Would you like to come with us to our next Lofoten Photo Tour? We will travel to the Lofoten Islands in February 2023 to photograph Lofoten’s snow-covered Arctic landscapes and the incredible twilight lights that reward those who travel in the months of fewer daylight hours. In addition, we have reserved the best days to make it coincide with the new moon and ensure intense night photo shoots where Northern Lights is the protagonist:
Our Lofoten Islands photography workshop will focus on the islands of Moskenesøya, Flakstadøya and Vestvågøya, where most of the Lofoten photography spots are located. We will photograph fishing villages such as Hamnøy and Reine, beaches with turquoise waters such as Haukland or Vik, and fjords as impressive as those seen from Uttakleiv or Skagsanden.
This is a photography trip to see the northern lights in Norway and as such, the itinerary will be adjusted depending on the weather and the solar storm forecasts. Me and the photo tour leaders will assist you with all the questions you have before, during, and after this photography expedition to Lofoten.
We will be available 24/7, and we will do our best so you can return home, not only with the best possible photos but with greater photography knowledge and of course, unforgettable moments. Your gear and skill level don’t matter; together we will get the most out of it.
The itinerary of our Lofoten Islands Photo Tour is flexible as it will be adjusted according to the weather conditions and aurora forecasts. Whenever it is possible, we will try to move to areas with clear skies to increase our chances of seeing the Northern Lights during the night sessions.
We’ve planned this trip for the month of February as it’s an ideal month to chase northern lights during its long nights and photograph beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
The photo tour begins at the airport of Leknes (within the Lofoten Islands) where we will be waiting for you to take you to the first accommodation.
After meeting the rest of the group and giving a welcome speech, we will do a quick gear review session to make sure that you have your camera gear ready for the adventure!
Later, if conditions allow, we’ll do a sunset session and then do the first night photography session to capture the northern lights at Uttakleiv beach, one of the most photogenic locations to photograph the aurora. Uttakleiv beach has plenty of composition opportunities that will give you a first taste of what to expect from the rest of the beautiful locations in this Lofoten photography tour.
On the second day of our Lofoten Islands photo workshop, we will visit Vareid at sunrise, a beach that offers a scenic view of the rocky and mountainous coastline. There is a wide variety of foreground options to get creative with composition.
After the morning photo shoot, we will visit Haukland and Vik. Both of these locations really shine with the soft light of the early morning.
Later, we’ll head to Uttakleiv and scout for the best compositions to photograph the northern lights later that night. The days are extremely short in the Lofoten islands in the winter, so we’ll make sure to be at Uttakleiv by midday.
Uttakleiv is undoubtedly the best beach to photograph Aurora Borealis in the Lofoten Islands, so we have booked two nights to have more chances of catching a solar storm.
During the third day of our photo tour to the Lofoten Islands we will visit the beaches of Storsandnes and Myrland, to photograph the sunrise. During the photography session we will also show you the best compositions to photograph this location at night.
Both of these beaches face north and have mostly clear horizons which makes them a perfect spot to see and photograph the northern lights at night.
For the sunset, we’ll visit Unstad, a very popular beach among surfers. The views from here are stunning at sunset with the snow covering the rocky beach.
We’ll check the weather forecast closely and, if it looks promising, we’ll be back at night to photograph the aurora at the same location.
The next morning of the Lofoten photography trip we will move to a new and idyllic accommodation, traditional Rorbuer in Flakstadøya island, from where we will visit all the locations we are going to photograph during the rest of the trip.
A Rorbuer are a Norwegian traditional type of seasonal house. We chose this accommodation both because it really adds to the experience of being in Norway, but it’s also very close to our photography locations.
After checking in and leaving our luggage, we will visit Hamnoy and Reine looking for different compositions, such as the Eliassen Rorbuer photographed from the Toppoya bridge, the yellow Sakrisoy Rorbuer or the Rorbuer at Reine. These towns offer some of the most jaw-dropping backdrops in the entire Lofoten islands.
If we are lucky to have Northern Lights that night, we will capture them from the Hamnoy bridge.
On our fifth morning, we will photograph one of the most stunning sunrises in Lofoten, the one from the Eliassen Rorbuer.
During the day, we will photograph other compositions that we didn’t shoot the day before in Reine and Hamnoy and we will return to Sund to see the sunset and look for different spots to shoot the sunrise the next morning.
If there were Northern Lights that night, we would photograph them either from Reine or from Skagsanden, a beach that we will visit again the next day.
The next morning, we will shoot the sunrise from Sund; not too far away from our accommodation. If there is a clear horizon, the light will paint the mountain and the snow in gold; it’s a breathtaking view.
Later we will head over to the impressive Skagsanden where we can photograph one of the most representative fjords of Lofoten and where we will look for new and creative compositions to photograph that same night if we are lucky enough to have clear skies to see the Northern Lights.
We can also make a brief visit to the peculiar Flakstad church, the Flakstad Kirke, one of the most photographed in Lofoten.
In the evening we will move to Nusfjord, where we can see the sun hiding behind the fjord, it’s one of the most beautiful sights in this Lofoten photography tour.
As the weather in Lofoten is unpredictable and sometimes we can’t photograph all the places we plan, we have extended our trip one day to repeat any location that we have not been able to photograph the previous days.
The itinerary of our last day at our Lofoten Islands photography tour will be decided according to the conditions.
If there is no need to repeat any photo shoot, we will take advantage of the opportunity to photograph lesser-known areas such as the Fredvang bridges or different locations found at the King’s Road, like the Stortinden fjord.
On the last day, we’ll do a last sunrise shoot at Hamnøy before driving back to the Leknes airport. We do recommend booking your flights from 12:00 noon at Leknes to make sure that you can catch your flight in time.
Deposit: USD 1500
A USD 1500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due on December 1st, 2022. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.
This workshop is mainly focused on landscape and Northern Lights photography with possibilities for aerial photography.
What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.
During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn:
Some of the photography basics you can learn during the workshop are:
Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with the included tutorials are:
Dan Zafra will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, and composition for both day and night images.
Lofoten is one of Dan’s favorite places to shoot, and he travels there every year to explore new areas and run photography tours since many years ago. He has driven, hiked, sailed, and flown all over Northern Norway and knows everything about the islands including locations that are rarely visited and photographed.
Dan’s mission is to help others discover, learn, and master their landscape and Northern Lights photography. He has spent years pursuing this passion, both online through articles, guides, and ebooks, and offline on his signature photo tours.
He’s also the creator of the popular “Capture the Atlas Milky Way Calendars,” which help 40,000+ photographers plan their shots around the world every year, and the creator and curator of “The Northern Lights Photographer of the Year”, an award-winning annual list that inspires hundreds of thousands of people to go out and photograph the Aurora.
David Aguilar is a real expert on Lofoten after countless trips all around the islands over the last decade. He’s very knowledgeable about the most photogenic locations, the weather patterns, and the best techniques to capture breathtaking landscape images. He’s also a master drone pilot and can help you with your aerial photography on this trip.
David’s main passion is traveling and helping others with their craft. He’s traveled extensively, not only in Nordic countries like Iceland and Norway but also across vast areas in the European Alps and South America.
He’s also a skilled post-processing editor and has helped countless photographers over the last few years with his online landscape editing courses.
Ascen is a professional photographer based in the USA. She has lived and traveled all around Europe, and she is an expert in long exposure and night photography.
Apart from shooting, Ascen’s passion is sharing her knowledge with others, and she has been running photography tours in Nordic Countries like Iceland and Lofoten over the last few years.
Ascen will help you master your long exposure photography in Norway capturing seascapes, fishing towns, and the Northern Lights at night.
Prince is a landscape and night photographer based in Madrid, Spain. His passion for photography has taken him to some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe, from Spain to the remote Faroe Islands.
He also loves educating and teaching others about photography, having led photo tours in other nordic countries like Iceland and given presentations on night photography over the years.
Prince will show you how to best capture the Norwegian landscapes, from the basics to advanced techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, panoramas, and other Aurora photography tips.
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A complete list of everything that we recommend for this tour is sent to all participants upon sign-up. Below, you can find a summary of things you might need:
You may be interested in this guide where you can dive deeper into photography equipment for traveling.
We’ve also written an article about the best lenses for Northern Lights which you might find useful.
The average temperature in Lofoten in February is between 2ºC to -3ºC (35ºF/27ºF), some days could go as low as -15ºC (5ºF), it’s one of the coldest months throughout the year. You should be prepared for extreme cold weather. Some of the things that you will have to bring to this Lofoten photography tour are:
You will find more items and details in the official list of recommendations that we provide upon registration.
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). It would be more convenient to bring NOK from your home country, although if that is not possible, you could exchange it at the Leknes airport.
You can pay by credit card in almost 100% of the places in Norway, no matter how small the amount is, so you don’t need much cash for the trip.
Please check if you need a Visa to enter to Norway. We can help you with the process.
The price of round-trip flights to Lofoten from Europe and the US cost approximately $600-1200.
Lofoten has two airports: Leknes (LKN) and Svolvær (SVJ). If you are arriving from outside Norway, most flights will transit via Oslo, and then Oslo – Bodø, and then Bodø – Leknes/Svolvær.
Norwegian, SAS, and Widerøe airlines all operate flights to Bodø (via Oslo) from multiple airports around Europe. Widerøe is the only airline flying to Lofoten, with multiple flights daily to both airports.
There are also some limited direct flights from Oslo to Leknes. This is the most efficient way to reach Lofoten.
Meals are not included. Most of the days, we will eat snacks/picnic during lunch to speed up and maximize the time for photography.
We recommend preparing to spend about $60-$80 USD on food per day.
All the parking/entrance fees are included in the tour.
Whether you are experienced or just starting in photography, you are all welcome, and I am convinced that you will progress very fast. Together, we will get you back home with greater and deeper knowledge in many photography topics.
Also, we can Zoom or Skype beforehand to discuss your skill level, knowledge, and your goals with this tour.
All the places we will visit in this Lofoten photography tour are very close to the road, and we won’t have to walk long distances.
However, we will be driving, walking, and shooting a lot during the tour, especially at night when there are chances to see the Aurora, and the temperature can drop below freezing. We will also be walking on ice and snow, so we recommend being in good physical shape and prepared to be able to enjoy this experience.
There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph the Lofoten islands with us.
Capture the Atlas is drone-friendly. Dan is an experienced drone pilot and can help you with your drone photography. However, we are not responsible for accidental damage or fines if you fly it in restricted areas.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with and help countless photographers in Lofoten over the last years:
When you want to see the Norwegian Fjords and landscapes in all their glory, there is no better place than the Lofoten Islands.
This remote archipelago located in Arctic Norway is a feast for the eyes and for any camera sensor. Imagine snow-capped fjords raising vertically like knives from the ocean, majestic beaches with spectacular views, and picturesque old-fishing towns.
Now add the magic ephemeral light of the winter and the Northern Lights at night, and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable photography trip!