5 or 8 Days in the Magical Arctic
The precious Lofoten Islands, located within the Arctic Circle, are a wild archipelago featuring craggy mountain peaks that rise from jade and sapphire colored seas. And when the weather clears, the elusive but spectacular Aurora Borealis might just make an appearance.
This place is a fairytale come to life; a true photographer’s paradise.
This year was a great success, so we're happy to announce that we will be returning to Lofoten in February 2019!
Dates: February 11-15th 2019 (5 days)
Exclusive 3 day Tour Extension: Total of 8 days, until Feb 18th
Location: Lofoten, Norway
Available seats: 7
Entry level: Easy
Led by: Isabella Tabacchi & Daniel Laan
Languages: 4 - English (main), personal guidance in Nederlands, Italiano & Deutsch
Price of the Tour: 1799 EURO
5 day, Double room occupancy.
Single Room Supplement: +200 EURO
3 day Tour Extension Supplement: +499 EURO
Reservations closing: 13th of January 2019
Arrival: Leknes, Feb 11nd 2018 - preferably around 10-11AM local time.
Departure: Svolvær, Feb 15th 2018 - preferably no earlier than noon (12:00) local time.
Included: Two professional landscape photographer guides and all tuition. Post-processing session, transportation between locations and airport shuttle service. Accommodation in double or single occupancy rooms apartments and traditional Lofoten cabins.
Not included: Flights to Leknes Airport and associated costs. Private insurances, taxes, duty and visa fees. All meals and any personal items including (alcoholic) beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance. Flights from Svolvær Airport.
The Lofoten Unbound
This arctic group of Norwegian islands is home to the some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural landscapes. With a fresh coat of white, the Lofoten Islands come truly alive as they are host to jagged mountain peaks and quaint red villages by the sea. Speaking of the sea, the Norwegian sea in these parts offers an array of all shades of blue you can think off: a striking visual balance when a fiery sun sets at the end of a deep fjord. With connections between the islands through a series of bridges and tunnels, it’s relatively easy to get around within the comfort of our heated van. And as soon as the forecast is good, we put you in the undiscovered spots for capturing the green glow of the Northern Lights.
Let’s help you scratch that thing off the bucket list and see what’s in store on this unforgettable trip!
Day 1 – Arrival and Uttakleiv Beach
After a long period of waiting, the day is finally here. We meet each other on the 11th of February near Leknes airport. Although we aim to meet up for dinner near our first accommodation at 19.00, it is likely that every participant is landing at Leknes airport at different times throughout the day. We will be able to drive to and from the airport twice to pick you up.
Photography starts immediately after dinner, because in the night ahead of us, we plan to drive to Uttakleiv beach, to see if the Aurora makes an appearance above the northern shore.
Day 2 - Photography in the Southern Lofoten Islands
Waking up in our very own photographer’s apartment, we have days ahead of us that are packed to the brim with amazing photo opportunities. On day 2, we're getting up early. We will drive to the fantastical town of Reine, where the sun will rise just above the horizon and illuminate the classical fisherman's cabins. We do need some supplies to make our stay as comfortable as possible, so we take you to do some grocery shopping right after sunrise. You're then free to do as you please in the afternoon. At around four o'clock, we will be heading off to catch the sunset at “Solbjornvatnet”. We will return to this stunning location tonight, but we will have dinner in a local restaurant first.
Day 3 - Discovering the Lesser Known Side of the Lofoten
The Lofoten are absolutely dotted with great photo locations. As such, we will do our best to teach you landscape photography in places that aren't photographed that often. After breakfast, we will pack up and drive you to our next set of destinations further in the north. But we'll stop at Skagsanden Beach first. This beach is littered with great foreground textures and that lone mountain in the distance makes this location one of the best "trophy locations" in the South that still have a wild feeling.
There's a rock formation we jokingly call "Eastrahorn" due to its close resemblance to "Vestrahorn" in Southern Iceland. Even with dull light, this place looks otherworldly, so it's a great place to stop and do some seascape photography. Next, we'll chase the fading daylight and drive on to our next accommodation.
After checking in to our new apartment in the north, we'll enjoy some well-earned dinner in a local restaurant. And right away, we will go out again and see if we can find the northern lights here as well.
Day 4 - Post-Processing and the mountains near Svolvær
There's no sunrise shoot planned on day 4, because we want you bright and well rested for today's post-processing session. During the day, when the light isn’t that good anyway, we will spend time taking your images to the next level during a full post-processing workshop. Both Isabella and Daniel will show you how they process their images, starting with basic adjustments in Lightroom and Camera Raw to very advanced blends in Photoshop. No matter your expertise, this editing session is informative and well thought-out to show you exactly what you can do to boost your images and translate your vision into practice.
There’s a final sunset ahead of us near the mountains of Svolvaer, where, weather permitting, we will take you to see a frozen lake, frozen waterfalls and a host of great compositions as the setting sun illuminates the jagged peaks.
Day 5 – Sunrise and Departure
All good things come to an end. Luckily, there is a gorgeous sunrise to be found on the road to the airport. This is a new airport though. Because we drive from one airport to another, we are able to show you a much more varied landscape. At dawn, we will top up our memory cards here with shots containing everything we have learned from each other in the past week. Because of this, we recommend that you book your return flight after 12.00 in the morning, so we can bring you to Svolvaer airport during the day.
We are sure that you have months of photographic material to work with and that you leave with new friends.
Most of our destinations are easily accessible by car and on foot, but snow and ice can make any terrain treacherous and physically intense to traverse. You don’t have to be a marathon runner, but we do ask that you are in reasonable physical condition to be able to keep up with the group and deal with the cold and demanding climate of the arctic.
Please do not come on this trip when you have a heart condition, suffer from epilepsy or severe asthma or when you have a bad leg. This will hinder our ability to show you everything we have in store, but more importantly, it will jeopardize the positive experience of your fellow participants.
Tour Extension - Total of 8 Days +Luxury spa hotel
Days 6 & 7 - Exploration of the northern Lofoten
You're in for a treat, should you choose to stay a bit longer with us. With everything you've learned up until this point, we have prepared you for a bit of an adventure and more advanced shooting and processing techniques.
On day 6 and 7, we are driving farther to the north to discover new and interesting places that otherwise are omitted by others on their visit to the Lofoten. We will teach you exactly how we use our experience and knowledge to find those little nooks and crannies that most people walk straight by. From research to processing.
Last Night - Luxury Spa Hotel
Our tour is come to an end. We're staying at a luxurious 4 star hotel in which you can relax and unwind. The hotel is near the airport and we will take you there on day 8 as we will be flying home ourselves. Although we're sure to find one last sunrise on the road to the airport.
Payment and Reservation
We request that you pay € 600 in advance to secure a seat in the Lofoten tour bus. You can pay the rest later (but before December 23rd).
Option 1: Reservation by Credit Card or PayPal
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Option 2: Reservation by Bank Transfer
Alternatively, you can also reserve a seat on our tour bus by wire transfer. Simply click the button below and enter your details. We will contact you within 72 hours with our bank details to complete your reservation.
Cancellation and refunds
Unfortunate things can happen to anyone. Therefore we handle a refund policy when you have made reservations for this tour but can’t make it in the end due to whatever the circumstance. Based on the full fee of the tour, we strictly handle this schedule to cover the costs made on our end.
Cancel 60 days before the start of the tour or more: Full refund minus € 200 service charge.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: No refund
Disclaimer - The Weather in the Lofoten
The Arctic Circle is notorious for its ever-changing weather and as such, we cannot make any promises regarding the aurora or cloud cover. The northern lights are highly likely to be seen at any time during the dark days of winter here and Daniel has experience of finding the aurora as far south as the Netherlands. However, we can’t guarantee its visibility on any day during the tour. But don’t let that stop you as there are tons of photographic opportunities all around.
Snow and ice are also common this time of year, but rest assured that it’s not as cold as you might think. Temperatures of around freezing are to be expected in the valleys during the day, so it’s important that you dress for the occasion.
About the instructors
Isabella is looking forward to guide you to all known and unknown spots in these jewels of Nordland. She wants you to know that she will make it her duty to make your photography grow. Starting with the research of locations, through emphasizing strong foregrounds and all the way to the post-processing stage of landscape photography.
Professional landscape photographer based in northern Italy
Photography came to Isabella as suddenly as it did passionately. She has always had a sensibility for natural environments. Exploring and studying the boundless scenery in the Alps, Dolomites and, more recently, the Lofoten and Canarian Islands, has yielded fantastic images. Her art truly comes alive after the post-processing phase, in which she emphasizes the drama of the natural elements through reliving the emotions she felt at the moment of capture.
Her works have reached massive popularity and critical acclaim. They were exhibited in Rome and Athens and published in online and print magazines like Landscape Photography Magazine, National Geographic, Practical Photography and Digital Photo SLR UK. She also won numerous prizes and we should mention a couple examples. In 2017, Isabella won 2nd prize and five honorable mentions in the Professional Landscapes category of the Monochrome Awards 2016. Recently, she won two honorable mentions in the International Photographer of the Year awards (IPA) and her unforgettable images were published in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year (OPOTY) Annual Book 2016.
Daniel teaches photo workshops on location and at the computer, as post-processing is very much part of the package. He give talks on the art and science of photography and constantly trains to be a better photographer himself, because he never ceases to learn.
Moody, ominous landscape photography is as much Daniel’s passion as it is his career. For more than a decade now, Daniel has developed a specific style of photography that shows a part of himself through his images. He has an instinct for photogenic weather and has captured the Aurora Borealis succesfully as far south as the Netherlands.
With a degree in design and visual communication and over 15 years of experience in Photoshop, Daniel trains you to look at the landscape differently. He explains everything from pre-visualizing to exporting for the web or for print. The stunning landscape of the Lofoten, you can’t take home with you. The most important aspect is not to bag the best locations, but to appreciate your surroundings; to become aware of things that others walk straight by.
It is with this mindset that Daniel will make you a better artist; and that’s something you can take home with you.
All participants are required to sign this standard document before the start of the tour. Find it here.