Dates: 08.11.2015 - 15.11.2015. (7 Nights/8 Days)
Participants: Maximum 10 plus tour guides.
Tour guides: Stian Klo and Michael Bonocore.
Difficulty level: Easy
Price: 2590 EURO (based on double occupancy - single room supplement is 500 EURO extra)
Start: Leknes (LKN), Nov 8th - preferably no later than 12PM local time.
Finish: Leknes (LKN), Nov 15th - preferably no earlier than 3PM local time.
Registration deposit: 500 EURO (full payment required 60 days prior to the tour).
All tuition and guide services, all transportation from start to finish, as well as accommodation for the entire tour (7 nights).
Not included: International flights and transport to starting location at Leknes airport.
Any taxes, insurances (travel insurance is mandatory), visa/immigration fees. Personal items such as snacks/alcoholic beverages and souvenirs.
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Join this 8 day arctic adventure in Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Highlights of the trip include winter landscapes, jagged mountains, grand vistas, colorful fjords and the chance of experiencing the greatest show on earth, the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.
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 offers will present us with the possibility of exploring colorful 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. This is a world class location, and the likes of National Geographic, Lonely Planet and The Huffington Post and have listed this very village 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 on the night skies.
Speaking of weather, Lofoten is notoriously unpredictable. Conditions and light changes constantly, so please be sure to read our “must-bring” clothing and gear lists listed on www.lofotentours.com
We will explore the surrounding areas of Reine during this four day period. A list of specific locations will be provided closer to departure or upon request.
Sunrise in early/mid November is at approximately 8.45AM to 9.15AM, whilst sunset is at 2.30PM to 2PM.
The amount of daylight is close to 6 hours per day, which in theory means we can capture the Northern Lights in the remaining 18 hours if weather allows it. Given our latitude, the sun will be low on the horizon which means soft and golden light for several hours. We have years of photographic experience, and will do our best to make sure we are on the best locations at the right time, when the light is ideal.
For the remaining 3 days we will head north-east, and stay close to Leknes in spacious cabins. From here we can easily access the immensely beautiful beaches such as Unstad, Haukland, Flakstad/Skagsanden, Utakleiv and Ramberg.
Staying close to Leknes means logistics will be very easy when the tour finishes on the 15th of November.
During the entire tour, we will be moving around in two spacious minivans. You will each have access to two seats for extra comfort.
The cabins we are staying in both Reine and close to Leknes are called Rorbu’s, a traditional cabin/house fishermen have used for ages - they have been renovated and are completely with warm water, private bathrooms and kitchens.
This tour is based on double occupancy, which means you will be sharing a bedroom with one other person in two separate beds. We can arrange a single room upon request for an additional 500 EURO.
Meals are not included, but there are supermarkets and restaurants close by. We will stock up on everything we need, and prepare our own food in the cabins for the most part. If you have special dietary requirements, please be sure to advise when booking.
Lofoten is best explored on foot, and we plan on visiting a few spectacular off the beaten track locations given suitable weather conditions.
The hiking trails in November can be icy and crampons are mandatory. For safety reasons, longer hikes to iconic viewpoints such as Reinebringen is not part of our itinerary.
The tour starts on Sunday 8th of November 2015. We will be picking you up at Leknes airport. If you are arriving prior, please advise us where you intend to stay so we know where to meet you on the morning of November 8th.
We conclude our tour on Sunday 15th of November 2016. After shooting sunrise that very morning, we’ll head back to the cabins and prepare for departure and say our goodbyes at Leknes airport.
Please make sure your flight is no earlier than 3PM.
- Understanding the concept of capturing fine art landscape and nature photography.
- Understanding how to pre-visualize a compose a scene.
- Understanding how to work with light and very dynamic scenes.
- Understanding the basics of long exposure photography.
- Understanding how to work with filters to create an desired effect or mood.
- Understanding how social media can boost your career
- Open portfolio critique.
What you MUST bring:
- High quality down- and windstopper jackets.
- Wool everything (underwear, socks, sweaters, balaclava etc)
- Gore-Tex/Insulated gloves + hats
- Crampons/Snowshoes - we recommend Kahtoola’s MICROspikes (www.kahtoola.com)
- DSLR/ILC camera (Manual mode must be available)
- A sturdy tripod.
- Remote control / wireless shutter release
- Headlight or flashlight (remember extra AA/AAA batteries)
What you are recommended to bring:
- ND Filters, ND Graduated Filters and Polarizer filters.
- Extra batteries and memorycards
- All necessary cables for your own setup
- Laptop or a Macbook with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop installed.
- External harddrive for backup on the road.
Cancellation and refund policy
In case you cancel the phototour and its otherwise filled, we will refund the entire amount minus a 150 EURO service fee.
If you cancel, and the tour does not fill up, you will be refunded based upon the following schedule. Refunds will be paid within 72 hours upon approval of your request.
- More than 60 days prior to the start date: full refund minus 150 EURO fee.
- 45 days prior to the start date: 75% refund
- 30 days prior to the start date: 50% refund
- Less than 30 days: no refund.
Disclaimer: The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather in Lofoten can be highly unstable and difficult to predict. While we cannot predict weather and light, we will do our outmost to be at the best location at the right time. That being said, there are plenty of other options in Lofoten in case plan A fails. Plan B could very well turn out to be even better.