Lofoten Archipelago, Norway
Landscapes, Northern Lights, Star-Filled Nights
8-Day Workshop, $3,695** – Limited to 10 Students
January 10-19, 2021
Meet and Greet on Sunday January 10, around 6pm, at the Harstad-Narvik Airport
Imagine FOUR to FIVE HOURS of GOLDEN LIGHT EVERY DAY and EIGHT HOURS of a STAR FILLED SKY and AURORA EVERY NIGHT! The days are short this time of year so as the sun comes up it stays close to the horizon, bathing the Norwegian landscape in a constant stream of golden/blue/magenta light. And then the stars come out and since this workshop takes place with but a sliver of a moon, we will have the opportunity to shoot the clear night skies, EVERY NIGHT, weather permitting of course. This workshop is an epic photographic opportunity to shoot around the clock in what can best be described as the ultimate landscape photographer’s dream!
Both myself and my assistant, Adrian Popan, will meet everyone at the Evenes, Norway (Harstad-Narvik) airport and from there we will drive to the nearby (1 KM) Best Western Hotel** where we will stay on the first night. It is imperative that you either be on the flight listed below or that you are at least in the airport around this same time to meet up with everyone else.
Recommended flight info for arriving into Evenes on Sunday, January 10:
**The workshop fee DOES NOT include the cost of your lodging at the Best Western on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 18 (appx-$112.00 each night, including full breakfast).
**The workshop fee DOES include 7-nights lodging, January 11-18, in waterfront cabins with all of the comforts of home. Each cabin has two floors with two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dishwasher and living/dining room and a washing machine. These are VERY MODERN Cabins and we will have 2-3 students in each one. All bed linens and towels will be provided.
Evenes Airport pick up and Meet and Greet. Depending on the weather and Aurora Borealis forecast for that night, we might already schedule a short drive out of the city in order to spot the spectacular display of the Northern Lights, OR as we did last year, we might shoot the Aurora from outside on the terrace of the Best Western Hotel.
Following a hearty and filling breakfast at the Best Western Hotel, my assistant, Adrian Popan, and I will pack up the two 9-seater vans, allowing plenty of room for everyone as we start our adventure.
Depending on the light and weather conditions, we might schedule a shooting at sunrise at a nearby location. However, we have to consider the hours ahead of us to spend while driving towards Lofoten and also know that the whole trip will be done in stunning landscape, all along the way! The trip takes about 3.5 hours, but we might make some stops on our way to take pictures, again weather permitting. We might even spot some reindeer and moose, on our first half of the trip!
We will be shooting our first sunset either along our way (depending on where it gets us) or at Henningsvaer, one of the most picturesque villages of Lofoten islands. Henningsvaer offers fantastic shooting opportunities and we will for sure return either for one full day or another sunrise or sunset shooting session. The village is full of colorful houses and boats, outstanding landscape and seascape, birds, fishing boats, harbour, cozy houses etc.
Our home base for the next 8 days and 7 nights will be Leknes, a small town with shopping mall, restaurants and everything else we will need. We will stop on our way to Leknes to buy some groceries, as we will be self-catering most of our meals. There will also be (rather expensive) restaurants where we can taste local food.
January 12 -18:
We will spend the next 6 days, weather permitting, rising at dawn and shooting all morning. We will pause for a lunch break and then continue on to sunset, with each night always having the possibility to shoot the Aurora Borealis. We will be more than 360Km above the polar circle and at this time of year the light is great for photography all day long, since the sun will never rise very high above the horizon. Our challenge will be that we will have to stop to rest, eat, socialize and sleep!
Every day, the “photographic menu” will consist of fjords, beaches, imposing views of steep rocks and mountains, fishing villages, harbors and her boats, many colorful houses, majestic coastlines, as well as sea birds and white-tailed sea eagles.
We will be strategically located halfway between Reine (at west) and Henningsvaer (at east), the two most picturesque fishing villages of the Lofoten islands and will have short distance drives (max 1 hour) from all the points of interest. Moreover, we will be at 10-15 minute drives from some of the most famous beaches of Lofoten, such as Haukland and Uttakleiv, Myrland or Unstad and Eggum, to name just a few.
Other great shooting locations are 20 to 30 minute drives only! Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of places where we found ourselves shooting in last year’s workshop.
Beaches: Haukland, Vik, Uttakleiv, Myrland, Unstad, Eggum, Skagsanden, Vikten, Yttresand, Ramberg etc.
Villages (and their harbors): Ballstad, Napp, Flakstad, Ramberg, Henningsvaer, Stamsund, Sund, Reine, Sakrisoy, Hamnoy, Tind, Sorvangen, A etc.
January 18: Depart morning for Best Western at Evenes (Harstad-Narvik Airport)
January 19: Drop off at the airport for your onward flight
Logistics: in addition to the usual photographic gear, mentioned below, the weather in Lofoten can turn from beautiful and almost balmy to downright bone chilling cold, wet and windy. It is essential that you pack COLD weather clothing: layers are the norm, and consider a waterproof parka, pants and shoes. Hand and foot warmers are highly recommended!
To help you traverse the frozen trails of ice and snow, you will have the option of renting ice grippers at 50 Euros per pair if you feel your own hiking boots won’t be adequate. Also, when retiring each evening to the cabins, you will to wear slippers or heavy wool socks so the normally heavier and harder soled boots do not scratch up the cabin’s hardwood floors.
Normally, the weather conditions are rather mild, given the location of the islands and the influence of the Gulf Stream, with temperatures averaging 28-32 degrees F by day, (0°C – 2°C ). However, if the wind blows from north and north/east, the temperatures can easily drop to 15 degrees F (-10°C) or less. With the wind chill factor one could feel like 0 to -10 F (-15°C or -20°C). That kind of weather will bring some fabulous, dramatic photographic conditions, such as ominous skies, snow storms and creating some very moody landscapes!
To sign up for this workshop or ask to be on the waitlist, send an email to Lisa Phillips at Phillips.Lisa@me.com.