The nature of Lofoten requires a great deal of flexibility to the local weather conditions once on the Islands. Each morning/evening we will take a look at the current conditions and plan our day accordingly.
The aim of this workshop is to show you the fantastic winter landscapes of Lofoten in the atmospheric light just after the polar night – this is a time of year where you really feel that you are in the far north – with the sun rising just above the southern horizon for a few short hours each day. In ideal conditions, we will have several hours of soft light to work with each day.
Being winter, it is also likely we may run into cabin shaking storms and sideways snow at some point. If conditions are safe, we will venture out into the storms and try to capture the drama they bring. But we must always be prepared to be cabin bound at some point.
Timed with the full moon, we will also have opportunities for night photography, especially if the islands are covered in a fresh layer of snow.
Arrival on Lofoten: Friday, January 22
You will be picked up in early afternoon in Leknes. With sunset occurring around 13:15, we will attempt to capture some twilight light during the 1 hour drive west to our accommodation near Reine, on Moskenesøy.
Days 2 – 3
Allowing for flexibility of local weather conditions, we will explore the western areas of Lofoten during the first few days. Typically we’ll focus on Reine and the surrounding villages and islands of Sakrisøy, Hamnøy, Toppøy, and Å, at the end of the road.
With only a few short hours of light, we will go non-stop from sunrise to sunset to make the most of our days.
The tour is scheduled around the arrival of the full moon, so will have perfect lighting conditions for aurora photography. Though the weather remains as unpredictable as always…
Days 4 – 6
In the morning we’ll relocate to our accommodation near Leknes.
From here we will focus more on the wild beaches of Lofoten, with close access to the famous beaches of Vestvågøy including Haukland, Uttakleiv and the arctic surfer paradise of Unstad.
Departing Lofoten: Thursday, January 28
The tour will officially end at 12:00 in Leknes. However, all attempts will be made to best accommodate transport to your departing flights.
At night we will keep watch for the arrival of the northern lights. Each of our accommodation locations has numerous views within the nearby area, so If we are lucky with aurora on numerous nights, we will be able to photograph a number of different compositions.
Meals are not included in this workshop. We can decided 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 cozy cafe as we travel around the islands.