Nordic Landscapes and Northern Lights
Come with us to the Norwegian Arctic Circle, and photograph the dramatic Lofoten Islands. We’ll spend five days photgraphing jagged mountain peaks in and around Lofoten, then sail aboard the MS Richard With to the region known as Senja, for more amazing steep mountain landscapes, and hopefully, northern lights. You’ll photograph icy fjords and frozen lakes, rocky seacoasts, turquoise water, white sand beaches, rustic fishing villages, and more. If we’re lucky, and the weather is clear, we will be treated to some of the best northern lights on the planet. This workshop will be led and guided by Marc Muench and MW local pro and guide Cody Duncan, who has logged more days photographing along the northern coast of Norway than most anyone! Most shooting locations are very near to where we’ll park our vehicles. You’ll need to be able to walk on uneven, and at times, slippery ground. There will be some opportunities for the more adventurous types to hike or climb a little bit.
We will teach techniques in high dynamic range shooting, panoramas, long exposures during the day (and night!), and star and aurora imagery. Shooting is our priority, so expect to be out in the field plenty! We will also feature our much-loved image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction with Lightroom. Get ready for an other-worldly experience in Norway!
Lofoten and Senja, Norway
January 19–28, 2019
Our itinerary is planned—but we are always prepared to change things up, based on weather, and light conditions. Of course, at night we’ll be on watch for northern lights, and you can count on being awakened the instant we find them!
January 19, 2019: We will meet as a group in the airport in Leknes and drive about an hour south to our base in the beautiful fishing village of Sakrisøy in the heart of Lofoten.
January 20–22, 2019: After morning shoot and breakfast on the 20th, we’ll begin taking advantage of the amazing low light—the arctic days are short, but the twilight and dawn last for hours, and the quality of light is amazing. In addition, if the skies are clear and the Northern lights come out, we stay up even longer! Some of our shooting locations will include:
- Haukland and Utakleiv Beaches—Vestvågøya bright sand and crystal clear water make Haukland one of the most beautiful in Norway, and we’ll explore the rocks along the shore at Utakleiv.
- Hamnøy is a small fishing village, we’ll have numerous opportunities within steps of our accommodations.
- Olstind is a great viewpoint for sunrise.
- Sunset at Å—this one-letter village is beautiful, and it’s at the southern end of the Lofoten Archipelago.
- More beaches and seacoast—Flakstadoy-Skagsanden, Ramberg, Yttersand, Myrland.
Accommodations in Sakrisøy: Sea cabins with private bedrooms and bathrooms.
January 22–24, 2019: After our morning shoot and breakfast, we’ll head back north one hour to Leknes, where we’ll spend two nights, bit a to some of the most beautiful beaches in Lofoten.
Accommodations in Leknes: Comfortable hotel with private bedrooms and bathrooms.
January 24, 2019: We‘ll spend the morning and afternoon photographing the nearby beaches. An early dinner and then we drive to the port in Stamsund to board the MS Richard With. This will be a great time sailing for 15 hours through the night, up to Finnsnes all while enjoying the view from your private cabin or watching for northern lights from the deck. The route will pass through many dramatic fjords and the landscapes will be amazing, even in the low light of night.
January 25–27, 2019: After reaching Finnsnes and disembarking, we’ll make the scenic drive up to our second arctic base in the quaint town of Mefjordvær. This amazing little village is situated on the wild shores of the fjord surrounded by steep mountains and rugged ocean. We’ll spend two full days exploring various regions around our hotel.
Accommodations in Mefjordvær: We have private cabins for everyone, with private facilities and baths.
January 28, 2018: After breakfast the workshop concludes but we’ll provide transportation to the town of Bardufoss, where everyone will catch flights home. Look for flights flights out no earlier than 11:00 AM, and we recommend flying back to Oslo with Norwegian Air (BDU to OSL). As always, please show us your flights before booking.
Our transportation is in two winter-equipped minivans, with plenty of room for us and our photo gear. Lodging is double occupancy, with private bathrooms, we’ll find you a roommate as needed. Single occupancy is available, at an additional charge, just ask.
- Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
- Full breakfast and dinner, lunch might be minimal
- All ground and ship transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Air transportation from your home to Leknes (LKN), Norway and from Bardufoss (BDU), Norway home. Visa or passport fees. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.