Arctic Landscapes and Northern Lights

January 30 – February 8, 2025

Join us along the Arctic Circle to photograph Norway’s dramatic Lofoten Islands! Winter in Northern Norway is a magical experience, especially at night when the aurora curls in the sky and reflects on the sea. Our pros and local guides know all the vantage points to get you the best shots!

We’ll photograph jagged mountain peaks, icy fjords, frozen lakes, rocky seacoasts, white sand beaches, and rustic fishing villages. This trip even includes a fabulous and private sea eagle safari, where you can photograph the world’s largest eagle at close range with epic snowy peaks in the background. With luck and weather permitting, we will be treated to some of the best northern lights on the planet.

You’ll also learn high dynamic range shooting techniques, panoramas, long exposures during the day (and night!), and star and aurora imagery. Our priority is photography, so expect to be in the field plenty! We will also feature our much-loved image reviews and post-processing instructions with Lightroom. Ready for a winter wonderland? Let’s go!

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Location

Lofoten, Norway

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Tuition

$8,995

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Dates

January 30 – February 8, 2025

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Availability

3 Spots Left
Limited to 8 Guests

Itinerary

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 30, 2025: We will pick you up from the airport in Leknes and transport you to our charming accommodations in the classic rorbuer huts in Sakrisøy. If conditions allow, we will hunt for the aurora in the evening!

January 31 – February 2, 2025: We’ll have three days and nights to photograph in and around the picturesque villages of Å, Reine, Sakrisøy, and Hamnøy. We’ll visit the rocky shore of Flakstadøy and the nearby beaches: Skagsanden, Ramberg, and Yttersand. On February 2, after sunrise we will pack up and move to our hotel in Leknes.

February 3–5, 2025: After breakfast, we’ll head out to shoot sunrise at the beaches near Leknes: Haukland, Vik, Uttakleiv, and Storsandnes, all surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains. As the day passes, we will visit more scenic locations on the islands of Vestvågøy and Flakstadøy, shooting until the last light fades from the sky. After dinner, we will keep watch for northern lights.

After another night of capturing northern lights at one of Lofoten’s beaches, we’ll sleep in a bit on February 5, have a great hot breakfast, then pack up and drive north to the town of Svolvaer – home of the sea eagles and Trollfjorden.

February 5–7, 2025: We will spend 3 nights in stunning Svolvaer exploring local scenes, chasing aurora, and enjoying an epic sea eagle safari! The sea eagles are the largest eagle species in the world, and you will have the opportunity for incredible up-close encounters with snowy mountain backdrops that are hard to believe.

February 8, 2025: After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll return to the Leknes airport for our flights home.

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Fitness

Moderate: You must be able to walk in the snow and on icy surfaces with spikes and handle very cold temperatures day and night.

Flights

Arrive Leknes Airport (LKN), Leknes, Norway before 1:00 PM on January 30, 2025. Flights out can be made after 1:30 PM on February 8, 2025. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,250 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
  • All permits and park fees.
  • All transportation during the workshop.
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Leknes, Norway.
  • Unscheduled airport transfers.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $1,250 supplement.

Payment Terms

    Testimonials

    “I wasn’t really sure what to expect as this was my first travel photo workshop. But it was truly beyond my expectations! I was most impressed with the professionalism and helpful attitude of the instructors. I felt like they always had an eye out for us and wanted us to take the best photos but without hovering or dictating what to do. ”

    — Peggy Anderson, Norway '19

    “Cody’s experience with the territory was invaluable. Both of the instructors were of high caliber as far as photography knowledge, experience organizing, conducting, and attention to details. ”

    — Antonio Dabraio, Norway '18

    “★★★★★ — Matt is a gifted instructor -- inspiring, compassionate and oh so knowledgeable. ”

    — Jean Fain, Newfoundland '23

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