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Lofoten Islands. 18-24.01.2021

Magic Light

We'd like to invite you to the Lofoten Islands again, this time in January 2021. We’re going to take you to the kingdom of incredible and enchanting snow covered mountains and Norwegian fiords which are covered by the finest glass of young ice in the morning. The main emphasis during our tour is going to be made on the morning and the evening filming, but our food of the day will be hunting for Aurora Borealis which is not even a bit less in March than in winter months. We'll see the Lofoten Islands at the moment of the greatest light show, the most wonderful and the most beautiful in the world. And the picturesque fiords, the virgin snow white beaches, the bright red fishermen rorbues provide incredible photo opportunities during the whole growing longer spring daytime. 

It was as far as 1120 when king Oisten built fishermen settlements with simple huts - rorbuers. “Bue” or “Boe” means a small temporary dwelling, and “Ror” adapting Norwegian can be rendered as “an exit to the sea”. That is, “rorbue” literally means a temporary dwelling for fishermen who would come to the Lofotens during the season. All the little houses belonged to the King of Norway up till the end of the 19th century. But sooner or later kings get into debts, and so the rorbues had to be sold to fishermen. At the same time barely nothing has changed in the ways of catching cod during the thousand years.

Fishermen still have the same long-line kind of fishing, that is, they use a long piece of fishing line (about one kilometre) with a large number of hooks. But ships have become more powerful, there appeared freighters, trawlboats, the sales have brought in automation into the process. The old fishermen huts have been turned almost into hotels, with hot water supply, kitchens and electrical central heating. An important part of fishermen life is respecting the generations' traditions, so people are very conservative there. That was why trawlboats with huge fishing dippers haven't found their home on the islands, and still there are 500-600 fishing boats going out into the sea to throw the long fishing line down into the dark waters under the polar night sky. 

We'll see the Lofoten Islands at the moment of the greatest light show, the most wonderful and the most beautiful in the world. Aurora Borealis can be seen here even in cloudy weather. And the picturesque fiords, the virgin snow white beaches, the bright red fishermen rorbuers provide incredible photo opportunities during the whole growing longer spring daytime.

Itinerary

Day 1  The flight of the group to the Lofotens and transfer to our warm cottage with all conveniences. An evening photo session in Reine if we can make it on time, and we'll try to catch Aurora Borealis there on the very first day. (//)

Day 2 Meeting dawn above Rhine on one of our viewing sites. After breakfast we'll set off for a town with a very compact name – “A”. It's an authentic fishermen settlement with red rorbuers standing on poling in a fiord. After lunch we set off for the sunset photo session on the beach – one of the most interesting winter sights.(B//)

Day 3 For the dawn we'll go to A or another place depending on the weather. After the morning photo session we'll have a rest and have lunch and then we'll start out for the beaches at Ramberg or to a little town of Nusfjord. After that we'll see the sunset on the beach near Utakleiv.(B//)

Day 4 Dawn at the viewing sites above Reine, and by the evening we'll try to rise up to one of the most breathtaking viewing spots above Reine. It will open the incredible view of the whole archipelago. And Rhine itself will be spread before our eyes.(B//)

Day 5 A morning photo session in Rhine. In the evening we'll go north to the central part of the archipelago where we'll hunt for Aurora Borealis on the most beautiful beaches.(B//)

Day 6 This time we'll investigate the central part of the Lofotens. Depending on the weather and the ice condition we'll take photos either in the fiords or on the sea beaches. In the evening we'll try to catch Aurora Borealis on the western coast. And we'll see the dawn in Henningsvaer at the lighthouse, on the bridges, in harbours where we'll be able to find wonderful fractures of ice.(B//)

Day 7 Group transfer to Leknes Airport. Departure for home. (B//)

 Workshop Price Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at Leknes airport (LKN) Pickup at specified time, drop off may vary according to group flight times.
  • Professional photography guidance by award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Norway
  • Double Accommodation along the tour. 
  • Meal according to the program.
  • Travels in a, comfortable 7 seats van
  • Image review and image post process workshop 

 

 Workshop Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare to/from Leknes airport (LKN)
  • Airport pickup and dropoff outside of agreed-upon times
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
  • Travel Insurance;
  • Single room supplement (600 EUR) 
  • Alcoholic drinks


Price €2500 EURO 

Group limit 12 guests maximum

Payment terms

Your deposit of 1000 EUR will hold your place in this workshop. Further final payment of 1500 EUR is due by October 17, 2020. In case of impossibility of your participation in this tour, we will refund all payments minus the fee for the transfer of money if there is a replacement for your spot.

What to bring

  • A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee, Heliopan and Singh-Ray filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.
  • Recommended: High rubber boots or fishing b

Clothes

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Highly recommended: thermal, water-proof, knee-high rubber boots or waders for shooting on the shore
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces. You are obligated to obtain the spikes before arrival, and they need to be proper spikes (with metal triangles rather then springs or metal dots at the bottom). Please do not bring crampons - they take ages to put on and they aren't needed.

 


Tour Leader

Vladimir Kushnarev.

Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:

  • First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in "night landscape" section
  • First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest "Planet Summer"
  • First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in "day landscape" section
  • Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards  2016
  • Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017
  • Golden medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2019 

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