Tromsø and lofoten photo workshop - february 2020

Sakris%C3%B8y

Majestic mountains, beautiful fjords, cosy villages, northern lights; Norway has it all. Tromsø is known as the northern lights capitol of the world, and there is no other place you’ll have a better chance of seeing the aurora borealis. Lofoten is known for its steep mountains, charming villages, and breathtaking scenery. During the course of 11 days we will chase the aurora, visit beautiful beaches and fishing villages, and capture some amazing memories on camera.

 

itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival in Tromsø

The adventure begins when you arrive at Tromsø Airport, where your photo guides will greet you, help you pick up your rental car, and take you to your lodgings. When you’ve had some time to rest and get settled, we’ll find somewhere to get some dinner, get to know each other, and discuss the itinerary for the coming days. Make sure to have your cameras ready, as we’ll head out for our very first shoot, if the aurora makes a display this night. Otherwise, we’ll have an early night, so we can get up bright and early to shoot some beautiful sunrise colours in the morning.

Tromsø
september 21, 2014-Kattfjordeidet-2.jpg

Days 2 & 3 - Rocky beaches, lakes, fjords, and aurora chasing

Over the course of days 2 & 3, we’ll visit some of the most picturesque places Tromsø has to offer, like Oldervik, Kvaløyvågen, Ringvassøy, and Ersfjord.

Oldervik is known for its large and interesting rock formations, and is a great place for both sunrise and aurora shoots. It is also a great place to practice compositional rules like leading lines and the rule of thirds.

In Kvaløyvågen you will see traditional Sami tents, and maybe even a few reindeer. The Sami tents, or lávvu, as they’re called in the native language, make a nice foreground for aurora pictures.

Ringvassøy is located just a short drive from Kvaløyvågen. Here is another chance to photograph some beautiful mountains, and with the rushing water of the Ringvasselva River in the foreground, this makes for a very picturesque location.

Ersfjord is Tromsø’s most famous fjord, and one of Norway’s most photographed. It is encircled on both sides by steep mountains that plunge directly into the ocean.

mars 01, 2015-untitled-7.jpg
april 02, 2016-End of Season 2016-42-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg

Day 4 - Lofoten

On day 4, we get up bright and early, have a hearty breakfast, check our of our lodges, and head on down to Lofoten. The drive to Lofoten is about 8 hours, so this will give you some time to rest, and reflect upon what you’ve learnt during your first few days in Tromsø. We will of course stop for some food along the way, and restroom breaks whenever needed. At our new lodgings in Lofoten, we’ll take some time to unpack, and then meet up for dinner. If conditions allow it, we’ll head out for another aurora chase in the surrounding areas, and if not, we’ll take an early night so we can get up bright and early again for the sunrise.

oktober 04, 2015-Lofoten-17-Edit-Edit.jpg
oktober 04, 2014-GIB Prints.jpg

Days 5, 6 & 7 - Arctic Beaches

Lofoten has many scenic beaches, and over the course of 3 days, we’ll photograph the most well known ones, including Skagsanden, Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad and Vareid.

oktober 04, 2014-Lofoten-3.jpg
oktober 03, 2015-Lofoten-2-Edit-Edit.jpg

Days 8, 9 & 10 - Reine

The village of Reine, Lofoten Islands in Arctic Northern Norway, has been voted as one of the most scenic villages in the world by none other than National Geographic. And it doesn’t stop there, even The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The New York Times portrays this archipelago as one of the most spectacular groups of islands in the entire world. Lofoten in general is every photographer’s wet dream, and Reine is the very cherry on top. During the evenings, we’ll continue our hunt for the Northern Lights along the shores of the fjords.

oktober 03, 2015-Lofoten-3_DxO-Edit-Edit.jpg
oktober 03, 2015-Lofoten-8-Edit.jpg

Day 11 - Departure

We get up bright and early, eat breakfast, check out, and start on the long drive back to Tromsø. Again we’ll stop for lunch and any needed breaks along the way. Once we are back in Tromsø, we’ll drive to the airport and deliver our rental cars. This concludes our workshop.

 

About your photo guides


11424462_915657991810455_6415094579310435979_n.jpg

Nakul Sharma

Nakul Sharma, Traveller and Photographer by profession, born and bought up in Delhi. He grew up infected by the travel bug and spends most of his time in traveling and photography.Working as a Free-lance Tour leader with reputed Travel Agencies In INDIA. He has been Traveling since 2009, Exploring and experiencing the most Beautiful, Cultural and Adventurous places of the World.

“Anyone can explore and Experience the beauty of the world through someone other’s Eye”.

His work is known by many people and featured on the Websites; he has won couple of Photo Contests also from last couple of years…

27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bd.jpg

Jon-Eirik Boholm

Jon-Eirik Boholm is an award winning landscape photographer, with over 200 awards, and more than 15 years of photography experience. He is based in Tromso, Norway, and has extensive knowledge about the Tromsø and Lofoten regions, as well as northern lights photography. In November 2013 he completed his studies at the prestigious Queensland College of Art, with a Major in Creative Advertising and a Specialisation in Art Photography. His work has been internationally published.

“What is most important to me are the fleeting moments that burn themselves into our memory.
My photography is about capturing those essential moments, utilise them in a composition that opens human emotions, and further the viewer's appreciation of the worlds natural beauty”.


Not included

  • Flights to and from Norway

  • Personal, Travel, and Medical insurance

  • Visa and Visa fees

  • Any meals, alcohol, snacks, and beverages

  • Any items of personal nature

Included

  • 2 station wagon renal cars

  • 9 nights accommodation (twin share rooms)

  • Transport to and from all locations

  • Two professional, award-winning, photo guides

  • Landscape photography tips and lessons

  • Northern lights photography tips and lessons

  • Post processing tips and lessons for landscapes,

    and northern lights photography


  • All participants are responsible for their own camera gear and equipment

  • No extra equipment is provided during the tour

  • The tour starts from Tromsø. Each participant must reach Tromsø before the start of the workshop


Total cost per person: €1.500

Cancellation charges apply

We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Norwegian weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. When it comes to the Northern Lights, there is no guarantee that they will appear on any given day.

If you choose to cancel your booking, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop.

  • Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop:

    Full refund minus €200 service fee.

  • 75 days or more: 75% refund

  • 60 days or more: 50% refund

  • Less than 60 days: no refund


Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.


 

Recommended photography gear & clothing


Photography Gear

High megapixel full frame D-SLR or mirrorless camera

We recommend that you bring a digital camera, preferably with a full frame sensor. A crop sensor camera will suffice, but we recommend cameras with full frame sensors as they have better low light performance, which comes in handy when photographing the northern lights.

Ultra wide angle lens

We really recommend that you bring an ultra wide angle lens. This will help you capture the entire beauty of the iconic locations we’ll be visiting during this trip. These kinds of lenses are often the primary choice of landscape photographers, and are also useful for capturing the aurora borealis at night. Make sure that you choose a lens with a wide aperture, such as f/2.8, as lagre aperture lenses let more light onto the image sensor. This is particularly useful when shooting at night.

Standard zoom lens

A standard zoom lens is also handy for general purpose photography during your trip. These kinds of lenses help you bring your subject in a little bitt closer, while still keeping some of the surrounding elements in your photo. We recommend wide aperture lenses such as the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED or the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II, but any standard zoom lens will suffice.

High quality tripod and head

A sturdy and dependable tripod is an absolute must in landscape and aurora photography. It is important that your tripod can deal with the rugged outdoor environment, and that it can safely carry the weight of your camera and lens. A flimsy, cheap tripod will simply prevent you from being able to shoot most of the time and the last thing you’ll want is your expensive camera crashing to the ground.

Filters

Circular Polarising Filter (CPL): These are used to boost saturation and also to enhance reflections or remove glare and flares.

6-stop and 10-stop Neutral Density Filters (ND): These are used for long-exposure effects. They provide the misty, still water effect and streaky, drawn-out clouds.

3-stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter (GND): These filters increase the dynamic range of any scene and make it possible to have bright foregrounds with well-exposed skies. 

 

Clothing

Winter usually starts in early November and typically lasts until May, with January and February being the coldest months. Temperatures can get as low as -14 °C, so it is important that you have the proper clothing to protect you from the ice cold temperatures.

Base Layer

In cold conditions, base layers (which are also known as thermal underwear) can act as a second skin by sitting snugly next to your body and keeping you warm. What you should look for is a moisture-wicking base layer, which dries much faster than other materials and helps to transport perspiration away from your skin, as this will reduce the risk of dramatic changes in your body temperature. For the ultimate in outdoor comfort, your base layer should ideally be made of merino wool, synthetic fabric or silk. Choose a base layer that is dense enough to provide a layer of warmth based on your own propensity to feel the cold, but still thin enough to fit comfortably beneath other clothes. For a 10-day photo tour, you should bring along 3 to 4 pairs of base layers, each of which you will be able to wear at least twice during your stay. The base layer is the main isolating layer that keeps you warm, and should consist of wool underwear, wool long johns, a long sleeved wool shirt, and wool socks.

Mid Layer

This layer goes on top of your base layer. Mid layers are important in maintaining insulation from the cold, as they trap air to help keep you warm and toasty. They are usually constructed from materials that are light, insulating and breathable, such as wool, fleece and down. They also come in different styles, such as vests, pullovers and with or without a hood. When choosing a style, consider things like interior pockets to keep phones or camera batteries warm and functional in the cold. You should also choose a mid layer that will allow you to move freely but fit closely to your body. The mid layer should consist of a beanie or hat, gloves, and a wool sweater or fleece jacket. You may also want to consider a scarf or a buff to help seal in your body heat.

Top Layer

Your top layer should consist of either a down jacket or a wind and water proof jacket, and wind and water proof pants.

Footwear

A warm pair of insulated winter hiking boots is extremely important, as most of your body heat escapes through your head and feet. You’ll be walking around in deep snow or even stepping into the water to get that perfect picture, so we recommend a pair of boots that goes up above your ankle to avoid getting your feet wet. We also recommend you get a pair of shoe spikes to help you stay on your feet when walking on icy surfaces. You wouldn’t want to fall and hurt yourself or damage your expensive camera gear, would you?