Norway

LOFOTEN ISLANDS

US$ 3,395

Tour length: 8 days
Date: 3 - 10 February, 2023
Small group

Situated inside the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are Lofoten Islands offer spectacular opportunities for photographers. We will enjoy the dramatic scenery, the incredible fjords, the crystal clear sea against a backdrop of gigantic mountains and the authentic fishing life in well-preserved old fishing villages.

It is no coincidence that National Geographic considers Lofoten to be the third most beautiful island group in the world. The light can be extremely beautiful during the winter, offering prolonged sunrises and sunsets due to the low angle of the sun.

As the sunlight fades, the aurora borealis aurora borealis can dance in the sky, and we will be ready to capture this unearthly spectacle.

Here you can experience the Aurora Borealis in all its splendor, flowing over arctic beaches and rugged fjords.

 

Important information:

Start of Journey (01-02-2023): Lekness Airport (LKN)

End of Journey (08-02-2023): Lekness Airport (LKN)

We recommend arriving in Oslo (OSL) the day before (31-02-2023).

We cannot guarantee a fixed itinerary, as it depends on the weather conditions, so the following route is for guidance only.

 

Day 1 (03-02-2023) Lekness - Hamnoy

We will be waiting for you at Leknes airport and then we will drive to our cabin in the beautiful village of Hamnoy.

Strategically chosen place, so that from there we move to the rest of the locations we will visit and thus avoid making unnecessary luggage transfers and changes that entail a very considerable loss of time.

Weather permitting, we will do the photo session at sunset from the bridge of Reine.

In the event of aurora borealis forecast , we will go out to catch them!

 

Day 2 (04-02-2023)

Today we will travel to the beaches of Haukland and Vik (Approx. 55km), where we will photograph the first light of day.

The days are very short in winter, so in the middle of the morning we will go to the beach of Uttakleiv to look for the best frames, where at night we will try to see the Aurora Borealis.

 

Day 3 (05-02-2023)

On the fourth day of our photographic journey we will enjoy the sunrise lights and look for the best frames in the vicinity of Hamnoy and Reine .

In the evening, if we are lucky enough to have a favourable aurora forecast, we will visit the Skagsanden beach (.25km).

 

Day 4 (06-02-2023)

This morning, we will make the sunrise near our cabin, around Reine - Hamnøy , trying to find the best places to photograph the first rays of sun on the impressive peaks.

After a break and lunch, we will go to Flakstad (25km), with its snow-white coastline and the small but unforgettable fishing village of Nusfjord one of the oldest in the world.

On the way to Nusfjord we plan to visit another impressive place, the frozen lake of Storvatnet with crunchy ice.

Depending on the weather, we will be able to photograph the sunset on the beach of Vareid or at Haukland The latter is especially interesting in winter, when the setting sun paints the snow-capped peaks a deep red.

 

Day 5 (07-02-2023)

We will meet the first rays of the morning sun at the viewpoint over the Reine, from here we will have a perfect view over the Olstinden peak, as well as over the village itself and its bay.

After breakfast we visit a village called laconically Å. It is a classic fishing village, a kind of Nordic Venice.

After a quick lunch we leave for a photo shoot of the sunset and the northern lights on Skagsanden beach (25km) or at the Queen herself.

 

Days 6 and 7 (08/09-02-2023)

During these two days we will visit various locations that for weather reasons we have not been able to photograph or simply some that we have not been able to photograph.

we want to repeat.

Day 8 (10-03-2022)

Sunrise at a location close to our accommodation and after breakfast, we will travel to Lekness airport (55km), for our return flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

Weather conditions

The Lofoten Islands are known for their stormy weather. Although on the one hand you should prepare yourself for these types of conditions, on the other hand stormy weather creates incredible scenes of nature and can sometimes provide amazing light.

The average temperature in Lofoten is about 0°C. Sometimes the temperature can drop to -7 C (rarely...), but don't relax! the winds and the sea, make the sensation much colder (-5 or -10).

The time and places are indicative, mainly because of the weather conditions. Based on my knowledge of the locations I will schedule the most appropriate place to photograph according to current or predicted weather conditions.

Our goal is to help you get the best results, but we are not weather gods, so we are not responsible for the weather conditions at the location.

The Lofoten Islands are perfectly located in the Arctic Circle. It is the best situation for the Northern Lights, but please note that due to cloudy conditions we may not see the Aurora.

We will never go outside, in case of a dangerous storm, always keeping in mind your safety.

INCLUDED

  • All transfers along the itinerary, including airport transfers
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Accommodation in a fully equipped cabin (shared double room). Single supplement: +$800.
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Everything else not listed as included.
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is paid.
Places will not be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% will be reimbursed minus a $450 handling fee.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

The photo tour always depends on the weather conditions, as the weather on the Lofoten Islands can be very unpredictable.

Regarding the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they can be seen during the month of February, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

Our main goal is for you to return home with a wealth of incredible images, in a variety of conditions and settings, but the weather, especially during the winter months, can be stormy and unpredictable and can include rain and snow. Although these storms can be challenging, it is important to remember that they also bring great opportunities to try out new concepts and techniques and to think creatively. In addition, bad weather creates dynamic lighting situations, which is part of the artistic appeal of the Lofoten Islands.

The climate of Lofoten during the winter tends to average 0C, but the wind chill can be much lower. There will be opportunities to warm up in heated vehicles, but photo sessions can last several hours. Be sure to come prepared by checking the "What to Bring" section.

Although the Lofoten Islands are perfectly situated for viewing and capturing the aurora borealisThe Northern Lights may be hidden by cloud cover and viewing cannot be guaranteed. To ensure the best chances, we will check the weather forecast several times a day. Although we are not responsible for the weather during this workshop, we will do our best to ensure that you capture amazing photographs of this special place.

INFORMATION
Norway

LOFOTEN ISLANDS

US$ 3,395

Tour length: 8 days
Date: 3 - 10 February, 2023
Small group

Situated inside the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are Lofoten Islands offer spectacular opportunities for photographers. We will enjoy the dramatic scenery, the incredible fjords, the crystal clear sea against a backdrop of gigantic mountains and the authentic fishing life in well-preserved old fishing villages.

It is no coincidence that National Geographic considers Lofoten to be the third most beautiful island group in the world. The light can be extremely beautiful during the winter, offering prolonged sunrises and sunsets due to the low angle of the sun.

As the sunlight fades, the aurora borealis aurora borealis can dance in the sky, and we will be ready to capture this unearthly spectacle.

Here you can experience the Aurora Borealis in all its splendor, flowing over arctic beaches and rugged fjords.

 

Important information:

Start of Journey (01-02-2023): Lekness Airport (LKN)

End of Journey (08-02-2023): Lekness Airport (LKN)

We recommend arriving in Oslo (OSL) the day before (31-02-2023).

ITINERARY
We cannot guarantee a fixed itinerary, as it depends on the weather conditions, so the following route is for guidance only.

 

Day 1 (03-02-2023) Lekness - Hamnoy

We will be waiting for you at Leknes airport and then we will drive to our cabin in the beautiful village of Hamnoy.

Strategically chosen place, so that from there we move to the rest of the locations we will visit and thus avoid making unnecessary luggage transfers and changes that entail a very considerable loss of time.

Weather permitting, we will do the photo session at sunset from the bridge of Reine.

In the event of aurora borealis forecast , we will go out to catch them!

 

Day 2 (04-02-2023)

Today we will travel to the beaches of Haukland and Vik (Approx. 55km), where we will photograph the first light of day.

The days are very short in winter, so in the middle of the morning we will go to the beach of Uttakleiv to look for the best frames, where at night we will try to see the Aurora Borealis.

 

Day 3 (05-02-2023)

On the fourth day of our photographic journey we will enjoy the sunrise lights and look for the best frames in the vicinity of Hamnoy and Reine .

In the evening, if we are lucky enough to have a favourable aurora forecast, we will visit the Skagsanden beach (.25km).

 

Day 4 (06-02-2023)

This morning, we will make the sunrise near our cabin, around Reine - Hamnøy , trying to find the best places to photograph the first rays of sun on the impressive peaks.

After a break and lunch, we will go to Flakstad (25km), with its snow-white coastline and the small but unforgettable fishing village of Nusfjord one of the oldest in the world.

On the way to Nusfjord we plan to visit another impressive place, the frozen lake of Storvatnet with crunchy ice.

Depending on the weather, we will be able to photograph the sunset on the beach of Vareid or at Haukland The latter is especially interesting in winter, when the setting sun paints the snow-capped peaks a deep red.

 

Day 5 (07-02-2023)

We will meet the first rays of the morning sun at the viewpoint over the Reine, from here we will have a perfect view over the Olstinden peak, as well as over the village itself and its bay.

After breakfast we visit a village called laconically Å. It is a classic fishing village, a kind of Nordic Venice.

After a quick lunch we leave for a photo shoot of the sunset and the northern lights on Skagsanden beach (25km) or at the Queen herself.

 

Days 6 and 7 (08/09-02-2023)

During these two days we will visit various locations that for weather reasons we have not been able to photograph or simply some that we have not been able to photograph.

we want to repeat.

Day 8 (10-03-2022)

Sunrise at a location close to our accommodation and after breakfast, we will travel to Lekness airport (55km), for our return flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

Weather conditions

The Lofoten Islands are known for their stormy weather. Although on the one hand you should prepare yourself for these types of conditions, on the other hand stormy weather creates incredible scenes of nature and can sometimes provide amazing light.

The average temperature in Lofoten is about 0°C. Sometimes the temperature can drop to -7 C (rarely...), but don't relax! the winds and the sea, make the sensation much colder (-5 or -10).

The time and places are indicative, mainly because of the weather conditions. Based on my knowledge of the locations I will schedule the most appropriate place to photograph according to current or predicted weather conditions.

Our goal is to help you get the best results, but we are not weather gods, so we are not responsible for the weather conditions at the location.

The Lofoten Islands are perfectly located in the Arctic Circle. It is the best situation for the Northern Lights, but please note that due to cloudy conditions we may not see the Aurora.

We will never go outside, in case of a dangerous storm, always keeping in mind your safety.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

  • All transfers along the itinerary, including airport transfers
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Accommodation in a fully equipped cabin (shared double room). Single supplement: +$800.
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Everything else not listed as included.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is paid.
Places will not be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% will be reimbursed minus a $450 handling fee.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

RESPONSIBILITY

The photo tour always depends on the weather conditions, as the weather on the Lofoten Islands can be very unpredictable.

Regarding the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they can be seen during the month of February, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

Our main goal is for you to return home with a wealth of incredible images, in a variety of conditions and settings, but the weather, especially during the winter months, can be stormy and unpredictable and can include rain and snow. Although these storms can be challenging, it is important to remember that they also bring great opportunities to try out new concepts and techniques and to think creatively. In addition, bad weather creates dynamic lighting situations, which is part of the artistic appeal of the Lofoten Islands.

The climate of Lofoten during the winter tends to average 0C, but the wind chill can be much lower. There will be opportunities to warm up in heated vehicles, but photo sessions can last several hours. Be sure to come prepared by checking the "What to Bring" section.

Although the Lofoten Islands are perfectly situated for viewing and capturing the aurora borealisThe Northern Lights may be hidden by cloud cover and viewing cannot be guaranteed. To ensure the best chances, we will check the weather forecast several times a day. Although we are not responsible for the weather during this workshop, we will do our best to ensure that you capture amazing photographs of this special place.

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