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Day 1 - 16th September 2016 - Arrival in Lofoten
We will pick you up at the Leknes airport during the first day, and transfer you to our three rorbua (traditional red fishermen's huts) which will serve as our base in the village of Reine, often chosen as the most beautiful village in the whole of Norway. All participants should arrive at Leknes before 12:00 am. We will have lunch together, get acquainted and spend as much as possible of the late afternoon and evening in the Reine area.
Days 2 to 7
During 6 full days, we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of Lofoten, from our conveniently placed base at Reine village.
During this period, the sun rises at 6:30 am and sets at around 7:30 pm, giving us a good light duration.
Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the nocturnal activity the auroras might have brought, but a typical day may be similar to the following:
- 6:00 - 8:30 Early morning sunrise photographic session
- 9:00 - 10:00 Breakfast at our huts
- 10:00 - 13:00 Relaxation time
- 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at the hut or packed lunch
- 14:00 - 15:30 Critique and Photo Review session and relaxation time
- 15:30 - 20:00 Afternoon and sunset photographic session
- 21:00 - 22:00 Dinner at the restaurant
- 22:00 Possible Nothern Lights photography is the sky is clear
Day 8 - 23rd September 2016 - End of Photo-Immersion trip
We will have breakfast together at our base in Reine and the Photo Immersion trip will officially finish at 8:00 am. A transfer to Leknes airport will be arranged for all participants to catch their flight back to Bodo and connect to their international flights.
Included and excluded
- Tour organised and led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican
- "In the field" photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions / image reviews, Photoshop - Lightroom tutorials
- Special workshop session on night photography
- Special workshop session on post-processing (Lightroom - Photoshop)
- Special workshop session on basic use of DSRL (for beginners)
- Accommodation in renovated traditional rorbua (norwegian fishermen huts) in single accommodation basis
- All meals and all non alcoholic drinks during the meals
- Transport during the whole stay in Lofoten
- Transfers from and to the airport of Leknes
- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!
- Photographic equipment
- International and domestic flights
- Any meals other than those stated in detailed itinerary
- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medical and Accident
- Insurance valid for Norway (compulsory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. A certain familiarity with your camera will be very beneficial in order to get the most from this photographic trip.
Easy. We might walk on uneven or boggy/mossy terrain scattered with rock boulders. Most of the photography will take place along the shore though with easy access from the road or vehicle though.
3,900 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.
Single Occupancy Supplement
Accommodation on single occupancy basis for all participants in traditional norwegian huts by the sea (1 participant per room, 2 participants per hut, 1 shared bathroom per hut)
Deposit of 1,500 CHF to secure your place at the time of booking.
Full payment of the photo-trip due 120 days (4 months) prior to the departure date.
Should you need to cancel this Photo Trip, the following fees apply:
- 90 days or more before the departure date:Your deposit fee
- 89 to 61 days before the departure date:50% cancellation fee
- 60 days or less before the departure date:100% cancellation fee
It is strongly recommended to acquire travel cancellation insurance. If you need any help, please contact us and we will be very glad to assist you.
Number of People
Very small group limited from 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum). This number includes photographers and non-photographing partners / spouses.
Logistics and Transportation
Transportation will be in a van seating 9 people, which will be available at our convenience for all transfers to the most interesting locations in the Lofoten islands where we will photograph.
Non photographing spouses / partners
Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this trip. Even though the dinner conversations will certainly revolve around photography, all locations visited will allow non-photographing partners and spouses to discover and fully enjoy the beauty of Lofoten. They can also stay at our lovely rorbua by the sea during our early morningor evening photographic forays, taking full advantageof the facilities and the beauty of Reine village. Same rates apply.
The official languages for this photographic trip will be English and French. If you speak any of those languages, that will be enough! In the case whereby we have both languages represented, we will duplicate our group explanations and image critique session in order to cater for the two languages.
Personal explanations to each participant can be done either in English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!
1) That you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required
2) That your passport is valid to visit Norway and does not expire in a critical date
No vaccinations are mandatory.
It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions you might have including allergies or special nutritional requirements. This is essential as it may affect both your own and other people’s enjoyment of the trip and will allow us to understand the implications in relation to the particular trip.
Please bear in mind the volume limitation for your photo-bag!
Even though we will be 8 people travelling in a van seating 9, we should be able to accommodate all the bags in the van that we normally take for our photographic sessions.
All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover).
Additionally, we strongly advise you to conclude a Cancellation Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work.
Informations about the Weather:
For a place as far north as Alaska and Siberia, cold and unpredictable weather comes with the territory. Yet Norway's favourable location next to the Gulf Stream keeps the country's climate milder than expected. The Lofoten Islands have a relatively balmy average high of –1°C (30°F) even in the coldest winter months. This is thought to be the largest positive temperature anomaly relative to latitude anywhere in the world. The Gulf Stream brings moisture over western Norway while the inland regions have a drier and more continental climate. Rain is an unavoidable feature of the landscape. If you have the proper gear the sun will be welcome but the rain won't be debilitating.
In September, a festival is hosted by Nature. Winter is coming, and Nature enters a colourful mood before falling asleep, before the white cloak of winter covers it and the winter storms roll in from the Atlantic, crashing against the granite shores. For a few weeks, the colours engulf the moss, the bushes and the trees, carpeting the slopes of the mountains and the deep valley in a mix of reds, yellows and oranges. During the night, the sky, jealous of the colourful display offered by the land, shows its own colours and the first strong northern lights of the year are likely to be seen in the clear nights. In fact, it is around September and October that frequent aurora activity is seen, maybe linked to a certain influence of the equinox. The night, already ink black at this time of the year, allows for its visibility when the weather permits, offering one of the most magical, incredible and photogenic experiences you will ever have.
Weather is dynamic and changeable in autumn, and light displays a very special quality. Fronts come and go, rolling from the Atlantic and leaving behind dramatic and variable conditions of weather, mood and light. Rain, even snow, sun, broken clouds, storms and clear night skies can rub shoulders in the period of a few days, changing the mood of the landscape at every minute, never making it the same again. As in winter, autumn offers a certain mystical, Zen and at the same time energetic character to this ancient land. This is one of our favourite moments to visit the North, by far.
One important aspect is the preparation. It is really true that bad weather means good weather for photography. However, nobody can appreciate the atmosphere, mystery and drama of the north, let alone engage in creative photography, when cold, wet or ill prepared. This is why it is very important that you bring a good layered system of clothing which will keep you warm and dry. We strongly advise you to bring thermal underwear in merino wool (shirt and leggings), a second and third layer of fleece and down (upper and lower clothing) and an outer garment that is totally impervious consisting of jacket and trousers which allow for breathing but which will keep you dry inside. Hats, gloves and balaclava and some good socks will be important too. There is no such thing as bad weather, but inappropriate gear and badly prepared trips!