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Lofoten Islands. January 2021

Lofoten Islands. January 2021

16-23 January 2021- 2 spots left

23-30 January 2021-Available

Early birds will receive a 300 euros discount until the end of March, 2020. 

Magic Light

Info

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. Arrival in the Lofotens and transfer to warm cottages with all conveniences. An evening shooting in Rhine 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 poles in a fiord. After lunch we'll go on a sunset shooting on the beach – one of the most interesting winter sights.(B//)
 
Day 3. For a sunrise shooting we'll go to A or another place depending on the weather. After our morning shooting 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. Sunrise at the viewing sites above Rhine, and by the evening we'll try to rise up to one of the most breathtaking viewing spots above Rhine. It will open an incredible view of the whole archipelago. And Rhine itself will spread before our eyes.(B//)
 
Day 5. A morning shooting 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 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 home. (B//)

 

   

 

 The 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.
  • Accommodation in double rooms during the tour.
  • Meals according to the program.
  • Travelling in a comfortable 7-seats van.
  • Image review and image post processing workshop. 

 

The Workshop Price Doesn't Include

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


Price €2500 EURO   Early birds will receive a 300 euros discount until the end of March, 2020.


Group limit 7 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. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the tour is still filled completely, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the tour doesn't fill up completely you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the workshop.
 
>180 days before the start date of the tour: full refund minus $200 service charge
 
>90 days: 75% refund
 
>60 days: 50% refund
 
<60 days: no refund
 
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Norway, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.

 

   


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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