The goal of this workshop is to experience the magic of the midnight sun while visiting some of Lofoten’s spectacular mountain views. Along the way, instruction will be given on how to compose and photograph a variety of mountain scenes, as well as learning about efficient packing and choosing the right gear for the right destination.
Weather cooperating, we visit 3-4 mountains ranging from 400-600 meters in height. While none of the routes are difficult, a moderate level of physical fitness is required with at least some previous hiking experience.
On a typical hiking day, we will begin our journey around 21:00 and return to the car around 02:00. If the light is still good, we may visit an easier roadside destination before finally returning to our accommodation for some sleep. We might do some sightseeing during the day, but this is not the focus of this tour as we need to save our energy for our midnight adventures.
As it will never be dark, we don’t plan on any camping. However, weather permitting, some open air mountain naps might be possible from time to time.
The nature of Lofoten requires a great deal of flexibility to the local weather conditions once on the Islands, so we will typically pick our planned destination only a few hours ahead of time. If the weather is too stormy and moody for the mountains, we will focus on coastal areas and hidden beaches of the Islands, taking shelter among the cliffs.
As this workshop takes place in the height of summer, the northern lights will not be visible.
Day 1: Arrival on Lofoten: Monday, June 14
You will be picked up in early afternoon in Leknes. We will first head to our accommodation to drop off baggage and pack our bags for hiking. As there is no night, we might begin our first hike this day if the weather is promising.
Days 2 – 6
We will switch our body clocks to become nocturnal. The majority of our outside time will be from mid evening until the early morning hours. We will typically attempt to sleep from early morning to early afternoon.
Mountain hikes are planned for at least 4 nights on this trip, allowing us some flexibility to wait for ideal conditions. Our goal is to spend the hours around midnight away from the road and up in the mountains.
Depending on the conditions each day, we will decide to head either east or west in search of the best light and conditions.
On rest/weather days, we will explore some of Lofoten iconic and easier to reach beaches and views.
Day 7: Departing Lofoten: Sunday, June 20
The tour will officially end at 12:00 in Leknes. However, all attempts will be made to best accommodate transport to your departing flights or ferry.