Reine

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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 over the next couple of days.

Day 5 - Reine

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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.

Day 6 - Reine

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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

Day 7 - Departure

7-Day Lofoten Islands Winter Photo Tour

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.


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

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable. 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.

Dates & Guides

27 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 – Guided by Pedro Kin (3 spots left)
3 - 9 Feb 2020 – Guided by Alban Henderyckx (Sold Out)
10 - 16 Feb 2020 – Guided by Alban Henderyckx (4 spots left)
17 - 23 Feb 2020 – Guided by Alban Henderyckx (4 spots left)
24 Feb - 1 Mar 2020 – Guided by Alban Henderyckx (3 spots left)

Photo Guides

Alban Henderyckx

Alban grew up on the shores of southwest France, and could easily have spent a lifetime enjoying the waves were it not for his passion for photography. After leaving the French coast behind he began to focus on landscapes, and now feels...

Siggi the Viking

Siggi was born in Iceland and has spent most of his photography career in this paradise.During his time as a photographer, he early on found that his passion lies with photographing the beautiful landscapes and nightscapes of Iceland....

Pedro Kin

Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him chasing the light in the most beautiful mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the raw nature of northern...

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I recently completed a Lofoten Islands tour. The weather did not comply at all, but that’s part of the gamble when going to the arctic in the winter. However, I was very impressed with how diligent our guides were in trying to get us the best possible experience no matter what. Local knowledge of the area and weather patterns were very key in being able to get out and take some shots vs. sitting inside a cabin not knowing where to go or what to do with the winter storms. Every time our guides suggested we head somewhere to see if the weather would break–it did, even if the cloud cover didn't fully let up at least the rain/sleet/snow/hail did for awhile. Even so, I was able to get some great moody shots of fantastic locations. There was also an incident with another (unrelated) tour guide leader, who clearly didn't understand night/aurora photography, which also clearly showed that my choice of tours was vastly superior. I’m so pleased with my experience that I’m signing up for another tour already.
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