Nordic Landscapes and Northern Lights

Come with us to the Norwegian Arctic Circle, and photograph the dramatic Lofoten Islands. Winter in the Lofoten Islands is a magical experience for any photographer, and is even better at night, when the northern lights curl in the sky, reflected on the mountains and the sea.

We’ll photograph jagged mountain peaks in and around Lofoten and Senja. Icy fjords and frozen lakes, rocky seacoasts, turquoise water, white sand beaches, rustic fishing villages, will be on display. If we’re lucky, and the weather is clear, we will be treated to some of the best northern lights on the planet.

We will teach techniques in high dynamic range shooting, panoramas, long exposures during the day (and night!), and star and aurora imagery. Photography 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.

David Rosenthal will work together with Muench Workshops local pro and guide Cody Duncan to bring you a fantastic workshop experience. Cody has logged more days photographing along the northern coast of Norway than most anyone.

Sign up today and get ready for an other-worldly experience in Norway!


Lofoten and Senja, Norway




January 21–30, 2021

Fitness Level:

Cold temperatures day and night, must be able to walk in snow and on icy surfaces with spikes.


Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

I have traveled with several photo companies and I keep returning to Muench. They are always beautifully organized. The locations are interesting and there are enough instructors that no one feels left out or overlooked.
— Wendy Brookes, Galápagos 19 and 3 other Muench Workshops
Cody’s experience with the territory was invaluable. Both of the instructors where of high caliber as far as photography knowledge, experience organizing, conducting, and attention to details.
— Antonio Dabraio, Norway '18

Itinerary and General Information

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 21, 2021: 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 22–24, 2021: After morning shoot and breakfast on the 22nd, 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, and Myrland.

Accommodations in Sakrisøy: Sea cabins with private bedrooms and bathrooms. 

January 24–26, 2021: After our morning shoot and breakfast, we’ll head back north one hour to Leknes, where we’ll spend two nights, at some of the most beautiful beaches in Lofoten.

Accommodations in Leknes: Comfortable hotel with private bedrooms and bathrooms. 


January 26, 2021: We‘ll spend the morning and afternoon photographing the nearby beaches. An early dinner and then we drive to the airport in Leknes to board a Wideroe flight (ticket included) to Tromso. We will spend the night in Tromso at the Scandic Grand Tromso hotel. 

January 27–29, 2021: After breakfast, 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 30, 2021: After breakfast the workshop concludes but we’ll provide transportation to the town of Tromsø, where everyone will catch flights home. Flights home need to be on the 1:50 PM flight, January 30th from Tromsø (TOS) to Oslo, then home or elsewhere. 

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.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)

  • All meals during the workshop

  • All ground and air transportation during the workshop

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros

  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction

  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Air transportation from your home to Leknes (LKN), Norway and from Tromsø (TOS), Norway home. Visa or passport fees. Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but strongly recommended). Items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,495 will secure your place in this workshop. Final payment of $4,000 is due by October 1, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

If this workshop has your name on it, register now by clicking the Sign Me Up! button and we’ll see you in Norway! Got questions?