2023 Lofoten Photo Tour - Arctic Landscape + Aurora in February
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2023 Lofoten Photo Tour

Winter Lights in the Arctic

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:

  • February 18th – 25th 2023

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.

lofoten norway photo tour winter

However, it will be a route as flexible as possible since, being an organized trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway, we will be guided by the weather and solar storms. I will personally assist and help you with all the questions you have during this photography expedition to Lofoten. 

I will be available 24 hours a day, and I will do my best so you can return home, not only with the best possible photos but with a greater photography knowledge and of course, after experiencing unforgettable moments. It doesn’t matter your level or the photography equipment you bring; together we will get the most out of your gear and skills.

Lofoten PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photo tour from February 18th-25th, 2023
  • Group size: 10 participants + 2 instructors
  • Main topics: Landscape and Northern Lights (Mountains, fjords, beaches, fishing villages)
  • Main areas: Islands of Moskenesøya, Flakstadøya and Vestvågøya.
  • Northern Lights sessions (Statistically one of the best times of the year to see the Aurora in Lofoten)
  • Accommodation in typical wooden hotel cabins with top reviews and close to the best locations.
  • Transport in two vehicles with enough space for luggage/Camera bags.

2023 LOFOTEN PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR ITINERARY

The itinerary of our Lofoten Islands Photo Tour is flexible since it will be adjusted according to the weather conditions. 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.

DAY 1: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

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, if conditions permit, we will not pass the opportunity to do the first night photo shoot in Uttakleiv.

lofoten landscape photograhy arctic northern lights in uttakleiv

 

DAY 2: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

On our first day of our Lofoten Islands photo workshop, we will visit Haukland and Vik, to photograph the first lights of the day.

Keep in mind that the days are extremely short in winter, so at midday we will have to go to Uttakleiv to look for the best spots to photograph Northern Lights at night.

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 having a solar storm when we are on this beach.

DAY 3: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

During our third day of our photo tour to the Lofoten Islands will visit the beaches of Storsandnes and Myrland, also north facing, so they will be perfect to see northern lights.

During the morning we will enjoy the sunrise light and look for the best compositions.

At night, if we are lucky enough to have a good Aurora forecast, we will visit again these beaches.

DAY 4: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

The next morning we will move to a new accommodation, a Rorbuer at Flakstadøya island, from where we will visit all the locations we are going to photograph during the rest of the trip.

Then, 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.

If we are lucky to have Northern Lights that night, we will capture them from the Hamnoy bridge.

DAY 5: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

The next morning, we will photograph one of the most typical 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 compositions 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.

DAY 6: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

The next morning we will shoot the sunrise from Sund.

Later we will move to Skagsanden where we can photograph one of the most representative fjords of Lofoten and where we will look for new compositions to photograph that night if we were lucky enough to have 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. 

DAY 7: LOFOTEN PHOTO 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

DAY 8: LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

The Lofoten photo tour ends at the Leknes airport, which we will take you to so you can take your flight back in the morning.

PRICE: USD 4,490

Deposit: USD 1500

A USD 1500 non-refundable 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.

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

INCLUDED

  • Pick up at the airport
  • Transportation during the trip
  • Fuel and parking fees
  • Accommodation in shared rooms, single beds
  • Photo guide services by Dan Zafra, a professional landscape photographer specialized in Northern Lights.
  • Driver for the entire itinerary.

*BONUS

  • Two complete post-processing video tutorials with images from Lofoten (Valued at $99)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Leknes airport
  • Meals
  • Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs).
  • Telephone, personal expenses, tips etc. and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section.
 

YOUR GUIDE ON THE LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR

DAN ZAFRA

Dan will be the photo guide throughout the trip and will make sure you get the best photography results. He will be available 24 hours a day so you can resolve all your questions about landscape photography, technique, and composition. He has a strong vocation for training that he demonstrates during his workshops and photography trips. Night photography, especially the Northern Lights, is one of his great passions. He has captured them in Canada, Iceland, and Norway.

Dan will be the photo guide throughout the trip and will make sure you get the best photography results. He will be available 24 hours a day so you can resolve all your questions about landscape photography, technique, and composition. He has a strong vocation for training that he demonstrates during his workshops and photography trips. Night photography, especially the Northern Lights, is one of his great passions. He has captured them in Canada, Iceland, and Norway.

Ascen

Ascen will be in charge of the logistics, planning, reservation of accommodation, and private transportation (car and driver) so that anyone can shoot Northern Lights all night long with Dan. If you have special needs (general and dietary), or any other query regarding the trip, she will be your first point of contact for solutions. Her main goal for this trip will be to make this journey as comfortable as possible for you. She is responsible for managing reservations, so if you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact her!

Ascen will be in charge of the logistics, planning, reservation of accommodation, and private transportation (car and driver) so that anyone can shoot Northern Lights all night long with Dan. If you have special needs (general and dietary), or any other query regarding the trip, she will be your first point of contact for solutions. Her main goal for this trip will be to make this journey as comfortable as possible for you. She is responsible for managing reservations, so if you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact her!

FQ&A

WHAT TO BRING TO A LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR?

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with tripod and remote trigger
  • A wide-angle lens, such as 14-24 mm.
  • A medium zoom lens, such as 24-70 mm.
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens.

You may be interested in this guide where you can dive deeper into photography equipment for traveling.

CLOTHING

The average temperature in Lofoten in March is 28ºF (-2ºC) with minimum temperatures of 5ºF (-15ºC). You must prepare yourself for the extreme cold weather. Some of the things that you will have to bring to this photography tour to the Lofoten Islands are:

  • Waterproof coat for subzero temperatures.
  • Thermal waterproof pants.
  • Waterproof mountain boots.
  • Gloves, hat, and scarf/neck warmer
  • Footwarmers and handwarmers are recommended

A complete list of everything that needs to be carried will be sent to the participants.

MONEY

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). It is convenient to bring crowns from your country, although if it were not possible, it could also be changed at the Leknes airport.

In most establishments, you can pay by credit card and debit card, no matter how small the amount is. Although it is necessary to bring a certain amount of money in cash for shared expenses of the supermarket so that we can have a picnic lunch on the days that we want to make the most of the photo sessions. Remember that the daylight hours are very scarce so we will not stop in restaurants during the day.

DOCUMENTATION

Please check if you need a Visa to enter to Norway. We can help you with this.

WHAT EXPENSES SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FOR THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS WORKSHOP?

FLIGHTS

The price of round-trip flights to Lofoten from Europe and the US cost approximately $600-1200.

MEALS

Meals are not included. Most of the days, we will try to eat snacks/picnic during lunch to speed up and maximize photo shoot time.

Even so, both supermarkets and restaurants in Lofoten are not cheap, so we recommend preparing for about $80 per day.

IS THIS LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR SUITABLE FOR ME?

WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO ATTEND TO THIS PHOTO TOUR TO LOFOTEN?

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.

In addition, we can meet up by Skype beforehand to discuss your skill level, knowledge, and goals you have for the tour.

AM I TOO YOUNG/OLD FOR THIS LOFOTEN PHOTO TOUR?

There is no age limit, this trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph Lofoten with us.

WHAT PHYSICAL CONDITIONS DO I NEED?

All the places we will visit in this Lofoten photography tour are very close to the road.

CAN I BRING MY DRONE?

Capture the Atlas is drone friendly. However, we are not responsible for accidental damage or fines if you fly it in restricted areas.

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    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    This tour is governed by these Terms and Conditions.