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 NORWAY | LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Oslo, Harstad & Lofoten Islands Archipelago (Northern Lights)

Unforgettable mountain peaks, arctic fjords and tiny fishing villages.

The amazing Lofoten Islands archipelago in Northern Norway offers breathtaking, unforgettable scenery, impressive alpine mountain peaks, arctic fjords and tiny fishing settlements. Famous for its stunning show of Northern Lights and known around the world for its dramatic scenery, with peaks like the Svolværgeita pinnacle jutting up into the sky, and Himmeltindan Mountain which sits on Vestvågøya Island. Nearby museums showcase the history of the Viking inhabitants. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world’s most elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude, thanks to its proximity to the gulf stream. And Lofoten is situated just beneath the auroral oval, a belt of light that encircles the geomagnetic poles and provides some of the best chances for seeing the Northern Lights.

Our journey begins in Oslo, Norway where we rendezvous before flying north to the arctic circle and the city of Harstad. From here we will set out to explore the Lofoten Islands archipelago for the next 5 days. Prepare yourself for an amazing photographic journey filled with breathtaking landscape and seascape opportunities, wildlife, nature, cultural experiences and of course, the Northern Lights. 

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

n addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the stunning landscape of Lofoten Norway.

Our journey begins in Oslo, Norway where we rendezvous before flying north to the arctic circle and the city of Harstad. From here we will set out to explore the Lofoten Islands archipelago for the next 5 days. Prepare yourself for an amazing photographic journey filled with breathtaking landscape and seascape opportunities, wildlife, nature, cultural experiences and of course, the Northern Lights.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the stunning landscape of Lofoten Norway.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate to difficult elevation changes and lots of walking (hiking optional)
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

April – Temps 36 F  3 C  Sunrise 5:50 | Sunset 7:46 (19:46)
September – Temps 47 F  9 C  Sunrise 6:27 | Sunset 6:47 (18:47)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, and nature photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4-8 guests)
  • 4-Star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Oslo International Airport (OSL)
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Oslo – Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Radisson Blu Hotel Oslo Alna or similar
Lofoten Islands – Nusfjord Rorbuer, Solsiden Brygge or similar
Andenes – Hotell Marena or similar
Harstad – Thon Hotel Harstad, Clarion Collection Hotel Arcticus or similar


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Attilio Di Giangiacomo

September 22 – 28, 2019
April 5 – 11, 2020
September 20 – 26, 2020
April 4 – 10, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

NORWAY LOFOTEN 7 DAYS

Day 1 | Oslo

We meet in the morning in the lobby of our hotel in Oslo where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will spend the afternoon exploring Oslo, the capital of Norway.

In the evening after photographing the harbor at blue hour we will celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Norwegian restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Harstad - Reine

We are up early for our flight to Harstad in northern Norway. After our arrival we will drive to the Lofoten Islands (4+/- hours) making sure to stop at various locations along the way. We’ll check in to our hotel in Reine. If the night sky is clear and the northern lights visible, we will focus on night photography. (B)

Day 3 | Vestvågøy - Haukland - Uttakliev

We start the day with a sunrise photo session and after visit the Viking Museum of Vestvågøy to discover the history of the Lofoten Islands. After we will spend the day exploring the magnificent fjords. In the evening we will do a sunset shoot on the famous beaches of Haukland and Uttakliev. After dinner, if the night sky is clear and the northern lights visible, we will focus on night photography. (B)

Day 4 | Hamnoy - Å - Ballstad

We begin with a sunrise photo session in Hamnoy, one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Lofoten, and the image imbedded in most peoples minds when they think of the Lofoten Islands. After we will visit (if open) a typical “little bakery” featuring sweets from the region.

Next we will stop at a village called “Å” and visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. We will spend the day exploring the villages along the south side of the islands. Weather permitting, we will book a Sea Eagles tour. After dinner, and if the night sky is clear and the northern lights visible, we will focus on night photography. (B)

Day 5 | Andenes

On day five we will photograph various stunning locations after sunrise, before beginning our drive to the northern side of the islands. During the trip we will make photographic stops and have lunch in one of the villages along the way. After check-in, and depending on the time of our arrival, we will have dinner and explore several nice locations around the city of Andenes. If the night sky is clear and the northern lights visible, we will focus on night photography. (B)

Day 6 | Bleik - Harstad

We begin our day with a sunrise photo shoot on the beautiful beach of Bleik. If we are lucky, we will find sea eagles on the rocks. After sunrise we will move to the harbor for a whale watching tour (2-4 hours / weather permitting). After lunch we will photograph a nearby lighthouse, and if time allows, take a tour of the Andøya Space Center – Spaceship Aurora.

In the afternoon we drive back to Harstad (3+/- hours) and check in to our hotel. There we will enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner”, discuss the events of the trip, share our favorite photos and enjoy the fun and laughter. (B) (D)

Day 7 | Harstad - Oslo

At breakfast we have our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and depart for our flight to Oslo where we will bid you farewell.

We urge you to extend your stay in Norway or elsewhere in Scandinavia or Europe and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

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Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.