Sea Birds and Landscapes on Norway's Northern Coast

This workshop is designed as an extension to our Svalbard Expedition, but anyone is welcome! 

In the far north east of Norway is a location called Finnmark. We’ll base out of Vardø, and from here we will be able to photograph this amazing coastal region in the midnight sun. We will also be using boats to get to some very important bird sanctuaries, where we will find puffins, guillemots, terns, skuas and many other arctic birds. This is a very remote area, known only to Norwegian and some European photographers, definitely on the top of their lists! Randy is assisted by local guide Bjarne Riesto (see his work here), and be assured: we know just where to put our sticks in the ground for amazing photographs! Head over to Google Maps and you will see exactly where we are going. We will explore and shoot the coast from Hornøya and Vardø all the way up to Hamningberg.


Vardø, Norway


** Subject to change based on itinerary **


June 27–July 1, 2017

Fitness Level:

Moderate - some bird cliff trails

Your Pros:

Randy Hanna
Bjarne Riesto


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Itinerary and General Information

Our Svalbard ship returns to Longyearbyen just after midnight on June 27, 2016. We’ll sleep in, and disembark the ship after breakfast. We will have a bit of time in Longyearbyen until our afternoon flight on Widerøe Airlines to Kirkenes via Tromsø. We land in Kirkenes and pick up our rental van, and will have a small drive to Vardø, where we are based for 4 nights. On our way to Vardø this first evening, we’ll stop and shoot the midnight sun. We will shoot the birds and landscapes on Hornøya, and we have also planned a boat ride out to the island of Syltefjordstauran for even more birds! In between, we will have many locations to choose from to shoot sea-side landscapes in this incredibly beautiful part of Norway.

Of course we will have more time for image review, critique and post-processing instruction.

Randy and Bjarne will be working on a much more precise itinerary over the next months. We will have plan A and plan B for every day, so that we can adjust as needed due to weather and other conditions.

We will depart from Kirkenes on July 1, 2017, and fly to Oslo. There we will spend one night at the Radisson Blu Oslo Airport Hotel. Flights home can be anytime on July 2, 2017.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals and soft drinks during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews, critiques, post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time

Whats Not Included?

International air travel and domestic air travel from Longyearbyen to Kirkenes on June 27, and from Kirkenes to Oslo on July 1. Hotel night in Oslo on July 1, 2017 as needed (though we will arrange it). Travel medical and trip cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything not specifically listed as included. 

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,000 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $2,495 will be due not later than March 31, 2017. All of our terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

If you are ready for an out-of-this world bird and seascape photography experience, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in Norway!