Lofoten Islands – Arctic Winter Photo Tour
In our Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour we spend a week photographing the best landscape the islands have to offer. The Lofoten Islands are located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. This archipelago consists of seven principal islands and the area of land covers about 1,227 / 474 square miles, with a total of only 24,000 inhabitants. The natural beauty of this incredible landscape will present us with the possibility of exploring colourful fjords, jagged mountain peaks, unique beaches and the world-renowned Arctic light.
Our basecamp for the first four days will be in Reine on the island of Moskenesøya & then the final three days in Leknes. We will stay in renovated fishing cabins, called Rorbuer by locals. This is a world-class location, and the likes of National Geographic, Lonely Planet and The Huffington Post have listed Reine as one of the most scenic villages on earth. One look outside your bedroom window and you will understand why – incredible granite mountains rising straight out of the fjords, traditional fishermen cabins and the location just oozes of great Norwegian history. If we are blessed with starry nights and clear skies, we will be able to capture the elusive and strikingly beautiful Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights as she dances seductively in the night skies.
Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour – Dates
February, 4-11th, 2019
Duration: 8.days / 7.nights
Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour – Leaders
All of our guides are Pro Photographers with wealth of experience leading photography workshops
Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour – Tour Outline
The Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour will officially begin in Leknes on the 4th of February and end in Leknes on the 11th of February. Please schedule your arrival as close as possible to these times.
Pickup/drop-off will be available at Leknes airport or city centre.
Accommodation: We will split the workshop between two locations: Sakrisøy, on Moskenesøy, and Leknes, on Vestvågøy.
Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels, but please note that winter on Lofoten generally involves lots of snow and ice. While this is not a hiking tour, we will be as active as conditions allow and make short walks to beaches and potentially hike up small 100-200 meter hills.
Getting to Lofoten: From within Europe, SAS airlines fly to Lofoten from a multitude of destinations. From North America, Norwegian airlines offer good value flights to Norway from the west and east coasts, however, flights to Lofoten will have to be booked via SAS/Widerøe airlines. More information at the bottom of the page or contact Arctic Exposure at firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour
Deposit: $1.000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $3.800 USD
Single room supplement adds $650 USD
Group size: max 9
Included in the price:
Photography guiding by two professional photographers
Transfer by a comfortable van/truck
Accommodation in fisherman cabins in Sakrisoy & Leknes for seven nights
All tuition and individual post-processing sessions.
Meals: Each individual will be responsible for their own food. We will have nearby options for restaurants and supermarkets.
All flights to Leknes Airport – please contact Arctic Exposure office for any assistance.
Insurance – we recommend participants have individual travel insurance.
Itinerary – Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour
Day 1 – Arrival on Lofoten
You will be picked up in the early afternoon in Leknes. With sunset occurring around 18:00, we will have some time to explore and visit a beach or two as we slowly make our way west to our accommodation in the scenic yellow Rorbu cabins on Sakrisøy.
Days 2 – 4
Allowing for flexibility of local weather conditions, we will spend these days focusing on the western areas of Lofoten. We will shoot sunrises in Reine, with the iconic peak of Olstind rising from the fjord in front of us. We will seek out unique areas of the coast to capture waves crashing against jagged rocks. We will visit Å, the last village on Lofoten, where we will watch the sun disappear behind distant mountains.
We also have the fantastic beaches of Flakstadøy just a short drive away, where there is always an opportunity to shoot something interesting, especially with the textures formed by a layer of black sand on Skagsanden beach. Further east we also have the beaches of Myrland and Storsandnes, with an endless amount of locations in-between.
Days 5 – 7
Leaving our base at Sakrisøy, we head east to Leknes on Vestvågøy, in the centre of Lofoten. From here we will focus our attention on the scenic beaches of Uttakleiv, Haukland, and Vik, which we will hopefully find covered in a fresh layer of snow. We will go on some short walks to get to lesser-known viewpoints and explore some other hidden areas of the island.
Day 8 – Departing Lofoten
The tour ends at 12:00 with your departure from Leknes airport.
Nights – Aurora Photography
At night we will keep watch for the arrival of the northern lights. Each of our accommodation locations has scenic views of the nearby area, so If we are lucky with Aurora on numerous nights, we will be able to photograph a number of different compositions.
The nature of winter on Lofoten requires a great deal of flexibility to the local conditions once on the Islands. Cody will use his knowledge and experience of Lofoten to provide the group with the best experience possible.
Meals are not included in this workshop. We can decide as a group whether we want to taste local cuisine in restaurants or cook meals ourselves. We will buy supplies for breakfasts and lunch, but always have the option of stopping for a bite to eat at a cosy cafe as we travel around the islands.
Getting to Lofoten – Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour
There are two airports located on Lofoten proper: Leknes and Svolvær. In our Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour we suggest you fly to Leknes Airport to accommodate pick up and drop off service.
Direct flights to Lofoten – Leknes Airport from Oslo are available with Widerøe airlines. Unfortunately, these are not on a daily basis at the moment, and departures from Oslo are in the early morning, so if arriving from outside of Norway, this connection will not likely be possible. Please see Wideroe airlines schedule from Oslo to Leknes here.
Most flights do a stop at Bodo Airport flying from Oslo. There you need to switch to smaller plane operated by Widerøe airlines (30minutes process). If arriving from outside Norway, then an additional transfer via Oslo will likely also be required. This makes most journeys to Lofoten look like this: Home – Oslo – Bodø – Leknes.
Widerøe airlines operate the final flight to Lofoten, with multiple daily flights. Tickets can be booked individually, or via SAS airlines or other Star Alliance partners to keep the journey as a single booking – which may be beneficial in the case of delays or lost luggage.
Norwegian Airlines offers cheap international flights to Norway, especially from the USA. However Norwegian only operates flights to Oslo and Bodø, and a separate Widerøe ticket will be required to continue to Lofoten.
For any questions regarding flights please contact our office at email@example.com or the contact form here below.
Cancellation and refund policy – Lofoten Islands Arctic Winter Photo Tour
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 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 $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 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.
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