Winter in Senja and Lyngen
Tour Leaders: Arild Heitmann & Ryan Dyar
Dates: February 16th - 23rd 2018
Location: Lofoten, Norway
Available seats: 10
Difficulty level: Easy
Price: 3290 EURO (based on double occupancy - single room supplement is 500 EURO).
Registration deposit: 500 EURO (full payment required 60 days prior to the tour).
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Join this 7 day arctic adventure in high Arctic Senja and Lyngen in Northern Norway. Highlights of the trip include winter landscapes, frozen gorges, grand vistas and the chance of experiencing the greatest show on earth, the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.
Our basecamp for the first three days will be in the world renowned Lyngen alps in the far north. We will explore less visited fjords and valleys and focus on documenting the golden arctic light. The region features ice plastered peaks as picturesque as any range in the world. Massive daggers that rise boldly into the sky. Just google them, but grab a towel, you will drool. We are timing this trip to coincide with early winter, the moon phases for dramatic night shooting, and hopefully some great displays of the Aurora. Sunrise and sunsets in early winter are only 5-6 hours apart. Sunrise around 10am and sunset around 2pm. This is comfortable for resting in between shoots, but mostly it means we will have incredible arctic light for 6-7 hours straight. This arctic light has to be seen. Pink hues and tones like no other place on earth. Set in a winter wonderland, this will be mindblowing.
The second leg of the tour is based around the Senja islands in Northern Norway. Senja is perhaps Lofoten's less famous "brother", but rest assured - it's just as strikingly beautiful. The landscape is wild and almost untouched, and the light in this period of the year can be extraordinary. Highlights include fjords and jagged granite mountains with lots of seascape opportunities, the Northern Lights and tons more. Photo opportunities are lurking around every corner.
Frequently asked questions
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What should I bring ?
Since we are exploring the high arctic and northern Norway archipelago's, you have to be well equipped for all kinds of dramatic weather including snowfall. Bring comfortable, warm and waterproof outer layers such as Gore-tex, thermal underwear, crampons and water resistant boots or even waders. A complete list of recommended clothes as well as camera gear will be provided upon registration. We don't have clothes or shoes available for renting.
Will I experience snow or ice ?
The winter months in northern Norway are known to generate a great amount of snowfall. That being said, we can't 100% guarantee that it will be a white snowy landscape for the whole duration of the workshop.
Will I see and photograph the Northern lights?
We will certainly do utmost to make that happen. We can never predict weather and guarantee clear skies and brilliant displays of the this elusive phenomenon, but we will chase it for all it's worth throughout the entire week. If that means late nights and early mornings, so be it - we can all catch up on sleep after the workshop.
What kind of weather can I expect ?
The weather and climate in northern Norway is renowned for being extremely unpredictable because of it's many local weather systems. This means conditions can change within minutes and kilometres, also resulting in very dramatic light and photographic opportunities. Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at a similar latitude, such as Greenland and Alaska. This is due to the temperature of the water of the Gulfstream. The coastal climate results in mild winters and cool summer temperatures. Traditionally, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of -1 degrees celsius.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.
What is the itinerary going to be like ?
We don't operate with a fixed itinerary on any of our workshops. It's a full on photography tour/workshop, so the activities are planned around sunrise, sunset and night photography excursions. The whole archipelago is packed with locations, so the weather and light conditions will decide where we will go. That being said though, we have a list of locations we will visit throughout the week, but we don't know which day or time of day we will visit that specific location.
Is it possible to do other activities outside of the workshop?
Absolutely. As mentioned above, we've planned an itinerary for seven days which is very flexible. None of our shoots are mandatory, so if you want to sleep in or do something outside of the group, we can assist you with booking activities and transportation. We can also give advice and recommend local operators if you are interested in extending your stay in northern Norway.
How do I get there ?
The easiest way to travel to the Lofoten archipelago is via Oslo Gardermoen airport (OSL code). From there, you have two choices. You can either fly to Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport (EVE code), pick up a rental car, and drive about 4 hours southwest to Lofoten. Alternatively, you can simply fly via Bodø airport (BOO code), and connect with another domestic flight to Leknes airport (LKN code) or take the ferry. The latter solution puts you smack in the middle of Lofoten, and you can easily rent a car at the airport and start your Arctic adventure from there. Domestic flights in Norway can be purchased from www.sas.no, www.norwegian.no or www.wideroe.no
Arrival: Harstad, Feb 16th 2018 - preferably around 9-10AM local time.
Departure: Harstad, Feb 23rd 2018 - preferably no later 1PM local time.
Included: Two professional photo guides, all tuition, transportation and accommodation in traditional Lofoten cabins and sea lodges.
Not included: Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Harstad (EVE) airport. Any private insurances, taxes, levies, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable. All meals and any personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance.