Located within the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands offer spectacular opportunities for photographers. We will soak in the dramatic landscapes, incredible fjords, crystal-clear sea against a backdrop of gigantic mountains, and authentic fishermen’s life in well-preserved old fishing villages. It is no accident 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.
When the sun’s light fades, the Northern Lights might dance in the sky, and we will be ready to capture this unearthly spectacle. Here you can experience Aurora Borealis in all its glory, flowing over arctic beaches and rugged fjords.
- Iconic fishing villages Reine, Nusfjord, Hamnøy, and Å
- Beautiful beaches Uttakleiv, Skagsanden and Haukland
- Rough mountain ranges and pristine Norwegian fjords
- Capturing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
- Learn Image post-processing like a pro
Lofoten Photo Tour Itinerary
Let’s go explore the unique life of fishing villages surrounded by Norwegian fjords
“Some people in Lofoten believe that the Northern Lights is a visible form of angry gods, eager to scoop unsuspecting souls into the sky to roam across the darkness for all eternity”
Days 1 – 2
Upon your arrival at the airport in Leknes, we will take you directly to our hotel in town. You will be able to rest after the flight and meet everyone at dinner, where we will go over our plans and itinerary. The next morning, we will travel to Reine, one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Lofoten. Typical rorbu cabins right in this picturesque village will be our base for the upcoming four days.
With the iconic peak of Mount Olstind rising from the fjord, the traditional red huts, and a crystal-clear bay, it is a paradise for photographers any time of the day as well as at night when the aurora lights up the sky.
Days 3 – 4
We will explore the beautiful surroundings of Reine, especially Sakrisøy Island, where there is another charming fishing village known for its yellow fishermen’s huts. For sunsets and sunrises, we will explore the Arctic beaches around Flakstad, like beautiful Skagsanden Beach which often offers spectacular reflections of the surrounding mountain ranges.
We will be sure not to miss UNESCO site Nusfjord, one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages in Norway, and the iconic Hamnøy Bridge offering spectacular views of the traditional red fishing huts surrounded by majestic mountains.
Days 5 – 6
Depending on the weather and light conditions, we will alternate between Skagsanden, Uttakleiv, and Haukland beaches. Uttakleiv Beach with its impressive rocky shoreline and sandy middle section is one of the most impressive beaches on the archipelago. We will also pay a visit to the very end of the Lofoten Islands, where there is an authentic fishing village called Å with a diverse array of red fishing huts, cod-drying racks, and incredible mountain scenery.
Leaving Reine, we will slowly make our way to our second base, more centrally located on the archipelago, where we will be in a great position to explore the area and its Arctic scenery.
Days 7 – 8
We will explore the mountain range around Fredvangskrysset and another photogenic location – Storvatnet, a frozen lake where it is often possible to photograph ice cracks. On the way to central Lofoten, we will stop at floodlit Flakstad Kirke. This wooden church built in the 18th century resembles a ship; its ceiling is like an upturned hull.
We will constantly be selecting the best places to go based on the weather, and we will not stop chasing the Northern Lights.
On the Lofoten Photo Tour, we will have two bases from where we will start our trips for sunrise, sunset, daylight, and night (chasing the Aurora Borealis). The distances between photography spots in Lofoten are not long. We can always adjust the itinerary in response to current weather conditions and select shooting locations accordingly.
The Lofoten Photo Tour focuses on the Northern Lights, and we will do our best to avoid missing any opportunity to photograph this phenomenon. The geographic position of the archipelago, absence of light pollution, and long winter nights, dramatically increase our chances of success. We will constantly be checking the KP index and solar activity so we are ready to go. After night shoots, we may sleep longer and adjust the upcoming day’s plans accordingly.
Winter temperatures in Lofoten are mild considering its location north of the Arctic Circle. The average temperature in January is around 0°C (32°F), but we must be prepared for very unpredictable weather conditions such as wind, snow, and rain. If there is heavy rain or a snow storm and we are not able to go out shooting, we will focus on image post-processing in the warmth of our accommodation.
Learn post-processing like a pro
We know what your images need
Bring the touch of perfection to your digital images
Our Iceland photo tour is not only about taking pictures but we also put emphasis on image post-processing which is extremely important nowadays. We will hold post-processing panels where we will teach you the workflows in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Luminar we use to make your pictures stand well apart from the rest. We will try to allow enough time for you to post-process your pictures while on the tour, and hopefully, you will go home with your prime shots ready for the showcase.
You will learn how to
- Organize your photos efficiently and speed up your workflow
- Develop RAW files with Lightroom, Photoshop or Luminar and apply initial adjustments
- Use the selection, sharpening and retouching tools properly
- Blend multiple exposures in Lightroom and Photoshop using various techniques (HDR, luminosity masks)
- Stylize your images to give them your own artistic signature
- Apply various image effects… and much more
Lofoten Photo Tour Details
What is Included & Excluded in the Price
- Two professional photography guides
- 7 nights accommodation in cabins (double room occupancy)
- 4 breakfasts
- All transportation in rented cars
- Transfer from/to airport in Leknes
- One to one Image Post-Processing sessions
- Airfare to/from Norway
- Food and beverages other than breakfast
- Optional single room occupancy (supplement $650 USD)
- Travel insurance and visa (if applicable)
- Equipment and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry, phone etc.
Accommodation & Food
We will be staying in a series of fully renovated cozy rorbuer cabins right on the coast. Each cabin comes with a private bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen plus a living room. The surroundings are beautiful, and when the Northern Lights are dancing in the middle of the night, we can literally shoot from the windows.
Eating out in Norway is expensive. Participants can decide whether they would rather eat at a restaurant or make their own meals in the cabin kitchen.
Lofoten Photo Tour Leaders
We want you to get the most amazing pictures on our Norway – Lofoten Photo Tour whether you are a beginner, keen amateur or professional photographer. We strongly emphasize on individual approach so each of our participants gets the right infield guidance. Moreover, you will be in a group of people who share the passion for photography and you will expand your creative and post-processing skills. Let us show you the uniqueness of Lofoten and return with plenty of outstanding pictures and unforgettable memories.
Martin is a Prague based professional photographer and adventurer who has years of experience guiding photo workshops and also with a commercial shooting. He has traveled to more than 35 countries around the globe and has explored wonders from the depths of the Amazon rain forest to the high peaks of the Himalayas. His pictures have won awards internationally and appeared in various magazines. Read Martin’s full profile >
Portuguese landscape photographer and educator based in Slovakia. With a long list of destinations on his travel list, Pedro favors the unique landscapes and cold nature of northern Europe. He is regularly guiding photo tours in Lofoten, Patagonia, and Iceland. His portfolio includes not only classic work but also lesser-known locations on the Baltic Sea and the Tatras. Pedro’s photos have made it to several photography magazines.