Lofoten Northern Lights
Located above the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is known for the fantastic fjords, fishing villages, and the Northern Lights. It is no accident that National Geographic considers Lofoten to be the third most beautiful island group in the world.
- Fishing villages: Reine, Hamnoy, Sakrysoy
- Beautiful beaches: Uttakleiv, Skagsanden and Haukland
- Aurora hunting
- And more!
This workshop is offered through our partner, Iceland Photo Tours.
- Two professional photography guides
- 7 nights accommodation in cabins (double room occupancy)
- All transportation in rented cars
- Transfer from/to airport in Leknes
- One to one Image Post-Processing sessions
- International flights
Itinerary courtesy of Iceland Photo Tours.
Day 1 – Arrival at Leknes
The adventure begins when you arrive at Leknes airport, where your photo guides will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
You’ll then have a bit of time to rest before meeting with the rest of the group at 7pm in the lobby for a delicious, welcoming meal. Over dinner, we’ll get to know one another better as we get acquainted and discuss the itinerary for the next few days. It’s a great time to learn more about the details of the tour and to ask your guides any questions that you might have.
Make sure to have your camera gear ready, as if the Northern Lights make a display on this evening, then we may head out for our first shoot!
Otherwise, we’ll try to have an early night so that you can be up bright and early to shoot in the morning.
Day 2 – Arctic Beaches
Lofoten is well-renowned for its scenic beaches, with their golden sands and turquoise water framed by majestic mountains all around.
Over the course of two days, we’ll visit the most picturesque beaches for landscape photography in the Lofoten Islands, including Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad and Vareid.
Utakleiv beach is a photographer’s dream with smooth coastal rocks harbouring jewel-toned tidal pools along a rocky coastline. It offers up a myriad of compelling compositions, night or day.
Nearby to Utakleiv is its sister beach, Haukland. Voted Norway’s best beach, this stunning stretch of sand is as tranquil as it is photogenic. Framed by mountains on all sides, the conditions here can be very mild.
At Unstad, the swell can sometimes break with unimaginable power over the scattered boulders on the shore, making for great opportunities to practice wave painting at slightly longer exposures for interesting motion effects.
Meanwhile at Vareid, wild and changeable conditions make for stunning compositions, particularly with the rock pools in the foreground and romantic, jagged mountain peaks in the back.
All of these beaches make for wonderful locations to shoot the Northern Lights, so as long as the weather is clear, we’ll spend our evenings roaming the shores in search of their elusive dance in the night sky!
Day 3 – Arctic Beaches
Aside from exploring the coastline, we’ll also visit one of the largest fishing villages in Lofoten, known as Ballstad. There will also be a chance to shoot at the famous Skagsanden beach, where complex patterns crop up on the sandy shores with the retreat of the tide on any given day.
Day 4 – Reine
On the morning of day four, we’ll make our way from Leknes towards our traditional rorbu fishing cabins in Reine, which will be our base-camp for the next 3 days.
These charming huts are built on land, albeit on stilts, perched high above the water. Cosy and warm, each hut features a spacious hallway, modern bathroom with a shower and a well-equipped kitchen.
We’ll all have our own rooms, though the living spaces will be shared. These brightly coloured wooden huts make for a stunning subject in their own right, set upon a tiny island with breathtaking views of the spectacular Reinefjord, steep mountains behind and the delightful harbour of Hamnøy.
We’ll spend our time capturing their charm between trips to a number of other iconic viewpoints over the next couple of days.
Day 5 – Reine
There is much to explore around Reine, including the historical hamlet of Flakstad as well as the magnificent beaches of Fredvang on the outer coast of the Lofoten Islands, overlooking the Arctic Ocean. We’ll have an incredible array of photography opportunities at our fingertips, from the spectacular views of Nusfjord fishing village to the windswept vistas of Selfjord.
Day 6 – Reine
During the evenings, we’ll continue our hunt for the Northern Lights along the shores of the fjords.
Day 7 – Departure
This will be your final day in Lofoten. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll check out of our fishing cabins and begin the journey from Reine back to Leknes airport, where we’ll depart the Lofoten Islands together as a group. Along the way, we’ll have a chance to recap upon our winter photography adventure and to consolidate our friendships, no doubt with pockets full of memory cards containing wonderful photos from an exciting time in the Lofoten Islands.
Please note: It is highly recommended that you book your flight from Leknes to depart at around 1-2pm.
We will be staying in clean, comfortable hotels throughout this trip. Hotel accommodations will include breakfast and pricing is based on double room occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional fee.
We will check daily for Northern Lights activity and weather forecast and plan our day based on these predictions. If conditions are not favorable for Northern Lights photography, we will use the time for editing sessions and PowerPoint presentations.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
Due to the harshness and unpredictability of Norwegian weather, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary. Changes may be made at the lead guide’s discretion to accommodate best shooting conditions based on the weather forecast for the week.
Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset; this means that some days we will be photographing at night and sleeping during the day.
In the event of trip cancellation, we will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent. Please do not book travel to Iceland before we confirm the course / workshop. A minimum of 8 participants is required for this workshop to take place.
Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset.