24th - 30th January 2017 - Last Places
The Lofoten archipelago is a photographer's dream. Sharp, pointy mountains tower over fjords; cracked, frozen lakes, legendary beaches, traditional red cabins and magical light - this pearl of the arctic has it all.
This winter workshop will take you on a wild ride through the most magical locations in the archipelago. We will focus on, and stay in, the absolute best spots for landscape photography, and we will take advantage of all its famous features. Aurora borealis is possible on clear nights, as well. To put the icing on the cake, each participant will have the option to go on an amazing open-window Cessna flight, to shoot everything from the air!
Guided by award-winning nature photographer Erez Marom, you will indeed feel the northern spirits in this wonderful, pristine location.
This workshop is scheduled just a few days after the conclusion of the 'Land of Ice' and 'Winter Paradise' Iceland workshops, to make it comfortable for participants who wish to register to two or even three workshops back to back, receive a discounted price and reduce flight costs.
The group will meet at 12:00 in Leknes airport, where you can fly from Oslo in a comfortable morning flight (see below for flight recommendation). After a quick introduction, we'll hop on our spacious van, leave our suitcases in the hotel and go straight to shoot the sunset in one of the spectacuar beaches in the area. Make sure you can get ready to shoot quickly because the sunset is before 15:00!
The Reine area is a paradise for winter photography, and a very typical Norwegian fishing area. Spectacular mountains such as the triangular Olstind and the towering Festhæltinden are accompanied by red and orange fishing cabins, to make up unique winter scenery.
Reine looks amazing in any weather conditions, but snow can add a lot to the winter atmosphere, and make everything even more magical. If we're lucky, we might catch some golden sunrise light or even pink Alpenglow on the mountains.
And with a bit more luck, we'll get a spectacular Aurora light show!
On the way between Reine and Leknes we will pass through some fantastic landscapes, and stop to shoot in the (hopefully) frozen Storvatnet Lake. Storvatnet has a spectacularly cracked surface, and a whole day could be spent shooting its intricacies. With a clear sky, we'll also have beautiful pink Alpenglow on the mountains.
Another fantastic location between Reine and Leknes is Skagsanden beach. Skagsanden has a unique composition of black and white sand, and the streams flowing down the beach create spectacular textures. It also has hidden turquoise pools among incredibly photogenic rocks.
Due to its moderate incline, Skagsanden is an amazing Aurora shooting location. The green lights reflect in the beach's black and white patterns and dance above the beautiful mount Hustind.
Leknes is surrounded by wonderful shooting locations. Several beaches are world famous for their beauty. Utakleiv and Haukland might be the most known.
Utakleiv is probably the most photographed beach in Norway, and for good reason. Amazing spherical rocks, red colors and of course, the curious 'eye'.
Utakleiv is a wonderful setting for Auroral shooting, so if the night is clear, we'll try our best to witness and shoot this spectacular phenomenon.
Haukland is less known, but just as beautiful and diverse.
From Leknes airport, we will arrange in pairs and take an amazing open-window Cessna flight (optional, not included in price). Aerial photography reveals a whole new world of shooting nature, and Lofoten is one of the best places for it, with spectacular vistas of fjords, mountains and fishing villages. Each pair will have an hour or more (depends on weather and availability) of aerial shooting in beautiful light.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to the airport for goodbyes and your flight home.
Total Price: US$3390 per person in double room for participants registering by February 29th, 2016;
$3540 for participants registering between March 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2016;
$3690 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $150 discount each!
Special offer: sign up to both 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, and receive a $300 discount. Sign up to 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, and receive a $500 discount!
Single room supplement: $590
Maximum Number of Participants: 7
Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes. However, you need to be able to walk on rocks and icy surfaces (with ice spikes), and to be able to withstand incoming waves and maintain stability, should you want to shoot in the water. Winter conditions in northern Norway can be very harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand temperatues as low as -10 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds, snow, hail or rain, but conditions are usually far better than one would expect. Flying in the Cessna is not problematic unless you have an extremely delicate stomach.
Pills against motion-sickness for the Cessna flight (if you'd like to do it and you're sensitive).
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in northern Norway can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Aurora is, of course, not guaranteed.
24th - 30th January 2017 - Last Places