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Day 1 - 18th February 2018 - Pick up at Tromso
We will pick you up at Tromso (place to be announced) on the first day at 9:00 am. You will therefore need to make sure you arrive to Tromso on time, ideally on the day before (17th february). We will leave for the island of Senja in the early morning (3 hours drive). We will get to our hotel, have lunch and have our first photographic session during the evening.
Days 2 to 7
During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the whole island of Senja, conveniently located close to our home base.
During this period, dawn breaks at 6:05 am and dies at around 18:05 pm, giving us plenty of hours of warm light due to a sun which stays low above the horizon for the whole day. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of photographing night scenes of auroras without having to stay up too long.
Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the nocturnal activity the auroras may have provided, but a typical day will combine photographic sessions on different places, image reviews on the computer, post-processing sessions and some time to rest.
Day 8 - 24th February 2018 - End of Photo Immersion trip
We will have breakfast together and have a morning photographic session.We will drive back to Tromso, where the phototrip will officially end. We will have dinner together and leave participants at their hotels booked for the evening (not included, to be arranged by participants). You should therefore book your flight to leave on the 25th of February.
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)
- Single accommodation in exclusive appartments by the sea
- All meals
- Transport during the whole stay in Senja
- Transfers from and to downtown Tromso
- 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,...
- All beverages
- Medical and Accident
- Insurance valid for Norway (compulsory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
- Hotel nights at Tromso (before and after workshop)
- Transfer airport - Hotel in Tromso - airport
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. Most walks will be very short as we will be photographing close to the car. Temperatures are not very cold (around 0°), and any person in average physical shape with good clothing and equipment such as that we recommend should not have any problems at all. Please contact us if you have any doubts about the difficulty level of this trip.
3,970 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.
Single Occupancy Supplement
Single occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants, in exclusive appartments ideally located by the sea.
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. Accommodation will be in a number of full apartments by the ocean. Breakfasts will be served at the house. Lunches and dinners will be had packed on route and at the local restaurant respectively.
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 Senja. They can also stay at our lovely appartments by the sea during our early morning or evening photographic forays, taking full advantageof the facilities and the beauty of the area. 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. Senja Island has 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 and snow in winter is an unavoidable feature of the landscape. If you have the proper gear the sun will be welcome but the snow won’t be debilitating.
We will be travelling there at the beginning of March, when the landscape is more likely to be fully covered with snow. All mountain lakes are frozen and snow is likely to cover the landscape and cling to the trees, reducing the clutter to a minimum. This makes the northern winter the perfect occasion for the photographer who wants to create greatly simplified images full of emotional content, with a strongly marked Zen and minimalist aspect.
Temperatures should not be too cold, with averages of around -5° during the day, and even above freezing on some occasions. The sun is very low during the whole day, bringing never ending twilight colours to the sky and golden light even at noon. The duration of the day is quite good too, with around 9 hours of sunlight. During the night, a spectacular show will be revealed as the northern lights flood the starry sky. The beginning of March generally offers excellent opportunities to observe and photograph this fantastic phenomenon, offering one of the most magical, incredible and photogenic experiences you will ever have.
Weather is dynamic and changeable in winter, and the light displays a very special quality. Weather fronts come and go, rolling in from the Atlantic and providing dramatic variable atmospheric and light conditions. Snow, sun, broken clouds, storms and clear night skies can all make their appearance within just a few days, changing the mood of the landscape at every minute, never duplicating the exact same conditions.
One highly important aspect of this trip is the preparation. It is absolutely 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 extremely important that you bring a good layered system of clothing which will keep you warm and dry. We strongly advise you to bring merino wool thermal underwear (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 breathing but will keep you dry inside. Hats, gloves and a balaclava as well as good socks will be important too. There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate gear and badly prepared trips!